Ingrid Schmoliner & Elena Kakaliagou
The Austrian vocal, piano and improvisation artist Ingrid Schmoliner distinctively expands the tonal language of current avant-garde music with her striking piano preparations and the multilayered combinations of her compositional patterns.
Artistically she moves in the genres of new music, experimental-improvised music, avant-garde music, free jazz, folk fusion and folk music. A further focus of her work is on the interdisciplinary collaboration with dancers, choreographers, and video artists. She concerted with musicians such as Don Robinson, Xu Fengxia, Clayton Thomas, Thomas Berghammer, Marco Eneidi, Susanna Gartmayer, Peter Kutin, Sophie Reyer, Iren Kepl, Pamela Kurstin, Diego Mune, Frantz Loriot, Pascal Niggenkemper.
Ingrid Schmoliner is founder of the Raum_4 concert series in Vienna and curates the New_Adits_Festival for Contemporary Music in Carinthia.
Elena Kakaliagou is a french horn player from Greece, living in Berlin. Her path in music brought her from the classical music field to contemporary and improvised music.Her use of extended technics and classical sound language is often combined with voice and text. She is co-founder of the Finnish RANK Ensemble and the Austrian improvisation trio PARA. Furthermore she is member of Zinc & Copper and Zeitkratzer. She has worked with great artists like Hilary Jeffery, Robin Hayward, Ingrid Schmoliner, Thomas Stempkowski, Reinhold Friedl, James Andean, Solmund Nystabakk, Saara Olarte, Matias Guerra, Riikka Innanen, Annika Fuhrmann, Christos Farmakis, Amir ElSaffar, CC Hennix, Phill Niblock, to name but a few.
Her focus on detail and her interest in the acoustic of various in and outdoor places brought her to fantastic festivals and venues like Uncool/CH, Schrattenberg/AT, Artacts/AT, Issue Project Room/USA, Tampere Biennale/FI, Musica Nova/FR, Kaleidophon/AT, Maerz Musik/DE, Super Deluxe/JP and many more.