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FESTIVAL OF EXPERIMENTAL FILM, MUSIC, DANCE AND POETRY
2. až 5. května 2018 od 19:30 hodin v Paralelní Polis, Dělnická 43, Praha 7 map

FESTIVAL SCHEDULE

Wednesday, May 2nd, 19:30: International Film Festival with works by Steve Whiteley, Müge Yildiz, Massimo Vito Avantaggiato, Charles Mason and Sheri Wills; Ensemble Terrible with works by Michal Nejtek, Gilberto Agostinho (premiere), Bruno Cunho (premiere), Petr Hora (premiere), and Ondřej Štochl. PROGRAM

Thursday, May 3rd, 19:30: International Film Festival with works by Martin Klušak, Einike Leppik (Einike will introduce her video); Steven Ricks (Steven will introduce his video); Stephen Weeks presenting "Four Seasons" and other poems and Lucien Zell performing texts and poetry; Jan Klamm, free improvisiational work "Mooncup Accident"; Toposkolectiv, site-specifc improvised music and dance. PROGRAM

Friday, May 4
th, 19:30: International Film Festival with works by Giuseppe Desiato, Gonzalo Perez and Sargento Pez, Hunter Ewen,Tom Baker and Corrie Befort; Michael Karman presenting texts "Call It A Mirror" and "Somewhere Ago" performed by members of the Echofluxx Ensemble; World Premiere documentary by Dan Senn of Jiří Suchánek followed by live performance by the artist. PROGRAM

Saturday, May 5th, 19:30: International Film Festival with works by Jee Seo, Egid Joechl, Cristobal Catalan, Brigid Burke; David Means and the Echofluxx Ensemble with Oskar Kubica, Michael Karman, Maureen Koelsch and Mary Garvie; Brigid Burke and Mark Zanter  PROGRAM

The Echofluxx festivals are rooted in the mindfulness of Cage, the interplay of risk-taking and self actualization, and a resistance to media specificity in art. As spied in the distance to the University of Illinois in Urbana in the 1960s and 70s, collaborating composers emerged working graphically, sculpturally, in dance, theatre, film and clay, and then through a natural post-graduate diaspora, to produce artifacts, organizations, performances and festivals world-wide, the sum of which increases today.




TOPOS KOLEKTIV is a project of six musicians (Marek Matvija–shakuhachi, Hana Hrachovinová–harp, Tomáš Kerle–percussions, Tereza Kerle–performance, Annabelle Plum–voice, Martin Klusák–keyboards) who concern themselves with site-specific eclectic improvisation. Each “concert” is a unique work of art created by the whole ensemble as an on-site composed improvisation. “Our ‘score’ is essentially a set of instructions for a musical and spacial performance which is prepared collectively. Everyone contributes, so the performance reflects the unique skills of each interpreter. At the same time, the score serves as a plan or a guideline and gives the performance its functional momentum,” says composer and dramaturge Martin Klusák about the creative process and the aim of the group.

“The performance site is an important source of inspiration for us. Before each performance, we research the space`s history, architecture and location as well as other qualities and subsequently include these aspects into our composition,” says performer Tereza Kerle about the site-specific component. The uniqueness of each production is based on a thorough exploration of the performance space which takes into account its acoustic-semantic characteristics and the musical-performance components of improvisation are subsequently tailored to the given space. The musicians chose improvisation for its playfulness and ability to react to exterior spatial conditions as well as to stimuli from other players.

“What fascinates me about improvisation is the fact that I have to listen and respond at the same time. It brings me to a state of heightened awareness, unlike the experience one has while performing written music,” adds Anna Friedländer, voice performer and the concept co-author. This approach allows the musicians to create a thrilling and unique site-specific project and invite their audiences for a truly unusual experience.

Topos  Performers Follow

terezaTereza Kerle (Prague) is performer, dancer, dance-teacher, choreographer and percussionist Tereza with a degree in site-specific performance at the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague. Her fields of interest are performance and dance. She also express herself by visual installations, spoken word, text, and rhythm, mostly with a site specific focus. The main themes of her work are transformation of consciousness, archetypes, myths, rituals, walking and wandering. She is the member of Topos Kolektiv and founding member of Cesta rytmu company, Zóna and Marimba Mama. SITE.

Annabelle Plum (Prague)
is a singer and a vocal performer. She uses her, more than three-octave, vocal range in contem
porary music, improvisation and jazz. Plum studied Theatre Arts at Brown University (USA) and Performance Design and Practice at Central St Martins (UK). She studied extended vocal techniques pioneered by Roy Hart as a personal student of Jonathan Hart Makwaia in France and USA. She lives In Prague since 2009, where she creates her own work and teaches experimental vocal techniques. From 2013 to 2015, she taught a course as guest lecturer at the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague (DAMU). Plum is one of the founders of Topos Kolektiv. SITE

Marek Matvija (Prague)
is a Czech master of the Japanese bamboo flute shakuhachi, and a performer of contemporary, improvised, and Japanese traditional ensemble and solo music. He graduated from the Centre for Audiovisual Studies of the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague (FAMU) and studied under Czech composer and shakuhachi player Vlastislav Matoušek. Since 2009, he has studied under the tutelage of Matoušek’s teacher, Mitsuhashi Kifū. In 2017, Matvija was awarded the title nattori shihan of the Kifū-kai, shakuhachi school of Mitsuhashi Kifu, and a performance name, Kimei, 貴明. Matvija has performed throughout the Czech Republic and in Japan, the Netherlands, Hungary, Slovakia, the USA, and Portugal. He is a member of Topos Kolektiv and the artistic director of the International Shakuhachi Festival Prague. SITE

Martin Klusák (Prague)
is a composer and sound artist based in Prague, Czech Republic, and currently is an MA degree student of composition at the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague. Having started as a film score composer and sound designer, he gradually became focused on concert and experimental works. Symbolism and inspiration in film speech are often the common aspects of his compositions. So far he has cooperated with major Czech musical formations and productions (BERG new music orchestra, Prague Philharmonic Choir, Czech Radio, etc.) and his pieces have been performed in the UK, France, Germany, and other European countries, as well as in the United States. His projects suceeded in a range of competitions, such as selection of Phonurgia Nova Awards 2016 in Paris, first prizes of the Prague Philharmonic Choir’s competition (Prague, 2012) and of “Generace” - competition of the Janáček May Festival for young composers of the Visegrad countries (Ostrava, 2014), awards for the best Czech electroacoustic compositions in the Musica Nova Competition (Prague, 2011, 2014), the audience prize in the Berg Orchestra’s competition (Prague, 2013), and other. Films with his original scores have been screened at major film festivals around the world, such as most recently at the Quinzaine des réalizateurs in Cannes (Happy End, dir. Jan Saska, 2016). Currently he researches the audiovisual counterpoint and possible links and crossovers between musical composition and film. He is also a co-founder of Topos Kolektiv - a project that researches site-specific approaches to music. In August 2016, the Electronmusikstudion (EMS) in Stockholm was having Martin on an artistic residency, and in September 2016 his project Topos Kolektiv was invited to perform at the Neu Now festival for emerging artists in Amsterdam.
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Tomáš Kerle (Prague)
is a music producer, percussionist and rhythmic facilitator. He has a passion for traditional and modern african rhythms which he studied in West Africa (Mali, Guinea-Conakry). During his career he has been working as a session percussionist and member of various international bands and artistic projects (eg. Marimba Mama, Ghana Dance Ensemble, All Star Refugee Band, Barati Squad, Soundokan). Since 2008 he has been organizing lectures, workshops and drum circles called Cesta rytmu. He is a core member of Prague based site-specific ensemble Topos Kolektiv. In 2017 he started together with his wife Tereza experimental live project Zóna.
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Echofluxx Description/popis festivalu


Echofluxx
is a festival of new media, texts, visual art, and experimental music produced by Efemera of Prague. This year it will again present international and Czech performers in a four-day festival at Paralelní Polis in Prague, May 2-5, 2018.

Echofluxx je festival nových médií, vizuálního umění a experimentální hudby produkované Efemera Prahy. Letos se opět představí mezinárodní i české interprety v čtyřdenním festivalem v Paralelní Polis v Praze, květen 2018 2-5.

Festival Concept/koncept festivalu
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The echo of the fluxus movement resonates in this time—an ongoing hedge against the exclusivity of discipline-specific art and music. Echofluxx, a festival of new media, art and music, presents a spectrum of new art and music, from experimental film and poetry, to experimental music and art. It uses an organic curatorial method, with artists suggesting artists who would like to present with other artists, and so on. The festival is made possible with the assistance of volunteer help and in-kind support.

Ozvěna Fluxus pohybu rezonuje v tomto časovém o probíhající zajištění proti exkluzivity disciplíny-specifické umění a hudby. Echofluxx, festival nových médií, umění a hudby, představuje spektrum nového umění a hudby, od experimentálního filmu a poezie až po experimentální hudbu a umění. Využívá organické kurátorský metodu, s umělci, což naznačuje, umělce, kteří by chtěli prezentovat s dalšími umělci, a tak dále. Festival je možné s pomocí dobrovolníků pomoc a in-laskavou podporu.

The banner at the top of this page is from a larger work by composer, performer and visual artist Brigid Burke of Melbourne, Australia.

 

DOCUMENTATION OF PAST
ECHOFLUXX FESTIVALS


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Opening Performance Orchestra
Fraction Music XI (hear)
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Susan Hefner & Michael Evans (hear)
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Ensemble Terrible
z_e_n by Martin Klusák (hear)
.Low by Petr Hora (hear)
Mysie mozgy by Miroslav Thot (hear)
Tarantelle by Jakub Rataj (hear)
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Echofluxx Ensemble
Sound-Houses: Floorpiece Five (hear)
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Camilla Hoitenga
The Sands of Time by Miyuki Ito (hear)
.Synchronie with Lenka Kozerková
by Yoshihis Taďra (hear)
....Silbern by Karola Obermüller (hear)
Beriliner Andenken by David Means (hear)




FamaQ PROGRAM - Karel Husa(*1921) (video), String Quartet no.4 “Poems” (1989), I. Bells, II. Sunlight, III. Darkness, IV. Hope, V. Wild Birds, VI. Freedom Daniel Matej (*1963) (video) Nice (2004/2011); Martin Burlas (*1955) (video) Panadol for string quartet and CD track (2006); Georg Friedrich Haas (*1953) (video), String Quartet no.5 (2007). Hong Kong New Music Ensemble PROGRAM - Sailing Along the Heart of Remembrance (video) by Austin Leung; Vexatious by Joungmin Lee (video); Vortex Illusion Mei-Fang Lin (video); Au Revoir, Svetozar by Rodney Waschka II (video); the hands we used to make were clay (video) by Sarah Westwood; Ding II by Stephen Yip (video). Mario va Horrik and Petra Dubach PROGRAM  - The Table Piece (video); Maciunas Ensemble PROGRAM - For Paul (video).  BITCOIN Cafe Performances PROGRAM - Marek Hlaváč (video); +x (video); Jiří Suchánek (video); Echofluxx Ensemble PROGRAM - Apropos of Not That (video).








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Echofluxx Ensemble, David Means, Director
Lucie Vítková, solo performance
John Keston, solo performance
Lenka Kozderková, work by Dan Senn
Lenka Kozderková, work by Lucie Vítková
Lenka and Markéta 1 of 2, ensemble work
Lenka and Markéta 2 of 2, ensemble work
Agnes Kutas 1 of 2, solo performance
Agnes Kutas 2 of 2, solo performance
Brigid Burke, solo performance
Phaerentz, solo performance
Dariusz Mazurowski, solo performance
Michal Kindernay, solo performance
Mark Zanter, solo performance
Puppenklinik Installation, Diana Winklerová
& Dan Senn (sound only)

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Echofluxx 11 Documentation

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Phill Niblock
, Phill & Katherine Liberovskaya, Katherine & Al Margolis, Al Margolis, Michal Rataj, Michal and Ivan Boreš, Ivan Boreš, Peter Szely, Martin Janíček & Petr Ferenc, Martin Blažíček & Krzysztof Topolski, Anja Kaufmann & Frances Sander, George Cremaschi, Hana Železná, Petra Dubach & Mario van Horrik, Hearn Gadbois.
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Stephen Weeks (CZ/UK)
is a writer, conservationist, and filmmaker.
For thirty years he lived in a twelfth-century castle in Wales, which he restored. For the last 14 years he has lived in Prague. His films, as writer/director/producer, include the horror films, I, Monster and Ghost Story. Sir Gawain and the Green Knight (and his own remake of it, Sword of the Valiant) are Arthurian romances, the latter starring Sir Sean Connery as the Green Knight. His novels include Daniela, a tragic love story set mainly in Prague 1944-’45, and Awakening Avalon, a supernatural thriller. His latest novel is The Nerve Doctor, a bizarre glimpse into the lives of two doctors setting up again in Prague in 1946. His return to making films is marked by The Pain of Mrs. Winterton, set in the last years of British India, and based on his novel to be published in 2017. He is still actively restoring castles in various parts of Europe .

Lucien Zell (CZ/US)
is a California-born poet who has lived 18 years in Europe where the press Dharmagaia have published three collections of his poetry: The Sad Cliffs of Light (1999), Eden's Midnight Playground (2003), and Bright Secrets (2006). His poems have also been published in The New Orleans Review, The Liberal, Cafe Irreal, and numerous other literary journals. Winner of first prize in the category of Vanguard Haiku by World Haiku Review, his haiku have appeared in The Heron's Nest and the forthcoming issue of Frogpond. Currently based in Prague, Zell's the frontman of the alternative rock band The Wavemen.


Jiří Suchánek (Brno)
is Czech sound and media artist, musician, and multimedia experimentalist. He studied in the atelier of video-multimedia-performance with Keiko Sei and Peter Ronai at the Faculty of Fine Arts at Brno University of Technology (1999-2005). During studies he explored relationship between sound and image in the context of time, and later in space. Some of his work was dedicated to developing his own MIDI interfaces. In 2005 he established audiovisual performance
group “Mateřídouška” for performance on festivals around Eastern Europe including Unsound on Tour, Rokolektive, Stimul, Exposition of New Music and otheres. He attended several workshops and study fellowships like CTM MusicMakersHacklab 2014, Timet  with Giardino Sonoro de la Limonaia, and STEIM. Since 2008 Jiří  is focused in building permanent audio-light installations that are often interactive and placed in a natural or public spaces such as in a cave, an astronomic observatory, a walk bridge. His aesthetic approach is synthetic as he connects sound, light, sculptural objects, electronics + code within carefully chosen spaces. His work confronts relationships between nature, technology and resilience/durability of electronic media in a wild climatic situations as he searaches for alternative situations and places to present his media art. Even so, the center of his work remains sound. Since 2009 Jiří has worked as an assistant at Department of Audiovisual Technology at Faculty of Fine Arts Brno University of Technology where he teaches AudioTechnology and History of SoundArt. He is currently a Ph.D. candidate at Janáček Academy of Music and Performing Arts with a thesis focused “Sonification and Aesthetics of Data-mapping” while teaching “Physical computing – interactive systems.” Jiří performance will be preceded by a documentary covering his life and aesthetic, a world premiere by the American film and sound artist, Dan Senn. SITE

Brigid Burke (Melbourne)
is an Australian com
poser, performance artist, clarinet soloist, visual artist, video artist and educator whose creative practice explores the use of acoustic sound and technology to enable media performances and installations that are rich in aural and visual nuances. Her work is widely presented in concerts, festivals, and radio broadcasts throughout Australia, Asia, Brazil, Europe and the USA. Recently she has been a recipient of an Australia Council Project Music Fellowship & new work commissions ‘Coral Bells’ & “Instincts and Episodes’ also Artist in Resident at Marshall University USA with a Edwards Distinguished Professor Artist Residency 2015 &17with ensemble BHZ, Indiana University but  and ADM NTU Singapore. Also recently she presented works on the Big screen at Federation Square Melbourne, Tilde Festival, ABC Classic FM, International Media Festival Echofluxx in Prague and Generative Art Festivals GA19 Italy. She has a PhD in Composition from UTAS The University of Tasmania and a Master of Music in Composition from The University of Melbourne. SITE

KlammJan Klamm (Prague)
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promoter and founder of Klang-und-Krach label. He will present "Mooncup Accident," a project  realized along with poet and visual artist Kristina Láníková (2013-2017) which is focused on sonic accidents manipulation. Whereas 90’s glitch, connected to laptop music, aestheticized garbage sounds, Mooncup Accident retrieve the genre by returning to the times when the word glitch meant nothing but defect. Voice, tape recorders, guitar, contact mics and neurotic moves are being used to develop the junkyard ethics: garbage does not turn into elaborated sound collages but irregular clusters. Like every well-functioning junkyard the music of Mooncup Accident is disorganized, layered, a bit dangerous but tempting and full of obscure stuff. Sometimes its  interesting, sometimes useless. (Photo: Martin Sýkora)


Mark Zanter (West Virginia)
is a composer/performe
r who has received commissions from the UIUC Creative Music Orchestra, CU Symphony, the American Composers forum, the WV Commission on the Arts, WVMTA, Due East, Solen Dikener, Rick Kurasz, Cetin Aydar, Ankara University Soloists, Lindsey Goodman, Trifecta!, Awea Duo and many others. He has appeared as a composer and performer on NPR’s Live at the Landmark, WILL, IPR, Second Sunday concerts, on WVPN In Touch With The Arts, is published by Les Productions d’OZ, Schott European American and MJIC Music publishing, his works have been performed nationally and internationally at festivals including, MUSIC X, June in Buffalo, The Cortona Contemporary Music Festival, NYCEMF, the Atlantic Center for the Arts. He is the recipient of grants/awards from The American Society of Composers and Publishers (ASCAP), The American Music Center (AMC), The American Composers Forum (ACF), Meet the Composer, The West Virginia Division of Culture and History, WV Music Teachers Association; in 2014 Lament and dream for string orchestra, piano and percussion received special distinction for the ASCAP Rudolph Nissim Award. Dr. Zanter is equally at home performing standard repertoire, creative music, and jazz and has appeared with orchestras, chamber groups, and improvisers, including the Huntington Symphony Orchestra, the Ohio Valley Orchestra, Sinfonia Da Camera, Anthony Braxton, Roscoe Mitchell, Leroy Jenkins, Vinko Globokar, George Lewis, Butch Morris, and Alphonse Mouzon. He has recorded with Deborah Richtmeyer, Vinko Globokar, and his recording of Composition 165 with Anthony Braxton received special mention in Downbeat Magazine. SITE


David Means (Minnesota)
studied architecture at the University of Illinois, where he participated in John Cage’s first Music Circus. He later pursued DMA studies in composition with Ben Johnston, Herbert Brűn, and Salvatore Martirano.  Since moving to Minnesota in 1978 he’s received numerous awards, fellowships, exhibitions and commissions from New Music America (Minneapolis, Hartford, Houston), IRCAM (Paris), Documenta 9 (Kassel), and received five McKnight Composer Fellowships since 1982. In 1997 he founded the Strange Attractors Festivals of Experimental Intermedia at Metropolitan State University, where he retired in 2017 as professor emeritus of music and intermedia art.
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Michael Karman was born some time ago in Northern California. His youth and some of his adult life was misspent in Southern California. He went to different schools here and there and was married and divorced a few times but has three talented sons and many lovely friends, so it all works out. He also writes poetry, paints, and photographs (the three P’s). He currently lives in Barcelona, Spain. Michael will be presenting texts "Call It A Mirror" and "Somewhere Ago" as performed by Mary Garvey, Maureen Koelsch, Oskar Kubica, and David Means. SITE



Maureen Koelsch (Minneapolis)
is a spirit on the wind. Dance, theater,
writing and collage are stirred, swirled and reconfigured by her creative imagination. Originally trained in the grounded modern dance of Mary Wigman via Margret Dietz her work also breathes the influence of other modern masters, improvisation, body mind centering, butoh, trapeze. She has explored, expanded, overturned and exploded the performance venue setting a trajectory from formal theatrical stage to alternative spaces, outdoor landscapes, roving choreography, intimate spaces and back to alternative small venues. (Dancing to the River was a moving of grief into action with community and colleagues just days after 9/11; Peace Project was a 3-part daylong rededication to peace in different sites with adults, children, artists and onlookers in an interactive public art work; To Have Come This Far gathered movement phases in Loring Park and set them to dance scores across the Armajani bridge connecting the park to the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden.) (As a performer she recently performed in Merce Cunningham's Field Dances as a component of the exhibition of work by Merce Cunningham/John Cage at the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis MN.) As an Imaginarian she develops and directs workshops that construct emotionally thoughtful creative environments for artistic experimentation. (Maps: Pathways & Passages for the Weisman Art Museum, Minneapolis MN; Twist & Shout, the new needle arts for Pelham Art Center, Pelham NY; Animals & Architecture for working Artist Retreat, Mount Vernon ME & Lanesboro MN). (Art Ingenuity Lab, Gravity & Levity, This Haunting, The Art of Surrender reimagining release resistance resilience, Incubate-Edit, Home Exile) listen w/the ear of a cricket, Wake Me When I'm Ready and Skinned: stories told & untold-hand head heart are her most recent workshops. She has a long and thriving creative relationship with David Means and Mary Garvie. (Together they have kicked up a lot of dust devils and created provocative and poignant work.) MORE

Oskar Kubica (Prague)
is from northern Moravia and found his way to music through friends in this musically rich location. Later he moved to Prague where he experimented with the artist group called „Frank Lambert“. Oskar joined Echofluxx in 2015 while selling beer at the bar at Trafačka which has since been razed. A year later, for E16, he joined the Ensemble as a percussionist. Nowadays Oskar can be found jamming in obscure Prague places with ad-hoc groups of musicians.


Mary Garvie (St Paul)
sings and makes fine pottery. She was a founding member of the Nobles eXperimental interMedia Group (Minnesota) and performed in several dance-theater works by Georgia Stephens (Minnesota). She has also been involved in collaborations with choreographer Maureen Koelsch, composer David Means, writers Jon Spayde and Michael Karman, and has performed with the Echofluxx Ensemble since 2016.

FILM FEST ARTISTS

Steven Ricks (Utah) (
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is described in BBC Music Magazine as a composer “unafraid to tackle big themes.” His works often include a strong narrative influence and theatrical flare. His monodrama Medusa in Fragments—for amplified piano, surround-sound electronics, and video soprano—is a multimedia tour-de-force that has been performed at festivals and venues around the world by pianist Keith Kirchoff. His music is performed and recorded by several leading artists and ensembles, including the New York New Music Ensemble, Talujon Percussion (NY), Hexnut (Amsterdam, NE), Links Ensemble (Paris, FR), Manhattan String Quartet, Earplay (SF), Empyrean Ensemble (SF), and violinist Curtis Macomber (NY). Steve will be joined by Brent Barson is a media design specialist working in interactive, motion, and typography/print media. He is an Associate Professor at Brigham Young University where he teaches and collaborates with colleagues. He speaks Italian and German and loves music, which often plays an integral part in his work. The text for the festival work is by Stephen Tuttle who joined the faculty of Brigham Young University in 2006, the same year he completed his PhD in Literature and Creative Writing at the University of Utah. He teaches courses in creative writing, fiction writing, and American literature. As a writer, he focuses on short fiction, and his stories have appeared in Crazyhorse, Black Warrior Review, The Gettysburg Review, Indiana Review, The Colorado Review, and other venues. Festival Work on Vimeo

Müge Yildiz (Turkey)
lives and works in Istanbul, studied Cinema (BA), Faculty of Communication at Galatasaray University, Cinema (BA-Erasmus) in Paris III Sorbonne Nouvelle, and studies Philosophy (MA) Institute for Social Sciences of Galatasaray University. She is interested in experimental film and video making, super 8 and other medium. Her work currently focuses on image itself as concept of Gilles Deleuzeimage-movement and image-time, her work is always related to cinema and she also writes articles on cinema and music in several art magazines and has participated in group exhibitions at prestigious institutions including Istanbul Modern and Pera Museum.
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Einike Leppik (Estonia)
is an composer and audiovisual artist living in
Tallinn and teaching audiovisual composition at the Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre. Leppik graduated from Antwerp Royal Academy of Arts (MA in Printmaking) in 2011 and later proceeded her studies at the Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre in Audiovisual Composition (BA 2014). In 2017 she received her Master’s degree in Classical Composition. During her studies she followed internships at (supervised by Riccardo Vaglini). Leppik has taken part in different masterclasses and her music and installations has been presented and performed in numerous festivals such as Estonian Music Days (Estonia), Summersound (Finland), Segnali (Italy), Videoformes (France), eviMus and InSonic (Germany). Leppik has been writing acoustic and electroacoustic music for different ensembles and solo instruments, her special interest is combining the field of sound with other forms of art. She has been composing also for short movies, dance performances, installations and her own audiovisual works. Her main interests in music is its synaesthetic quality, the emotional sensibility and the poetical experience of sound. SITE

Egid Joechl (Austria)
is a composer born in Kitzbuehel, Austria and currently lives in Graz. He studies composition and music theory at the Kunstuniversitat Graz. He composes in different musical styles and for various instrumentations, exploring the meaning of New Music. Film and fine art are also important impulse for him as a composer.


Jee Seo (NYC)
a Korean composer based in New York City. Jee began his international careers and was awarded the prizes at Val Tidone International Music Competition “Egidio Carella” Composition Competition in Casa Berni (Italy), the International Antonin Dvorak Composition Competition in Prague (Czech Republic) and the International Composers’ Forum and Competition BRUNO MADERNA in Lviv (Ukraine). His works have been selected and performed at festivals including C.A.T. Ensemble Call for Scores in Siena (Italy), Call for Scores “Risuonanze Festival 2017” in Friuli Venezia Giulia (Italy), The Boston New Music Initiative Call for Scores in Boston (USA), KALEIDOSCOPE Chamber Orchestra Call for Scores in Los Angeles (USA), Call for Collaborative Project Ensemble Móbile in Curitiba (Brazil), The International Symposium of New Music in Curitiba (Brazil), International Delian Academy for New Music in Mykonos (Greece), Aldebaran Music Festival in Brescia (Italy) and Hawaii Public Radio Art Song Contest (USA). And his works are published by Aldebaran Editions (Italy), Ablaze Records (USA). Jee is currently in Master of Music at Manhattan School of Music in NYC. Seo's work for the festival, for which he was the composer, included dancer by Sonia Yang, and videoographer/editor Daniel Smulkalla. It was produced & directed by Talksong Lee.

Hunter Ewen (Colorado)
is a dramatic composer, educator, and multimedia designer. During the day, Dr. Ewen teaches students strategies for digital creativity. At night, he composes, solders, choreographs, and videographs solo and collaborative projects around the world. His works rail against the faded borders that separate art from science, music from sound, and meaning from meaninglessness. Ewen values frenzy. He buzzes and sneaks and desperately loves. His work is soothing, startling, virtuosic, and absurd. It grooves with dense, layered textures. It lusts for yowls and yips and wails and squeals. For screams that masquerade as art. For clamor and deviance. His compositions swing from chandeliers. At The University of Colorado, Boulder, Ewen teaches composition, music technology, and sound as an Instructor of Critical Media Practices, in the College of Media, Communication, and Information. He also directs the BISoN iPad ensemble, the 64-Bit Composition Competition, serves on faculty of Reel Kids Theater Troupe, and works as the editorial assistant for Music Theory Online. His acoustic compositions garner awards and performances from SEAMUS, Punto y Raya, Ouroboros Review, The Playground Ensemble, Manchester New Music, CSU Fullerton, New Horizons Festival, MOXsonic, EMM, Electroacoustic Barn Dance, Gamma UT, Studio 300, and his graphic scores were featured prominently in the Pulitzer Prize nominated book, Armor, Amour, by Amy Pence. Ewen’s work has been performed across North America, Europe, Australia, and Asia by groups like the Beethoven Academy Orchestra, Cairo Symphony, Silesian Philharmonic, Greater Cleveland Flute Society, Science on a Sphere, Frequent Flyers Aerial Dance, Third Coast Percussion, Alarm Will Sound, and by distinguished performers like Greg Banaszak, Lina Bahn, and Bill Mooney. His installations have been seen in the Denver Museum of Art and the Roser Atlas Atrium at CU-Boulder. Ewen’s compositions and orchestrations are published by Ken Dorn, Alphonse LeDuc, Music Minus One, Theodore Presser, and Ewen’s own Skinny Dip Publications. SITE

Sheri Wills (Rhode Island)
is an artist whose work is based in film, video performance, and installation. Her work has been exhibited internationally, including one-person shows at the Director’s Lounge in Berlin, the Robert Beck Memorial Cinema in NYC, and the At Home Gallery in the former Šamorín Synagogue in Slovakia. Her films have been screened at venues including the London Film Festival, the International Film Festival in Rotterdam, and the Museum of Modern Art in New York and is included in the Rizzoli book, Sonic Graphics: Seeing Sound, by Matt Woolman.
Sheri Wills received an MFA in filmmaking and an MA in modern art history, theory & criticism, both from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She did her undergraduate work in Visual Arts at the University of California in San Diego. Her collaborations include live video projects with music composed by Jan Jirásek, Charles Norman Mason, Bright Sheng, and Ofer Ben-Amots and video performances with music ensembles, including the NYC choral group, Khorikos, the Providence String Quartet, Luna Nova New Music Ensemble, and Ensemble QAT in Montreal, at venues including Roulette in Brooklyn, the Firehouse Space in Bushwick, and the Czech Center in NYC. She is a Professor in the department of Film/Animation/Video at the Rhode Island School of Design and lives in New York City.
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Charles Norman Mason (Miami)
won the 2005-2006 Samuel Barber Rome Prize Fellowship in composition. Mason’s other awards include International Society for Bassists Composition Competition, Premi Internacional de Composició Musical Ciutat de Tarragona Orchestra Music prize, National Endowment of the Arts Artist Fellowship, Dale Warland Singers Commission Prize, BMI Young Composers Award, and Bourges Electro-Acoustic Composition Competition. His music has been performed throughout the world including the Aspen Summer Music Festival, Foro Internacional de Música Nueva in Mexico, and new music festivals in Prague, Bucharest, Bulgaria, and Sao Paulo. Dr. Mason is associate professor of composition at the University of Miami’s Frost School of Music and director of the Electronic Music studio. He is also executive director of Living Music Foundation, Inc. SITE

Cristobal Catalan (London)
is a commended artistic director, visual artist and film lecturer. Working principally in theatre, virtual reality and film, Cristobal's interests explore issues of voyeurism, perspective, ethnography, dance and emerging technologies. Cristobal's works have been screened and exhibited widely in academic, art and commercial contexts, including MOMA, BBC, MTV, Canal+ and the Sky Arts Channel. His works in screen dance and have also been selected for
numerous international film festivals, including London Soho Rushes, the International Film Festival of Cinematic Art and the London Spanish Film Festival. He has also formed and curated cultural programmes and acted as a judge in film festivals.“ SITE


Nicholas Senn (US)
is a Milwaukee-based artist and visionary born in Australia and trained in the US. He currently runs a sports promotional video service but has worked extensively as a film hand, documentarian and experimental filmmaker. He has a degree in film from the Peck School of the Arts in Wisconsin.
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Dan Senn (Prague-Wisconsin)
is an intermedia artist working in music composition, kinetic sound sculpture, experimental and documentary film. He has been a professor of music and art in the United States and Australia. Dan travels internationally as a lecturer, performer and installation artist living in Prague where he directs the Echofluxx festivals, and Watertown, Wisconsin, the USA, with his partner- collaborator, Caroline Senn. Dan's work moves freely between expressive extremes and languages depending upon the aesthetic joust at hand. He studied music (composition, French Horn, conducting) and art (ceramics) at the University of Wisconsin at La Crosse with Truman Daniel Hayes, Leonard Stach and William Estes, and at the University of Illinois, Urbana (composition), with Salvatore Martirano, Ben Johnston and Herbert Brün. His music is published by Smith Publications of Baltimore. His work for "Any Three Treble Instruments In the Same Key," called "Rivus," was released in 2015 by Ravello Records, along with works by Scotto and Cage and performed by the McCormick Percussion Group. In 2017 his work "Four Psams Modal" was premiered by the Kuhn Choir of Prague, and his "Seven for Piano" was premiered in February 2017 by Caroline Senn in Wisconsin. Dan founded Newsense-Intermedium of Tacoma, Washington, and cofounded Roulette Intermedium of New York City. He is the artistic director of Echofluxx which he cofounded with Anja Kaufmann in 2011.

 
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Ensemble Terrible (Prague) is composed mainly of students and graduates of the Music and Dance Faculty of the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague. The ensemble focuses on contemporary and experimental music of the 21st Century and was introduced to Prague audiences in the autumn of 2016 at a MeetFactory concert. An important social and aesthetic concern of the group is to assist bringing new audiences together by the simple selection of the presentation space. This was the case with recent concerts at Venus in Švehlovec, Pianka Dalibor, and Paralelni Polis for last year's Echofluxx 17, an interdisciplinary art festival.  This effectively links the academic environment with related forms of contemporary art. Ensemble Terrible rejects the division of art genres as well as judgments such as "high and low art," or even "good or bad art." What may now seem terrible, in time, may become terribly beautiful.
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Drei Familienstücke by Michal Nejtek video
Cartography #8 (premiere) by Gilberto Agostinho video
Les Cris de Brésil (premiere) by Bruno Cunho video
ConFashion (premiere) by Petr Hora video
Epilog by Ondřej Štochl video

Review by Lucia Maloveská


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Janina Alachnovič (Belarus)
is a student at the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague. She started to learn music theory at seven years old and play flute at eight. At the age of twelve, during study at Music school №1 in Minsk, she made her debut at music competitions in Minsk and Kaunas. In 2006 she won the 3rd prize The First Christian Festival “Blagovest” Minsk. At the age of sixteen Yanina decided for professional music education and continues her studies at Gymnasium-college of Arts “I. O. Akhremchik” in Minsk. In 2012 she won 2nd prize at the XVII International Competition n.a. E. Coca in Chisinau, Moldova and in 2013 and 2nd prize at the V International Competition “Surmi Bukoviny” Chernivtsi, Ukraine. Also as a soloist she performed with youth wind orchestra “Fanfares of Nemiga” on festivals in Belarus, Italy, France and Poland. In 2015 Yanina become a student of Jiří Válek’s and Mario Mesany’s in Academy of Performing Arts in Prague. She also studied at master courses with Samuel Coles, Michael Schmid, Janet Richardson and summer school in Diekirch, Luxembourg. Yanina performs in the concerts of classical, contemporary and improvisation music. From  2017 working as the flute teacher in The International School of Music and Fine Arts in Prague.
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Zabelov Roman (Belarus)
was born into a musical family in a small village Zhilich where he graduated local music school playing the accordion under the guidance of his father. In 2010 he graduated "Playing the Accordion" at the Prague State Conservatory and in parallel began to study composition. Since 2014, he studied composition at the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague led by Slavomíra Hořinka.He is an active musician/accordionist, working in the band Zabelov Group. He is also the author of theater music and music for films.

David Danel (Prague),
violin, received his musical education at the Janacek Conservatory of Music in Ostrava and at the University of Ostrava Institute of the Arts.  Mr. Danel has won prizes in several national and international competitions including the L. van Beethoven International Violin Competition and the L. Janacek Violin Competition Brno, appeared as soloist with orchestras in the Czech Republic and abroad, and he performed as soloist at such festivals as the Prague Spring, Contempuls, Forfest ao. Between 2000 – 2011 he was a member of the PKF - Prague Philharmonia and Guest Lecturer at the University of Ostrava. His strong interest in contemporary music is reflected in his performances with the new music group MoEns (formerly Mondschein Ensemble), the international Ostravska Banda, the Prague-based Early Reflections and in his artistic direction of ensemble Prague Modern (in 2015 the group was awarded Coup de Coeur Award by the French Academy of Charles Cros for the recording of Dai Fujikura music, appearances at Musica Strasbourg, Festival Besancon ao.). He is also a founder of a string quartet fama Q that has performed at the prestigious festivals such as Contempuls Prague, Prague Spring Festival, Israel Festival Jerusalem, Cluj Modern (Romania), ISCM World New Music Days, MusicOlomouc (CZ), Exposition of New Music Brno (CZ) etc., on concerts and tours to France, Japan, Romania, Slovakia, Spain and the USA. David Danel enjoys looking for ways to bring the violin into new mediums, and occasionally cooperates with dancers, choreographers, visual artists, narrators, he is a guest member of the Prague Improvisation Orchestra. He frequently premieres new works by Czech composers.
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Ondřej Štochl (Prague)
studied the viola (1989 – 1995) and the composition (1992 – 1996) at the conservatoire in Prague. He continued his studies under prof. Marek Kopelent at the Music Faculty of the Academy of Performing Arts (1997 – 2003). During his studies, he took part in various courses for the composers – under these lectors: Zygmunt Krauze, Paul Méfano, Vinko Globokar, Osvaldas Balakauskas or Guy Reibel. Simultaneously, he was getting a lot of experience in performing contemporary music. His works include chamber and orchestral pieces, sometimes with vocal or electronic element. He is artistic leader and viola player of the „Ensemble Konvergence“ and chairman of the composers group of the same name. He works on its projects as a dramaturgist of its concerts series and they take part in festivals of (not only) contemporary music (ENH Brno 2004, Forfest Kroměříž 2002, Mélos-Étos Bratislava 2003, Unerhörte Musik Berlin 2007, Prague premieres 2008, Prague spring 2009…). As a composer, he also took part in ISCM World music days 2007 in Hong-Kong as a representative of the Czech republic. Among interprets of his compositions (abroad and in the Czech republic) are various chamber groups (for example Luxembourg Sinfonietta, Ensemble Bern Modern, Moens Ensemble), soloists (Petr Nouzovský – violoncello, Karel Dohnal – clarinet, Cécille Boiffin – vibraphone, Iris Gerber or David Kalhous – piano) and orchestras (Moravian philharmony Olomouc, Prague chamber orchestra) Ondřej will also have a performance of his work "Epilog" on the concert. SITE.

Michael JERMÁŘ (Prague)
studies at the Prague Conservatory (prof. Pavel Fiedler, Pavel Škrna). In July 2014 he accepted the invitation of excellent French saxophonist Philippe Portejoie to study in his class at the Conservatoire ŕ Rayonnement Régional de Paris, the Paris Conservatory, where he stays 2014-2016 studying both schools simultaneously. In 2016 Michael begins his Bachelor studies at the University of Ostrava (prof. Zbigniew Kaleta, PhD.), in the same year he graduates at Prague Conservatory playing Jacques Ibert’s Concertino da camera accompanied by the Conservatory orchestra and giving a Graduation recital. In academic year 2017/2018 he does his Erasmus+ Programme at the Uniwersytet Muzyczny Fryderyka Chopina (UMFC - Chopin University) in Warsaw, where prof. dr. hab. Paweł Gusnar and Mgr. Pablo Sánchez-Escariche Gasch lead him. In 2014 Michael recorded the saxophone episode of “Filharmonici na ulici,” a show by the Czech Television, and premiered “Three pieces for alto saxophone solo” by Hanuš Gočár. In 2018/2019 he is looking forward to premiere “BACH’erevko,” a piece written and dedicated to him by world-famous French composer François Rossé. Under the baton of flutist Philippe Bernold, Michael performed Ravel’s Boléro with the Janáček Philharmonic Ostrava and collaborated with the Czech Philharmonic Student Orchestra as well as the Orchestre Symphonique du CRR de Paris. He is a member of Ensemble Terrible, a contemporary project that works under the Academy of Performing Arts Prague, and plays in the Chopin University Bigband. SITE

Daniel Petrásek (Prague),
cellist, studied at Prague Conservatory in the class of Tomáš Strašil and continued his studies at Academy of Performing Arts in Prague with Mikael Ericsson. He graduated as a member of Ančerl Quartet, with specialization in Chamber Music - String Quartet. He is a leader of violoncello section in West Bohemian Symphony Orchestra. He is also active in teaching music. Apart from regular teaching, he founded the workshop Cellování together with cellist Vojtěch Urban.
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Michal Nejtek (Prague)
was born in Litomerice in northern Bohemia where he studied piano and composition at the Conservatory of Teplice. He continued his studies in composition with Svatopluk Havelka at HAMU in Prague (1998 – 2003) completing his degree with the chamber opera “Dementia Preacox.” He has been commissioned by the Warsaw Autumn Friends Foundation (Warsaw Autumn Festival) writing “Distress Sonata” (2002), by the Donaueschinger Musiktage writing “Thorn Into the Flesh” (2002), by the Klangspuren Festival writing “Frame Dreams” (2006), and by the Dutch group DE VOLHARDING writing “Irritating of Inland” (2003) which was premiered in Prague at the ARCHA Theatre. He has worked with The Plastic People of the Universe producing an orchestral version based on texts by Ladislav Klíma “Obešel já polí pět” (“I Have Gone Five Fields”, 2002) premiered at the ROXY club in Prague. Michal composed an arrangement for the legendary “Pašijové hry” (Passion Play, 2004) premiered at the ARCHA Theatre. Among his major works for the stage include the madrigal “Lamenti” for five voices and seven instruments which was based thematically on a fragment of the “Lamentations of Ariadne” by Claudio Monteverdi. This, like the opera “Dementia Praecox”, was directed by Jiří Heřman. More recently he has written “U cíle” “On Target” as directed by Arnošt Goldflam for the Komedie Theatre (2004); “Klářiny vztahy” (“Clara's Relationships”, 2005) directed by Ivan Řezáč for the Švanda Theatre; “Milada” (2007) directed by Jiří Ornest for the Na Zábradlí Theatre; “Exit 89”(2009) directed by Jiří Havelka for the Archa Theatre; “Radúz a Mahulena” (2011) directed by SKUTR for the National Theatre Brno; “Medea” (2011) directed by Braňo Mazúch for the Lubuski Theatre. etc. Since 1998, he has been active as a pianist, composer and repertory planner in the AGON Ensemble, which in May 2002 gave a profile concert of his pieces in the Archa Theatre. Since 1995 he has played in Prague jazz groups and now plays keyboards in jazz and rock bands like NTS, Face Of The Bass, Limbo, David Koller Band, Michal Pavlíček. Michal's work on this concert is "Drei Famiiienstücke.
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Gilberto dos Santos Agostinho Filho was born in Osasco, Brazil, in 1986. After composing only as a hobby during his studies of physics,i n 2006 he decided to fully dedicate himself to music. Agostinho holds a masters degree by the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague, where he studied under the supervision of Luboš Mrkvička. In 2017, he started his PhD studies at City, University of London, under the supervision of Newton Armstrong on the subject of musical mapping. Agostinho has composed works for several formations, from short piano pieces to orchestral works, as well as electroacoustic pieces. He employs algorithmic techniques to produce both instrumental and electroacoustic compositions. The main aspect of his compositional technique is the use of probabilistic and generative methods to automatically produce complete pieces of music by computer programs, be they instrumental or electroacoustic. In the case of instrumental music, these computer programs output scores which are ready to be performed. Gilberto's's work on this concert, a first performance, is "Cartography #8". YouTube

Bruno Cunho (Brazil)
received his bachelors degree at Universidade de Brasília where he studied with the composer and anthropologist Flávio Santos Pereira. A portion of Brunos work, which have been played played on festivals and radio  in Brazil, Mexico, Sweden and Czech Republic. incorporate a method hypertextual discourse. He currently studies with the composer Michal Rataj at HAMU in Prague. Bruno's work on this concert is the premier of "
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Petr Hora (Prague)
was born in Chrudim and studied organ and composition at the Conservatory of Teplice. Then he continued his studies in composition with Hanuš Bartoň and Luboš Mrkvička at the Music faculty of the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague. Petr's work on this concert will receive its first performance and is called "ConFashion."



Ondřej Štochl"- Epilog"




ECHOFLUXX ENSEMBLE


In a Curious Way
is for movement, images, voices, clarinet, guitar, and touch pads.  Shapes, images, sounds, and voices combine to form an improvisational movement opera based on a set of drawings from 1975. In a Curious Way traces imaginary and surreal pathways and mannerisms of three characters and four musicians as they interact with amplified scores, projected images, and movement patterns within an imaginary space. David Means (director) – touch pads and amplified scores, Maureen Koelsch – choreography, Mary Garvie – voice, Brigid Burke – clarinet, Mark Zanter – electric guitar, Michael Karman – touch pads, Oskar Kubica – touch pads.

The Echofluxx Ensemble began in 2012 at the invitation of Dan Senn, founding artistic director and producer of the Echofluxx Festivals of New Media, Music and Art, based in Prague. Established by David Means and Michael Karman, the ensemble has featured a number of internationally renowned musicians and artists including  Joanna Adamczewska (PL), Brigid Burke (Aus), John Keston (US), Agnes Kutas (Budapest), Lucie Vitkova (Brno), Mark Zanter (US), and Ladislav Železni (CZ).

FILM FEST ARTISTS

Tom Baker (Seattle)
has been active as a composer, performer, and producer in the Seattle new-music scene since arriving in 1994. He is the artistic director of the Seattle Composers’ Salon, co-founder of the Seattle EXperimental Opera (SEXO), an advisory board member of the Washington Composers’ Forum, founder of the new-music recording label Present Sounds Recordings, and is currently professor of composition at Cornish College of the Arts. Tom has received awards and grants for his work from many organizations, including Meet The Composer, the Mayor’s Office of Arts and Cultural Affairs, 4Culture, and Artist Trust. He has been an artist-in-residence at the Atlantic Center for the Arts in Florida and the Montalvo Arts Center in California. His works have been performed throughout the United States, in Canada and in Europe. Tom is also active as a performer and improviser, specializing in fretless guitar and live-electronics. He has recorded seven albums, including two solo records. Triptet, a trio with Michael Monhart and Greg Campbell, recently released its third album, Figure in the Carpet, on Brooklyn-based Engine Records. Tom has worked with many innovative musicians, including Stuart Dempster, William O. Smith, Christian Asplund, Chinary Ung, Ellen Fullman, Matana Roberts, and Henry Threadgill.
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Corrie Befort (Seattle)
is a dance artist working between visual design, choreography, and video to translate sensation-based ideas into performances, films and scores.  Her primary workspace is the body, in constant synesthetic interplay with images, color and sound. She has been presented/commissioned internationally, creating award-winning works for stage and screen since 2000. Her dance films have twice been commissioned by The Institute for Complex Adaptive Matter and have won awards in Los Angeles (Dance Camera West) and Portugal (InShadow). She has been in collaboration with composer Tom Baker since 2002, co-directs performance companies LIMITS with Jason E Anderson, Befort&Graczyk with Beth Graczyk (NYC) and Salt Horse (2008-2015). She designs scenography for these projects and for artists including Cherdonna, Mark Haim, Mary Sheldon Scott and Deborah Hay soloists. Recently Befort created performance scores for Seattle’s Henry Art Museum within Ann Hamilton’s the common SENSE, LIMITS’ dance film A Rendering screened in the CROSSROADS Festival at the San Francisco MoMA and she is currently dancing in Katherine Cook’s quartet necessary and sufficient at CoCA, Seattle. Befort is a Dance for Parkinson's master teacher, has developed dance classes for people in recovery from homelessness, addiction and trauma through Path with Art and teaches dance filmmaking at Cornish College.
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Giuseppe Desiato (Boston)
is a composer and saxophonist currently living in Boston, Massachusetts. His approach to composition has always been made as a continuous research on the malleability of the sound. Every material is meticulously chosen and deeply crafted to create multi-layered structures that just give an idea of clarity and strength. Many of his compositions are influenced by shapes, landscapes, architectures and video art. Desiato's upcoming and past previous collaborations include performances by Yarn/Wire ensemble, Dario Calderone,Anna Clementi, Hugh Watkins, Alexandra Wood, Sepura Brass Septet and Chroma Ensemble among others. His recent works have been played in festivals such as: Mise-en place Festival 2017, Gaudemaus Muziekweek 2016, Emufest 2016, Festival ArteScienza 2016 and Le Forme del Suono 2015.


Gonzalo Pérez (Uruguay)
is a guitarist and composer born in Montevideo, Uruguay. He attended the "Escuela Universitaria de Música, Universidad de la República" (Uruguayan State University) obtaining a degree in Composition in 2011. He now works teaching Composition and Analysis at the same university. Other studies involve: Architecture, Communication Sciences, Music Teaching, Classical Guitar and Piano. Since 2002, performs guitar in local countryside music and tango groups, also working in the musical arrangements. Since 2004, creates original music for different instrumental settings, for electronics, and for collective projects, including contemporary dance, video, theater and plastic art.

S
argento Pez
(Uruguay)
discovered his passion for visual arts early in his life. What started out as a hobby became his livelihood: he's been working professionally in the area for ten years now for different companies and now works as a freelance Animator and Illustrator. He's also on the last stages of his four year Bachelor's Degree in Design at the Architecture Faculty of the Universidad de la República in Montevideo, Uruguay.

Steven Whiteley (USA)
is a New York-based/nomadic composer and sound artist working with sound, performance, and intermedia. He is interested in exploring the perception of the self and embodied and fragmented consciousnesses in the context of internet culture under late capitalism in the age of the Anthropocene. His works have been awarded and featured at such festivals as the Dublin Music Current Festival, MA/IN Matera Intermedia Festival in Italy, Montreal Contemporary Music Lab (MCML), National Student Electronic Music Event (NSEME) at the University of North Texas, Los Angeles Emerging Artist's Festival (LAEAF), the MATA Festival in NYC and others. He was composer in residence and is a fellow at I-Park Inc. in East Haddam, CT and has been active as a performer in the New York and Montreal DIY music scenes, having toured Europe, the UK, Canada, and the USA with different projects. He holds a Bachelor of Music in Music Composition and World Religions Studies from McGill University where he studied composition under Melissa Hui and Philippe Leroux. SITE


Massimo Vito Avantaggiato's
 (Milano)
work revolves around research processes combined with experimental video and experimental electronic music. Recently his interest has moved towards Multimodal Interaction in Virtual Environments (selected for a stage @ Aalborg University, Denmark, 2011) and towards adaptive sound design and music (Music and Screen Media Conference 2014, Liverpool; ATMM2014, Ankara, Turkey). For him, music is a medium through which the inner spiritual essence of all things is revealed and shared. He took a master degree in Electroacoustic Composition with full marks at “Giuseppe Verdi” Conservatoire in Milan and a master degree as a Sound Engineer. He’s actually completing a Master course in composition.  MORE