Members of the Performance Ensemble
Roger Mills is an international musician, sound artist and writer whose practice and research focuses on networked improvisation, sound installation and experimental radio. As founder of Ethernet Orchestra, he is interested in the creative and cognitive challenges that musicians face when engaging in networked intercultural improvisation. He is best known for his work with Statik Sound System in the early 1990’s, where his interest in intercultural networked performance was piqued through the culturally diverse musicians the group worked with. Recent credits include a Golden Eye award for contrapuntal radio performance Idea of South (Sydney), score for BAFTA award winning dance performance “At Swim Two Boys” UK and album production and performances with Turkish singer Mircan Kaya. . Website
Aref Toloei is a musician, composer and educator who holds a degree in Performing Persian instrument (Tar) from the Art University of Tehran, and a Masters in Contemporary Improvisation from Macquarie University, Sydney. Inter-cultural interests made him to travel to India and research Hindustani music in Varanasi. He currently lectures in performance at the Chavoosh Institute, Tehran.
Ahmet Yavuz Uydu is a multi instrumentalist from Adana, Turkey with a background in Turkish classical singing. He has composed for both film and television and recently performed with Rafet El Roman at the Enmore Theatre. He performs with Oud, Bendir, Cumbus and electric bass.
Richard Lainhart is an award-winning composer, filmmaker, and author – a digital artisan who works with sonic, visual, and textual data. Since childhood, he’s been interested in natural processes such as waves, flames and clouds, in harmonics and harmony, and in creative interactions with machines, using them as compositional methods to present sounds and images that are as beautiful as he can make them. His compositions have been performed in North America, Europe, Australia, and Asia, and recordings of his music have appeared on the Periodic Music, Vacant Lot, XI, Tobira, Infrequency, VICMOD, Periphery, Monochrome Vision, and ExOvo labels, as well as a variety of netlabels. Besides performing his own work, he has worked and performed with John Cage, David Tudor, Steve Reich, Phill Niblock, David Berhman, Rhys Chatham, Harley Gaber, and Jordan Rudess, among many others. Lainhart’s animations and short films have been shown at festivals in North and South America, Europe, Asia, and online. Examples of his music and digital artworks may be found at his website, his live performances are available at http://soundcloud.com/rlainhart, and his short films are available at http://www.vimeo.com/rlainhart
Bukhchuluun Ganburged is a Mongolian musician and throat singer who plays a range of traditional and indigenous instruments. He is an accomplished improviser and has toured internationally with the Khan Bogd and Morin Huur Ensemble. Website
Chris Vine is an artist and musician who studied fine art in Britain and the USA. He began playing improvised music in his teens as part of the UK free improvisation movement and was associated with the downtown music scenes of New York and Washington D.C. in the early 1980’s, working with Elliott Sharp, Bobby Previte and Bob Boilen. He formed the Heat Poets in partnership with the open field poet Chris Torrance in Wales in 1985. Vine was guitarist with Ted Milton’s cult punk jazz group Blurt throughout the 1990’s. At this time, he was active in Welsh Experimental Theatre as sound designer and composer, working with companies such as The Centre for Performance Research and Earthfall. He is currently based in Brazil, where he works in collaboration with various companies, including Verve Companhia de Dança. Chris Vine on SoundCloud
Martin Slawig is a musician, audio visual artist. He holds a pre-diploma in electrical engineering, studied percussion in Togo (West Africa), Cuba and at the International School of Percussion in Munich. Until year 2000 concerts in Germany and Europe in the field of Jazz-, Latin- and African music with different bands (Drummers Communicate, Havana, Hamid Baroudi among others). Autodidact in digital media and programming. Martin works with custom built instruments, objects, field recordings and computer programming for realtime processing (max/msp Jitter). Development of sound and video installations. Compositions and stage design for theatres. Co-director of Theater im Glashaus, a group of performers with learning difficulties. Workshops and talks at UdK Berlin; University of Bayreuth; School of Visual Arts, Windsor, Canada; University of Western Ontario, Canada. Performances and exhibitions internationally. Website.
Elke Utermohlen is a performer, stage director, sound artist. 1984-92 Co-founder and actress of the german/peruvian Ensepmble La Otra Orilla. Physical theatre, at that time intensely involved in expanded intercultural exchange. Co-founder of LOT-Theater Braunschweig, collaborating with this venue until 2005. Initiator and organizer of international culture- and arts projects. She works with live electronics and computers, develop-s research based or/and site specific installations. She plays improvised music: experimental use of voice in combination with real-time processing software and found objects. Since 2001 director of “TiG – Theater im Glashaus”, an ensemble of performers with learning difficulties www.theaterglashaus.de . 2010 artistic director of “Handicap Null”, an international theater festival for artists with intellectual disability. Since 2009 member and co-founder of “Theater-Outlet”, a regional umbrella association for independent professional theater and related arts.
Hervé Perez is an improviser, sound and visual artist who performs spontaneous compositions with a laptop, using processed field recordings as well as acoustic instruments. His work is influenced by electro-acoustic, contemporary music, experimental electronics, free improvisation, immersive sound art and ancient techniques of sound therapy alike. His research approaches sound as vibration, the relation between sound and objects or spaces, architecture and the body. Hervé’s use of field recordings is concerned with frequencies (wave lengths) and harmonic relationships found in nature, how they relate to the physical world, and how the sounds of natural elements connect to our own cycles. Soprano saxophone performances focus on extended techniques and abstract peripheral sounds structural to the instrument as a physical resonant object – although he has been known to play melodies at times…
Shaun Premnath is a multi-instrumentalist and improviser in a wide range of music styles. Starting formal training on the piano at an early age, he has since diversified, teaching himself guitar, tuba, harmonium and violin. He is trained in classical tabla and Hindustani voice, receiving formal training from acclaimed and award winning tabla player, Bobby Singh and from the late Dr. Arun Apte, a student of the late Pt. Jitendra Abhisheki respectfully. Shaun has performed at various functions for Hindi Festivals, radio voice recitals as well as providing music for theatrical productions and concerts. Having completed the HSC Music Extension 1 with a composition major, he has also composed additional background music for Vishwaas Productions theatrical production “Gandhi: The Power Of One”, and then became a music director in the Chinmaya Mission production “Journey of a Master”. He has also worked with the Vishwaas Productions Band and helped provide music accompaniment for the Jaffna Hind College OBA Sydney singing contest, Geethavani,
Peyman Sayyadi is a Tanbour player, vocalist and art-whistler; a Kurd from Iran, performing Kurdish and Persian traditional and folklore music. Being exposed to a diverse range of genre of music from early childhood as well as the complex society of Iran has made his music distinct and also deeply affected by the geography. He’s been immersed in mysterious Maghams of Tanbour for years and he still tries to decode the unknown parts. The music that he plays is mostly a combination of different types of Kurdish and Persian music added to his own personal understanding of his present moment.