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Elaine Mitchener at Curating Diversity
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Anothai Nitibhon (Bangkok, Thailand) is an educator, composer and curator who bases her musical research on the idea of the intercultural and dialogues between cultures, through works of compositions, performances, sound installations and exhibitions. She has also hosted an annual International Symposium and ASEAN Youth Ensemble Project at PGVIM: both events focus on exploring the context in which Western and local musics can encourage dialogue while remaining connected to the people and their local value. After obtaining her PhD under the supervision of Prof. Nigel Osborne from the University of Edinburgh, Anothai became Chair of the Postgraduate Program at the Princess Galyani Vadhana Institute of Music (PGVIM) in Bangkok, Thailand. She still enjoys performing, creating and collaborating with artists from around the globe.

Artyom Kim (Tashkent, Uzbekistan) is a composer, conductor and theatre director. In 2004 he founded the Omnibus Ensemble – the first and only group in Central Asia, which is focused on promoting contemporary music. Collaborations with outstanding artists from Europe and America, created the Omnibus Ensemble’s reputation of a platform, where Innovation meets Tradition, and East meets West.

Carlos Gutiérrez Quiroga (La Paz, Bolivia) is a composer, researcher and the director of the Experimental Orchestra of Indigenous Instruments (OEIN). He is interested in exploring the influence of indigenous music on the integral processes of composition, acoustic technologies, interpretation and perception.

Du Yun (New York, USA), is a Chinese born composer, multi-instrumentalist, vocalist, performance artist, activist, and curator for new music. She won the 2017 Pulitzer Prize for Music for her opera Angel’s Bone. She was a 2018 Guggenheim Fellow. In 2019 she was nominated for a Grammy Award in the Best Classical Composition category for her work Air Glow.

Elaine Mitchener, born and raised in East London of Jamaican heritage, is a contemporary vocalist, movement artist and composer. She is founder of collective electroacoustic trio The Rolling Calf. Her sound works are held in a curated collection by George E Lewis at Darmstadt Festival, and also featured at Holland and Ruhrtriennale Festivals. More on Elaine Mitchener here and here.

George E. Lewis (New York, USA) is Professor of American Music at Columbia University, is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the American Academy of Arts and Letters, a Corresponding Fellow of the British Academy, a MacArthur Fellow and a Guggenheim Fellow. Lewis’s compositions have been performed by ensembles worldwide, and he holds honorary doctorates from the University of Edinburgh, New College of Florida, and Harvard University.  

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Lars-Christian Koch (Berlin, Germany) is director of the Ethnological Museum and the Asian Art Museum Berlin, as well as director of Collections at the Humboldt Forum Berlin. He is Professor for Ethnomusicology at the University of Cologne and Honorary Professor for Ethnomusicology at the University of the Arts in Berlin. He has conducted field work in India, as well as in South Korea.

meLê yamomo is Assistant Professor of Performance Studies (University of Amsterdam, Netherlands), the author of Sounding Modernities, laureate of the »Veni Innovation Grant« for his project »Sonic Entanglements: Listening to Modernities in Southeast Asian Sound Recordings«, and resident artist at Theater Ballhaus Naunynstraße.

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Sharif Sehnaoui (Beirut, Lebanon) is a guitarist who specialises in free improvisation. Together with Mazen Kerbaj, Sehnaoui co-founded Irijal, an experimental music festival that has taken place annually since 2001 in Beirut – the only one of its kind in the Arab world. In addition, he has initiated several experimental music CD labels under the umbrella of Al Maslakh records.

Stefanie Carp (Berlin, Germany) is a dramaturg and artistic director oft he Ruhrtriennale 2018, 19 and 20. She co-directed the Zürcher Schauspielhaus before becoming theatre director oft he Wiener Festwochen. She has also been visiting professor at the German Institute for Literature in Leipzig and chief dramaturg at the Volksbühne am Rosa-Luxemburg-Platz in Berlin. More on Stefanie Carp here and here.

Tiago de Oliveira Pinto (Weimar, Germany) a native of São Paulo, Brazil, is Chair Holder on Transcultural Music Studies at the University of Music Franz Liszt, Weimar and Head of its joint Musicology Department with Friedrich Schiller University, Jena. Pinto has carried out musicological fieldwork in Brazil, Portugal, Turkey, South-East Asia, Mozambique, Tanzania, and South Africa. He has curated art and anthropological exhibitions, produced records and organised music festivals and cultural events.

Sandeep Bhagwati is a multiple award-winning composer, theatre director and media artist [Studies: Mozarteum Salzburg, Musikhochschule München and IRCAM Paris]. His compositions and comprovisations (including 6 operas) are regularly performed worldwide. He has curated several festivals and long-term inter-traditional projects with Asian musicians. A Canada Research Chair for Inter-X Art at Concordia University since 2006, he also was Professor at Karlsruhe Music University, Composer-in-Residence/Fellow/Guest Professor at IRCAM Paris, ZKM Karlsruhe, Beethoven Orchestra Bonn, IEM Graz, CalArts Los Angeles, Heidelberg University, University of Arts Berlin and Tchaikovsky Conservatory Moscow. At Concordia, he currently directs matralab, a research/creation center for performance arts. His current work centers on comprovisation, inter-traditional aesthetics, gestural&sonic theatre and interactive scores. From 2008 to 2011, he also was the director of Hexagram Concordia.