Clara Maïda, Doppelklänger (2008), for prepared and amplified piano solo, Jan Michiels, piano
Pascale Criton and Deborah Walker, Chaoscaccia (2012), for cello tuned in 1/16 tone, Deborah Walker, cello
about the author(s)
Jan Michiels (b. 1966) is Professor of Piano at the Royal Conservatoire Brussels, where he also leads the class on contemporary music. He studied with Hans Leygraf at the Hochschule der Künste in Berlin, where he was awarded an exceptional distinction for his interpretations of Bartók’s Second Piano Concerto and Ligeti’s Etudes. A laureate in several international competitions (including the Queen Elizabeth, Brussels) he conducted piano masterclasses in London, Murcia, Hamburg, Oslo, Montepulciano, and Szombathely. In addition to his activity as a pianist, Jan Michiels has a doctorate in the arts centred on Luigi Nono’s Prometeo. He is a senior research fellow at the Orpheus Institute, Ghent, and an active member of the core team of ME21.
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Royal Conservatoire of Brussels, BE
jan_inge [AT] telenet.be
Deborah Walker is a new music performer and improviser based in Paris. She was born in Reggio Emilia, Italy in 1981. She studied cello in her hometown at the Istituto Musicale “A. Peri” and graduated in 2003.
While studying there, she often performed works by young composers both for solo cello and for ensembles. She also played in two theatrical productions working with the composers Tom Johnson (1997) and Alfredo Lacosegliaz (2000). From 2000 to 2004 she was a member of the Caravane de Ville ethnic-rock group and recorded two albums with them, Metropolis (Mescal) and Casbah (CycPromotions).
After graduating she moved to Paris to continue her cello studies with Agnès Vesterman. She also took part in cello master classes with Marianne Chen, Harvey Shapiro and contemporary music master classes with Enzo Porta, Stefano Scodanibbio, Rohan de Saram and Anssi Karttunen.
Deborah Walker has collaborated with artists like Joëlle Leandre, Markus Stockhausen, Garrett List and Teri Weikel. She has played in many festivals such as I Suoni delle Dolomiti, Italia Wave, ZKN in Karlsruhe, Festival d’Avignon, Festival Nomad in M’Hamid (Morocco) and in Rome, Linz, Milan, Barcelona, Cologne, Zurich, Warsaw…
Her current projects are Milly Romani with pop-rock singer Sara Piolanti, Poetica Vivace with the saxophonist François Cotinaud, a duo with the double bass player Charlotte Testu and the string trio Gingko Narayana.
She is a member of Dedalus, a variable ensemble which plays minimalist music and Flowers of Now, an intuitive music project with Vera Fischer, Luca Formentini, Tara Bouman and Markus Stockhausen.
She also takes part in theater, dance and circus performances, both as composer and performer.
Her recordings include works by Tom Johnson played by the Dedalus Ensemble (New World), a live recording of Flowers of Now (21st Records) as well as Frammenti di Scrittura Prematura (Imprint Records) and Imagine Book (ILDE).
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Cellist, Paris, FR
Pascale Criton studied composition with Ivan Wyschnegradsky, Gérard Grisey, and Jean-Etienne Marie. She earned a PhD in musicology (1999) and undertook a musical computing course for composers at IRCAM (Paris) in 1986. Her works explore sound variability, ultrachromatism, multi-sensoral receptions, and the spatialisation of listening. Artistic director of Art&Fact, she initiates concerts combining music, architecture, and materials that invite the public to experience new sound representations (Ecouter Autrement, Centre Pompidou-Metz, 2015). Her works are performed internationally by ensembles such as l’Ensemble 2e2m, l’Itinéraire, Aleph, Accroche Note, Taller Sonoro, and Dedalus, are commissioned by the French Ministry of Culture, Radio France, and Sacem, and are published by Jobert Editions. She is currently an associate researcher at the Lutherie Acoustique Musique laboratory (Pierre and Marie Curie University, CARS). Her encounter with Gilles Deleuze determined her interest in philosophy and from 1974 to 1987 she became one of his interlocutors concerning music. She recently co-edited Gilles Deleuze, la pensée-musique (Cdmc, Symétrie, 2015).
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Pierre et Marie Curie University, Paris, FR
pcriton [AT] club-internet.fr
Clara Maïda is a French composer who has lived both in Paris and in Berlin since she was the guest of the Artists-in-Berlin programme of the DAAD. She has studied music and psychology and attended the composition courses of H. Lachenmann, P. Manoury, T. Murail, G. Grisey, and M. Stroppa at the Acanthes Centre and at the Paris Superior Conservatory of Music. She has received several international awards and grants such as the Berlin Senat and Paris Hors Les Murs grants, the Stuttgart and Berlin-Rheinsberger composition first prizes (Germany), an honorary mention at Prix Ars Electronica (Austria), as well as many commissions from institutions and festivals in France and Germany. Her pieces have been performed by numerous contemporary music ensembles around the world and broadcast on radio in several countries. She has given lectures in different institutions in Europe, New York, and Australia and two CDs of her works have been released (DAAD/Edition RZ, Berlin; Metamkine Label/Marseille GMEM).
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Independent composer, Paris, FR, and Berlin, DE
clara.maida [AT] club-internet.fr