Sound Around Kaliningrad 2017. Line-up


20.04 - 22.04.2017

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Gaudenz Badrutt (Switzerland)

Began as a pianist in the field of contemporary classic music and works since more than 15 years as an electronics musician in the field of improvised, experimental music.

He is best known in current times as an improvising electronics musician using computers (sampling) and various other electronic apparatus. Filigree, minimal noises, drones and dense structures are key characteristics of his music. Central to Badrutt’s activities are the duo with Jonas Kocher (accordion), Solos, the duo with Hans Koch (bass clarinet, soprano saxophone) and the working-band duo strøm with Christian Müller (electronics). He is further occupied in the fields of electronic composition, sound & video installation and videos (like ‚magma‘ and ‚Quiet Novosibirsk‘).

Gaudenz Badrutt has collaborated with Morishige Yasumune, Ilia Belorukov, Andy Guhl, Alexander Markvart, Naoya Murata, Strotter Inst., Michael Vorfeld, Jean-Philippe Gross, Toshimaru Nakamura, Diatribes, Bertrand Gauguet, FM Einheit et al. with concerts at home and abroad, including at the Festivals Sanatorium of Sound Sokolowsko/Poland 2016, Sound Reasons 2015 in Dehli/Goa/Bangalore India, Musikfestival Bern 2015, Vertical Collisions and Irtijal Beirut 2015, Croisements Kagoshima 2014, Airegin/Improfestival Yokohama 2013, SwissMusicDays Belgrade 2013, Zwei Tage Zeit Zürich 2012, Terrains Basel 2011, Influx Toulouse 2011, Transmediale Berlin 2009, Zoom in Bern 2008, Rue du Nord Lausanne 2008, Norberg Festival (Sweden) 2006, Taktlos/Tonart Bern 2006. His videoworks has been played at the Transmediale 09 Berlin, Festival Zwei Tage Zeit Zürich 2012, Spinafest St.Petersburg.

Gaudenz Badrutt lives in Biel (Switzerland).

James Giroudon (France)

Born in La Tour du Pin, near Lyon. He studied at the University of Lyon and is graduated from art history, sociology and education sciences. Graduated of Pierre Schaeffer and Guy Reibel’s class at the National Superior Conservatory of Music in Paris. From 1982 to 1990, he taught at the Conservatory of Music in Saint-Etienne, where he created an electroacoustic music section, and in 1992 he was appointed to the «Arts du Spectacle» degree course at the Université de Caen. Also conducts an activity of sociology in the socio-economic and cultural sector during several years.

Founded in 1981 in Lyon GRAME with Pierre Alain Jaffrennou, he is responsible for managing and artistic, as well as international development. In 1992, in Lyon, he created the Musiques en Scène festival, which in 2002 became a biennial.

Is also involved in curating exhibitions, notably in Grame : series of « sound art exhibitions and performances » for Music Festival Scene from 1992 to 2010, curating with Thierry Raspail of 6 multimedia exhibitions in Lyon Museum of Contemporary Art, from 1998 to 2006 (« New York, New Sounds, New Spaces », « Music, dance, visual arts», « Sound art in Europe », « Digital arts …). Designer, with Pierre Alain Jaffrennou, for the event «Lyon City Sound », path of urban installations for ten days in March 2000 ... He was also invited to curate the 2000 Belluard festival in Fribourg. Was initiator for retrospective of artists Peter Bosch and Simone Simons in 2009 in Rhône-Alpes (La Tour du Pin). Was curator at Taipei Fine Arts Museum for the exhibition «Mobility, sounds and forms» (2010) and « Imminent Sounds « 2013 », and also at Electronic Music Week Shanghai in 2011. Among the recent exhibitions, he was curator for «Around the Sounds» to A4 arts contemporary center of Chengdu (june / september 14), in 2015 for gallery « Attrape couleurs » (Unlimited) and Fort du Bruissin (Musiques/Machines) in Lyon, Festival Demesurées (Clermont Ferrand), in 2016 for Total art contemporary Museum of Seoul («Through the listening glass») and Museo de Arte Contemporaneo in Santiago (Chili). Since September 2001, he has been contributing a «contemporary musics» column to the Bloc Notes de la Mapra (Maison des Arts Plastiques Rhône-Alpes).

As composer, he realizes several electroacoustic musics for concerts and large-scale musical events, as well as mixed works for soloists, instrumental groups and electronics systems. He has also written music for the theatre. His works have been premiered by ensembles such as Aleph, TM+, 2e2m, Archaeus (Bucharest), Alter Ego (Rome), the Neue VocalSolisten of Stuttgart, the Solistes de Lyon-Bernard Tétu, the Percussions Claviers de Lyon and the Ensemble Orchestral Contemporain, as well as by soloistes including Jean-Pierre Robert, Maurizio Barbetti, Elizabeth Grard and Daniel Kientzy, Jérémie Siot, Yi-Ping Yang... His works are regularly played outside France, in Grame’s concert tours and at festivals, notably in Europe and Canada. In 1989 he received the Prix de l’Académie du Disque Français for a record produced jointly with Musiques Numériques, and in 1993 the Faust de Bronze for the opera Jumelles, co-written with Pierre-Alain Jaffrennou. Several of his pieces have been recorded and released by Editions Forlane (MFA collection), ECM, the Nova Musica label and ÄmeSon. He continues to work with the composer Jean François Estager on co-writing, along the lines of mixed forms combining instrumental material with sounds and electronics. Receives in 2009 a commission from Forum Music (Taipei) for a new piece with chinese orchestra, percussions and electronics, in 2013 a commission from BorusanMusik (Istanbul) for a new scenographic music with the solist Yi Ping Yang.

Xavier Garcia (France)

Born in 1959. Composer and improviser, he's interested into both things as creating music in studio and playing live on stage. He has composed nearly 30 electronic pieces in INA GRM (Paris), GMVL (Lyon), GRAME (Lyon) or "at home". Since 1987, he's a member of the "ARFI" (Association looking for an imaginary folklore) : he plays sampler and electronic devices in ARFI 's groups as "L'Effet Vapeur"," 32 Janvier","Duo Recio-Garcia", "La Marmite Infernale", "La Grande Illusion", "Potemkine"," Villerd/Ayler quartet", "Lighthouse", "Bobines Mélodies", "Old, Blind & deaf ", « Actuel Remix" ...

He plays also in solo (« Lifelines » is a series of electronic pieces mainly composed at Grame), in duo with Lionel Marchetti (analog and digital devices) and have built some projects as "Virtuel Meeting", "Radiorama", "Reel Meeting". He plays in duo with Lionel Marchetti.

He worked with stage directors as Denis Guénoun, Jean Yves Picq, Dominique Lardenois, Elisabeth Macocco, Jean Paul Delore..., art designers (Philippe Mouillon), movie directors , vidéo artists, 3D movie directors (Claude-Pierre Chavanon, Françoise Petiot, Lorenzo Recio, Fabrice Fouquet), choreographers (Stéphanie Aubin, Ulises Alvarez, Julyen Hamilton), joglers (Jérôme Thomas), and some other musicians and composers (Eric Brochard, Chris Cutler, Brian Eno, Heiner Goebbels, Gianni Gebbia, Alexandre Meyer, ONJ Franck Tortiller, Les Percussions de Strasbourg, Hasse Poulsen, Carlo Rizzo, Yves Robert, Guillaume Roy, Norbert Stein …)

Joost Rekveld (Netherlands)

Artist who is motivated by the question of what we can learn from a dialogue with machines. In his work, he explores the sensory consequences of systems of his own design, often inspired by forgotten corners in the history of science and technology. His films, installations and live performances are composed documentaries of the worlds opened by such systems. In their sensuality they are an attempt to reach an intimate and embodied understanding of our technological world.

His abstract films have been shown worldwide in a wide range of festivals and venues for experimental film, animation or other kinds of moving image. Most of his recent films had their premieres at the International Film Festival Rotterdam and he had retrospectives at the Barbican in London and the Ann Arbor film festival amongst others. He has realized several installations and was involved in many collaborative projects involving composers, music ensembles, theatre companies, dance companies and artist’s labs. As a side-effect of his artistic work, he has been putting together many film programmes about the history of abstract animation and light art since 1990, has been curating several exhibitions and has published a number of essays. He has been giving lectures since 1993, has been teaching since 1996, and from 2008 to 2014 he was the course director of the ArtScience Interfaculty of the Royal Conservatoire and the Royal Academy of Art in The Hague.

NeoQuartet (Poland)

is the Polish string quartet focused on performing contemporary classical music.

Members of NeoQuartet

Karolina Piatkowska-Nowicka – 1st Violin
Pawel Kapica – 2nd Violin
Michal Markiewicz – Viola
Krzysztof Pawlowski – Cello

are great enthusiasts of modern art, therefore, they very often combine contemporary classical music with visual arts, modern dance, and electronics.
NeoQuartet`s aim is to collaborate with contemporary composers and
to make their music familiar to the wider audience.
In NeoQuartet`s repertoire there are the compositions by Reich, Crumb, Schnittke and Penderecki (to name a few). Moreover, the pieces by Stulgińska, Czerniewicz and Kościów (young Polish composers) were premiered by this ensemble.
NeoQuartet is the organizer of the NeoArte Festival named the New Music Spectrum.

Sheep Got Waxed (Lithuania)

Is the new weird. Their music is complex and approachable at the same time.
This trio brings a new perspective into jazz, electronic and academic music.
All band members use both their hands and their feet to play music. Guitar, saxophone and drum-set are accompanied by various effect decks and digital percussion.
Having a background in electronic music and even heavy metal (during the very first gigs the some members still had long hair), now the band is playing something in between free jazz and experimental electronics, although that is very undescriptive.
As one listener reflected after the gig, it sounded more like a mix of techno, footwork, Death Grips kind of trap and George Michael played by early Beatles. So it may leave an impression for listener of any genre.
The weird band name is actually an abbreviation of the three band members surnames. So it obliges them to play together forever. Otherwise, they will have to change the name of the band
Have been touring in Latvia, Estonia, Russia, France and UK.
Have been awarded Vilnius Jazz Young Power Grand Prix.
Have released their debut self titled album in 2014.
Have been making music for theatre and films.

Moscow Contemporary Music Ensemble (MCME) (Russia)

MCME was founded in 1990 by Yuri Kasparov, under the patronage of the famous Russian composer Edison Denisov. The ensemble focuses on promoting 20th and 21st century music. It is Russia’s foremost contemporary chamber ensemble and consists of some of the best Russian musicians specializing in modern music.

MCME has strong educational goals and works closely with both Russian and international cultural foundations to bring contemporary music to a wide range of audiences. As part of this goal, MCME has organized the International Young Composers Academy (Tchaikovsky City, Ural) to bring together both young composers and internationally recognized composers in workshops.

The ensemble’s repertoire is quite extensive and has included the premiere of almost 800 different works. Particularly, they champion the music of Russian composers of the 1920’s and ‘30’s, such as Nikolai Roslavets and Alexander Mosolov. Additionally, they regularly perform music by “Shestidesyatniki” (1960’s Russian) composers. MCME regularly performs in many diverse locales across Russia (80 cities) and elsewhere in the world, including Armenia, Austria, Belorussia, Czech Republic, Cyprus, Denmark, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Great Britain, Italy, Japan, Lithuania, Macedonia, Moldova, the Netherlands, Poland, Romania, Slovakia, Spain, Switzerland, Turkey, Ukraine, Uzbekistan and USA. MCME performed on the best concert stages, took part in the biggest international festivals such as “Moscow Biennale for Contemporary Art”, “DiaghilevFest” (Russia, Perm), “Radio-France presences” (Paris), “FrankfurtFest”, “Maerzmusik” (Germany), “Gaudeamus music week”, “The Night of the Unexpected” (the Netherlands), “Warsaw Autumn” (Poland), “Klangspuren” (Austria) and other.

MCME has recorded more than 40 CDs for leading CD labels, including Olympia (UK), Harmonia Mundi (France), Triton (Japan), Donemus (The Netherlands), Fancymusic (Russia), etc.

Each season MCME gives around 70 concerts in Russia and abroad. The special place in repertoire is allocated for music of young Russian and foreign composers. The ensemble also takes active part in the international multimedia and theatrical projects. In 2009 MCME became the winner of the Award ACTION in support of theatrical initiatives. In 2013 MCME got the Award GOLDEN MASK.

IMANOU Orchestra (Russia)

Music collective which combines musical traditions with futuristic visions. In their music, IMANOU Orchestra uses centuries-old instruments along with newest gadgets, synthesizers and effects. Mixing music of the past and future, male and female, it creates the language, which pushes the limits of cultural experience.

Members: Kirill POLAR LIGHTS (video art), Ilyas Salaev (guitar, keyboard), Kamila Isaeva (vocal, drums, percussion Viktoria Vikama Malysheva (vocals, keyboard, percussion, guitar), Maxim IMANOU (synth, drum machine, electronics, effects).

Amazing Sex People (Russia)

The trio stands for symbiosis of rigid compositional forms with free jazz, leaving no place for clichés and repetitions. Inspired by stylistics of avant-garde and free jazz, they do not forget about old school. Pure drive, dirty free jazz and unique aesthetical experience only. Members: Alexey Slipko (tenor sax), Alexander Peryanin (bass), Anton Mushinsky (drums).

Yakovlev & Co. (Russia)

Audio performance by Anton Yakovlev: improvisation, mix of styles, and interaction of musicians with different background and experience, The performance is called electronics vs guitar: musicians will mix lo-fi and kraut, dark jazz and psychedelics, bedroom and hypnagogic pop, accompanied by visuals shot on VHS camera, Members: Mikhail Kovalev (guitar), Anton Yakovlev (bass guitar), Dmitry Kudryavsky (synthesizer), Alexey Yakovlev (sampler), Sergey Obraztsov (drumbox).

Evgeny Milovanov (Russia)

Kaliningrad-based multiinstrumentalist and vocalist, known by such projects as Brodsky, Ukhanova and P.C.E. In 2017, released “where the sky ends”, debut album of his new solo electronic project Meallofon. 

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