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elliott sharp

electric guitar, clarinet

Sharp is an American multi-instrumentalist, composer, and performer.

A central figure in the avant-garde and experimental music scene in New York City for over 30 years, Elliott Sharp has released over eighty-five recordings ranging from orchestral music to blues, jazz, noise, no wave rock, and techno music. He leads the projects Carbon and Orchestra Carbon, Tectonics, and Terraplane and has pioneered ways of applying fractal geometry, chaos theory, and genetic metaphors to musical composition and interaction. 

His collaborators have included Radio-Sinfonie Frankfurt; pop singer Debbie Harry; Ensemble Modern; Qawwali singer Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan; Kronos String Quartet; Ensemble Resonanz; cello innovator Frances Marie Uitti; blues legends Hubert Sumlin and Pops Staples; pipa virtuoso Min-Xiao Feng; jazz greats Jack deJohnette, Oliver Lake, and Sonny Sharrock; multimedia artists Christian Marclay and Pierre Huyghe; and Bachir Attar, leader of the Master Musicians Of Jajouka.

Sharp is a 2014 Guggenheim Fellow, and a 2014 Fellow at Parson's Center for Transformative Media. He received the 2015 Berlin Prize in Musical Composition from the American Academy in Berlin. He has composed scores for feature films and documentaries; created sound-design for interstitials on The Sundance Channel, MTV and Bravo networks; and has presented numerous sound installations in art galleries and museums. He is the subject of a new documentary "Doing The Don't" by filmmaker Bert Shapiro. 

More, including discography, at wikipedia.

sylvie courvoisier


Sylvie Courvoisier is a pianist, composer and improviser. Born in Lausanne, Switzerland, Courvoisier moved to New York in 1998 and has lived in Brooklyn since that time.

Courvoisier has led several groups over the years and has recorded over 25 records as a leader or co-leader for different labels, notably ECM , Tzadik and Intakt Records and 35 cds as a sideperson.

She has performed and recorded with John Zorn, Mark Feldman, Yusef Lateef, Ikue Mori, Tony Oxley, Tim Berne, Joey Baron, Joëlle Léandre, Herb Robertson, Butch Morris, Evan Parker, Mark Dresser, Ellery Eskelin, Lotte Anker, Fred Frith, Michel Godard, Tomazs Stanko among others.

She has been commissioned to write music for concerts, radio, dance and theater.

ikue mori


Ikue Mori moved from her native city of Tokyo to New York in 1977. She started playing drums and soon formed the seminal NO WAVE band DNA, with fellow noise pioneers Arto Lindsay and Tim Wright. 
DNA enjoyed legendary cult status, while creating a new brand of radical rhythms and dissonant sounds; forever altering the face of rock music.

In the mid 80's Ikue started in employ drum machines in the unlikely context of improvised music. While limited to the standard technology provided by the drum machine, she has never the less forged her own highly sensitive signature style. 
Through out in 90's She has subsequently collaborated with numerous improvisors throughout the US, Europe, and Asia, while continuing to produce and record her own music.
1998, She was invited to perform with Ensemble Modern as the soloist along with Zeena Parkins, and composer Fred Frith, also "One hundred Aspects of the Moon" commissioned by Roulette/Mary Flagler Cary Charitable Trust.
Ikue won the Distinctive Award for Prix Ars Electronics Digital Music category in 99.

In 2000 Ikue started using the laptop computer to expand on her already signature sound, thus broadening her scope of musical expression. 2000 commissioned by the KITCHEN ensemble, wrote and premired the piece "Aphorism" 
also awarded Civitella Ranieri Foundation Fellowship. 
2003 commissioned by RELACHE Ensemble to write a piece for film In the Street and premired in Philadelphia. Started working with visual played by the music since 2004. In 2005 Awarded Alphert/Ucross Residency.
Ikue received a grant from the Foundation for Contemporary Arts in 2006. In 2007 the Tate Modern commissioned Ikue to create a live sound track for screenings of Maya Deren's silent films. In 2008 Ikue celebrated her 30th year in NY and performed at the Japan Society. Recent commissioners include the Montalvo Arts Center and SWR German radio program and Shajah Art foundation in UAE. Current working groups include MEPHISTA with Sylvie Courvoisier and Susie Ibarra, PHANTOM ORCHARD with Zeena Parkins, project with Koichi Makigami and various ensembles of John Zorn. 
New duo Twindrums project with YoshimiO 
workshop/lecture in various schools include University of Gothenburg, Dartmouth Collage, New England Conservatory, Mills Collage, Stanford University, The School of the Art Institute of Chicago

olivier cuendet


Olivier Cuendet est avant tout l'instigateur et fondateur de l'ensemBle baBel.

Principalement chef d’orchestre, dirigeant tous les répertoires de la période baroque à aujourd’hui, créant de nombreuses œuvres, entre autres de Gyorgy Kurtag, Giorgio Donatoni, Olga Neuwirth, Pascal dusapin, Heinz Holliger, Olivier Cuendet fonde l’ensemBle baBel en 2006.

Il a fait des études de direction à la Juilliard School, NY et Accademia Santa Cecilia, Rome ; il a également obtenu un diplôme d’organiste en Suisse.

Parallèlement à ses activités de chef d'orchestre, Olivier Cuendet compose et réalise des arrangements et orchestrations (en particulier d'oeuvres de G.Kurtág).

Egalement peintre, il a plusieurs expositions personnelles à son actif.

jacques demierre


Pianiste, compositeur, Jacques Demierre est né à Genève. Son parcours musical emprunte des directions multiples: musique improvisée, jazz, musique contemporaine, poésie sonore, performance, installations sonores. Des oeuvres lui sont commandées pour le concert, pour le jazz, pour la danse et le théatre.Comme pianiste, il joue au sein de nombreuses formations de musique improvisée, avec, entre autres, Barre Philips, Urs Leimgruber, Martial Solal, Radu Malfatti, Joëlle Léandre, Urs Blöchlinger, Irene Schweizer, Hans Koch, Carlos Zingaro, Han Bennink, Ikue Mori, Dorothea Schürch... et donne régulièrement des concerts de piano solo.Il travaille aussi avec des ensembles de musique nouvelle. Corédacteur de la revue Contrechamps (musique du vingtième siècle).

benoît moreau

claviers, clarinette

Né en 1979, Benoît Moreau travaille comme compositeur de musique instrumentale et électroacoustique et comme musicien à l'aide du piano, de la clarinette et de l'électronique. Son activité s'étend dans les domaines de la musique expérimentale et improvisée, de la performance, de l'installation sonore, de la musique de film, de théâtre etc. Sa démarche d'improvisateur se caractérise par la tentation de s'extraire de la pensée formelle liée à la composition. Son travail de compositeur, quant à lui, profite de ne pas se soumettre à la contrainte de la spontanéité induite par l'improvisation. Dans les deux cas, la matière sonore et tout ce qu'elle contient d'un point de vue physique ou non est sa principale source d'inspiration. Il est membre fondateur de l'Association Rue du Nord dédiée à la musique improvisée.