Airelle Besson plays trumpet, flugelhorn and violin and is a composer, arranger and orchestrator. She has appeared on over 40 recordings and has performed with many of the leading names in jazz including Charlie Haden and Carla Bley in the Liberation Music Orchestra and with numerous jazz ensembles including the French National Jazz Orchestra. Airelle’s jazz quintet, Rockingchair, received the first prize at the Concours International de Jazz de La Défence and she is a recipient of the Django d’Or for New Talent (Trophées Internationaux du Jazz), and has been commissioned to compose and perform the music for the silent film for the opening night of the festival Cinéma de la Villette à Paris and by the Orchestre National de Lyon to compose and orchestrate music on the silent movie Loulou by Pabst, performed at the Film Festival Louis Lumière in October 2012.Website
Arun Ghosh is a British-Asian clarinettist, composer and music educator. He was Artist in Residence of Alchemy Festival at the Southbank (2010), and is an Associate Artist at the Albany Theatre, Deptford. He was a BT Celebrity Storyteller for the London 2012 Olympics, and a featured artist of the BT River of Music events as part of the 2012 Cultural Olympiad. Ghosh has released two albums, Northern Namaste (2008) and Primal Odyssey (2011), receiving widespread critical acclaim and extensive airplay on local, national and international radio. He has composed numerous scores for theatre and dance, and has recorded four live sessions for BBC radio.Website
Chris Sharkey is a musician who plays guitar in no particular style with lots of different people. He is also an inspired educator and a founding member of the Leeds Improvised Music Association (LIMA). Sharkey plays, composes and arranges music for several groundbreaking UK groups including trioVD, Acoustic Ladyland, World Sanguine Report and Bilbao Syndrome. Outside of the UK, he collaborates with musicians from Norway (The Geordie Approach and Nils Henrik Aarsheim), France (Christian Sebille and Franck Vigroux), Spain (Asociación Musica Libre) and Lithuania (Liudas Mockūnas and Marijus Aleksa). In addition he has performed with musicians from many backgrounds including Mark Knopfler, Ken Vandermark, The Sisters of Mercy, Marc Ribot, Spring Heel Jack, Jack DeJohnette, Debbie Harry, Andy Sheppard and Corinne Bailey Rae.
Norwegian tuba player and composer Daniel Herskedal was educated at the Conservatories of music in Trondheim and Copenhagen and is active on the Norwegian and international music scenes. Main performance vehicles are City Stories, Trondheim Jazz Orchestra, Magic Pocket, Herskedal/Neset and Listen and Lochs/Balthaus/Herskedal. He was voted tuba player of the year in All About Jazz in 2010 and also made his debut as a composer for a professional large Jazz Orchestra that year when Magic Pocket received the “JazZtipendiat” award which resulted in new music for the Trondheim Jazz Orchestra. Herskedal composes for film, exhibitions, choirs and bands.Website
David Kweksilber is a clarinettist and saxophonist with an impressive formal education who has received many awards and a vast array of performing opportunities. He enjoys going from performing Mozart’s clarinet concerto to playing his own (improvised) music. He has had works written especially for him and has performed as a soloist throughout Europe, Russia and the USA. He also composes for the David Kweksilber Big Band which features 26 musicians from the Dutch jazz, classical contemporary and improvised music worlds. The band plays new music by a wide range of composers as well as groundbreaking classics by composers like Robert Graettinger and Igor Stravinsky.Website
A saxophonist with an innovative approach to performance and the desire to unravel a new kind of sound, Guillaume Perret is a sound explorer who has performed all over the world. His music is a hybrid of contemporary jazz, funky grooves and screaming metal that is combined with a visual presence that enhances his reputation as one of the most exciting performers on today’s live scene. Perret’s current international projects include: Miles Okazaki / William Perret / Damion Reid Ensemble (USA-FR 2009), a video with Epic Electric by Leigh Nicholls (FR-UK 2012), choreographic creations (Ballet C de la B, Kaori Ito FR-BE-JP 2011-2013), and theatre performances (Cie F7, Cie Voyages Extraordinaires CH-FR 2005-2008)Website
Pianist and composer, Marcin Masecki, is a versatile artist with a discography of over 20 titles and, since 2006 has been associated with the independent record label Lado ABC, which records and promotes Polish alternative music. He is active in a wide variety of projects – from solo recitals in jazz and classical music to his sextet Profesjonalizm and international bands like ParisTetris. He is also music director of the first edition of Warsaw Orchestra of Recreation (WOR) – a project which unites musicians from different backgrounds and features a rotating leadership. Masecki is a composer in great demand.Website
Described as a ‘nice mischief-maker whose unexpected interventions often steer music into new directions’, Marcos Baggiani is a drummer, composer and producer who moved from Argentina to Amsterdam in 2001 where he got a Master Degree in Jazz. His performing projects include Lily’s deja vu, The Ambush Party and the Celano/Baggiani Group and is part of Trytone stichting, a collective of musicians supporting musical projects. Marcos works with the Royal Improvisers Orchestra, was part of the 2009 edition of Jazz Plays Europe and works in dance and theatre, performing, composing and structuring music.Website
Double bassist Per Zanussi studied at the Conservatory in Trondheim and the Norwegian Academy of Music in Oslo. He was a founding member of the widely travelled electronic project Wibutee with Håkon Kornstad and Wetle Holte and now runs Zanussi 5– an acoustic vehicle for his own compositions that has recorded five albums with a host of collaborators including the Trondheim Jazz Orchestra. On occasion Zanussi 5 becomes Zanussi 13 and incorporates all guests who have ever appeared with the band, in one large ensemble. He has composed for prize winning theatre and dance performances and short films and for large scale instrumental ensembles including Nils Petter Molvaer/Bergen Big Band and Stavanger’s Kitchen Orchestra.
Piotr Damasiewicz is a composer, trumpeter and activist. He studied at the academies of music in Wrocław, Bydgoszcz and Katowice and founded the ‘Music According To Art Association’ (MATA) which promotes artists looking for alternative solutions in art. In his musical work, he references the languages of hard bop, modal jazz, free jazz, European classical music and new European improvised music. Current projects are Damas Ensemble Power of the Horns, Damas Quartet Mnemotaksja and VeNN Circles. He participated in Jazz Plays Europe – a musical platform that promotes musicians and composers from France, Belgium, Germany, Netherlands, Slovakia and Poland and is a laureate of Krzysztof Komeda International Music Competition.Website
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