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FESTIVAL OF EXPERIMENTAL FILM, MUSIC, DANCE AND POETRY
1. až 4. května 2019 od 19:30 hodin v Paralelní Polis, Dělnická 43, Praha 7 map

ECHOFLUXX ENSEMBLE
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Echofluxx Ensemble

The Echofluxx Ensemble will present Perfect for voices, touchpads, images, and soundtrack. Libretto in eleven boxes by Michael Karman. Images by Magnolia Stephens Realized and performed by the Echofluxx Ensemble David Means, director, voice, touchpad, and soundtrack Michael Karman, librettist, touchpad Mary Garvie, voice, Oskar Kubica, touchpad, and Matthew Manowski, touchpad.

Five characters set out to discover a future perfect, one forged out of a labyrinth of language, longings, and reflections on time and temperament. “Future, past and present merge and splinter and recombine over and over again until the whole process has been photographed and all the characters finish their brief traffic.”
Multiple layers of language, sound, and meaning team up to transcend traditional opera performance. “As we then go our separate ways, the memory of the night to come will live on in our hearts and minds long before it ever happens.” For voices, touchpads, images, and soundtrack Libretto in eleven boxes by Michael Karman. Images by Magnolia Stephens. Realized and performed by the Echofluxx Ensemble David Means, director, voice, touchpad, and soundtrack Michael Karman, librettist, touchpad Mary Garvie, voice Oskar Kubica and Matt Manowksi, touchpads Saturday, May 4.

FESTIVAL SCHEDULE

Wednesday, May 1st, 19:30: International Film Festival with works by Jenny E. Balisle "Line", Lynn Bianchi Robert Bianchi, & Irina Abraham "Undivine Comedy", Ben Lieberman & Bradley Turner "Aftergrowth", William A. Brown "Slowly Showing", and Young Shin-Choi "Sigan"; Jan Kruml's "Instinct Primal"(postcard) and then Ensemble Terrible (postcard) with works by J-T Vesikkala Wittmacher "miniatures from Insulae" (premiere) video, Ravi Kittappa "KUBA" for tenor sax and electronics video, Soňa Vetchá "Blue-green Colors of Light" (premiere) video, Barry Wan Yuk Bun "The Misty Morning" (premiere) video, Bruno Cunha "Seja marginal, seja herói, for solo bass & electronics" (premiere) video. Program 1 PDF

Thursday, May 2rd, 19:30: International Film Festival with works by Brigid Burke "Glutonous Wabling", Diego Ratto & Hans Richter "Ghosts Before Breakfast", Nicola Frattegiani "Gusseisen", and Nathan Corder "Sine Study"; Dan Senn "Sleight of Hand"; Jana Babincová & Pavla Zábranská "Zákon/The Law" (postcard); Phaerentz "Improvisations" (postcard); Brigid Burke (postcard) "Crossing Worlds...Vines… Lines". Program 2 PDF

Friday, May 3rd
, 19:30: International Film Festival with works by Edward Ramsay-Morin "C-5-11", Jacek J. Kolasiński & Orlando Jacinto Garcia "Stadtluft Mach Frei", Sonja Mutić "sh(out)", Harvey Goldman & Jing Wang "Uriel"; Phill Niblock & William Hooker "Hooker-Niblock" (postcard)James Sutherland-Smith, poetry, "Do What Comes Unnaturally" and "The River and The Black Cat." (postcard); Hearn Gadbois (postcard) "Time Travel from a Small Cabin in the Timbre" Program 3 PDF

Saturday, May 4th, 19:30: International Film Festival with works by Dong Zhou & Yi Sun "The Silent Land", Charles Peck "Ferrous", Anthony Almendárez "Welcome Valued Customer", Lana Z Caplan "Autopoiesis", Talksong Lee & Jee Seo "The Bride of Frankenstein"; Echofluxx Ensemble (postcard) performing "Perfect" with David Means (director), Oskar Kubica, Michael Karman, Matt Manowski, and Mary Garvie; Bruno Cunha (postcard) "live improv using clarinet extended techniques & electronics" video. Program 4 PDF

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.


Echofluxx is a festival of new media, visual art, texts and experimental music produced by FMErá of Prague. This year it will again present international and Czech performers in a four-day festival at Paralelní Polis in Prague, May 1-4, 2019.

Echofluxx je festival nových médií, vizuálního umění a experimentální hudby produkované FMer
á. Letos se opět představí mezinárodní i české interprety v čtyřdenním festivalem v Paralelní Polis v Praze, květen 2019 1-4.

ECHOFLUXX ENSEMBLE

David Means (Minnesota),
director of the Echoffluxx Ensemble,
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. SITE


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 Sophia, Bulgaria and publishes this interesting online magazine -Asymmetry. Michael has written the libretto for "Perfect" as performed by the Echofluxx Ensemble for this festival. See Michael's work at Echofluxx 18.

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. See Oskar performing at at Echofluxx 18

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.

Matthew Manowski (Pittsburgh) is an interdisciplinary artist working with sound art, performance installation, video and other lens-based fields. His work examines social themes often alluding to the natural and ecological though he is concerned with more formal elements of time, shape and scale. He has exhibited both nationally and internationally most recently in Belgrade, Serbia at Kvaka 22 with support from the Foundation for the Contemporary Arts NYC. In 2017 he presented a major exhibition in the prestigious 12th century Castello de Evoramonte in Portugal. Matthew is the founder of the annually presented experimental music festival Sources of Light. SITE



Nicholas Senn (Milwaukee)
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.

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, Otto Laske and Herbert Brün. His music is published by Smith Publications of Baltimore. "Any Three Treble Instruments In the Same Key," aka "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 Psalms Modal" was premiered by the Kuhn Choir of Prague, and later performed by the 57 voice Tesas State University Choir in 2019. "Seven for Piano" was premiered in February 2017 by Caroline Senn in Wisconsin. His feature length documentary "Voice of Theresa" will be screened in 2019 at the Indie Wisconsin Film Fest. In 2019 he toured the west coast of the United Stats performing new works for voice  hand-made instruments and improvised electronics. Dan founded Newsense-Intermedium of Tacoma, Washington, cofounded Cascadia Composers of Portland, Oregon, Roulette Intermedium of New York City and the Echofluxx Media Art Festivals of Prague where he serves as director. SITE

FILM ARTISTS

Nathan Corder (Oakland) is a composer of works for electronics, objects, and arrays of people.  Active as a composer and improviser on custom designed electronics and guitar, Corder has collaborated with artists such as William Winant, Jaap Blonk, Tatsuya Nakatani, and Roscoe Mitchell. Nathan’s music has been honored and programmed at events such as the International Symposium of New Music (Curitiba, Brazil), Le festival International des Arts Sonores EXHIBITRONIC (Strasbourg), MUSLAB (Mexico City), mise-en music festival, NUNC!3, NYC Electroacoustic Music Festival, N_SEME, Root Signals, the Yarn/Wire Institute, and SEAMUS. In 2014, Nathan was awarded the Allen Strange Memorial award from SEAMUS.Corder holds an MFA in Electronic Music & Recording Media from Mills College, where he studied with Roscoe Mitchell, John Bischoff, Maggi Payne, Chris Brown, and James Fei. He also holds degrees in composition (BM) and philosophy (BA) from the University of South Florida, where he studied composition and theory with Paul Reller, Baljinder Sekhon, and Ciro Scotto, and has studied composition at UC Berkeley with Ken Ueno, and privately with Ellen Fullman. SITE

Sonja Mutić (Serbia)
finished postgraduate studies at Kunstuniversität Graz with Clemens Gadenstätter, graduated from the composition department at Faculty of Music in Belgrade, and is currently a PhD candidate at Harvard University, studying with Chaya Czernowin and Hans Tutschku.  She has attended various masterclasses in composition, improvisation, electronic and film music with Wolfgang Rihm, Chaya Czernowin, Beat Furrer, Mark Andre, Rebecca Saunders, Enno Poppe, Richard Ayres, Martijn Padding, Louis Andriessen and Richard Barrett, among others, cooperating with the ensembles such as Lucerne Festival Alumni, Schallfeld, Orkest de Ereprijs, mise-en, via nova, pre-art, NJO Bernstein, LENsemble, Fractales, Ensemble Metamorphosis, trio Timbre etc. Her music was performed at Lucerne Festival, Gaudeamus Muziekweek, International Rostrum of Composers, impuls Minuten Konzerte, mise-en festival, Summer of Sounds, Culturescapes, KotorArt, Weimarer Frühjahrstage für zeitgenössische Musik, NJO Muziekzomer, International review of Composers Belgrade etc. Prizes and awards: Judith Lang Zaimont Prize by The International Alliance for Women in Music (USA, 2017); International Festival and Competition Sigismund Toduţă, 3.prize (Romania, 2017); 17.Weimarer Frühjahrstage für zeitgenössische Musik, 1. prize and audience prize (Weimar, 2016); 20.Young Composers Meeting, 2. prize (Apeldoorn, 2014); 7.pre–art competition, 2. prize and аrtist-in-residence prize by Künstlerhaus Boswil (Switzerland, 2013); Josip Slavenski award (Belgrade, 2011).
Residencies: Styria-Artist-in-Residence Graz (2018) and Künstlerhaus Boswil (2014-15).
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Jee Seo (Berlin) born in 1985, is a South Korean composer. His music has been performed in Austria, Brazil, Canada, Czech Republic, Greece, Italy, Poland, South Korea, Thailand, Ukraine, and United States (Boston, Los Angeles, and New York). He has been collaborating on a wide range of projects with artists, dancers and filmmakers. Jee studied at the College of Music Chung-Ang University in South Korea and Manhattan School of Music in New York City, and had a residency at the Isang Yun Haus in Berlin. Seo's festival work, the sound score, is for "The Bride of Frankenstein" produced & directed by Talksong Lee.

Talksong Lee (Seoul)
 is the project director of InterTwine.
She studied in London, and worked in Europe, U.S., Asia, etc. She has been making films, music videos and documentaries since 1995, and enjoys much collaborating with various genres of artist. Talksong has been experimenting several projects in Seoul since 2016 such as urban farm party (@farmfarmparty), and just joined SoolCoree and Art Space DA:MDAA as a contents director.
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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).






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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"ZÁKON/THE LAW"
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Kostka Gallery installation, The Meetfactory,
by Pavla Zambranská and Jana Babincová
William Hooker (New York City) is a drummer,
composer and poet who has created works that range from jazz and "new" music to experimental genres and has released over 70 CDs. Mr. Hooker has performed at the Brooklyn Academy of Music, Edgefest Jazz Festival, The Vision Festival, The David Rubenstein Atrium at Lincoln Center, The Wadsworth Atheneum, Queen Elizabeth Hall, The Walker Art Center,the first on MTV, The Kitchen, Roulette, Real Art Ways. He has also presented his work at the JVC Jazz Festival, Montreal Jazz Festival, Vancouver Jazz Festival, CMJ Music Festival,Vilnius Jazz Festival, Experimenta Argentina, The Knitting Factory and the Victoriaville Music Festival. Hooker has received commissions and support from the New York State Council on the Arts, Meet the Composer,Tokio Marine Insurance Company, Colleges and Universities such as Oberlin, Fordham, Columbia,New York University, Boston University, Princeton, Dartmouth, Yale and many more. Accompanying musicians have included Billy Bang, David Ware, William Parker,Thurston Moore, David Soldier, Roy Campbell, DJ Spooky, Steven Bernstein, Zeena Parkins, Lee Ranaldo, Jason Hwang, Sabir Mateen, Elliot Sharpe, David Murray, Ted Daniel, JD Parren and many more. Hooker improvises the fixed sound track for HookerNiblock, a video collaboraton with Phill Niblock. YouTube

Phill Niblock (New York City) is a minimalist composer and multi-media musician and director of Experimental Intermedia, a foundation born in the flames of 1968's barricade-hopping. He has been a maverick presence on the fringes of the avant garde ever since. After an early period studying economics (BA, Indiana University, 1956) Niblock came to New York in 1958. and worked as a photographer and filmmaker. Much of this activity centered around photographing and filming jazz musicians. Thereafter he made a number of films in a series titled The Movement of People Working. Filmed in primarily rural environments in many countries (China, Brazil, Portugal, Lesotho, Puerto Rico, Hong Kong, the Arctic, Mexico, Hungary, the Adirondacks, Peru), the films look at everyday work, frequently agrarian or marine labor. These films are remarkable for their realistic quality and absence of artifice, their use of long takes in high resolution and their supposedly artless juxtaposition of compelling images in vivid colors. These scenes of the movement of human manual labor are treated abstractly without explicit anthropological or sociological meaning. As in the music, a surface slowness is countered by an active, varied texture of rhythm and form of body motion within the frame; this is what Niblock himself considers the ultimate subject matter of his films. SITE
James Sutherland-Smith
(Slovakia-United Kingdom) was born in 1948 lives in Slovakia. He has published seven collections of his own poetry, the most recent being “The River and the Black Cat”, from Shearsman Books in 2018. He has translated a number of Slovak poets and Serbian poets including Mila Haugová, Ivana Milankov and Miodrag Pavlović. For his translation work he received the Slovak Hviezdoslav Prize in 2003 and the Serbian Zlatko Krasni Prize in 2014. “Mouth”, his sixth collection,  received the Rector’s Prize at Prešov University in 2015. His translations of Mária Ferenčuhová’s poetry, “Tidal Events,” was also published by Shearsman Books in 2018. A second selection from the poetry of Mila Haugová will appear from Arc Publications later this year. At the moment he is working on translations from the poetry of the Serbian poet, Ivanka Radmanović. Read more about James here.
Pavla Zábranská (Prague) is a performer, improvisor, lecturer, graphic designer, and video artist. Since 2014, she has worked for Czech Television. She has a Masters degree at the Academy of Art, Architecture and Design in Prague, and BA from the Royal Academy of Arts in Den Haag, The Netherlands, and has studied organ at the Prague Conservatory. She has collaborated with Jana Babincová, on Zákon/The Law, for the Kostka Gallery, Meetfactory, a portion of which will be seen at Echofluxx. She and Jana have also collaborated on Gammatone: The White Room, Pragovka, Prague. Since 2016, she has lectured at FDU, Pilsen, Anglo-American University, Prague, Seoul, KUCD, South Korea, Prague College, Typoclub Afterwork lecture, Bern University of Arts, Switzerland, Typocakap by TypoKaki, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, The multi 2016, SUNY Purchase’s design conference, New York. SITE
Jana Babincová (Prague)
has a degree in painting from FAVU in Brno. She has presented her work in a number of Czech independent galleries and institutions, such as NTK or MeetFactoy Prague Gallery, Emil Filla Gallery in Ústí nad Labem, Gallery of the City of Pilsen, Youth Gallery in Brno, and in foreign contexts such as the Owensboro Museum of Fine Arts, USA  and as part of a residency at Volkshotel in the Netherlands. She has  lived in Belgium, Germany, Spain and Slovakia for residences and scholarships. Her works are represented in a number of private and state collections, such as the Marek Collection, or the Collection of Jiří Valoch at the National Gallery in Prague. SITE
Jan Kruml (Prague) a Czech musician, performer, remixer and mastering engineer. will present his solo project Instinct Primal. Created in with inspiration from the post-industrial and dark ambient scene, Instinct Primal continually develops it's own signature sound-worlds. Utilizing very personal and original field recordings as the primary source material, Kruml is able to extract fine detail from the "melody" lines into networks of noise. The recordings thus come to life purely on their own, other times with electronic manipulation. Either way, the result has been a series of uniquely brooding compositions. INSTINCT PRIMAL SITE
Phaerentz (Prague)
is a electronic musician, promoter and music journalist. Phaerentz focuses on physical qualities of sound and its reaction with space and listeners‘ bodies and minds. By phase shifting of short  loops he creates surprising acoustic and polyrhythmic phenomena that cannot be fully anticipated beforehand. The result is a psycho-acoustic minimalist experience that focuses on extended repetition as a means to discovering motion in static. It’s psychophysical! Minimalism. Pulse. Throbbing spaces. Repetition is the strongest variation possible. Slow development and living through every single second. We do not want to skip the time of our lives, do we? Better be real than postmodern. SITE
See Petr at Echofluxx 14.


Bruno Cunha (Prague-Brazil), as picture above, studied his bachelor degree in music composition at the Universidade de Brasília, Brazil, under the guidance of composer and anthropologist Flávio Santos Pereira. His compositions incorporate hypertextual discourses, and several have been played at festivals and on the radio in Brazil, Mexico, England, Sweden and Czech Republic. He is currently studying his master’s degree at AMU under the mentorship of composer Michal Rataj.


Hearn Gadbois (Prague)
 "I live in Prague, whence I washed ashore as a pirate-practitioner, a miscegenator of numerous musical styles. The paths that brought me here are many, so too are the things that I do. I teach, perform and record; I collaborate with artists of many disciplines, including my partner, dancer Rena Milgrom. While living here I have recorded and released three solo cds, and recently had my music used in the documentary City of Gold (premiered at Sundance Film Festival), and live-scored Dziga Vertov's silent film, Man With a Movie Camera at Space NoD. I  perform and tour with the ensembles FysioArt, and have been doing some work with the Balkan band BraAgas.  II've worked in musical settings as diverse as the European Overtone Choir, P.I.O., Slet Bubiniku, Vladimir Vaclavek, Philokallia Ensemble, Feng-yun Song, and Boro Balkan Band. I play solo concerts, create live and recorded music for dance and theatre productions, and participate in numerous projects. I am often to be found tinkering in my laboratory, constructing an audio track, carving or building some sort of special instrument, or helping students hone and develop their rhythmic skills." See Hearn at Echofluxx 11.


Brigid Burke (Melbourne) is an Australian composer, 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. Brigid's gaphic image is used again this year for the Echofluxx banner above! SITE


Still from "Uriel" by Goldman and Wang

FILM ARTISTS


Jing Wang (Dartmouth) is a composer and virtuoso erhu artist, was born in China. Ms. Wang has participated in numerous musical communities, as a composer and a performer of diverse styles of music. Her compositions have been selected and presented in China, Spain, France, Italy, Serbia, Turkey, Romania, Russia, Australia, Japan, Argentina, and throughout the United States. They have also been recognized by the American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers and Electro-acoustic Miniatures International Contest Spain. She was the winner of 2006 Pauline Oliveros Prize given by the International Alliance for Women in Music and has been awarded the MacDowell Colony Fellowship, the Vilcek Foundation Fellowship, and the Omi International Musicians Residency Fellowship. As an active erhu performer, she has introduced the Chinese indigenous erhu into Western contemporary music scene with her wide array of compositions for chamber ensemble, avant-garde jazz improvisations and multicultural ensembles. She has also successfully performed erhu concertos with several symphony orchestras in the United States. Ms. Wang is currently an Assistant Professor of Music at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth where she teaches electroacoustic music, composition, and music theory. SITE

Harvey Goldman (Dartmouth) has created critically acclaimed work in the fields of ceramics, digital imaging, animation and music. He is founder of the Digital Media program at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth. His work has been exhibited widely throughout the United States, Europe and Asia. He has received grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, The  Ford Foundation and the Massachusetts Council on the Arts and Humanities. Goldman's work is included in numerous private and public collections including the Iota Center for Experimental Animation, Boston Museum of Fine Arts, Everson Museum of Art, Decordova Museum, Currier Museum of Art, and the Crocker Art Museum. His animations have been screened throughout the world including, the Smithsonian's Hirshhon Museum, the Corcoran Gallery of Art and the White Box Museum, Beijing, China. His interests include gardening, storytelling, world music, sound exploration, language development, writing systems and basketball. He resides in Dartmouth, Massachusetts with his wife and fellow artist, Deborah Coolidge. SITE


A film by Hans Richtor, "Ghosts Before Breakfast", 1928
with new music by Diego Ratto.


Diego Ratto (Italy)
was born on January 14, 1988, in Alessandria Italy. He is a Musician and a Composer. He graduated from “A.Vivaldi” Conservatory in Alessandria (IT) with a Bachelor’s Degree in Electroacoustic Music (under the guidance of Gustavo Adolfo Delgado and Matteo Franceschini) in 2017, in Jazz Guitar (under the guidance of Pino Russo and Paolo Silvestri as tutor) in 2016 and in Music Therapy in 2014. Currently he is studying at the KMH - Royal College of Music (Stockholm). Master Program in Electroacoustic Composition under the guidance of Bill Brunson. SITE.

Anthony Almendárez (West Virginia) is a musician, composer, educator and self-taught video artist who investigates the inextricability of audio and visual components within the medium of video. His early works comprise musical compositions that experiment with narrative structure within the auditory medium through harmonic language and its utilization of bitonality, symmetrical scales, extended techniques, and polyrhythms. In more recent work, Almendárez applies his musical expertise to his video and installation work, examining characteristics of the human condition such as alienation, anxiety and inner-conflict while simultaneously isolating his audience in site-specific acoustic environments. Challenging the hierarchy between audio and visual, and confronting their respective stereotypes in relation to identity and within the frame of narrative, Almendárez ultimately seeks to inject new modes of storytelling that are inclusive of histories and collective memories of those thriving along the margins of society. SITE.

       Lynn Bianchi (New York) began working in the video field 5 years ago and has already produced about 20 multimedia works. Some of those have been featured at CICA Museum in South Korea and included into International Symposium of Electronic Arts in Columbia – ISEA-2017, Electronic Language International Festival in Brazil – FILE- 2017, Piemonte Share Festival – the Italian art fair of electronic art, digital art and new media, as well as Coney Island Film Festival in Brooklyn, New York among others. Bianchi’s photographic work has been shown at Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography in Japan; Musée de l’Elysée in Lausanne in Switzerland; Art Gallery of Ontario in Toronto, Canada among others. Her art has been featured in over forty publications, including The Huffington Post and Encyclopedia of Food and Culture, Vogue Italia and Zoom in Italy, Phot’Art International in France, and GEO in Germany. Lynn’s work resides in numerous private collections across the globe, including Manfred Heiting’s and Peter Norton’s, as well as in museum collections including Museum of Fine Arts in Houston, Texas; Brooklyn Museum in New York and Biblioteque Nationale de France in Paris, Musée Ken Damy in Brescia, Italy, 21c Museum in Louisville, Kentucky, etc. SITE

Robert Bianchi (New York City)  
is a photographer born in New York. Bianchi uses the photographic medium as a way to explore dreamy and spiritual dreamscapes through carefully composed digital compositions. His practice merges a deep contemplation of human nature, suspended between materiality and spirituality, with an obsessive attention to fractalic details and classical compositions. Bianchi has been a visiting artist at the American Academy in Rome and his work has been exhibited and collected by Museums around the world. The Museum of the City of New York purchased twenty-eight images of his West Side Highway series, and his work is also part of the collection of the Brooklyn Museum, the Chrysler Museum, The Museum of Fine arts in Houston and the Museum de l’Eysee, Lausanne Switzerland. Robert Bianchi was the first artist working in photography to be given a one-person exhibition at the Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art, highly acclaimed in the New York Times. His work has been exhibited and toured by the Kinsey Institute and recently shown at the Leslie Lohman Gallery in New York City. Some of the other galleries and Museums in which Robert Bianchi exhibited and had one person shows are: the Fotografie Fourum Interntional, Frankfurt Germany, Valloadold Museum,Spain, The Ken Damy Museum Italy, The Isses Gallery, Kyoto Japan, Mocha, New York, The Alternative Museum, Ledel Gallery, New York, the Barbara Greene and Fotosphere Gallery in New York, and the Joel Soroka Gallery in Aspen. More recently, he has exhibited in New York City at the Armory Show at Salomon Arts Gallery, in a two-person show at One Art Space, and in a two-person exhibition at Shchukin Gallery. SITE

Irina Abraham (New York City), editor,  is an award winning theatre director (Best Director, Planet Connections Festival 2017), film and theater actress, choreographer, editor and writer. For the past ten years Irina has been working as a film and art video editor. Working with Lynn Bianchi has given her the opportunity to use her skills as a performer, editor and writer. In 2007 Irina came to NYC and studied acting, directing and writing at HB Studio. In 2010 Irina wrote and directed her first show Playgrounded. From 2010 to 2014 Irina worked as a choreographer and actor with such companies as the Russian Arts Theater & Studio, Nylon Fusion Theater Company, Yangtze Repertory Theater of America, the Bedlam Ensemble, etc. In 2015 Irina co-founded Necessary I.T.E.M.S. Project –an experimental theatre collective. She grew to love cinematic language and played leading roles in According to Her (2015, feature film, dir. Estelle Artus) and 2050 (dir. Princeton Holt, 2019), she also appeared on TV Shows and in 2016 Irina joined the innovative Off Off Broadway Theatre Company Blessed Unrest as an actress. In 2018 Irina wrote a children’s show Mozart And Me that was performed at Baruch Center for The Performing Arts. SITE

Jenny E. Balisle (USA)
earned a B.A. in Art and Communication from the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point and a M.F.A. from the Academy of Art College in San Francisco.  Exhibits include the de Young Museum Artist-in-Residence, Orange County Center for Contemporary Art, Chicago Cultural Center, Korean Cultural Center, Harvard University, Farmington Museum, Museu Brasileiro Sao Paulo, and Shanghai Oil Painting & Sculpture Institute Art Museum. Her work has been featured in such publications as The Huffington Post, WOMENCINEMAKERS, A5 Magazine, ZYZZYVA, The Drum Literary Magazine, and Sculptural Pursuits Magazine.  Public art includes The Cube Art Project, Hearts in San Francisco, and South San Francisco Utility Box Mural Project. Balisle currently works as an artist, curator, advocate, writer, lecturer, and instructor at the Academy of Art University and UC Berkeley Extension.  Locally, she serves as a Richmond Arts & Culture Commissioner and Public Art Advisory Committee member. SITE
Bradley Turner (Alabama)
is a composer and animator who lives alone in Alabama. His main goal in life is to be rich and famous. His songs have been played on over 150 college radio stations in North America, and in 2017, he completed an MFA in Music Composition at Vermont College of Fine Arts.

Nicola Fumo Frattegiani (Perrugia) graduated from D.A.M.S. (Academy of Arts Music and Show) at the University of Bologna, with a thesis on Luigi Nono’s work “Intolleranza 1960”. Later he has advanced Master’s degree on “The musical cultures of 1900’s” at the University of Tor Vergata in Rome, and a bachelor’s degree on “Electronic Music and New Technologies” at the “Francesco Morlacchi” Conservatory of Music of Perugia. Currently Nicola Fumo Frattegiani is attending the Master’s degree of “Electronic Music and New Technologies” at the “Licinio Re^ice” Conservatory of Music in Frosinone. His works have been presented at various national and international festivals, including BFE / RMA, Noise^loor Festival (UK), Synchresis (Spain), Evimus (Germany), MUSLAB (Brazil), ICMC (South Korea), NYCEMF (USA), SMC (Cyprus), XXII CIM, Architecture Biennale of Venice (Italy). Author and performer, his research deals with electroacoustic music, soundtracks of images, video, sound theater and sound exhibition. Since 2016, Nicola collaborates with Alessandro Fiordelmondo in several productions of live electroacoustic music, with whom he experimented many types of generation and manipulation of sound dimension. Both are part of the Ensemble A23, a research group in the field of sound installations.



ENSEMBLE TERRIBLE
 

Ensemble Terrible at Echofluxx 18,
Petr Hora conducting.

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 18, 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. SITE

Ensemble Terrible Program
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"miniatures from Insulae" (premiere) video
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J-T Vesikkala Wittmacher
"KUBA" for tenor sax and electronics video
by Ravi Kittappa
"Blue-green Colors of Light" (premiere) video
by Soňa Vetchá
"The Misty Morning" (premiere) video
by Barry Wan Yuk Bun
"Seja marginal, seja herói for solo bass & electronics" (premiere) video by Bruno Cunha


Ensemble Terrible Musicians
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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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Štěpán Drtina (Prague)
studied with Renata Strašrybková at Prague conservatory and graduated at Academy of Performing Arts in Prague, where he studied with prof. Miroslav Petráš and Michal Kaňka. He attended many competitions such as Prague Junior Note, international competitions in Liezen, Austria (2004 and 2008) and competition of Bohuslav Martinů Foundation (2012). He participated in masterclasses with Miroslav Zicha, Jiří Bárta, Dmitrij Ferschtman, Anner Bylsma, Wolfgang Boettcher, Ludwig Quandt and Rudolf Gleissner. He is member of Bořkovec String Quartet and performs with prominent Czech orchestras and ensembles, such as FOK, Orchestra Berg, Talich Chamber Orchestra or Prague Modern).


Tomáš Novák (Prague)
studied double bass with Jakub Waldmann at Gymnázium Jana Nerudy. He continued his studies with Anton Schachenhofer at Anton Bruckner Universität in Linz and now continues his Master’s Degree with Jiří Hudec at Academy of Performing Arts in Prague. He regularly attends masterclasses at JAMU with accomplished double bass teachers such as Catalin Rotaru, Ekkehard Beringer or Thierry Barbe. He is currently a member of Karlovy Vary Symphony Orchestra and Orchestral Academy of Prague
Radio Symphony Orchestra.

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. 
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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. SITE

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.




Ensemble Terrible Composers

Soňa Vetchá (Prague) studied piano at the Brno Conservatory in class of Dagmar Pančochová and composition in class of Pavel Novák - Zemek. Now she studies composition at the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague, where she started her first year of doctoral studies with Ivan Kurz. She is also a member of the international association of composers and performers Föreningen Musikspektra T since 2017. She has also participated in several international contemporary music festivals abroad (Brussels, Italy, Sweden, Slovakia, etc.). As part of her master's and doctoral studies, she researches the influence of auditory illusions on the compositional process and its consequences on subjective perception of musical structure, form, and tectonics. SITE

Ravi Kittappa (New York City)
is an American composer currently living in Prague. The New York Times recently described the “vivid soundscapes” of a recent performance of his work, Decantations III, as “alluring” and “meditative”. Ravi has been commissioned and premiered by Color Field Ensemble, Ensemble Dal Niente, TIGUE and Concert Black, Quince Contemporary Vocal Ensemble, percussionist Owen Weaver, and Talea Ensemble among others. He has been honored to be selected as a participant at international festivals like Ostrava Days, Bowling Green New Music Festival, MATA Festival, and the Bang on a Can Summer Institute. In Spring 2012, Ravi founded the NYC/SF/LA new music series, Permutations, which he co-curates with pianist, Karl Larson. Ravi studied philosophy at The Johns Hopkins University and music at Columbia University. He completed his Ph.D in music composition at University of California, Berkeley. For 2018-19, Ravi is a visiting composer at The Academy of Performing Arts, Prague (HAMU) through the J. William Fulbright Commission.
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J-T Vesikkala Wittmacher  (Finland-Prague), aka Juhani Topias Vesikkala, is a composer, baritone singer, multi-instrumentalist, teacher and writer of music literature. Since 2018, Vesikkala is a doctorate scholar in composition at HAMU, Prague, and specialises in free microtonality and instrumental noise under supervision of Michal Rataj. Vesikkala completed a Master’s degree at the Sibelius Academy with T. Nevanlinna and V. Puumala. Between 2012 and 2013, Vesikkala studied with B. Furrer and P. Billone in Kunstuniversität Graz, as well as electroacoustic composition at the IEM.Compositions spanning most acoustic genres, electronic, comprovisation, and intermedial music have been performed worldwide, since 2002 when Vesikkala studied with J. Trbojević and L. Wennäkoski. An extensive thesis on integrated piano multiphonic flageolets research from Vesikkala’s previous 2015 Florence acoustics congress paper was published in 2016. Vesikkala’s singing career has generated several globally acclaimed premiere recordings of current music with the Helsinki Chamber Choir. Vesikkala’s creative flow draws influences from travel, queer feminism, genetics, and Engaged Buddhism. SITE
Barry Wan Yuk Bun (Prague-Hong Kong) is diverse musician, Czech-based composer, sonic artist and guitarist Barry Y.B. Wan’s music has been performed in USA, Mexico, Brazil, Sweden, Belarus, Italy, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Spain, Austria, Germany, Belgium, Japan, Taiwan and Hong Kong. He consecutively awarded as selected works for its performance during the FORO INTERNACIONAL DE MÚSICA NUEVA MANUEL ENRÍQUEZ, 2012 and 2013 in Mexico City and finalist at SIME international Electroacoustic Music competition 2015 in Lille, France. His work has been presented in numerous concerts and festivals such as Muestra Internacional de Música Electroacústica MUSLAB in Mexico and Brazil (2014,2017), FEASt Festival in Miami, USA (2014). Örebro contemporary music festival in Sweden (2016), [EX_NIHILO] in Mexico, OUA festival in Japan (2017), PERFORMENSK in Belarus (2018), International Festival of Video Art and Visual Music in Mexico (2018), Festival Nuovi Affreschi Sonori in Italy(2018) and Musica Nova competiton in Czech Republic (2018). In the year 2003 started his musical, animation and photography studies in Hong Kong. From the year 2010-2015 he studied music composition, multimedia composition and Guitar Performance at the Janacek Academy of Music and Performing Arts (JAMU) in Brno, Czech Republic. He earned the LLCM title (bachelor equivalent) of music composition in the year 2014 from London Collage of Music. In 2017, he received the master degree of composition at the Academy of Performing Arts (HAMU) in Prague with specialization in Electroacoustic Music Composition. Currently he is completing the Ph.D. degree at Jan Evangelista Purkyne University in Ústí nad Labem, Czech Republic SITE

FILM ARTISTS

William A. Brown (Atlanta)
is  a Senior Lecturer (Emeritus) in Emory’s Film Studies Department. I’ve been teaching at Emory since 1974, first as adjunct faculty in the Art History Department, then as a
Lecturer with a joint appointment in Film Studies and Visual Arts. I’m an independent filmmaker producing both documentaries and avant-garde short films. My primary interest is in the history of avant-garde movements and their influences on technological media, including photography, film, and video. I also own Atlanta Video, Inc., a production company specializing in documentary and arts programming. SITE

Lana Z Caplan (California)
works across various media, including single-channel films or videos in essay form, interactive installations, video art, and photography. Inspired by particular locations and notions of utopia, her work often explores the implications of the social landscape on the physical landscape and the transformative experience images and media have on our psyche. Her work has been shown internationally at festivals, galleries and museums including Anthology Film Archives, Chicago Underground Film Festival, Edinburgh International Film Festival, CROSSROADS Festival, Black Maria Film Festival, Antimatter [media art], Montreal Underground Film Festival, Experiments in Cinema, Alchemy Film and Moving Image Festival, Microscope Gallery Brooklyn, Inside Out Art Museum Beijing, Museo Tamayo Arte Contemporáneo Mexico City and the Museum of Contemporary Art Tucson. She is the recipient of several grants including from Massachusetts Cultural Council, the Puffin Foundation, and the Film/Video Studio Program Fellowship at the Wexner Center for the Arts in Columbus OH. Caplan is currently an Assistant Professor of Photography and Video at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo.
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Edward Ramsay-Morin (Texas) is an Associate Professor in the Department of Art at Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, Texas. His work includes experimental animation, video, and sound. His films have been screened at festivals and galleries in over 70 events in 12 countries. He received an MFA from Syracuse University in Syracuse, New York, and a BFA from the University of North Texas in Denton, Texas. His work in digital media includes animated collage, stop-motion animation, collage film, and generative media. His work has been exhibited at the Taubman Museum of Art in Roanoke Virginia, the Jonathan Ferrara Gallery in New Orleans, Louisiana, Box13 ArtSpace in Houston, Texas, the Video Art Festival Midden in Kalamata, Greece, and the Without Words Film Festival in Metz, France. He is currently an Assistant Professor in the Department of Art at Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, Texas where he serves as the coordinator for the Computer Animation Program.  Edward lives in Huntsville, Texas with his wife and daughter. SITE
Charles Peck (Cornell)is a composer whose work has been called “daring” (Philadelphia Inquirer), “wild and shimmering” (Broad Street Review), and “substantial, personal, genuine” (Roger Shapiro Fund for New Music). His music, spanning a range of chamber and large ensembles, has been performed by the Minnesota Orchestra, the Albany Symphony, the Columbus Symphony, Alarm Will Sound, the Kaleidoscope Chamber Orchestra, the JACK Quartet, Sandbox Percussion, percussionist Ji Hye Jung, clarinetist Derek Bermel, and pianist Holly Roadfeldt. Recently, Peck has received an ASCAP Morton Gould Award and a commission from the Barlow Endowment and has been named a winner of composition competitions with the New York Youth Symphony, the Lake George Music Festival, the Boston New Music Initiative, the Left Coast Chamber Ensemble, the Salvatore Martirano Memorial Award, the Foundation for Modern Music, the National Federation of Music Clubs, Frame Dance, and Symphony in C, among others. His music been featured at a variety of venues and festivals, including Carnegie Hall, the Aspen Music Festival, the Cabrillo Festival, the Mizzou International Composers Festival, the Civic Orchestra New Music Workshop, the Minnesota Orchestra’s Composer Institute, the Beijing Modern Music Festival, the Mise-En Music Festival, the American Music Festival, the New Music Miami Festival, and the New Music Gathering. Peck currently teaches at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia and is a doctoral candidate at Cornell University. SITE

Orlando Jacinto Garcia (Florida)
was born in Havana, Cuba in 1954, and migrated to the United States in 1961. In demand as a guest composer, he is the recipient of numerous honors and awards from a variety of organizations and cultural institutions including the Rockefeller, Fulbright, Knight, Dutka, Civitella Ranieri, Bogliasco, and Cintas Foundations, the State of Florida, the MacDowell and Millay Colony, and the Ariel, Noise International, Matiz Rangel, Nuevas Resonancias, Salvatore Martirano, and Bloch International Competitions.
The distinctive character of his music has often been described as “time suspended- haunting sonic explorations” qualities he developed from his studies with Morton Feldman among others. Most recently he has been the recipient of 4 Latin Grammy nominations in the best Contemporary Classical Composition Category (2009-11, 2015). With performances around the world, his works are recorded on New Albion, O.O. Discs, CRI /New World, Albany, North/South, CRS, Rugginenti, VDM, Capstone, Innova, CNMAS, Opus One, Telos, and Toccata Classics. SITE

Jacek J. Kolasiński (Poland-USA) is the founding Director of the Ratcliffe Incubator of Art + Design in the FIU College of Communication, Architecture + The Arts, is an Associate Professor of Art at the Art + Art History Department at Florida International University where he previously served as the Department Chair for six years. He came to the United States from Poland where he studied history and philosophy at the Jagiellonian University in Kraków. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in International Relations. Kolasiński received his MFA and BFA from Florida International University in Miami. He is a Ph.D. Candidate at the prestigious Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw, Poland. Kolasiński is an interdisciplinary artist and curator, whose work is rooted in an international dialogue between two worlds: the “Old World” of Europe in Krakow, and the “New World” of the United States in multicultural Miami. These convergent worlds create a running theme that surfaces in many of his works: the search for identity in the vortex of cultural displacement. Through his creative work, Kolasiński has tested complex trans-disciplinary collaborative productions, multimedia installations, single and multiple channel video projections, 3d digital fabrications, as a well as community-based, and site-specific projects. He is a research-based artist who actively engages with art historical and artistic communities. SITE

Young-Shin Choi (Korea), D.M.A. is a composer for both instrumental and electro-acoustic music with a strong interest in interdisciplinary digital media. Dr. Choi is striving to cultivate an aesthetic based upon a unique combination of musical elements drawn from Korean traditional music and modern Western musical idioms. Recent works were presented throughout the US, Europe, Japan, and Korea. Dr. Choi received his Doctorate degree in music composition (D.M.A.) at the University of California Santa Cruz. He taught Music Theory, Electronic Music and Recording Technology courses at San Diego State University, UC Santa Cruz, Rochester Community and Technical College. SITE

Dong Zhou (Hamburg) was born in 1992 in Shanghai. Although from her great grandfather, all generations of her family play traditional Chinese Sizhu Music, she learnt piano from 3 and violin from 9 and played in orchestra from 12.  She had her BA in electroacoustic music composition at Shanghai Conservatory of Music and names Qiangbin Chen and Yi Qin as her most significant former mentors. As a composer and multimedia artist, she always tries to create different spaces and layers of sound and combine different languages of art to fully express her point of view and imagination. Her works were presented in Shanghai International Art Festival(2013/2015), the ‘Sound of World’ Microsoft ringtones collection (2014), SMC(2016/2018), Blurred Edge(2016/2017/2018), WOCMAT(2016/2017), EUROMicroFest(2017), NYCEMF(2017), KlingtGut(2017), ZKM Next Generation(2017) and ICMC(/2018). She was commissioned by Shanghai International Art Festival in 2015 and CLAB Festival Hamburg in 2018. In ICMC 2018 Hacker-N-Makerthon, her project with Deborah Kim got the first prize. Apart from composition, she has also strong interest in literature, sociology and performance art. She won the second prize in “New Concept” Chinese Youth Literature Contest in 2013 and worked as a trainee editor in Shanghai Writer’s Association. As a violinist and performer for multimedia piece, she performed with different groups and bands in Shanghai, Hamburg, Karlsruhe, Hannover, Bremen and Oldenburg. Now she is studying multimedia composition (MA) in Hochschule für Musik und Theater Hamburg under Professor Hajdu and Professor Lampson’s supervision.For her Echofluxx video she is2017 collaborating with Yi Sun (Sunny) who is pictured above.

Benjamin Lieberman (Queens) is a composer, guitarist, and singer who lives and works in Ridgewood, Queens, with his partner, Emily Rubin, and two very ridiculous creatures some might (questionably) identify as cats, known formally as Alice Coltrane and Francesca Schubert (née Pretzel and Mustard). His musical interests span the gamut from emotive folk songs to psychedelic rock to microtonal chamber music.  Ben received a B.A. from Columbia University, where he studied composition and classical guitar with Arthur Kampela, and jazz performance and composition with Paul Bollenbeck, Chris Washburne, Don Sickler, and Ben Waltzer.  As a guitarist, Ben has performed throughout New York as well as internationally. His performance credits include the Late Show with Stephen Colbert, the Whitney Museum, the Roundhouse in London, and the KigaliUp festival in Kigali, Rwanda.  Presently, he is pursuing an MFA in music composition at Vermont College of Fine Arts, where his advisors include John Fitz Rogers, John Mallia, and Michael Early.