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Jeff Morris creates musical experiences that engage audiences’ minds with their surroundings. His performances, installations, lectures, and writings appear in international venues known for cutting-edge arts and asking deep questions in the arts. He has won awards for making art emerge from unusual situations: music tailored to architecture and cityscapes, performance art for the radio, and serious concert music for toy piano, robot, Sudoku puzzles, and paranormal electronic voice phenomena.
He has presented work in the Onassis Cultural Center (Athens), Triennale Museum (Milan), D-22 (Beijing’s avant-garde music scene), the International Symposium on Electronic Art (Vancouver, Canada), the Lyndon B. Johnson Presidential Library and Museum (Austin), the Chicago Architecture Foundation’s “Open House Chicago,” and the Boston Microtonal Society. His work has won awards in the Concours de Bourges (France), Viseu Rural (Portugal), “Music in Architecture” International Competition (Austin), the Un“Cage”d Toy Piano Competition (NYC), and the “Radio Killed the Video Star” Competition (NYC). www.morrismusic.org
Jayson Beaster-Jones teaches in the Global Arts Studies Program at the University of California, Merced. As an ethnomusicologist whose work focuses on the music industry of India, his books examine music retail stores as sites of cultural production in contemporary India and explore the history of Bollywood film songs and their musical and social meanings.
Harald Kisiedu is a saxophonist and improviser who studied with Ornette Coleman and Oliver Lake. He has performed with Branford Marsalis, George Lewis, Henry Grimes, and Hannibal Lokumbe and made recordings with the improvisational band Burnt Sugar the Arkestra Chamber. A music historian, he teaches jazz history and jazz studies at the University of Applied Sciences Osnabrück, Germany and has written on Peter Brötzmann, Ernst-Ludwig Petrowsky, and Muhal Richard Abrams. His latest book is European Echoes: Jazz Experimentalism in Germany, 1950–1975.
Nana Pi Aabo Larsen has taught at the Jazz Line at the Music Conservatory in Malmö, Sweden and The Creative School in Fredericia, Denmark. She uses her Extemporize music sign language in her teaching and as conductor of the Extemporize Orchestra. She has hosted Friday JAM—a ruthless jam every Friday at Tøjhuset in Fredericia, as well as leading and composing for the Danish-Swedish quintet Nezelhorns and the trio Nanchen 3.14, and performing with Jesper Zeuthen’s Big Claus, Akira Sakata, Olaf Rupp, and Steve Heather.
Argentine clarinetist and composer Jorge Variego teaches at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. He has created and performed many works for clarinet and electronics in international music festivals including MATA, EMS, Sonoimágenes, Holland Festival, Festival de Jazz de Vigo, Via Stellae, the International Computer Music Conference, and Big Ears and can be heard on many albums. The National University of Quilmes, Argentina, published his book on algorithmic composition as part of a collection on Art and Sciences.
Saxophonist and composer Johannes Sarjasto is a rising star in the Finnish jazz scene. His style is uncompromising and he always seeks new creative directions. He is active in many groups ranging from hip hop to jazz and improvised music. Besides leading his own quartet, Sarjasto plays solo concerts, and he has performed with Soul Valpio Band, STRIP, Uinuva, and Alhos.
Drummer and composer Ilmari Heikinheimo has worked with many major artists in his home country of Finland. Combining polyrhythmic and rubato phrasing in his explosively dynamic and sensitive style, Heikinheimo brings melodic dimensions to his drumming, as well as a keen sense of tonal color. He joined the new version of Vesala’s Sound Fury reformed in 2010, and he plays in a trio with guitarist Raoul Björkeheim and bassist Ville Rauhala, the Pohjan Pojat quartet, and an experimental chamber music trio “Kadotettujen Paratiisi” (“Paradise of the Doomed”), which performs improvisational compositions by Ville Vokkolainen.
Kalle van Timonen, part of the No License/No Science collective driving furiously into the freedom offered by improvisation, has held open/broken sound clubs throughout Scandinavia. He also builds his own instruments to discover the borders between image, light, and sound. His projects include trio Oberon/Makemake, Lee-Enfield in East-Asia, and DJ’ing as Exotropical Ataraxia.
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