Adam Bohman (on ie-004)
London-based experimental musician and visual artist Adam Bohman (1959) has been operating on the outer fringes of underground music for decades. Working with home-built instruments, found objects, tape cut-ups, collages, ink drawings and graphic scores. Favouring acoustic sounds over electronics, he explores the minute tendrils of sounds coaxed from any number of non-musical instruments and objects. He is a member of British experimental groups Morphogenesis, The Bohman Brothers, Secluded Bronte and the renowned LIO.
Antoine Beuger (on ie-007)
Dutch minimalist composer Antoine Beuger (1955) studied with Ton de Leeuw at Sweelinck Conservatorium in Amsterdam in the mid-seventies. In 1990 he began composing after an interruption of about a decade, and two years later he founded Edition Wandelweiser together with composer Burkhard Schlothauer. His compositions have been interpreted by Konzert Minimal, Ensemble Dedalus, Jürg Frey, Radu Malfatti, Greg Stuart and Cristián Alvear – among others. Since 1996 he has been artistic director of Edition Wandelweiser Records. / wandelweiser.de/beuger
Birgit Ulher (on ie-005, ie-011)
German trumpet player Birgit Ulher (1961) studied visual arts, which still have an important influence on her music. Since moving to Hamburg in the early eighties, she has been involved in free improvisation and experimental music. Since then she has established a distinguished grammar of sounds beyond the open trumpet. Since 2006 she has been working with radios and uses extended speakers, fed with radio noise in her trumpet mutes. She has collaborated with Lou Mallozzi, Rhodri Davies, Damon Smith, Roger Turner, Sven-Åke Johansson… / birgit-ulher.de
Carl Ludwig Hübsch (on ie-010)
Born in Freiburg, Germany, Carl Ludwig Hübsch (1966) grew up playing clarinet in local brass bands and drums in punk bands. In the early eighties he swapped clarinet for tuba. He studied electronic music with Klaus Weinhold, later in Cologne he studied as guest in the composition class of Johannes Fritsch. Since 1990 Hübsch has lived in Cologne where he finally awarded a livelong stipendium at his own university. Has played in numerous big bands, small groups and recorded music with Jaap Blonk, Axel Dörner, Mazen Kerbaj, Christoph Schiller etc. / huebsch.me
Conceptual Soundproductions Budapest (on ie-007)
Hungarian collective Conceptual Soundproductions Budapest was founded by German composer and theoretician Nikolaus Gerszewski at the Hungarian University Of Fine Arts in 2014. The group with its ever-changing line-up concentrates on experimental and conceptual music starting with and after Cage, including the classic avantgarde – Cardew, Wolff, Riley etc. – as well as the manifestation of experimental traditions in contemporary music – e.g. artists in and around the Wandelweiser collective –, and the compositions by members of CSB.
Daniel Thompson (on ie-003, ie-016)
Guitarist Daniel Thompson (1981) was born in Norfolk, England and has been based in London since 2005. After studying with guitarist John Russell for two years, he has collaborated with emblematic musicians of the London improv scene such as Caroline Kraabel, Sue Lynch, Evan Parker, Adrian Northover, Alex Ward, John Edwards, Guillaume Viltard, Olie Brice, Philipp Wachsmann and Adam Bohman – to name only a few. Some of his recordings can be found on labels such as Creative Sources, Leo, Confront, Raw Tonk or Linear Obsessional. / danielthompsonguitar.com
Felipe Araya (on ie-005)
Felipe Araya (1978) from Chile has been playing drums and percussions since 1994, supported himself by self-learning and constant exploration. Since 2007 he is active in the fields of experimental and improvised music; by now, he mostly uses his Peruvian cajón horizontally, as a table surface: he rubs, strikes, strokes, scrapes, swipes, slides, drops, stirs and excites different objects and materials, some designed for sound while others not. He has worked with Dafne Vicente-Sandoval, Tisha Mukarji, Ferran Fages or Cristián Alvear – among many others. / felipearaya.org
Harald Kimmig (on ie-014)
Harald Kimmig (1956) is a German improvising violinist and performance artist. In his work he explores sounds and musical and other artistic forms by means of improvisation and their connections with other art forms. In addition to his constant collaboration with the Kimmig-Zimmerlin-Studer string trio, he gives concerts in various formations. He teaches improvisation at the Musikhochschule Trossingen, the TIP – Schule für Tanz, Improvisation und Performance – in Freiburg, and he is a regular guest educator at Swiss music academies. / haraldkimmig.de
Herman Müntzing (on ie-002)
Swedish musician Herman Müntzing (1964) is mainly interested in the fields of improvised and experimental music. Since the late nineties he has been working as a musician and educator with different Swedish and international groups, and has collaborated with Phil Minton, Eugene Chadbourne, Lotte Anker, Sten Sandell, Mats Lindström, Raymond Strid and Martin Klapper. He is giving lectures and workshops in many different situations, often striving for a brand new approach to the boundaries between sound and noise and music. / hermanmuntzing.com
Ilia Belorukov (on ie-001)
Ilia Belorukov (1987) is a saxophonist, improviser and composer from Saint Petersburg, Russia. He is heading to the directions of lowercase electroacoustic improvisation, free improvisation, free jazz and modern composition. He practices an experimental approach of sound extraction on his alto saxophone and various electronic devices. Among many others he has collaborated with Keith Rowe, Radu Malfatti, Norbert Möslang, Lucio Capece, Birgit Ulher, Annette Krebs and Lauri Hyvärinen. Since 2011 he has been co-managing the label Intonema. / belorukov.blogspot.com
Jason Mears (on ie-012)
From Alaska, Jason Mears (1974) is a saxophonist, improviser and composer who is now living and working in New York. He has been a member of Anthony Braxton’s Trillium E Orchestra, Wadada Leo Smith’s Silver Orchestra and Harris Eisenstadt’s Canada Day Octet. His most recent project, his very own electro-acoustic ensemble explores the multidimensional possibilities of his unique compositional system. He has performed with Nate Wooley, Vinny Golia, Jeb Bishop, Leroy Jenkins, Damon Smith, Jason Roebke and Harris Eisenstadt – among others. / jmearsmusic.com
Jean-Michel Van Schouwburg (on ie-004)
Jean-Michel Van Schouwburg (1955) is an improvising singer and vocal performer from Waterloo, Belgium. He has developed throat singing, overtone, jodel, mouth sound, falsetto and multiphonic techniques, and invented several unique languages since the early nineties. He is working with the trios Sureau with Jean Demey and Kris Vanderstraete, and Trio 876 with Matthias Boss and Marcello Magliocchi; and has recorded albums with Paul Dunmall, Marjolaine Charbin, John Russell, Philip Gibbs, Adam Bohman and Lawrence Casserley.
Katalin Ladik (on ie-004)
Katalin Ladik (1942) is a Hungarian performance artist, singer, actress and poet. Parallel to her written poems she often creates sound- and visual poems, writes and performs experimental music and audio plays. She explores language through visual and vocal expressions, as well as movements and gestures. Her work includes performances, recordings, photography and collages in both urban and natural environments. In 2016 she was one of the four recipients of The LennonOno Grant For Peace alongside Ai Wei Wei, Anish Kapoor and Olafur Eliasson.
Lauri Hyvärinen (on ie-003)
Lauri Hyvärinen (1986) is a guitar player from Helsinki, Finland. For most of his life he has concentrated on experimental and improvised music, as well as noise. He works to find the sensitive balance between an instrumental impulse and a respect for silence and presence. Besides his solo ventures he has worked with musicians such as Jack Wright, Alan Wilkinson, Ilia Belorukov, Tommi Keränen, Jone Takamäki, Naoto Yamagishi and Morishige Yasumune. / laurihyvarinen.com
Markus Krispel (on eff-003)
Markus Krispel (1977) started his musical career as a member of Vienna-based bands called Licht and Ron Bop, later he released solo materials under the aliases Der Polizist and Lesco Lak, homemade recording projects with all kind of instruments he could find and got interested in. Years later he got seriously into the alto saxophone and joined the Neu New York Music Institute at Celeste, Vienna, initiated by saxophonist Marco Eneidi in 2005 – now called the Monday Improvisers Session, still taking place on every Monday evening at the very same venue. / markuskrispel.eu
Martin Küchen (on ie-002)
Swedish saxophone virtuoso Martin Küchen (1966) feels equally at home in free jazz bands and in projects which move towards the avantgarde. He has been active on the free jazz scene since the mid-nineties, when he performed on the streets and in Stockholm metro stations. By now, he became one of leading new voices in contemporary improvised music, leading bands like Trespass Trio, Angles and All Included. His recent collaborations include duos with Keith Rowe, Anders Lindsjö, Dimitra Lazaridou-Chatzigoga or Steve Noble. / martinkuchen.com
Matija Schellander (on eff-003)
Austrian composer and improvising musician Matija Schellander (1981) is based in Vienna, mostly using double bass, modular synthesizer and speakers – processing input, moving air output. Over the last couple of years, he has focused on music for solo double bass. During his stay in Berlin he developed a project consisting of three parts that incorporates space, movement, light and sound. He has worked with composers and musicians such as Isabelle Duthoit, Burkhard Stangl, Kazuhisa Uchihashi, Okkyung Lee, Andrea Neumann or Enrico Malatesta. / matija.klingt.org
Miguel A. García (on ie-001)
Miguel A. García (1980) from the Basque Country is one of the most dynamic sound artists on the Spanish scene. His works focus mainly on electroacoustic improvisation and composition. He uses sounds taken from electronic devices residues, often interrelated with field recordings or acoustic instruments, in the search of an intimate, intense and immersive experience. Has collaborated with Jean-Luc Guionnet, Wade Matthews, Sébastien Branche, Alfredo Costa Monteiro, Seijiro Murayama, Lee Noyes, Richard Kamerman – among many others. / xedh.org
Nikolaus Gerszewski (on ie-007)
Short biography is coming soon… / ordinary-art.com
Oliver Mayne (on ie-004)
Experimental vibraphone, electronics and analogue synthesizer player Oliver Mayne (1971) first encountered improvisation in a duo with a Brazilian pianist whilst living in Nottingham, England, but got more seriously involved in the adventurous side of music after moving to London, attending the weekly improvisation workshops run by Eddie Prévost of legendary British improvisation group AMM. He has been involved in various recordings through the years, including releases on Glitterhouse, Clinical Archives, Aural Terrains and Inexhaustible Editions.
Paul Abbott (1980) is a British artist and musician based in London, working through questions and feelings connecting music, language and politics: using drums, electronic devices, performance, writing, and publishing. He is the co-editor of Cesura//Acceso journal for music, politics and poetics; and was one of the Sound And Music “Embedded” resident artists at London’s Cafe Oto. Recently he has collaborated with Seymour Wright, Pat Thomas, Bill Orcutt, Billy Steiger, Ute Kanngiesser, Tom Wheatley, Daichi Yoshikawa – among many others. / paulabbott.net
Phil Minton (on ie-010)
British vocalist and voice artist Phil Minton (1940) started to play trumpet and sing with the Mike Westbrook Band in the early sixties. For most of the last fifty years, he has been working as an improvising singer in various groups, orchestras and situations. Numerous composers have written music especially for his extended vocal techniques. He has a quartet with John Butcher, Veryan Weston and Roger Turner, and ongoing duos, trios and quartets with above and many other musicians such as Audrey Chen, Sophie Agnel, Okkyung Lee and Joëlle Léandre. / philminton.co.uk
Ross Lambert (on ie-015)
Northern Irish guitarist Ross Lambert (19xx) has been involved in, initiated and been a connector between a wide variety of improvisatory music since his first exposure and immediate commitment to it in Sheffield via Derek Bailey during the mid-eighties. Although his work is painfully under-documented, he has collaborated with a huge number of musicians, including Ami Yoshida, Evan Parker, John Butcher, Jean-Luc Guionnet, Tetuzi Akiyama and Rhodri Davies – as well as his close friends Seymour Wright, Sebastian Lexer and Eddie Prévost.
Rudi Fischerlehner (on ie-006)
Now Berlin-based Austrian musician Rudi Fischerlehner (1977) plays drums and percussions in various musical projects that fall between free jazz, improvised and experimental music. He also composes and produces music for bands, films, theatre and dance performances. He has recorded albums with Andreas Willers, and his current touring bands include an improvising trio with Matthias Müller and Olaf Rupp, a duo with Frank Paul Schubert, and the free jazz trio Gorilla Mask with saxophonist Peter Van Huffel and bassist Roland Fidezius. / rudifischerlehner.net
Seijiro Murayama (on ie-015)
Percussionist Seijiro Murayama (1957) was born in Nagasaki, Japan. He started performing improvised music in the early seventies, under some influence of composer-trombonist Vinko Globokar and musicologist Fumio Koizumi. His artistic principal is to work with the idea of the plural or inter-disciplinary relationships between music and other disciplines of art such as dance, video, paintings, photos and literature. His approach is based upon the attention to space and place, to the energy of the audience and to the quality and perception of silence. / seijiromurayama.com
London-based investigator and artist Seymour Wright’s (1976) practice is about the saxophone – its music, history and technique – actual and potential; an on-going, rigorous and exhaustive exploration of the instrument. The energy of this learning is applied to various collaborations and contexts to access and share what he has called the “awkward wealth of investigation”. His saxophone work is documented on three widely acclaimed solo collections, and he has recorded albums with Nate Wooley, Evan Parker, Martin Küchen and Eddie Prévost. / seymourwright.com
Stephen Flinn (on ie-012)
Stephen Flinn (19xx) is an American composer, improviser and percussionist – based in New York and Los Angeles – who works with unusual sound sources, including self-made instruments and found objects. He has performed and recorded with dozens of prominent artists such as Viv Corringham, Ian Smith, Denman Maroney, Hannah Marshall, Tony Wren and Steve Beresford. For the last decade he has been using the drums and percussions to teach reading, writing and social skills to intellectually and physically challenged teens and young adults. / stephenflinn.net
Szilveszter Miklós (on eff-003)
Hungarian free jazz drummer Szilveszter Miklós (1983) began his musical career on violin but soon he switched to drums. Graduated at the Franz Liszt Academy Of Music in Budapest but he still believes that his real education is based upon the experience of playing live with his older and experienced musician friends. Regularly performs with leading Hungarian free jazz musicians and participates in international groupings alongside with outstanding instrumentalists including Peter Brötzmann, Lewis Jordan, Rudi Mahall and Han Bennink.
Zsolt Sőrés (on ie-004, ie-006)
Zsolt Sőrés (1969) is an improvising intuitive musician, experimental sound artist, writer and editor based in Budapest, Hungary. His music is characterised by formation strategies and immediate transitions, the use of unstable acoustic systems and continuous sound layers which can develop towards sound economy. His recent collaborations in the context of free improvised music include performances with Franz Hautzinger, Isabelle Duthoit, Christian Kobi, Hilary Jeffery, Christian Skjød, Thanos Chrysakis, Richard Barrett and Richard Scott. / ahadmaster.blogspot.com