on Musicians and Composers
percussion, composer, b. 1971) studied
at Bennington College with percussionist Milford Graves receiving
an MFA in 2000. A native of Georgia, he moved to Baltimore, MD
in 1991 to attend the Peabody Conservatory, and later study with
composer Stuart Saunders Smith. Since
1997 Jeff has dedicated his energy to
working as an improviser. His vocabulary is a synthesis of new-music
ideas and structures informed by an understanding of diverse musical
styles. Actively performing and collaborating with a wide range of musicians, and choreographers in the U.S. and Europe he
contributes a unique approach towards sculpting the form, focus,
intensity and dynamic qualities of the music.
The broad spectre of his capacity as an improviser may be underlined
by the fact that he frequently shares the stage in a duet setting
with one of the most spontaneous saxophonists of our time, Charles
Gayle, and, on the other hand, with European avant-garde composer,
with Chris Forsyth, and Estelle Woodward, he organizes the annual
festival Improvised and Otherwise, in Brooklyn, N.Y., since
info at: http://www.generaterecords.net
Badlands ; top floor encounter ; bodies of water ; Spy Satellite
; RARA AVIS ; the temperature dropped again
(viola, violin) was a longtime member of Ensemble Modern, one
of the worldwide leading groups for contemporary music, and
played many years with the Chamber Orchestra of Europe. He studied
with Rainer Moog, Cologne, Nobuko Imai, Utrecht and Sandor Végh
at the Mozarteum of Salzburg. He also worked as a member and
soloist of the Camerata Academica Salzburg, directed by Sandor
Since 1995, he holds a professorship for viola and chamber music
at Musikhochschule Wuppertal, a branch of the Cologne Music
Academy. He continues pursuing an international career as chamber
musician and soloist. He is equally interested in traditional
and new music and his CD productions reflect this span of activities.
He often performs with Ensemble Prometheus, Brussels, and, since
1999, he is artistic director of the chamber music concert series "Musik
auf dem CronenBerg".
in the bird
EICHMANN (composer, piano, born 1966)
is one of the most versatile personalities in contemporary avant-garde
music. His compositions have been performed on international festivals
by renowned ensembles, as a pianist and improviser he is actively
involved in many international collaborations, and he has been
organizing the oaksmus studio concert series in Berlin
and the attached CD label for several years. He believes that
all creative artistic effort springs from the socio-political
context and in so far necessarily and always is a reflexion of
contemporary political issues.
read more at: http://www.dietrich-eichmann.de
in the bird ; frühe sammlung
einiger nacht portionen ; Game and Earnest ; tripwire ; Entre
deux guerres ; the temperature dropped again
FUCHS (contrabass clarinet, bass
clarinet, sopranino saxophone) was born in 1949 in Landau/Palatine.
He studied clarinet at the Music Academy of Karlsruhe. In 1974
he moved to Berlin where he began to work regularly with the FMP
(Free Music Production). In 1983, Fuchs founded the King
Übü Örchestrü which he leads until today.
Since 1986, he also conducts the workshop ensemble berlin factory.
He performs worldwide with Fred Van Hove and Paul Lytton,
(trio ‘Berliner Begegnung’), with Peter van Bergen and
Hans Koch (trio ‘Holz für Europa’), and with Thomas
Lehn and Fabrizio Spera (trio ‘Lingua’). Fuchs also collaborates
frequently with musicians like Cecil Taylor, Tony Oxley, Evan
Parker, and Georg Katzer.
more at: www.shef.ac.uk/misc/rec/ps/efi/efmusidx.html
CDs: Lingua (see also: www.fmp-online.de)
(piano, composer) was born in 1961 in Baden-Baden. Today, he lives
and works in Berlin. A regular solo and ensemble performer at
all the major New Music festivals, he has appeared at Carnegie
Hall and the Berlin Philharmonie with such eminent
groups as ensemble recherche, Ensemble 13, as well as with Deutsches
Sinfonieorchester, Sinfonieorchester des Südwestrundfunks,
and Sinfonieorchester des Saarländischen Rundfunks. His performances
have been documented in numerous radio broadcasts and on CD. His
as a composer concentrates on developing new forms of contemporary
opera from within the interdisciplinary range of audio-visual
art. He regularly produces music for audio plays on German radio,
usually in partnership with director Christiane Ohaus.
read more at: http://www.christophgrund.de
hole in the bird ; Farbtonstücke ; Game and Earnest ; Entre
(double bass) was born in Rochester, New York, USA, in 1972. After
musical studies at the Montgomery Community College he studied
bass with Vattel Cherry. In Baltimore he joined the John Dierker
Ensemble where he already met Jeff Arnal, and played with such
musicians as Toshi Makihara, Will Redman, and Jonathan Vincent.
Since 1999 he lives as a freelance musician in Hamburg, Germany.
In the U.S. Hughes perform with various Ensembles in many festivals.
With guitarist Jerry Lim, he recorded a duo for Mass Particles
record label in 1997.
CDs: top floor encounter
Stroh Violin, composer)
was born in London (1959). He studied music at London University,
violin with Clarence Myerscough at the Royal Academy of
Music and electronic music with Hugh Davis and Michael
Graubart. Active both as an improvising musician and composer,
he formed several groups which toured in Europe to critical acclaim.
He also composed for dance, film and theatre, played live to silent
films, worked as a session musician and as an actor and scriptwriter.
In 1995 he moved to Berlin and continues there to pursue an international
career as an improviser, interpreter, composer and performer of
absurd music-theatre pieces. His previous solo stage works
"Stage Fright" (1992) and "Violin
Gymnastics" (1998) are an amalgam of music, film,
text and choreography. As an improviser he has performed and recorded
with such luminaries as Tony Oxley, Evan Parker, Tristan Honsinger,
Phil Minton, Louis Moholo, Aki Takase, Jon Rose and Sainkho Namchylak,
on numerous CD releases and has appeared in major festivals world-wide.
As an interpreter he has worked closely with the composers John
Cage, Christian Wolff, John Tilbury, Hermann Keller, Klaus Lang
and Peter Ablinger. He currently plays with the groups Wireless
(with tubist Robin Hayward), Aki Takase’s Dempa and the
contemporary music ensemble SPOK.
CDs: Portrait in Shellac
acoustic and electric guitars) was born in 1964 in Karlsruhe.
He studied at the Karlsruhe Music Academy, firstly guitar with
Wilhelm Bruck, then composition with Mathias Spahlinger and Wolfgang
Rihm. Kremp works as a freelance composer, guitarist, educator,
and critic. He received numerous prizes for his compositions which
have been performed by many renowned soloists and ensembles, among
others the Ensemble Modern, Ensemble Aventure and
soloists of the Symphony Orchestra of the SWR Baden-Baden and
Freiburg. Since 1993,
he teaches at the Karlsruhe Music Academy. His work catalogue
also contains theatre music works which toured internationally.
CDs: Game and
synthesizer) lives in Cologne since 1980 and studied sound engineer
and piano at the Music Academies of Cologne and Detmold. As a
pianist, he performed in numerous chamber music ensembles like
Trio Dario, Mengano Quartett and Nova Ensemble
Wuppertal. Since 1989, he uses analogue synthesizer systems
which enable direct action and reaction in live concerts through
immediate access to the separate elements of electronic sound
synthesis. He performs regularly with musicians like Radu Malfatti,
Erhard Hirt, and Martin Theurer, as well as with trio Lingua,
with Wolfgang Fuchs and Fabrizio Spera.
read more at: http://www.thomaslehn.de
Lingua (see also: www.fmp-online.de)
guitar, vocals, clarinet, euphonium) was born in 1957 in Curitiba,
Brazil. He studied guitar and composition in Parana and Berlin
with, among others, Dieter Schnebel and Witold Szalonek. Since
1987, Mello lives in Berlin where he works as composer, guitarist,
and singer. His compositions have been performed at festivals
like Donaueschinger Musiktage, Inventionen (Berlin),
Pro Musica Nova (Bremen), Musica Viva (Munich),
and Neue Musik Rümlingen.
violao de dois ; Do lado da voz
MINTON (vocals) was born in 1940 in Torquay, U.K. He
started his musical career as a trumpeter. On moving to London
he played trumpet and sang with the Mike Westbrook Orchestra with
whom he toured worldwide. In 1974 Phil Minton began working with
experimental theatre groups and formed the vocal group Voice
with Maggie Nicols and Julie Tippett in 1975, and from 1976 through
the early 1980s he worked solo and in a number of improvising
duos with Fred Frith, Roger Turner, Peter Brötzmann, and
others. Solo and duo improvised music was mixed with more ‘multi-media’
work. Veryan Weston and Phil Minton began their collaboration
in 1987 which led to many different projects.
Phil Minton was voted best Male Singer in Europe by International
In 1994, Phil Minton began the 'Feral Choir' project in Stockholm
and Berlin and the 'Giving Voice' Festival in Cardiff, a series
of workshops and rehearsals of compositions specially written
for participating performers. In the same year he also toured
the US with Bob Ostertag's electronic piece, Say no more.
read more at: http://www.shef.ac.uk/misc/rec/ps/efi/mminton.html
MOCKŪNAS, Lithuanian clarinet and saxophone player, band leader and composer,
born in 1976 in Panevezys, Lithuania. Mockūnas began studying
and playing music at the age of eight. He studied classical clarinet
with A. Doveika at the Vilnius M. K. Ciurlionis Art Gymnasium
and saxophone at Lithuanian Musical Academy with V. Chekasin and
received his Master Degree in the year 2002. Since 1999 he studies
at Rhythmic Music Conservatory in Copenhagen, Denmark.
Mockūnas won many international prizes for jazz. With his
former teacher V.Chekasin he played at many European festivals
since 1988. He played with nearly all Lithuanian jazz musicians,
sometimes with symphony orchestras, with "Sv.Kristoforas"
chamber orchestra and "Gaida" ensemble. His regular
duo partner in Lithuania is Arkady Gotesman. They also from a
trio with Estonian guitar player Jaak Sooaar.
After the turn of the millennium Mockūnas has gradually
made a name in Denmark as a co-leader of Mockūnas -Pasborg
sextet, trio "M.A.P" (with Jacob Anderskov - piano,
and Stefan Pasborg - drums), "Revolver" and "Red
Planet", and as a member of Copenhagen Art Ensemble. He also
wrote theater and film scores.
Mockūnas , who is part of an up-and-coming new generation
of performers, is a representative of a young Lithuanian jazz
generation, he is a mature and experienced musician who has played
in many parts of Europe, the USA and China. This reed player works
with highly unorthodox mixtures, with sounds ranging from expressive
instrumental burnouts over filmic horror to apocalypse-hymns and
transcendent bells. His music may be unpredictable with an energized
mixture of free jazz, lyricism and mid-European expressionism.
CDs: Mockūnas/Pasborg Project ; ¬rød planet ; TOXIKUM ; revolver
NOWITZ (composer, vocalist, whistler) was born
in 1968 in Buch am Erlbach, Bavaria. Today he lives in
read more at www.nowitz.de
vocals, euphonium, composer) was born in 1957 in Sao Paulo, Brazil.
She studied guitar and composition at the University of Sao Paulo.
In 1986 she received a ‘Master of Music’ in ‘Third Stream’ from
the New England Conservatory of Boston. Since 1987, she lives
in Berlin where she works as composer and guitarist, among others
with groups like 13th Tribe, or Arnold Dreyblatt’s
Orchestra of Excited Strings. With these projects and as
a soloist, Silvia tours worldwide.
read more at: http://
violao de dois
was born in 1964 in Karlsruhe. Studies with Eugen Werner Velte,
then with Wolfgang Rihm, occasionally with Luigi Nono and Morton
Feldman. On the side studies in mathematics. Member in Velte’s
"Gruppe kreative Musik" for experimental and free improvisation,
from which later emerged the duet "chrisandre pur" with Christoph
Research in acoustics (Zeit tones and phantom tones,
see booklet of CD "Farbtonstücke" for details),
musicology (reverse combination tones) and computer architecture.
Numerous scholarships and awards. He worked many years on high
precision metrology, focussing on Rauschtheorie and spectral
and heuristic metrology.
After 1993 he withdrew from the New-Music-Business and composed
about 100 jazz ballads in standard notation, which are
still unpublished except for the arrangement of "winter blue"
for piano solo (as "winterblue piano" included in the Farbtonstücke).
Currently he builds up a studio for electronic music.
The world première of Raseghi’s Dylan Thomas Songbook
took place at oaksmus concerts in February, 2002.
more at: www.raseghi.com
saxophone, guitar) was born in Hamburg in 1972. He studied classical
guitar in Bremen. At the same time he discovered the saxophone
as his main instrument. Since early 2000 he lives in Berlin and
studies saxophone with Wolfgang Fuchs. He was a founding member
of the Bremen ensemble X-POL, where he played with Christoph Ogiermann,
Torsten Müller and Dror Feiler. From X-POL the electro-acoustic
quartet ilin-x also emerged, with Scherzberg, Serge Baghdassarians,
Boris Baltschun, and Jacob Thein. Eventually, this quartet performed
at the Total Music Meeting 2000 in Berlin. With Dietrich
Eichmann and Astrid Weins he forms The Straight Trio, since
2001. This trio did their first USA tour in April/May 2002.
additional info at: http://www.ilin-x.de
top floor encounter ; tripwire, Nordzucker
improviser: piano, electronics)
Born in 1970, she grew up in Berlin. Autodidactically
dedicated to piano and improvisation since 1976. Active
member of East Berlin’s alternative music
community. Studied composition at Hochschule der Künste Berlin. Rhythmic
studies at Musikhochschule Stuttgart. In Stuttgart she founded the ensemble for
experimental and improvised music, u n t e r t o n, with Anja Füsti,
percussion, and Oliver Prechtl, electronics. She initiated and organized the
series momentmusik at Theater Rampe Stuttgart, and organized concerts
for Gedok e.V. Stuttgart. She moved back to Berlin in 2005.
Marit won several grants and fellowships, she is an internationally active musician
as a soloist and in many ensembles, she appeared in festivals like CAMP 03: International
Festival for experimental music and visual arts, Kirchentellinsfurt 2003, Klangraum-Festival
Stuttgart 2004, Setmana de la Música Experimental a Metrònom, Barcelona
2005. She performed with Jo Ambros (Stuttgart/Berlin), Alban Bailly (Nancy),
Boris Baltschun (Berlin), Alessandro Bosetti, (Berlin), Michel Doneda (Toulouse),
Axel Hanfreich (Stuttgart), Chris Heenan (Los Angeles, Stuttgart), Günter
Heinz (Dresden), Volker Illi (Reutlingen), Jörg Kallinich (Tübingen),
Thomas Maos (Tübingen), Alfredo Costa Monteiro (Barcelona), Carsten Netz
(Stuttgart), Christian Reiner (Berlin/Wien), Bernd Settelmeyer (Stuttgart), Laurenz
Theinert (Stuttgart), vestige vertical (Lothar Fiedler, Michael Vorfeld, Michael
Walz, Berlin), Liba Villaveccia (Barcelona), Maciej Walczak (Stuttgart/Lodz)
electronics) is involved in experimental music since the end of
the 1980’s, as performer as well as organizer, and focusses on
free improvisation. He performed with musicians like Peter Kowald,
Jon Rose, Dagmar Krause, Tom Cora, Conrad Bauer, Tristan Honsinger,
Phil Minton, and Barre Phillips, on many international festivals
– for instance Controindicazioni (Rome), London Musician’s
Collective, Musique Actuelle (Victoriaville), Jazzhaus
Festival (Cologne), Alternativa (Prague), Total
Music Meeting (Berlin). His work also embraces radio works
and theatre music.
and baritone saxophones) was born in 1967 in Berlin. He studied
saxophone at the Hochschule der Künste Berlin with Detlef
Bensmann and Christof Griese. Since 1984 an active musician in
Jazz, Classical and Avantgarde Chamber Music, and in orchestras,
he did many radio and CD recordings, among others at the SWR,
with Sony Music Germany, and, also as composer, at the Hochschule
der Künste Berlin. He has performed in many ensembles and
orchestras at international festivals, for instance with Ensemble
Modern, Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin, and Philharmonie
Game and Earnest