Gayle Austin – Producer/Presenter (Sydney) : was Australia’s first female rock dj. As founding members of the innovative government sponsored ‘underground’ radio station Double J, Gayle and her colleagues set the template for the national FM station, TripleJ. Over sixteen years, Gayle’s on-air presence, programming and production skills made her a radio icon, an inspiration for subsequent generations of broadcasters. She set up Out-Fm, Sydney’s aspirant GLBT community radio station, and assisted in the development of Sydney community radio station FBI. Gayle holds a BA (Hons) in Media, Communications and Critical Cultural Studies from Macquarie University, and is currently working on her PhD at Sydney’s University of Technology.
Monica Akihary (Amsterdam) : is part of Boi Akih about whom the French press have written: “The combination of European, Indian and Indonesian cultures on the one hand with jazz on the other, gives Boi Akih a sound and colour unique in the current musical landscape.” The German press have said Boi Akih are “a new concept of cultural symbiosis through improvisation”. In France, their album Uwa 1 was chosen as the year’s best world jazz CD. Monica sings in Huruku, the language of her ancestors in the Moluccan Islands, as well as English and no doubt dutch. Monica is magic.
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Misha Alperin (Oslo) : Misha Alperin was born in Kamianets-Podilskyi, Ukraine and grew up in Moldavia, where he was classically trained. In 1980, he formed one of the first Moldavian jazz ensembles. He moved to Moscow in the 1980s and founded the Moscow Art Trio with Arkady Shilkloper and folk singer Sergey Nikolaevich Starostin. He has also worked with Huun Huur Tu. Since 1993 he has lived in Oslo, Norway; he is professor of music at the Norwegian Academy of Music and as so he has supervised pianist Helge Lien and Morten Qvenild among others. He has released several works on ECM Records & Jaro. Misha and partner, Evelina Petrova have just started the Norwegian Brilliant Laboratory of Crossover Arts – a mobile arts lab.
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Barry Andrews (UK) : started musical life as keyboard player in Swindon’s XTC. He then went on to session on albums by Iggy Pop, Robert Fripp and Brian Eno before starting his own band, Shriekback, in 1983. Shriekback released 12 albums and toured extensively worldwide through the 80’s and 90’s. He now continues to release both Shriekback and solo albums through his own label (at shriekback.com). 2015 saw the release of Shriekback’s latest (13th) original album ‘Without Real Strings or Fish’ and Andrews’ solo double piano album: ‘Haunted Box of Switches’.
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BillyBoy* (Switzerland) : BillyBoy* has a history too long to go into here. He has been a bohemian since birth. His friends from the underground New York scene included artists such as Klaus Nomi, Joey Arias, Sid Vicious, the Ramones, the New York Dolls, Keith Haring, and Jean-Michel Basquiat. He has hung with the pop art intelligentsia, William S. Burroughs, Roy Lichtenstein, Arthur Miller, Christopher Isherwood,Timothy Leary, Francis Bacon and Andy Warhol. BillyBoy* is also the owner of the largest collection of Elsa Schiaparelli garments in the world and writes about his lifelong love affair with the work—and the entire persona—of the iconic designer in a memoir, ‘Frocking Life: Searching for Elsa Schiaparelli’ to be published in April 2016.
Oliver Cherer (UK) : is an English musician who has been following his nose through the margins of British underground pop music since the mid nineties. Starting out as a remixer of such acts as Adamski, Elastica and Alabama 3 he went on to form big beat band Cooler, signing to Polydor and touring with Bentley Rhythm Aces. Post noisy big beats he went on to make a series of quiet ambient electronic albums under the name Dollboy (a friend’s nickname for him) and stumbled into writing and singing songs in a more traditional way almost as an exercise – just to see if he could, and issuing “A Beard of Bees”, “Further Excursions Into The Ulu” and the psycho-geographic instrumental album “Ghost Stations” on various labels such as Second Language, Kooky and Static Caravan. His most recent release is the album, Sir Oliffe Leigh & Other Ghosts was released in 2014.
Clarisse French Curves (France) : Clarisse Garance is an independent radio producer who regularly brings an eclectic selection of old and new music and music news from France to share with the Curved Radio audience. This is some text! twitter / website / label etc bio details go here and links to facebook / twitter / website / labebio details go here an
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Clotilde (France) : Clotilde Rullaud is a French singer, improviser
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Sammy Collins (Sydney) : Sammy Collins is Sydney radio programming legend and another founding member of Double J radio which set the template for the Triple J National Youth Network. Sammy brings her extraordinary knowledge and passion for music to the Curved crew.
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Jean Emmanuel Deluxe (France) : DJ, writer, performer, record label owner and all-around pop activist Jean-Emmanuel Deluxe was born in Rouen, the city of Joan of Arc, Gustave Flaubert and Marcel Duchamp. His mother was Portuguese and passed on to him a deep love of music with asaudade (a joyful form of melancholia) quality. After spending many of his childhood years drawing his favourite cartoon characters, Deluxe enrolled at Rouen Art School. He moved to Sheffield, England to take post-graduate courses. While there he met Pulp, Designer’s Republic and Warp Records. His interest in music led him to launch his own record labels, Come Together and Euro-Visions. He was the first to bring April March to the attention of French audiences and introduced her to Bertrand Burgalat (Tricatel), which resulted in some memorable collaborations. His latest record label, Martyrs Of Pop, has released music by artists such as Jay Alanski (Beautiful Losers) and Jacques Duvall (Leatherman), the men behind some of pop princess Lio’s best songs. Deluxe has written for the UK’s Nude and Shindig magazines, plus Roctober (in the USA) and Outré (Australia). He currently writes for Standard, Lui, Schnock and Rock & Folk in France. Having written several books in French, his first in English, Yé-Yé Girls Of 60s French Pop, was published in 2013 to rave reviews in Mojo, the Independent and the Telegraph. https://acerecords.co.uk/features/top-10s/jean-emmanuel-deluxe
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Cécile Doo-Kingué (Montreal) : Montreal based guitarist & singer/songwriter melding blues, afro-folk & classic r&b and citizen of the world, Cécile Doo-Kingué was born in New York of Cameroonian origin living in the United States and France before finally settling down in Montreal, Canada. Cecile is a talented guitarist and songwriter and has accompanied the Montreal Jubilation Gospel Choir, Crow, Tricia Foster, Marie-Christine and several other artists. She has released a number of critically acclaimed albums and has been nominated numerous times for music industry awards such as the Maple Blues Award. A strong believer in the action believer of the action, ‘paying it forward’, Cecile regularly conducts a number of mentoring workshops and music industry events supporting youth and other artists.
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Cristian Fierbinteanu (Bucharest) : Cristian Fierbinteanu is one half of Romanian experimental-pop duo and winners of the Czech Centre’s Dvorak remix contest, Fierbinteanu with partner Gabriela. They have released three albums, Silence As Beauty and the triple album, Massive Exposure (2014) via independent Romanian label, Local Records and a double disc, The Beauty of Music in 2012. In 2014, Cristian Fierbinteanu and Alex Bala released their debut LP, “Phantom Pyramid” as Plurabelle via the French label Stellar Kinematics.
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Andrew Garton (nomadic) : filmmaker, song-writer, sound artist, producer, activist – Andrew’s interests range far and wide. He grew up in Sydney’s western suburbs in a migrant family, began traveling as soon as his father showed him how public transport functioned, lugging a camera, guitar and journals every where. He began shooting experimental video in the mid-70s whilst still at school and by the 1980s was playing keyboards, sax and guitar in numerous band most notably Private Lives, Lingo Babel and White Punks on Hope. An interest in community media led him to contribute to the formation of pre-internet computer networks in Australia (Pegasus Networks), and Southeast Asia which tweaked his filmmaking, installations and radio artworks. He has remained staunchly independent, community driven with a love for forests and organic farming. He founded his recording label Secession Records in 1998 through which he continues to release an eclectic mix of projects with collaborators world-wide.
Victor Gashnikov (Russia) : Victor Gashnikov is a recording artist and composer from Moscow, Russia. His playing career started in a local rock band as keyboardist. But after playing in several bands Victor Gashnikov went solo in 2010 to fully focus on his solo music. In 2012, Victor released the Piano Thing (EP) that features five piano minimalistic instrumental songs. All songs were written and perfomed by Victor and recorded at his home studio in Moscow. In 2013 Victor Gashnikov released the ‘Shy Love’ single. Victor Gashnikov is currently working on his full length piano album which is planned for release in late 2015.
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Rona Geffen (Berlin) : Rona Geffen is an all DIY musician & artist inspired by everyday city life. While today Rona Geffen is collaborating with international artists including; Mad Professor & Yasmeen Goder, her beginning has been compared to so many classic films, as she moved to the sin city of Tel Aviv at the age of 17 and discovered the epic rave scene back in ’98. Her years of playing piano, guitar & clarinet resolved to the moment where heavy repetitive drums were revealed to her ears and the idea of anything else than producing and performing became the only thing that mattered. Geffen has performed regularly around the world, but mostly in New York, Berlin, Amsterdam, and London. She released the album, ‘Blood of My Blood’ independently in summer 2013, and produced a Dance-Opera by the name STRIKE! based on the classical play Lysistrata by Aristophanes. Her album, Bilono was re-released in 2014.
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Arlo Hennings (Indonesia) : Legendary Minnesota music business entrepreneur, Arlo Hennings has more than 5,001 gigs notched on his guitar, which has taken him across the country and as far afield as South Africa and Bali. Before conceiving the idea of the Minnesota Music Awards, Hennings cut his teeth in the music field during his teenage years. His first lessons in the industry came from Al Jarreau’s manager, Patrick Raines where he worked as an assistant to his venue operation. Later, Hennings worked for 20 years as the artist manager for A&M recording artist Shawn Phillips. Under Hennings’ management, Phillips earned multiple Gold and Platinum record awards. Combining his skills as a studio engineer, producer, and artist manager, Hennings succeeded in signing his roster of songwriters to one of the largest co-publisher/producer agreements in Minnesota. As an A&R director and co-publisher for PolyGram Music International, Hennings signed several acts to major labels. Landing in Bali, and subsequently moved to Yogyakarta, Hennings became the label/manager for the critically acclaimed Balinese pianist, Erik Sondhy. Hennings personal works include poetry published by California poet laureate, Lawrence Ferlinghetti, and a double album/screenplay “Burden of the Beat – the Eyelid Movie” that was nominated by music critic, Jon Bream as a “Best Of” Top 10, and documented by the Minnesota Historical Society.
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Andreu Jacob (Norway) : is considered one of the foremost modern composers on the international scene. His interdisciplinary work crosses boundaries of fine art and live performance in collaborative settings and he is highly regarded as an accomplished composer working at the cutting edge of musical investigation and practice. Currently based in Norway, Andreu has performed in many countries across the globe; Spain, Portugal, France, Germany, Poland, Switzerland, Denmark, Norway, Sweden, USA, UK … He has participated in many international Jazz festivals, studio recordings, productions and post-productions and composed numerous soundtracks for films, documentaries and music for commercials. Andreu has also collaborated with and written music for a number of important visual artists such as Gottfried Helnwein, Serge Marshennikov, Peter Gric and Thomas Dodd. For more information on Andreu’s practice, visit KUNST art symbiosis / When music becomes art
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Aku Kadogo (Atlanta) : is a director, choreographer, performer and educator. Amongst her prolific creative adventures, Aku was the Director of the Black Theatre Program at Wayne State University, and was guest director for REM and Sadari theatre companies in Seoul, S. Korea. She is much loved in Australia where she invited visual artist Tyree Guyton to create Singing for that Country for the Art and About Festival in Sydney in 2004. She spent 1998 and 1999 travelling to the Central Desert of Australia to research and create OCHRE & DUST, a performance installation featuring Pitjantjatjara storytellers, commissioned by the Adelaide and Perth International Festivals 2000. She worked on the opening ceremony of the Sydney Paralympic Games 2000 and the closing of the 1996 Atlanta Olympic Games. She has an ongoing position with the Heidelberg Project in Detroit Michigan. Having served as Festival Director of the Connect the Dots Festival, 20th anniversary celebration. In 2002, Aku was an Artist in Residence at New York University’s Gallatin School. Aku is currently serving as a Spelman College Distinguished Visiting Scholar for 2014-2015.
Elisabeth Karsten (Norway) : entered the world of art and music from the age of four influenced by her brilliant piano player mother, Inger and her free spirit of a father, Bjorn, firstly via ballet and then primarily singing. These two artforms followed her through her childhood upbringing and into her teens where she began to trust her own abilities as an artist as she gathered more skills and confidence. Training at the Den Norske Opera in voice and becoming more influenced by dance artist, Martha Graham, Elisabeth gradually fell more in love with expressing herself musically through improvisation. As a recording artist, she has worked with a wide range of artists, in a range of vocal styles, appeared on a number of Norwegian television and radio shows and released a number of recordings.
mr.K– Co-producer (Brisbane) : fondly recalls at the age of six, sitting alongside a little portable record player and pulling from a tower of 45rpm’s, singles from The Supremes, Rolling Stones, Normie Rowe and Connie Francis and spinning them at his older sisters’ parties. The grown ups seemed to dig it and he has been sitting in his jim jams spinning, loving, learning about, collecting and sharing music ever since. With older siblings whose musical tastes spanned the late 50’s, 60’s and early 70’s, ‘nothing is out of bounds sonically’ characterises mr.K’s eclectic taste to this day which is channelled directly into the blog, radioShirley : music2bubble’n’squeak2, which he and radioShirl have been streaming since 2002. When not entertaining radioShirl or constructing imaginary soundtracks, mr.K teaches within in the Creative Industries faculty at Queensland University of Technology.
Angela Last (UK) : is a musician, geographer, and many other things. Originally hailing from the infamous Lüneburg Heath she has been based in the UK for nearly two decades. As a musician, she plays synthesizers and bass in the experimental pop band Now who have been making and releasing sounds since 1998. She is also the head-oscillatrix behind the mottomotto label that specialises in experimental pop and dance. As a cultural geographer, Angela works on political experiments across the world, especially those that make use of the physical environment in some way, and blogs at Mutable Matter.
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Inga Liljestrom (France) : is a singer/composer originally from Australia now based outside of Paris, France. Growing up in the country, music such early Rolling Stones, Melanie Safka, Nick Drake, Maddy Prior from Steeleye Span, and Bob Dylan was always playing in Inga’s house. Self taught on guitar, Inga studied voice in her late teens and became deeply influenced by vocalists such as Billie Holliday, Sarah Vaughn & Nancy Wilson. Inga has a number of album releases behind her and is a keen collaborator working across multiple media forms. Her latest release, an album called ‘We Have Tigers‘ is a collaboration with Sydney based composer/arranger, Michael Lira.
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Olivia Louvel (UK) : a French-born British composer, producer and performer whose digital compositions use the voice as the spinal column; unique, minimal, weird and wonderful. In 2011 Olivia won the Qwartz Album at the Qwartz Electronic Music Awards for her third album “Doll Divider”. Her music is in the Sound Archive at the British Library and also the National Library of France. Initially trained in classical singing, Louvel began working as a singer for the French theatre /acrobatic company “Les Arts Sauts” performing a Meredith Monk composition “Madwoman’s Vision”. She toured with them for 3 years through many European Festivals culminating with the Australian Perth Festival. In 1999, she graduated from the Superior National Conservatory of Dramatic Art of Paris. Her 2014 release, Beauty Sleep has been the subject of much critical acclaim.
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Riz Maslen (UK) : British producer, singer and multi-instrumentalist Riz Maslen, who records as Neotropic and Small Fish With Spine has been described as one of the most prominent women composers working in post-techno experimental electronics. In addition to her warm electronic programming, Maslen’s music also embraces folk, psychedelic pop and her interest in experimental film-making. The media has warmly received her albums on Ninja Tune, Oxygen Music Works, Mush Recordings, R&S and Squids Eye.She’s performed globally over the past decade at events including LA’s Coachella concert series and Montreaux Jazz Festival in Switzerland. Neotropic’s live shows have always focused on creating a cinematic journey for the audience with the inclusion of her dark photographic and film imagery.
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Sasha Markovic (New York) : composer/guitarist, is a founder and co-leader of ‘Yagull‘, a post rock chamber duo, together with his musical and life partner, pianist Kana Kamitsubo. Their unique way of blending chamber music with hard rock, jazz and world music seems to be appealing to listeners that may not be dialled into any of these specific genres, according to hundreds positive reviews from around the world in classical, jazz, mainstream and metal magazines. They are joined on stage and studio by guest soloists hailing from dozens of different countries. Sasha and Kana cherish and spread their love of music, with their students of all ages and focus on acoustic instruments at their fast growing music center, ‘Hug Music‘ in New York.
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MC Mojo (Atlanta) : was raised in Detroit where he grew up on a solid diet of Motown Music. After High School, He did a B.A. in Psych, and then Joined the US Air Force as a Combat Psychiatric Medic. Currently working out of a cabin and a 180 year old barn in the woods of rural Georgia, he is a free-lance writer and Executive Editor of Content and Social Media for a small internet medical supply company. He discovered Curved Radio via Facebook, and complained about the lack of Motown Music on the airwaves. MC Mojo now does occasional spots on Curved Radio celebrating the sounds of Motown.
Marguerite Montes (Australia) : is an artist with music in her bones, Marguerite is the daughter of respected Spanish musicians – her mother a singer, her father a multi-instrumentalist, musical director of band, Luthier and piano restorer. Marguerite’s Fellini-esque childhood began when they emigrated from the desert of Almeria, Andalusia Spain, to the French Riviera city of Nice. For close to a decade Marguerite was exposed to a steady stream of celebrated Spanish and Latin American touring artists. Home was always filled with impromptu performances from these incredibly talented people. “Musical sessions were the norm at our house.” Coming to Australia in the early 70’s Marguerite studied piano at the Sydney Conservatorium. She studied Music and Theatre studies at the University of New England. Marguerite has collaborated with a wide range of musicians from a diverse musical background. She has moved from Rock, to punk, to blues to cabaret to Jazz to latin, folk and ambience. Marguerite has composed and sung for documentaries, worked in theatre, film has been an in house session singer for Fatboy studios and Emerald City Studios. She has appeared in many music festivals including the Festival of Sydney.
Patrizia Oliva (Italy) : is an Italian singer and electroacustic improviser. Her research is aimed on a redefinition of contemporary solo singer, where her performance is also gestural and transcendental. Alongside her work as a soloist, currently she plays in three different international projects such as Camusi, Gamra and Gravida. She has worked on some music for film and videomakers, has played with many musicians, has toured Italy, U.S.A, Scotland, United kingdom, The Netherlands, France, Germany, Spain, Portugal, Switzerland, Slovenja, Belgium, Austria and Vietnam. Some places and festivals she has played in: Hanoi New Music Festival (Vietnam), Area Sismica, Petit Théâtre Mercelis (BE), Passos Manuel (Portugal), Museum of Modern Art (Ohio, USA), ZDB (Portugal), ZXZW Festival (NL), Fusion Festival (D), The Empire Gallery Galvanised Festival (UK), Postgarage (AT).
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Malena Perez (Atlanta) : Born to a Cuban father and German mother, Perez grew up listening to stories of her father’s homeland and the sounds of Omara Portuondo and Celia Cruz. Between her successful collaboration with producer Michael Johnson in Atlanta and her own personal life journey – one that led her from Atlanta to California to New York – Malena began to find her own true voice as an artist and as a producer for the release of her first internationally distributed album, STARS, a two-year labor of love. Her release, Naia is currently available on Soundcloud and her 2014 release, Offering has garnered rave reviews and critical acclaim across the globe.
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Désiré Sankara (Paris) : Désiré grew up in Ouagadougou, the capital of Burkina Faso. From his earliest years, he was surrounded by the stories, legends and proverbs of the mossi tradition, all brought to the household from the communities in the surrounding villages. His music is centred on themes related to traditional folklore and everyday life in the villages, encouraging respect for ancient customs and friendship between the various ethnic groups and tribes. His songwriting is in Mooré, his mother tongue. Désiré lives and works out of Paris.
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Emily Saunders (UK) : Emily Saunders was brought up in a family steeped in music – her grandmother was a classical pianist who improvised at the age of 11; her sister is a contemporary classical composer, and her father a renowned classical pianist, arranger and choral conductor who indulged in his love of jazz late at night with records by Oscar, Fats and Bird. Emily took to the piano writing songs from a very young age initially training as a classical musician yet her fascination of improvisation led her to specialise in Jazz Voice at Trinity Conservatoire. A healthy teenage desire to explore different cultures and musical repertoires led to her immensely diverse musical tastes. From Nina Simone, Flora Purim, Betty Carter , Chick Corea, Santana to 90′s ambient; Portishead, Reggae, Latin and 70′s soul. Saunders love of rhythm and her enthusiasm for the great composers of Brazil, particularly Hermeto Pascoal and his obsession with sound and artistic virtuosity inspired her to record her debut album, Cotton Skies in 2011. In 2015, Emily released her second self-produced album, Outsiders Insiders to much critical acclaim.
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Rami Shamir (USA) : Rami Shamir is the author of acclaimed novel, Train to Pokipse and a recipient of the 2013 Acker Award for fiction. American publishing legend, Barney Rosset called ‘Train to Pokipse’ , “a Catcher in the Rye for the new century.” As a social activist, Rami was one of the original Zuccotti Park Occupiers with the Occupy Wall Street movement and is staunchly anti corporate independently publishing his novel via Underground Editions with colleague Adam Void in 2011. His work has appeared in Adbusters, Evergreen Review, and The Brooklyn Rail, and in the Norwegian Feminist Magazine FeTT.
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Janice Slater (Australia) : is one of those giants on whose shoulders the Australian music industry stands. Her long and distinguished solo career informed and inspired generations of women who followed. Over her glorious career she has also sung with and supported many of the greats including The Four Tops, Billy Preston, Lesley Gore, Lou Rawls, Sammy Davis Jnr, Shirley Bassey … the list goes on and on. She has been a mentor and teacher in theatre, film and music, was the vocal coach for the Australian movie Starstruck, directed by Gillian Armstrong and for Kafka Dances starring Cate Blanchett. In 2007, she co-composed Awakened State, Buddhist mantras in collaboration with Bruno Elevteros Libert who lives on Patmos in Greece. In 2009, ARTERIAL FLOW was developed by Janice with Kirk Kadish in another perfect internet collaboration. Arterial Flow members also include: Australian sculptor: Phillip Hay, USA composer: Jack Clift and legendary saxophonist Wil Greenstreet. Kirk Kadish’s album, Tradewinds has consistently been the 2nd or 3rd most downloaded CD in the Jazz category & the top album in the Groove/Soul Jazz sub-category on download.com since 2005.
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Arda Suar (Turkey) : was born in Izmit, an industrial city just 1 hour from Istanbul. He Played chess for years as a licensed sportsman, acted in theatre for 10 years and directed 2 years. Arda ,howed 3 art exhibitions when 11. He studied international relations and has a masters degree in communication sciences. He is a PhD student in public relations and advertisement and owns a web tv and a creative digital ads agency.
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Jill Tracy (San Francisco) : has been called “A Bay area treasure” by America’s National Public Radio. Jello Biafra said of her: “Drop dead original and dark as a drowning pool…
I sometimes wonder if Jill Tracy is actually a ghost.” She is a singer, pianist, writer, composer, and performance artist. She comes from the elegant side of the netherworld. Jill recently made history as the first musician to ever be awarded a grant from the Wood Institute, College of Physicians of Philadelphia to compose music inside the famed Mütter Museum, (the nation’s foremost collection of medical oddities) a series of compositions directly inspired by pieces in the collection. She has just completed her latest album: Silver Smoke, Star of Night.
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Viviana Vega (Norway) : WhaleShark
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Jac Vidgen (Philippines) : Jac Vidgen is a minor legend around the party going life of Sydney. As a university student, he started the infamous RAT Parties which informed all huge dance parties that followed in Australia, including Mardi Gras and it is rumoured, the Opening Night of the Sydney Olympic Games. He now teaches Buteyko Breathing across Asia, and does semi regular spots on festivals and happenings throughout this region.
Zoy Winterstein (Nuremberg) : Zoy Winterstein is a classically trained artist who completed a diploma in Classical Piano at the Academy of Music in Nürnberg. He has a many-sided musical background beginning with the intensive occupation with the history of Jazz 1984-89, Free Jazz and Free Music (1996 playing together with Peter Brötzmann). With his classical piano education, autodidactic learning of various saxophones and bass clarinet, avant-garde music (diploma work on the aleatoric compositions of John Cage and Karlheinz Stockhausen), music from Asia and Africa, and writing of songs based on New Wave, Art Rock and other styles, Zoy has also founded many various ensembles based on free improvisation, conception and performance of multi media art-performances in collaboration with a wide range of artists.
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