Isabelle Aboulker

(born in 1938, France), composer. She was born under the concordant influences of a grandfather composer, Henry Février, and a father, Marcel Aboulker, who was both film director and writer. In parallel with her studies in music theory and accompaniment at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Paris, she composed for the cinema, the theatre, and the television. An accompanist, a choral director and subsequently teacher of young singers at the Conservatoire de Paris, she focussed her creative activity from 1981 on the voice and opera. Attentive to prosody, demanding in the choice of libretti, she considers herself an heir to French tradition of Debussy, Ravel and Poulenc. The excellent welcome accorded to the premiere of her first stage work Les Surprises de l’Enfer (1981) revealed her orientation: Leçons de français aux américains (1983), Trois folies d’opéra pour trois femmes compositeurs (1986), Cinq Nô Modernes (1992), La Lacune (1993), Monsieur de Balzac fait son théâtre (1999), Le Renard à l’opéra (2004). The name of Isabelle Aboulker is no less closely associated with opera for children. From Moi, Ulysse (1982, commissioned by Jean-Claude Malgoire for the Atelier Lyrique de Tourcoing) to Jérémy Fisher (2007, commissioned by the Debussy Quartet and Lyons Opera), her works Atchafalaya, Martin Squelette, Douce et Barbe Bleue, La Fontaine et le Corbeau, Les Fables Enchantées, Les Enfants du Levant are frequently performed by conservatories and music schools, and they regurlarly appear appear in the youth programmes of the major French and foreign opera houses. Isabelle Aboulker has also composed, in the collection “Ecoutez-lire”, several scores that accompany Le Petit Prince, Inconnu à cette adresse, L’Ami retrouvé.
Selected works: Boule de suif, text by Guy de Maupassant, 2013; Petites histoires naturelles, texts by  Jules Renard, 2011; Histoire du petit Ivan qui ne voulait pas devenir soldat, Conte musical, Prologue to Stravinsky's Histoire du Soldat, same instrumentation 2010; Mélodies, texts by Charles Cros and  Germain Nouveau, 2003-2011; Jérémy Fisher, after the play by Mohamed Rouahbi, 2009; Fables de Jean de la Fontaine, 2004; Douce et Barbe-Bleue, libretto by Christian Eymery, ¬60’, Conte musical in the form of opera, for baritone, children's choir and instrumental ensemble, 2002; Les Enfants du Levant, libretto by Christian Eymery, after the novel by Claude Gritti, opera for Children, for mezzo-soprano, baritone, 3 actors, children's choir and orchestra, 2001; 1918, L’Homme qui titubait dans la guerre, texts chosen by Arielle Augry, 50’, Oratorio for mezzo-soprano, baritone, narrator, children's choir and instrumental ensemble, 1998; Leçons de français aux étudiants américains, texts by Eugène Ionesco, 1983; La Lacune, 1978.
Recordings: Douce et Barbe Bleue and Les Fables Enchantées, books-CDs by Gallimard Jeunesse.
Publishers: Alphonse Leduc, Billaudot, Delatour France
Awards: Prize by The Académie des Beaux-Arts, 1999; SACD music prize, 2000.


Laura Antikainen

(born in 1949 in Helsinki, and resident in Helsinki), composer. She studied piano and violin, but discovered in her teens that singing was what she wanted to do. She also created songs and after meeting a young man with a band, joined the group which became a duo, Jarkko & Laura. Their break through single was written by her. Jarkko & Laura represented Finland in the Eurovision Song Contest in Madrid 1969. She has done the Finnish translation of Andrew Lloyd Webber's one woman show Tell Me on a Sunday, and sang on the album. She has composed music for the puppet theatre Fairy Tale Safari and the photograph exhibition The Dreams of Island Lohja in 2010
Recordings: a couple of songs in Jarkko & Laura album Sumujen silta, 1998; Jarkko & Laura CD Uudelleen, 1994; solo album Laura Antikainen CD The City Girl, 2004

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Laura de los Ángeles

(born 1986 in Sevilla, Spain) composer and pianist. She grew up surrounded by artists such as Manolo Soler, Jesus Bola, Quique Paredes, and was motivated by flamenco by the stories the people told her of the artists of Seville (Vallejo, Manolo Caracol, The girl combs ... ). She began her musical training at 11 years old at the Conservatorio Elemental de Triana, later at the Conservatorio "Cristobal de Morales" in Seville, and finally began her studies in the Specialty of Flamenco in Cordoba. She has been part of a variety of musical projects, specializing mainly in the cajón and flamenco piano. In December 2007 the artist Nando Juglar decided to produce her first album El Callejón del Agua, whose was recorded in March 2008, under the direction and music production of Jesús Bola and special collaboration like that of Antonio Carrión on guitar. The promotion of El Callejón del Agua has led her to present her show in Madrid at the Teatro Lara, Teatro Español y el Teatro Madrid, as well as in France, Colombia, Sweden, Norway, Italy and Costa Rica. In the spring of 2012 their second disc, Mi nueva esperanza was released inspired by her recent motherhood with the direction of Jesus Bola.
Recordings: Mi nueva esperanza, 2012, pf
Awards: "El callejón del agua" has been awarded numerous accolades: nominated for the 13th Edition of the Music Awards for Best Flamenco Album and finalist in the "Premios Hoy" as best instrumental Album.

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