Benjamin Flament is a vibraphonist and a percussionist who works with electricity, electronics and metal instruments – all built by himself. In 2005 he met bass player Joachim Florent, and began a prolific collaboration which resulted in the bands RADIATION10, MeTaL-O-PHoNe (“12 points” laureate) and White Light 4tet. In 2011, Flament founded We Are All Americans Quartet with Hasse Poulsen and a new duo with Clément Janinet (violin). He is the co-founder of the French collective and label Coax with Julien Desprez and also performs with Sylvain Rifflet, ONJ Franck Tortiller, Han Bennink, Michel Portal.
Bram Stadhouders uses guitar and technology to create ambient sound worlds with an emotional focus. In 2008 he was elected Young VIP, which allowed him to perform on many important jazz stages in Holland, and in 2011 he was selected for the North Sea Jazz Composition Assignment. He has toured extensively in Europe and the USA, and has played as a guest-musician in international projects with some of the world’s most established improvisers.
Céline Bonacina specialised in baritone saxophone in Paris big bands from 1996 to 1998, later moving to Reunion Island to teach at the regional music conservatoire as well as performing in many festivals, notably as support for the French National Jazz Orchestra. In 2005, she released her first album, Vue d’en haut and then Way of Life in 2010. She has performed across France and has won a number of awards including the 2009 Rezzo contest during Jazz à Vienne.
A piper, low whistle player and soprano saxophonist, Fraser Fifield has been a member of countless bands, ranging from folk rock legends Wolfstone to Irish/Scottish/Latin American outfit Salsa Celtica. He has collaborated with many artists – Afro Celt Sound System, Hidden Orchestra and Graeme Stephen Sextet, to name a few – and in 2010 he received a nomination for Composer of the Year in the 2010 Scots Trad Music Awards.
Since obtaining a masters degree in improvised music at the NTNU, Trondheim, drummer Gard Nilssen’s main projects include the free improvised trio Puma, who were awarded young jazz musicians of the year in 2006, and the freejazz/rock group Bushman's Revenge. Nilssen is now working on his first solo record, which will be released in the spring of 2012 on his own label; Gigafon!
Maciej Obara’s career as a composer and alto saxophonist started after recording Message from Ohayo in 2006, with which he won the Bielska Zadymka Jazz Contest for young jazz bands. In the year 2008 he was recommended by Manfred Eicher to Tomasz Stanko, which resulted in their fruitful cooperation. During a winter workshop in Brooklyn Academy of Music, Obara recorded his second album Three and in 2011 he was invited to the project Free 4 Arts, resulting in numerous collaborative concerts around Europe.
Influenced by jazz, Indian music, chamber music and free improvisation, Oene van Geel has applied his virtuosic improvisation skills and his compositional talents to a wide scope of musical activities. He has toured in Europe, Asia, the USA and Canada and is currently active with Zapp 4, a string quartet specialising in collective improvisation. Van Geel has won a number of awards including the 2013 VPRO Boy Edgar Award, as well as the Kersjes Award in 2005 with Zapp 4, and the Deloitte Jazz Award in 2002.
Ole Morten Vågan studied at the well-known Jazzlinja, at Trondheim´s Conservatory. Upon his arrival in Oslo in the early 2000s, he joined Bugge Wesseltoft´s NCOJ, touring extensively for the next three years. A mainstay through his 10 year career is his role as bass player/composer in the ensemble MOTIF, which released their fifth recording Art Transplant in 2011.
A BBC New Generations artist, trumpeter, flugelhorn player and composer Tom Arthurs has released four albums and is a member of the F-IRE Collective. He has composed works for the City of London Festival and the BBC Proms, and he was commissioned to write Fire Paintings for Yves Klein, which was performed by the BBC Concert Orchestra in 2010.