Hild Sofie Tafjord, Norway, (b. 1974) is a musician and composer who's main constellations are the improvisations ensemble SPUNK, quartet Lemur and Zeitkratzer ensemble.
She also works with a.o Lotta Melin, Trondheim Jazz Orchestra and Fire Orchestra. Tafjord is renowned as a versatile musician and has rewritten the sonic possibilities for the french horn. She also concerts as a soloist, and has released two soloalbums "kama"(picadisk) and breathing (+3db). An AiR-programme grant from Nordic Culture Point  has made it possible for Hild Sofie Tafjord to work at EMS.
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Eunkyung PARK
Born in Seoul, Eunkyung Park studied composition at Seoul National University in South Korea. Her musical interest lies in interaction between contemporary music and other art fields, thus providing strange experiences to the audience.

After finishing her Master degree’s course works, she went to Paris and studied compostion with Mr. Jean-luc Hervé and orchestration with Mr. Pierre Farago at CNR de Boulogne.

She went back to Korea in 2009, and is currently the representative manager of an inter-disciplinary composition group, and an instructor.

Since 2011, she has founded two experimental music groups named "Oze" and "Ensemble zGzz". The fomer is dedicated to collaborations with other art forms such as dance, fine art and experimental performance. The latter is for non-instrumental music, making sound with objets like balloons, papers and other materials. Also keeping acoustic music, she is expanding her musical languages through possible ventures.

Eunkyung Park's residency is kindly made possible by the 
Arts Council Korea.


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Dahae Boo (South Korea, 1988) studied composition at the National University of Seoul in Uzong Choe's class.

In 2010, she went to Japan where she audited classes at the Tokyo University of the Arts (Geidai) and at the Music University of Kunitachi in Masakazu Natsuda's class.

In 2012, she came to France to continue her education. She studied with Allain Gaussin as well as Jean-Luc Hervé and Yan Maresz at the CRR de Boulogne-Billancourt.

In 2013, she was accepted to the Conservatoire de Paris (Cnsmdp) where she studied composition under Fréderic Durieux.

She spent one year at IRCAM for the Cursus in 2016.
Her music has been performed by the Ensemble intercontemporain, the ensemble Divertimento, the Quartetto Prometeo, and others.
Dahae Boo's residency is kindly made possible by the
Arts Council Korea

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Christian Skjødt is a Danish artist and composer who explores the temporal and spatial aspects, as well the physicality of sound and aesthetics of noise. 

Christian Skjødt currently lives and works in Copenhagen, Denmark, and holds a Master's degree from the Royal Academy of Music in Denmark. He has done exhibitions at Overgaden - Institute of Contemporary Art, Copenhagen (2016); Museum of Contemporary Art, Denmark (2015);  A plus A Gallery, Venice (2015); Műcsarnok Kunsthalle Budapest (2014); Cruce Contemporáneo, Madrid (2014); 68 Square Metres, Copenhagen (2013), and participated in sound art festivals like Spor, Aarhus (2016), Üle Heli, Tallinn (2015); Sound Reasons, New Delhi (2015); Skan II / Skanu Mežs, Riga (2014); Verona Risuona (2012);  GAS, Göteborg (2012); Ostrava Days, Czech Republic (2011). 

Besides his solo career he has taken part in numerous collaborations, working interdisciplinary in the fields of composition, installation, theatre, dance and performance.
He is also the founder and curator of the vinyl imprint Tonometer, objectifying exploratory sounds and music. 

Christian Skjødt's residency has been made possible by a contribution by Nordic Culture Point.

Photo by Giovanni Bertani

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gränsen (in progress)

Hanna Wildow

Nadah El Shazly

Mohamed A. Gawad

Adham Hafez

Alva Willemark

Erik Malmsten

“You tell me a tale, and I will listen. The story is yours to voice, but it dies the moment it slips your lips. I will adore it, and I will betray it. Your language,
my language, and between the two a path of ravishment. Always in-between is the boundary, always the demarcation between your body and mine;
your language and me; your mouth and my ear; your hello and my good bye.”

Recently Swedish artist Hanna Wildow invited a group of Egyptian and Swedish multilingual practitioners, all working to some degree within and with their
own mother tongues; to enter a relation of some kind with her. Being drawn to interspaces within language, where words reach their own limitations,
Wildow’s invitation was one concerned with the act of translation. When not speaking each other's mother tongues; when language itself performs the very border of comprehension, what kind of disparate translations of each other’s work can we generate? Can we allow for our works to go errant, get lost, die,
and be reborn in an one another’s mouths? Can something utterly other be set in motion in a gap of hybridized languages?

The six artists are gathering to collectively construct a realm of trans-boundary practices; geographical movements as well as genre-crossing art works.
Together, in a week-long residency in EMS Stockholm this November followed by a second residency in Cairo in February 2018, they inquire about borders and boundaries, what these mean across languages, practises, artforms and geographies. As unknown outcomes, interdisciplinary presentations will take place in Stockholm and in Cairo.

gränsen is co-produced by Sarah El Miniawy, a Stockholm based music manager from Cairo, and made possible through the support of The Swedish Arts Grants Committee (Konstnärsnämnden) for Hanna Wildow. 

Ragnhild May's (DK) works are centered around the relationship between body and instrument. Musical instruments can be seen as extensions of the body, and her works explores their structures, systems and cultural connotations as well as acoustic qualities. 

Ragnhild May has been artist in residency at International Studio and Curatorial Program, she has studied at visual arts at The Jutland Art Academy (DK) and Academy of Fine Arts Vienna (AT) and composition at Milton Avery Graduate School of the Arts Bard College. 
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Photo credit: Phoebe D'heurle

An AIR-programme grant from Nordic Culture Point 
has made it possible to invite Ragnhild to work at EMS.

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Irene Cassarini is a composer and sound designer from Italy, known under the name of Guenter Råler.

Her music is an exploration between the fields of synthesis and beat-making off the time grid. She follows a free-form sonic flux of sharp sounds, where the atmospheres convey distorted impressions.

She has been working and recording at EMS during 2017, while she attended the Electroacustic Music composition course
at the Royal College of Music (Kungliga Musikhögskolan, KMH).

https://irenecassarinimusic.wordpress.com/ https://soundcloud.com/guenterraler
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Stephen McEvoy (recording under the name tuuun) is an Irish artist working with sound. His work, which draws upon techno, noise and rave, is a playful investigation of the potentialities of minimalism and improvisation. He is interested in the social possibilities that music offers, both in dealing with traumatic past histories, and in presenting new Utopian ways forward.

During his time in Stockholm, he will be working at EMS periodically.