Sabine Akiko Ahrendt

Carola Bauckholt

Michael Beil

Electric Indigo

Ensemble Garage

Benjamin Grau

Matthias Kranebitter


Brigitta Muntendorf

Nika Radić

Sabine Akiko Ahrendt,

born 1980 in Rüsselsheim, is a German violinist from Rüsselsheim who currently lives in Cologne. She studied violin, contemporary music and philosophy in Berlin, Hannover, Budapest, and Frankfurt from 2001 to 2007. Particularly interested in multidisciplinary concert settings, Sabine often plays violin accompanied by electrical instruments and sound modulators, such as computer, synthesizer, whammy pedal, vocoder, etc. Ahrendt had been performing with Ensemble Modern, MusikFabrik, Ensemble Ascolta, Ensemble Resonanz, ChorWerk Ruhr and other renowned European new music groups. In 2011, she joined Contrechamps as a permanent member.

Carola Bauckholt,

was born in 1959 in Krefeld. After working at the Theater am Marienplatz (TAM) in Krefeld for a number of years, she studied with Mauricio Kagel at the Musikhochschule Cologne from 1978 to 1984. In 1985, she founded Thürmchen Verlag with Caspar Johannes Walter and in 1991, the Thürmchen Ensemble. She has received many scholarships and awards including the Bernd Alois Zimmermann grant from the city of Cologne in 1986 and a residency at the Villa Massimo in Rome in 1997. In 1998, she was awarded the Artist Prize by the state of North Rhine-Westphalia and represented Germany at the World Music Days in Mexico in 1992, Copenhagen in 1996, Seoul in 1997 and Zurich in 2004. A central aspect of Carola Bauckholt’s work is thinking about the phenomenon of perception and understanding. Her compositions often mix elements from visual art, music theatre and concert music. For this, she likes to use other acoustic sounds that are often generated through unusual means and are not worked into a pre-existing composition pattern, but rather are observed as they freely unfold and are continued. Bauckholt was selected for the Akademie der Künste Berlin in 2013. Since 2015, she has been Professor for Composition with a focus on new music theatre at the Anton Bruckner Privatuniversität Linz.

Michael Beil,

born 1963 in Stuttgart, studied piano and music theory at the Hochschule für Musik Stuttgart and afterwards composition with Manuel Hidalgo. At this time Michael Beil also directed the Klangwerkstatt – a contemporary music festival in Berlin and founded in 2000 together with Stephan Winkler the team Skart to present concerts based on interdisciplinary concepts. In 2007 he became the professor for electronic music at the Hochschule für Musik und Tanz in Cologne and director of the studio for electronic music. Michael Beil’s work focuses on the combination of electronic music, instrumental music and video. His compositions are based on concepts concerning the situation on stage in a concert in connection with the development process of musical works. So the temporal formation and coherence of a musical work becomes perceivable and transparent for the audience in the performance. In order to do this A further fundamental aim of his music is to to call into question the art work as a masterpiece. With a view to this Michael Beil engages exclusively with musical readymades by transforming or deconstructing familiar musical works or by techniques of displacing well known musical material or material that is idiomatic for a certain instrument in an unusual connotation.

Electric Indigo,

aka Susanne Kirchmayer, born in 1965 in Vienna, is a musician, composer and DJ, who lives in Vienna and Berlin. She started DJing in 1989 and by now has toured to 39 countries as a DJ. From 1993 to 1996, she lived in Berlin to work at the legendary Hardwax record store. After her return, she founded the network female:pressure in 1998, which was recognised with an Honorary Mention at the Prix Ars Electronica in 2009. In 2012, Kirchmayr received the Outstanding Artist Award in the category computer music and in 2013, the Austrian state grant for composition. Since 2012, she has been exploring the possibility of using granular synthesis recordings of spoken language as a basis for her sounds. In her compositions and concerts, she places particular value on the spatial distribution of the musical elements and regards loudspeakers as essential components in her set of instruments. Some of her more important pieces of the last few years are: Chiffres (premiere Wien Modern 2012), 109.47 degrees (premiere Dunkle Zeiten Festival, Vienna, 2014), the audio-visual piece Morpheme (premiere with Thomas Wagensommerer, CTM Festival, Berlin, 2015), Barry Duffman (premiere with TE-R, Wien Modern 2015) and Tolkowsky’s Refraction (premiere Heroines of Sound Festival, Berlin, 2017]). Electric Indigo’s debut album 5 1 1 5 9 3 was released in March 2018 on Imbalance Computer Music.

Ensemble Garage

The Cologne Ensemble Garage was founded in 2009 by composers Brigitta Muntendorf and Rodrigo Lopez Klingenfuss as a platform for musicians, composers and other artists to organise performances of new ideas, pieces and concepts. By now Ensemble Garage has ten members from seven nations and focuses on pieces by younger composers and experimenting together. The inclusion of transmedial pieces and music-theatrical elements is also an integral part of its work. The musicians have performed many concerts both in Germany and abroad, including Zum Acht Brücken Festival Cologne, ‘aXes Festival Krakow, Ultraschall Berlin, Tonlagen Festival Hellerau, now! Festival in Essen, the Donaueschinger Musiktagen, in the Cologne Philharmonie, in De Bijloke Gent, in the Musiktheater im Revier Gelsenkirchen, at the Eastman School of Rochester and at the Darmstädter Ferienkursen. Since 2013, the ensemble has been organising the series Frau Musica (nova), transmedial concerts somewhere between club culture, experimental music theatre, performance and electronic extensions. In 2017, the ensemble presented the world premiere of its successful social media opera iScreen, YouScream! at the Eclat Festival Stuttgart and toured with the production to Spor Festival in Aarhus and the BASF Festival in Ludwigshafen. The ensemble’s work is also documented on CD productions by Jagoda Szmytka, Steffen Krebber and Brigitta Muntendorf as part of the series “Edition Zeitgenössische Musik”.

Benjamin Grau,

born 1987 in Hamburg, is musician and composer. His creative work is not restricted to certain genres or disciplines. After he had finished his advanced education to Audiofachkraft at the IHK-Akademie-München-Westerham and had deepened his education at the academy Deutsche POP Munich in the areas of composition, sound design and audio engineering, he finished his Bachelor’s degree in Music Design at the Trossingen University of Music. Since October 2017 he is studying electronic composition in the masters program with Michael Beil at the Hochschule für Musik und Tanz in Cologne. He received piano lessons from Rami-Al-Regeb and Brigitte von Velasco in Munich as well as guitars and composition lessons from Dieter Dolezel. Furthermore percussion lessons from Martin Stieber in Hamburg.

Matthias Kranebitter,

was born 1980 in Vienna, Austria. He studied electro-acoustic composition with Dieter Kaufmann and German Toro-Perez, film and media composition with Klaus-Peter Sattler and piano with Christiane Karajeva at the University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna. He continued his studies with a postgraduate course at the Conservatory van Amsterdam as well as at the University of Graz with Alexander Stankovski and Beat Furrer. His often awarded music is characterized by aspects of our media society, a dense accumulation and mash-up from everyday life’s sounds to a flittering-colourful and hyper-heterogenic sound flood, a comic-like, grotesque distortion of clichéd musical gestures with an ironic ambivalence, aiming for a culture-liberated Art brut in music. Collaborations with Ensemble such as Nadar Ensemble Belgium, Decoder Ensemble Hamburg, Klangforum Wien, Ensemble Phace, RSO Vienna, Ensemble Mosaik Berlin or Talea Ensemble New York. For 2015 he was awarded a scholarship from the Junge Akademie and invited to Berlin by the Akademie der Künste. He is founder of the ensemble Black Page Orchestra as well as one of the initiators of UNSAFE+SOUNDS FESTIVAL – antidisciplinary Festival / Media Arts Music in Vienna.


was born in 1965 in Sweden and lives in Berlin. He works all over the world as a multi-media artist and live performer. He works with musicians, choreographers and other artists and, using found image material, his own photos and computer-generated images, create films that interact with music. Lillevan’s projects have been presented at the documenta in Kassel, the Transmediale in Berlin, the Zagreber Biennale, Carnegie Hall NYC, the Philharmonie Luxembourg, Seoul National Theatre, Dutch Electronic Art Festival, Unsound Fest Krakow, the Lincoln Centre NYC, Centre Pompidou, Tokyo Concert Hall, among others. He has collaborated with Ensemble Modern, musikFabrik, Zeitkratzer, Sasha Waltz, Morton Subotnick, Fennesz, Vladislav Delay, Olga Neuwirth, Zeitkratzer and Thomas Bauer. He is artistic director of the GletscherMusik Media Festival in Central Asia, the Sinfonia Tropico-Media Festival on Bio-Diversity in Colombia, is the inventor of the 21st Century Expanded Cinema and is one of the founders of the Berlin electronic project, Rechenzentrum.

Brigitta Muntendorf

studied composition in Bremen and Cologne. During her studies, she founded the ten-member, international Ensemble Garage. With both her work as a composer and her work as artistic director of Ensemble Garage, Brigitta Muntendorf pursues a vision of music that, through transmediality and many-layered contextualisation, doesn’t just refer to itself, but also to other forms of art and expression. She established the concept of “social composing” and appeals to medial sensuality. Her context-orientated research has led to the creation of many theatrical and transmedial formats, such as her series Public Privacy, the music theatre FIGO for the Münchner Biennale and CITY DANCE, a large-scale music and dance city happening that links the community inspired by Anna Halprin. She is currently working on a new opera and a large-scale piece for the stage with Stephanie Thiersch (choreography) and Sou Fujimoto (architecture).
A number of different scholarships and grants have shaped Brigitta Muntendorf’s work: Cité Internationale des Arts Paris (2010), IEMA (2012), Villa Concordia Bamberg (2014-15) and Villa Kamogawa Kyoto (2017). She has been awarded, among others, the Ernst von Siemens Musikstiftung prize and the German Music Authors prize for best young talent (2017). In 2014, her CD It may be all an illusion was released. Since 2013, she has curated the series Reihe Frau Musica (nova) on the radio station Deutschlandfunk Köln.
Brigitta Muntendorf lives in Cologne and Vienna as a freelance composer and artistic director of Ensemble Garage and is currently teaching composition as a visiting professor at the Hochschule für Musik und Tanz in Cologne.

Nika Radić

was born in Zagreb, Croatia where she graduated in sculpture from the Academy of Fine Arts. She has also earned a degree in art history from the University of Vienna. In her video works, multimedia installations and photographs she focuses on the subjects of communication and the ways art can document reality. She chooses particular moments that everyone experiences similarly, but is interested in how different people interpret it in their own individual way. She has exhibited and taken part in events at KIT, Kyoto; Museum of contemporary Art in Zagreb in Novi Sad in Rijeka, Galerie für zeitgenössische Kunst, Leipzig, Centre Pompidou, Paris; Living Art Museum, Reykjavik; L40, Verein zur Förderung der Kunst und Kultur am Rosa-Luxemburg-Platz, Berlin; Grita Insam Gallery, Vienna, Traversée Galery, Munich, Akademie der Künste, Berlin and many other. She was awarded several prizes and residencies including the Villa Kamogawa Goethe-Institute residency in Kyoto in 2017, ArtsLink residency at the Vanderbilt University in Nashville in 2016; Young Artist Trieste Contemporanea Award in 2005; AIR Living Art Museum, Reykjavik in 2004; "Radoslav Putar" award, Zagreb in 2003, and the Peggy Guggenheim internship in 1991.

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