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TANER AKYOL was born in 1977 in Bursa and had his first experiences with the Baglama during his school years. Between the ages of 14 to 19 he performed as a professional saz player in various ensembles, and in 1996 he presented his first solo saz concert in Berlin. He was invited in 1997 by the Musikschule Kreuzberg to participate in the Klangwerkstatt Festival as performer and composer. He presented music in a hybrid style combining Anatolian musical styles and instruments with Western "New Music". In 1997, Akyol began studies of Composition with Hanspeter Kyburz at the Hochschule für Musik Hanns Eisler (Berlin). The same year he took part in an international masterclass for composers in the Brandenburg Colloquium for New Music and in 1998 he was invited to the festival “Istanbul in Berlin”, where he had three works performed by Ensemble Mosaik. Akyol received the first solo-prize in MusicaVitale 98 and third prize in the Hanns Eisler Competition for the Composition and Interpretation of Contemporary Music. In 2000 he co-founded the international cross-cultural ensemble “Cornocopia”, with which he performs and composes traditional (folk-style), classical, and contemporary repertoire. Together with Antonis Anissegos and Alfred Mehnert he recorded the album “Traveller” (Yolcu). He was also a member of the jury for Jugend Musiziert in 2002 (Baglama). In 2004, he completed his studies in Composition and founded the “ta Musikatelier” in Kreuzberg. He is currently a graduate student of Walter Zimmermann at the UdK.

listen:  septett (wu xing 3)

NILS GÜNTHER was born in 1973 in Scherzingen, Switzerland. He studied piano at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater Zürich/ Winterthur and composition with Walter Zimmermann at the Universität der Künste in Berlin. His compositions are strongly inspired by Chinese Natural Philosophy, particularly the theory of five elements (wu xing). In recent pieces he has been seeking ways to bring listeners into a state of "balance", not in the placative sense offered by the commercial New Age culture, but rather by drawing on a wide gamut of precisely composed sounds ranging in character from “sweet” to “bitter”. Günther's works have been performed and broadcast in Switzerland, Germany and Poland. He has received commissions and awards from (among others) Pro Helvetia, Käthe und Paul Kick-Schmidt-Stiftung, Niedersächsische Sparkassenstiftung, Junge Philharmonie Rottenburg, Schubert Stiftung.

listen:  Brief
ADRIAN KOYE  I was born in 1971 in Berlin and am studying composition with Walter Zimmermann at the University of Arts in Berlin. Most of my pieces are chamber music, some were written in interdisciplinary projects with artists and dancers. Currently, I am interested in microtonal intonation and how noise and pitched sounds can come to a close connection. Besides, I am reflecting upon the part played by our capacity 'to remember' and 'to forget' in musical form, and in the experience of musical time.

listen:  deconstructions
SARAH NEMTSOV was was born in 1980 in Oldenburg, and began recorder studies in 1988 followed by oboe studies in 1994. She participated in numerous performances and recordings with the REIL-TRIO. In 1998 she began studies at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater Hannover: composition with with Nigel Osborne and Johannes Schöllhorn; oboe with Klaus Becker. In 2005 she completed her diploma and began graduate studies with Walter Zimmermann at the Universität der Künste Berlin. She has received prizes in numerous competitions, performed internationally as oboist (solo and chamber) and has founded a duo with pianist Jascha Nemtsov. Since April 2003 she holds a scholarship from the Studienstftung des deutschen Volkes.

YOAV PASOVSKY was born in 1980 in Haifa, Israel. Since 2003 he has been living in Berlin, where he is currently a composition student of Prof. Daniel Ott at the Universität der Künste. Previous studies with Dr. Bat-Sheva Rubinstein, Prof. Andre Hajdu, Stephan Winkler and Ronny Günther. His current studies include courses in Musicology and Japanese Studies at the Humboldt-Universität Berlin. He has been composing music since 1993.

listen:  Zeichenspiel

TOM ROJO POLLER, born in 1978, began his composition studies in 1996 at the Hochschule für Musik Detmold, which he then continued with Prof. Walter Zimmermann at the Universität der Künste Berlin (UdK). After an exchange year at the Royal College of Music London in 2003 he received his diploma and is currently a postgraduate student. Since 1999 he has also been studying German Literature, Philosophy and Musicology at the Humboldt-University Berlin. Tom is especially interested in the temporal aspect of music (including polyrhythmical/polymetrical music); music theatre or – more generally – various forms of musical representation; the relation between music and language; the philosophy of music (especially music and the emotions, music and understanding). His music is deeply rooted in the western European musical tradition, but is greatly influenced by its lesser known aspects (e.g. medieval and renaissance music, rhetorical aspects of baroque music).

listen:  Duas Quintas (2004)
listen:  Artificial Music for Machines (2002)
score:  AMfMscore.pdf

MARC SABAT is a Canadian composer, violinist and researcher living in Berlin since 1999. He has written concert music for various ensembles including acoustic instruments, live computer and electronics, as well as making recorded projects involving sound and video (installations, internet pieces, CDs and DVDs). He has recently co-developed The Extended Helmholtz-Ellis JI Pitch Notation, and is currently teaching a course in acoustics and experimental intonation at the Universität der Künste Berlin. Sabat has recorded music on various labels including mode records, World Edition and HatArt. Marc Sabat studied at the University of Toronto and the Juilliard School of Music in New York, and is currently completing his doctorate at the Technische Universität in Berlin.
OLIVER SCHNELLER (born 1966) is a composer living in Berlin with a special interest in intercultural and cross-disciplinary projects. In 2004 he was the artistic director of the "Tracing Migrations" Music Festival, featuring the works of contemporary composers from Jordan, Palestine, Lebanon and Iraq. 2005 he curated a project on Eastern and Western concepts of musical beauty at Berlin's "Haus der Kulturen der Welt" involving composers Toshio Hosokawa and Helmut Lachenmann and the Diotima Quartet. From 1990-91 he worked for the Goethe Institute in Kathmandu, Nepal on a project to support and sustain indigenous music cultures. He has taught composition, computer music and psychoacoustics at Columbia University in New York and at the University of the Arts (UdK) in Berlin and was compositeur en recherche at IRCAM (Paris) from 2002-04. The focus of Oliver Schneller’s compositional work lies in the creation of networks between musical instruments, physical space and live-computer processing. His works have been performed at international festivals by formations such as Ensemble modern, Ensemble Intercontemporain, musikFabrik, Ictus and Court-Circuit.

(Left to Right) Tom; Taner; Nils; Adrian; Sarah; Marc (invisible)

Pondering a score

Yoav and Taner

Learning Chinese