Composers And Artists

Marc Behrens

Marc Behrens’ work occupies several cerebral and physical areas. It mainly consists of electronic music and sound installations, often accompanied by photography or video. Recent activities include field recording trips to remote western China and the Amazon rainforest, founding an incorporated company as a social artwork, and staging a rite of passage for an investment banker. Frankfurt-based Behrens has performed and exhibited extensively across Europe, the Middle East, South Africa, North America, and
East Asia. He has collaborated with Achim Wollscheid, Bernhard Günter, Francisco López, Jeremy Bernstein, Nikolaus Heyduck, and Paulo Raposo, among others.

In March 2009, Marc gave a talk as part of Chambers 23–27/03/09 and conducted a workshop with the choir resulting in a performance on the evening.


Sam Belinfante

Sam Belinfante (b.1983) is an artist living and working in London. In his projects he endeavours to bridge the gap between the visual and the audible. This is most evident in his graphic scores where drawings offer an interface between a performance and its direction. Whilst recently completing his Masters at the Slade Belinfante has shown both nationally and internationally – including group shows in Stoltzestrasse 11 Frankfurt, TactileBOSCH Cardiff and Tate Britain for Late at Tate.

Belinfante has recently been working on the sound for the BBC World Service’s The View from Here project, which involves the composition of four new radio plays based on four existing video works, these plays will air across the world on 28 February 2009 at 19.00. In March 2009 Belinfante will travel to New Mexico as part of the Dolbey Travel Scholarship. Whilst there Belinfante will investigate the Taos Hum, a phenomenon that both plagues and fascinates the local Taosenos.

For Chambers 23–27/03/09, Sam recreated a new version of Drip Piece, an installation first shown at the Wolburn Research Centre in 2007. He currently works on a piece for score which involves the amplified noises of paper recorded with contact microphones for the choir’s Juxtaposition event in July 2009 at Wilton’s Music Hall, London.


Mary Dullea

As soloist and chamber musician, Irish pianist Mary Dullea has built an impressive reputation as a performer and commissioner of new music.  She has performed throughout Ireland, England, Europe, USA, Hong Kong and South
Africa at festivals including Brighton, Huddersfield, Aldeburgh, Reggello (Italy)  and National Arts Festival (South Africa). Mary broadcasts regularly for BBC Radio 3 and is on the teaching staff of the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama.  She is currently undertaking a PhD in Performance at the University of Ulster, focusing on the use of the inside of the piano.

In May 2008, Mary curated Soundings in collaboration with the Austrian Cultural Forum, London.  This will culminate in a recital at the Wigmore Hall with her piano trio, the Fidelio Trio, who have recently released 2 CDs to critical acclaim:
Bulb (Irish piano trios by Kevin Volans, Deirdre Gribbin, Donnacha Dennehy and Ed Bennett) on NMC D147, and Metamorphoses (chamber music of Haflidi Hallgrimsson) on Delphian Records DCD34059. She appears as soloist on a Joe Cutler portrait disc (NMC D134).  2009 sees CD releases on Altarus Records (a Simon Mawhinney portrait disc) and, with Darragh Morgan, thirty-nine pages by Paul Whitty for Divine Art and the complete violin and piano music of Michael Finnissy for Mode Records.

Mary will perform Morton Feldman’s Palais de Mari and John Cage’s The Wonderful Widow of Eighteen Springs with Joseph Kohlmaier at the choir’s Juxtaposition event on 10 July 2009 at Wilton’s Music Hall.


Paul Emery

Paul Emery is a film maker, video artist and educator currently living in Leeds, West Yorkshire. After studying sociology at University of Leeds he co-founded Hutah Visuals working in the field of filmmaking and motion graphics for eight years. Hutah specialised in visual design and the live presentation of moving image, and worked nationwide as technical consultants and live performers.

In 2003, Paul left to establish Seen which provides video production and graphic services both commercially and in an educational context. Paul was part time lecturer in video production at the University of Salford and is now an associate senior lecturer at Leeds Metropolitan University’s Innovation North. He is a founder member of the School of Interactive and Algorithmic Art and has been an active member of electronic arts collective V3ctor since its creation in 1998. He is currently invloved in work which involves computational approaches to moving image design.

Paul worked with Joseph Kohlmaier on a real-time sound/visualization piece for Chambers 23–27/03/09.


Helena Gough

Helena’s work involves the collection and manipulation of ‘real-world’ sound material and the exploration of its abstract properties. Each new sound piece is created by taking everything possible from the tiniest element – working to create something from nearly nothing. Her live sets are intended for dark spaces and involve recombining and improvising with her sound materials in order to create a unique environment for each new performance.

Initially trained in violin and composition at the Royal Academy of Music, Junior Academy, Helena went on to complete a BMus at Birmingham University. She is now a regular live (laptop) performer, working under her own name for solo improvisations and also in frequent collaboration with Lee Patterson and Benedict Drew. She is a member of Migrant and Photon Hex, ensembles which include regulars Nicholas Bullen, Hilary Jeffery and Simon Mabbott (ex Napalm Death / Black Galaxy). She plays with the improvising quartet Shale, alongside percussionist Patrick Farmer, turntablist Daniel Jones and violinist Matt Milton. She also plays in a trio with cellist Bruno Guastalla and double bassist Dom Lash.

As a workshop leader she is part of the Sonic Postcards Project, recently awarded the New Statesman New Media Award for Education and run by the Sonic Arts Network. The project brings environmental listening, sound recording and the creative use of audio editing software to young people across the country. Helena’s debut album is available on Entr’acte

Helena  gave a solo-performance for Chambers 23–27/03/09


Joseph Kohlmaier

Joseph Kohlmaier was born in Vienna, Austria. He founded the ASD Choir in November 2008. Joseph is a senior lecturer in the history and theory of architecture at the London Metropolitan University. He studied photography at the Schule für Künstlerische Photographie in Vienna and architectural history in London, where he gained a masters degree in 2005. In 2001, Joseph founded graphic design practice Polimekanos with Stefan Kraus. In the past, he has worked as a lecturer, researcher, performance artist and on public art projects.

For Chambers 23–27/03/09 Joseph realized a real-time sound/visualization piece with video artist Paul Emery. He will be performing The Wonderful Widow of Eighteen Springs by John Cage with Mary Dullea at Juxtaposition in July 2009.


Judith Unterpertinger, Composer in Residence 2010

Judith Unterpertinger was born in Austria in 1977. She studied composition and piano with Christoph Cech, Gunter Waldek and Martin Stepanik at Anton Bruckner University Linz, and Philosophy with Michael Benedikt at the University of Vienna. Judith worksas a composer, pianist and performance artist. Her main research interest is the realisation of musical-performative architectures, particularly mechanical, psychological and urban conditions of form. Research of relations between various artforms, such as music, dance and fine arts. List of works comprises ensemble pieces, short operas, sound installations, photographs, drawings and performances. Releases on renowned and independent labels.

Commissions for compositions and performances by Janus Ensemble, ORF (Austrian Broadcasting Corporation), Klangspuren Schwaz, Festival Echt/Falsch, 4020-Festival, Soundings and Linz09, amongst others. Cooperation with ensembles of various styles & characteristics, from delicate improvisations to industrial/noise: Duounbre, unterPritperTingerchard,, fruitmarket gallery. In 2006, Judith was a awarded a one-year stipend at SKE. She was composer in residence at ARGE Komponistenforum Mittersill, Austria in 2007. Judith urrently lives and works in London, UK.


Esther Venrooy

Esther Venrooy (1974, Rosmalen, The Netherlands) is a composer and sound artist working in the field of electronic music. After completing studies in classical saxophone, Venrooy attended the European Dance Development Center in Arnhem as a composer in residence, where she began using electronic and digital techniques in pieces for choreography and stage performance. Her music gradually evolved into an independent means of expression, and she continued her work with electronics at the IPEM (Institute for Psycho-acoustics and Electronic Music) in Ghent, where she still resides. At this time she started utilising film editing techniques as a foundation for her compositional methods.

Her works range from purely electronic composed music to improvised combinations of electronics with traditional instruments such as piano, flute and satsuma-biwa. She has created site-specific works as well as multimedia performances and installations.

Apart from her artistic activities, Venrooy is a lecturer on 20th century music and experimental arts at the Ghent school of fine arts, where she also runs the audio workshop. Venrooy also presides the board of the (k-raa-k)3 organisation.

Esther gave a lecture and performance on 25 March, part of the Chambers 23–27/03/09 programme of talks and performances.

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