Werner Dafeldecker / Christof Kurzmann / John Tilbury / Stevie Wishart

Werner Dafeldecker

Werner Dafeldecker has a background in european modern music and improvisation, examination of graphical notations, fluxus, minimal music, electroacoustic music, jazz and field recordings. His musical projects are often inspired and decuced by outside influences such as architecture, physics, photography and film. Longtime sound and structure studies and the formulation of distinct articulations are in the center of Dafeldecker´s work as a composer and musician and parallel to technological developements often connected with with electronic formats.

Werner Dafeldecker studied double bass at the Konservatorium in Vienna. He is a member of Ton.Art, Burkhard Stangl’s Maxixe and works in a duo with Uli Fussenegger. He has worked with Eugene Chadbourne, Gene Coleman, Ned Rothenberg, Walter Malli, Tom Varner, Franz Kogelmann, Christoph Kurzmann, Christian Fennesz, Wayne Horvitz, Tony Buck, Jim O’Rourke, Radu Malfatti, Kevin Drumm, Klangforum Wien, Ensemble Maxixe, Ton.Art and others. He has composed for several different ensembles, theatre and crossover: Klangforum Wien, European Tuba Quartet, Polwechsel, Shabotinski and Ton Art among others. Co-founder of Durian Records.

Christof Kurzmann

born in vienna/austria, presently lives in buenos aires. musician between electropop, improvisation and "new music". sometimes soloist, he prefers to be part of a collective or a working group. played concerts in all continents except australia. organizer of various events in the music- and media-genre. labelowner of the small independent label "charhizma" - which at the moment only exists as a platform to present musicians from around the world in various live settings. conscient objector of military- and civil-service, he still is politicly active and/or interested. he likes to travel, go to the cinemas and concerts, likes to read, even emails.(but he doesn't reply all the time)

bands: the magic i.d., el infierno musical, qmince, made to break, trio carrasco/kaplan/kurzmann

musical partners: toto alvarez, nicole bindler, martin brandlmayr, john butcher, eden carrasco, george cremasci, werner dafeldecker, isabelle duthoit, kai fagashinski, bernhard fleischmann, michaela grill, mats gustafsson, sofia jernberg, margareth kammerer, leonel kaplan, fernando perales, marina rosenfeld, michael thieke, clayton thomas, irena tomažin, ken vandermark, michael zerang.

John Tilbury

John Tilbury won a piano scholarship to the Royal College of Music where he studied with Arthur Alexander. He subsequently became a pupil of James Gibb and then went to Warsaw on a Polish government scholarship where he studied with Zbigniew Drewiecki and cofounder the Warsaw Music Workshop group with Zygmunt Krause. In 1968 he was prize-winner in the Gaudeamus International Competition in Contemporary Music in Holland and since then has specialized as a performer of contemporary music.

Tilbury has given first performances and broadcasts of new music in many contemporary music festivals, including the Warsaw Autumn, the Venice Biannale, Glasgow Musica Nova, the European Festival in Brussels, the Zagreb Biennale, Bremen Musica Nova and Cheltenham. He has also performed in the Far East, in North Korea and Japan, and has toured the U.S. on several occasions. He has worked with many composers – including David Bedford, Howard Skempton, Dave Smith, Michael Parsons, John White, Morton Feldman, John Cage, Christian Wolff, Terry Riley and Cornelius Cardew (whose biography he is writing) – and has toured with the New York based Merce Cunningham Dance Company.

His Decca recording of Cage’s Sonatas and Interludes for prepared piano from the seventies has become a classic and more recent CDs of piano works by of Howard Skempton, Cornelius Cardew and the complete solo piano works of Morton Feldman have received much critical acclaim.

Tilbury is also well known as an improvising musician most notably through his membership of AMM, one of the most distinguished and influential free improvisation groups to have emerged in the sixties and which continues to this day.

Tilbury is a visiting piano tutor at london University’s Goldsmiths’ College.

Stevie Wishart

Stevie Wishart was educated at York, Oxford and the Guildhall School of Music and is active as a composer, performer and improviser. She explores medieval and contemporary extremes, using ancient technologies such as the hurdy gurdy, as well as electronic and computer music technologies of our own time.

She studied composition and electronic music at the University of York with Trevor Wishart and Richard Orton as well as coming into contact with improvised and aleatoric music through studying with John Cage and David Tudor in Edinburgh. By contrast she continued postgraduate performance studies in early music (baroque violin and voice) at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama (Diploma in Advanced Performance) and with a Nuffield Foundation award and a Vicente Cañada Blanch Junior Research Fellowship at the University of Oxford for doctoral research into medieval musical iconography. More recently she received a major Wellcome Trust award to develop her compositions using musical gestures and sound to control how we use computers, and to work with the neuroscientist Ian Winter at the University of Cambridge on audio processes based on the physiology of the ear.

She has composed for modern orchestral and vocal groups and, more recently, for her own group Sinfonye. As a composer she works purely acoustically with music notation, sometimes combined with improvisation, sometimes using computer music systems, and sometimes using all these elements.

Wishart has performed at London’s Wigmore Hall, the Purcell Room, the Queen Elizabeth Hall, the ICA and the Sydney Opera House, and extensively throughout Europe, the USA, and Australia. Her concerts have been broadcast by BBC Radio 3, Radio France, the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, ORF, German Radio Networks, and Klara Radio Belgium VRT. Performances and composing commissions at major festivals include those for the Festival van Vlaanderen and Styriarte, and she played a major role in ‘Take the Risk’, a special weekend at London’s Southbank exploring improvisation in early music, in which was a performance of her composition “Transients” for voices and medieval and modern instruments. Stevie has also performed her compositions for His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI in Rome and for RAI tv.

Invited for a number of composer residences and fellowships, she has presented her work at IRCAM in Paris; the Institute for Music and Acoustics in the ZKM (Zentrum für Kunst und Medientechnologie) in Karlsruhe, Germany; the ADK Akademie der Künste in Berlin, and Mills College in California.

Stevie’s ‘The Sound of Gesture’, a project developing an interface with specially commissioned sensors and software for solo violin and computer, was developed at ZKM and ADK with support from the Wellcome Trust and the Department of Physiology & Neuroscience, University of Cambridge. The Sound of Gesture was recorded at ZKM for release on cd/dvd in 2010.

The Sound of Gesture was also conceived as an installation piece, and was been commissioned for the exhibition Musik für Barbaren und Klassiker, Netwerk Center for Contemporary Art, Aalst, Belgium. This followed on from a series of installations Wishart has produced on the visualisation of music with the artist Joan Grounds at the Arts Gallery of NSW, Sydney; with Machine for Making Sense at the Sydney Opera House; and at CACSA Contemporary Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide. Also a composer for dance, Wishart has written for Margie Medlin, Compagnie Michèle Noiret and Wayne McGregor. She has worked with other major creative artists such as designer Philippe Starck.

Other contemporary music recordings include those with Fred Frith, the Art Zoyd Studio, and Ensemble Musiques Nouvelles and others. Most recently she composed a new Vespers in honour of the canonisation of Hildegard of Bingen, co-produced with Guy Sigsworth for Decca.

Extra activities have included an education project for the Britten Sinfonia, music consultant to the Royal Shakespeare Company, and is currently the European Music Correspondent for the ABC Australian Broadcasting Corporation. She has been on the panel of judges for the MA Festival in Bruges, and for the York Early Music Festival, and has featured on a number of radio programmes for the BBC as well as guest television commentator for BBC PROMS.

Stevie Wishart was commissioned by the BBC for the 2011 Proms to write a major choral work entitled “Out of this World” which was premiered by the BBC Singers conducted by Robert Hollingworth : “… surely among the finest of this year’s new [BBC] commissions …” (TheArtsDesk 2011)

Following her recent CD release for Decca, she composing a full-length concert version of her Vespers for St.Hildegard for choir and instrumental ensemble which was premiered in York Minster at the 2013 York Early Music Festival.

Stevie Wishart is currently working on a number of projects reflecting a passion for finding compositional inspiration in political and environmental issues.

Austria / UK / Australia