Andrew Heath produces ambient, piano based, lower-case music. Quiet and intimate, it explores sounds from both acoustic and electronic sources, along with processed field recordings and gathered, ‘found’ sounds. His latest releases, ‘Triptych in Blue’, ’Soundings’ and ‘Lichtzin’ continue these themes and chart meetings with musicians and collaborators across Europe including the legendary, Hans-Joachim Roedelius, experimental electronic and classical composer, Christopher Chaplin and Dutch ambient guitarist, Anne Chris Bakker. Andrew’s music is not static though. It drifts. It constantly shifts as it charts new topographies, creating and following maps that are full of change. If you listen carefully you’ll often hear quiet, random glitches or shimmering dissonances which fall by happy accident, in exactly the right place.
Toby Marks was born in South London in 1964. He was drawn to music from an early age and formed his first band as a drummer, aged 14. He went on to sing and play guitar in a variety of styles, exploring rock, folk, jazz and world music, before discovering electronic dance music via the late ‘80s Acid House scene.
In 1989 he formed Banco de Gaia, focussing on world music-infused dance and ambient/chill-out styles, and has released 17 albums (or 20 if you include some early cassette-only releases).
His official debut album Maya received a Mercury Music Prize nomination and he achieved notoriety for his pro-Tibetan follow up Last Train to Lhasa. Both topped the UK Independant Album charts.
As Banco de Gaia he continues to play live and DJ worldwide and has previously performed with a variety of other musicians as a live band. Since 2015 he has been touring with a live 3-piece band and a video artist.
Bára Gísladóttir is an Icelandic composer and double bassist based in Copenhagen. Over the last years, she has worked towards combining her instrumental practices with her compositions – creating a growing solo project.
She has released three albums; Different Rooftops, in 2015, containing pieces for voice, tenor saxophone, double bass and electronics, B R I M S L Ó Ð, in 2016, a piece in three movements for double bass and electronics, and Mass for some in 2017, for double bass, voice and electronics.
In addition to her solo project, she is the double bassist of Elja Ensemble, Skark Ensemble, and Balkan-band Orphic Oxtra. She has also performed with the Iceland Symphony Orchestra and S.L.Á.T.U.R.
Her music has been performed by ensembles and orchestras such as The Danish National Symphony Orchestra, The Danish National Vocal Ensemble, Duo Harpverk, Elektra Ensemble, Ensemble Adapter, Ensemble InterContemporain, Esbjerg Ensemble, Helsingborg Symphony Orchestra, loadbang, Motocontrario, Mimitabu, NJYD, Riot Ensemble, Siggi String Quartet and TAK Ensemble. Bára ́s pieces have been selected for festivals such as Dark Music Days, International Rostrum of Composers, KLANG Festival, ManiFeste Ircam Academy, Nordic Music Days and Ung Nordisk Musik.
In 2018, Bára received the Léonie Sonning Talent Prize for her compositional work.
dj. flugvél og geimskip (Airplane and Spaceship) is the solo project of Steinunn Eldflaug Harðardóttir that draws influences from a thousand worlds. Defined as electronic horror music with a space twist, the music is a mix of playful beats, cool bass, catchy melodies and high pitched vocals. Her live performances are colourful and poetic and her music deals with mysteries, dreams and dangers of the night. The concerts are like a strange blend of music, horror stories, poetry and theatre. The mood is set by storytelling between songs, the use of incense, smoke, lights and a backdrop video. The audience is left feeling like they are in a vivid dream or have travelled to outer space.
dj flugvél og geimskip - Full Performance (Live on KEXP)
Forest Management (US)
Forest Management is John Daniel (b.1989 in Hemet, CA), an American musician currently living in Chicago, Illinois. His 2015 debut full-length record Encounter was described as “a dusty, cinematic haze of wilted symphonics” (Decoder Magazine) and “deliberate and luxurious” (Hearfeel). Daniel has also collaborated with ambient artists Celer and David Tagg, and curates the multimedia label Sequel.
“John’s material tends toward long-form drones that accrue stardust as they stretch out to fill space.”- Byron Coley, Wire Magazine, March 2016
A native of Reykjavík, Iceland, Hafdís Bjarnadóttir started playing electric guitar at the age of 12. She was soon performing in bands and writing her own music, with an initial focus on rock and folk. In 2002, she graduated in jazz guitar performance from the FÍH School of Music. Keen to develop her compositional voice, she earned a bachelor’s degree in contemporary composition from the Iceland Academy of the Arts in 2007 and a master’s degree from the Royal Danish Academy of Music in 2009.
With a reputation for breaking down barriers between different genres of music, her past projects include a sound installation for the Nordic Lighthouse at the 2010 World Expo in Shanghai; an orchestral piece based on knitting instructions; three solo albums mixing different genres and domains of instruments; an ensemble piece based on financial graphs and charts from Iceland’s 2008 banking crisis; various commissioned pieces for solo instruments or chamber ensembles; and a piece for a mixed choir and electric guitar. Her second solo album, JÆJA, received critical acclaim and was nominated for the 2009 Iceland Music Awards. “A Day in February” for Halldorophone and accordion was nominated by the Icelandic National Broadcasting Service for the 58th International Rostrum of Composers in Vienna in 2011. Her third solo album, “Já”, received the 2017 Kraumur Music Awards and is nominated for two Iceland Music Awards. She lives and works in Reykjavík.
Jan Jelinek (DE)
Jelinek's works deal with the transformation of sounds, translating source materials from popular music into abstract, reduced textures. Bypassing traditional musical instruments, he constructs collages using tiny sound fragments from a wide variety of recording devices: tape recorders, digital samplers, media players and the like. The recordings are processed into repetitive loops that boil the original down to its essentials, the source material becoming indecipherable in most cases.
He began releasing his work in 1998, initially under the pseudonyms Farben and Gramm. In 2000, his sound collages played in the Young Media Pavilion at the EXPO2000 worlds fair in Hanover. Over the following years, he worked with artists like Sarah Morris and the German writer Thomas Meinecke, collaborated with the Japanese improvisation ensemble Computer Soup and the Australian jazz trio Triosk, and created audio-visual performances with video artist Karl Kliem at venues including the Centre Pompidou in Paris. In 2007, with Andrew Pekler and Hanno Leichtmann, he founded the improvisation trio Groupshow that refuses any repertoire and any limitation on performance duration.
In 2008, Jelinek established the faitiche label as a platform for his own experiments, for joint projects, and for work by musician friends. The sixteen releases to date include a collaboration with the vibraphonist Masayoshi Fujita and the work of fictional sound researcher Ursula Bogner, whose scores, drawings and writings have been presented and performed around the world. Since 2012, Jelinek has been writing and producing experimental radio pieces for state broadcaster SWR that deal with fictional identities and soundscapes. The theme of fictional and multiple identities runs through the whole of the faitiche catalogue. Under the pseudonym Gesellschaft zur Emanzipation des Samples, as Ursula Bogner, or using his own name, Jelinek’s oeuvre ranges from field recording collage to electroacoustic music to minimalistic drone. What these various works all have in common is live processing of previously collected sound material.
In his current live performances, Jan Jelinek weaves diverse sound materials into intense drone collages and soundscapes.
Jan Jelinek - Loop Finding Jazz Records (Full Album)
MANKAN is a live electronics duo exploring the inner qualities of sounds and visuals using real time sampling and processing. They have developed a highly interactive setup providing a very open and intuitive playground.
Both Tom and Vignir are experienced musicians and work simultaneously in very different styles of music, brass bands, instrumental indie music, classical choir singing, big band afro funk and of course electronic music. Vignir is also a visual artist, working with real time generative graphics through diverse installations and performances.
In their fruitful collaboration as Mankan they set out to investigate and put to the test their spontaneous musical nerve shootings. With the use of a very reactive rig, their performance offers a lively dialog between two artists with different backgrounds but sharing a very similar approach to music.
The German electronic music composer Marsen Jules is a poet in sound. Focused on minimalism and abstraction he creates atmospheric and deeply emotional tunes. Since his CD debut on City Centre Offices he released 10 full length albums and several compilation tracks on labels as 12K, Kompakt, Miasmah and Dronarivm as well as his own imprint Oktaf Records. In 2009 he received an award as best album at the Qwartz Electronic Music Awards in Paris which was also combined with a a two week residence in the legendary "GRM Studios" at Radio France. A two track mini album with his works at GRM was released in autumn 2014. On stage Marsen Jules plays in different combinations: Solo and also accompanied by classical and Jazz musicians or VJs. He allready played at international festivals as Mutek (Canada), Tranzvizualia (Poland), Node (Italy), Spectaculare (Czech), Norberg Festival (SE), Marke B (DE), Traumzeit (DE). Urban Explorers (NL), Stalker (Estonia), La Route du Rock (France), Picknick Electronique (Canada). Together with Roger Döring (Saxophone/Clarinette) from Dictaphone he composed a new live soundtrack for the classic Silent Movie "Nosferatu" by Murnau, which is still performed live. Another important cooperation is his work together with the swedisch Artist and Filmmaker Anders Weberg. besides their audiovisuel live-sets Jules will also provide soundtrack for Webergs movie project "Ambiancé". The worlds longest film will be released in 2020 with a total length of 720 hours (30days). Jules is also known for the releases of his second alter ego "krill.minima“.