Marko Ciciliani - composer and audiovisual artist
Marko Ciciliani is a composer, audiovisual artist and researcher based in Austria. The focus of his work lies in the combination of instruments and electronics, often in audiovisual contexts. Light- or laserdesigns are frequently an integral part of his compositions. More recently he also included live-video in his works, by making the manipulation of images part of an extended instrument design. The artistic combination of sound and light was also the topic of his PhD research that he completed at Brunel University London in 2010.
It is characteristic of Ciciliani’s compositions that sound is not only understood as abstract material but as a culturally shaped idiom. The exploration of a sound’s communicative potential is as much in the foreground of his work as its objective sonic quality.
Ciciliani’s work is characterized by a conceptual approach in which aspects of classical composition, sound- and media-studies play tightly together.
The different “genres” in which Ciciliani’s music can be heard and seen, are reflecting his manifold artistic activities. His music has been performed in more than 30 countries in Europe, Asia, Oceania and the Americas. It has been programmed by festivals and concert series of alternative experimental music like Experimental Intermedia/NYC, Club Transmediale/Berlin, SuperDeluxe/Tokyo or the NowNow Series/Sydney; just as much as by festivals for post-avantgarde music as Wien Modern, Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival, Zagreb Biennale, Maerzmusik and many more.
In 2005 Ciciliani founded the group Bakin Zub, an ensemble comprising a small group of distinguished musicians with a focus on the use of technology. In the work for Bakin Zub Ciciliani places an emphasis on the combination of instrumental writing, live-electronics and light, laser or video designs. Since the foundation of the group, Ciciliani has composed four program-length works for this combination, the most recent ones being "Heterotopolis" which was co-produced by the ZKM and premiered as part of the ARD Hörspieltage 2012, and "Suicidal Self Portraits", premiered in April 2014 at the „Forum Neue Musik Deutschlandfunk“ in Cologne.
In 2009 Marko Ciciliani was recipient of the prestigious Villa Aurora Stipend, a three-month artists residency in Los Angeles. Also in 2009 he was composer-in-residence of the 14th Composers Forum in Mittersill/Austria. He received numerous project-residencies at STEIM, ESS, ICST and ZKM. In 2014 Ciciliani has taught at the “Summer Courses for Contemporary Music Darmstadt” where he also presented a portrait concert. He also often appears as a presenter on international conferences on computer music and media art as ICMC, SMC, ICLI, Sonorities and others.
Since October 2014, Ciciliani is full professor for computer music composition and sound design at the Institute for Electronic Music and Acoustics – IEM – of the Arts University in Graz/Austria.
Stefano D'Alessio - music, media-art, visuals
Stefano D’Alessio (1987 Italy) is a New Media artist and composer, lives and works in Vienna (Austria). He creates interactive performances and installations, combining visuals, sound, physical computing and performance through programming.
His research addresses the digitization of the human in new technologies, virtual representations of the “real” and the distortions and perceptive amplifications caused by them. His work involves the human body as a subject for analyzing, coding, and decoding processes of the real/physical, into digital/abstract, questioning the ephemeral limits between machine and body, artificial intelligence and consciousness.
With a degree in Visual Art and Theatre at the IUAV University of Venice, Stefano D’Alessio is regularly teaching new media for interactive arts with Klaus Obermaier, at bachelor, master, and post-graduate master courses at the IUAV University and at the Linz University of Arts.
Since 2010 he regularly collaborates with Martina Menegon and Klaus Obermaier on different art projects, furthermore he realized music and interactive visuals for various artists, musicians, choreographers and theatre directors.
Martina Menegon - music, media-art, visuals
Martina Menegon is an artist and educator.
She works with interactive, virtual and mixed reality art, that creates an intimate and complex assemblage of physical and virtual elements and explores the contemporary self and its synthetic corporeality. She is the co-founder of AFK - Away From Keyboard, a member of the Radiance Research Platform for artistic VR experience and of the Saloon Wien. She currently teaches at the Transmediale Kunst department of the University of Applied Art in Vienna and at the Art University of Linz, as well as regularly collaborating with Klaus Obermaier and Stefano D’Alessio.
Martina Menegon currently lives and works in Vienna.
Inga Huld Hákonardóttir - dance
Inga Huld Hákonardóttir was born in Höfn in Iceland and is based in Brussels where she works as a choreographer, dancer and collaborator. As a choreographer/maker Inga has has worked mostly in collaborative environments and has created several collaborative works in the past few years, since she graduated from P.A.R.T.S in 2014. As a choreographer/maker Inga has has worked mostly in collaborative environments and has created several collaborative works in the past few years. She has for example worked closely with Rósa Ómarsdóttir under the name Inga and Rósa. They created two duets, The Valley, and Wilhelm Scream which both have an emphasis on sound production, and their latest work was a group piece Da Da Dan, a commission for The Icleandic Dance Company in celebration of the Dada movements 100th anniversary. Their work for the last years has focused on sound production and foley art in relation to the body and the uncanny experiences that arise from their collision. Their work seeks to find the friction between the symbolic and the sensorial; to embody the distance between seeing and being. Inga also collaborates closely with Katie Vickers with whom she created the duet Slogan For Modern Times, focusing on monstrosity and forsaken bodies. Their latest work We Will Have Had Darker Futures was also created in collaboration with choreographer Rebecca Stillman, and their work together generally focuses on time in relation to anticipation and the slow moving hand of time. As a performer, collaborator and dancer Inga has worked with Eleanor Bauer and composer Chris Peck in the contemporary musical, MEYOUCYCLE, in collaboration with ICTUS music ensemble. She also danced for Salva Sanchis in his recent works Islands and Radical Light. In 2014 inga performed and collaborated with the contemporary music ensembles ICTUS and GAME (Ghent Advanced Master Ensemble) in their project Ballet Mekanique, an interdisciplinary concert performance for children. At the moment Inga is engaged in a research project based on a fascination of synesthesia and it’s inspiration to multimedia performances with a particular focus on the relationships between voice, body and light.
Tuur Marinus - visual artist, dance
Tuur Marinus was born in Antwerp in 1981. He studied visual arts at the KdG Hogeschool (Antwerp) before starting to train as a dancer/choreographer at P.A.R.T.S. (2004 - 2008).
After finishing P.A.R.T.S. he created the dance performance “Dominos and Butterflies”, with the Brussels based dance collective Busy Rocks, and performed it in ao Belgium, The Netherlands, Germany, Sweden, France and Switzerland. Since then he has made (ao) the performances “Still Animals”, “3on3”, “Cyclop Project” and “The Workshop”.
Recently he made an installation version of “Still Animals”, which has been shown in musea, public spaces and theatres.
Tuur Marinus also worked as a dancer for ao Vincent Dunoyer, Theater Zuidpool and They Are Here.
Tom Pauwels - guitarist Ictus
Tom Pauwels (Bornem, Belgium, 1974) studied classical guitar in Brussels, Köln and Münster with Albert Sundermann, Hubert Käppel and Reinbert Evers respectively.
In 1995, during his studies at the Brussels Conservatory, he was involved in the founding of Black Jackets Company, a Brussels collective of composers and performers. Ever since these early experiments he has been active in the field of contemporary music, both on classical and electric guitar. From 1999 until 2001 he was a regular member of Champ D’Action, the Antwerp-based ensemble for experimental music. From 2002 to 2016 he has worked as a co-artistic leader for the new music ensemble ICTUS (Brussels). Project-wise, he performs with the London based Plus-Minus ensemble. He has recorded works by Craenen, Lachenmann, Shlomowitz, Van Eycken, Guiraud, Trapani and for Cyprès (Ictus) works by Oehring, Harada, Romitelli and Aperghis.
After a five year research project on new music for guitar he became a ‘Laureate of the Orpheus Institute’ with the thesis ‘De Echo van ‘t Saluut’. Since 2002 he has been in charge of teaching new music for guitar at the Conservatory of Gent where he has developed an advanced master program with emphasis on contemporary chamber music in collaboration with the Spectra ensemble and Ictus. This program is designed for musicians wishing to combine further specialization in performing contemporary solo & chamber music with developing their professional career (more info HERE). Since 2010 is teaching guitar at the International Summer Course for New Music in Darmstadt.
His broad interest in performance has recently led to collaborations with choreographers as Xavier Le Roy (see ‘Mouvements für Lachenmann), Maud Le Pladec (see ‘Professor’ and 'Poetry') and Andros Zins-Browne (The Funerals)
Kurt Van Belleghem - curator visual arts St Lucas Antwerp
Kurt Vanbelleghem works as an independent curator and publisher in the field of contemporary art and design. He focuses primarily on establishing synergy between both disciplines, with the relevance to society being central. Since 2010 he has also been a curator of Sint Lucas Antwerp, where he coordinates extracurriculum projects for students and alumni.
Wim Henderickx - composer
Wim Henderickx is a Flemish composer, based in Antwerp. He studied compositon and percussion at the Royal Conservatoire in Antwerp and sonology at Ircam in Paris and at the Conservatoire of Music in The Hague.
Many of his works are influenced by oriental music and philosophy. He wrote works for opera, music theatre, orchestra, choirs, windband and chamber music. Electronics are often an important feature in his music. Following a journey around India and Nepal he composed the Tantric Cycle. Commissioned by the Queen Elisabeth Competition, he composed Canzone for voice and piano, for the semi finals of the 2008 edition. In October 2016 Blossomings for choir, trumpet and electronics premiered at LSO St Luke's in London with the BBC Singers, Marco Blaauw (trumpet) and Martyn Brabbins (conductor). Requiem was commissioned by Opera Ballet Vlaanderen in 2017, a collaboration with choreographer Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui.
ARTIST IN RESIDENCE
He has been Composer in Residence at Muziektheater Transparant since 1996 and he joined the Antwerp Symphony Orchestra as Artist in Residence in 2013.
The 3 Ragas were recorded in 1999 with the Antwerp Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Grant Llewellyn. The CD Tejas & Other Orchestral Works was released by the same orchestra in 2011 and was conducted by Martyn Brabbins. The full CDs Disappearing in Light (2011) and Triptych (2015) were developed in collaboration with the HERMESensemble & Jorrit Tamminga (electronics).
The latest Double CD was released by the Antwerp Symphony Orchestra in 2016, containing Symphony No.1, Groove! and the solo + orchestral version of Empty Mind I.
Wim Henderickx's scores are published by Norsk Musikforlag in Oslo, Norway.
Wim Henderickx is professor of composition at the Royal Conservatoire in Antwerp: www.ap.be and at the Conservatoire in Amsterdam: www.conservatoriumvanamsterdam.nl. He is also the main coach on the annual SoundMIne Summer Composition Course for young composers, which is organised by Musica, Impulse Centre for Music.
He received numerous awards, such as the Prize for Contemporary Music Flanders-Québec in 1993. In 2006 he was nominated for the Flanders Culture Prizes and in 2011 he received the Lifetime Achievement Award in Lier (BE), his birthplace. He was appointed as a member of the Royal Flemish Academy of Belgium (KVAB) for Science and the Arts in 2015.