Pascale Criton

(born in 1954, Paris), composer. She studied composition with Ivan Wyschnegradsky, Gérard Grisey and Jean- Etienne Marie. She trained in electroacoustic at the International Centre de Recherches Musicales (1980-1982) and Computer Music (IRCAM 1986). Artistic Director of Art & Fact, she designs in situ concerts and listening experiences that associate architecture and music and the voice. The performances Ecouter autrement invite the public to new representations and perceptions of sound. Lately, her designs include public with disabilities: Histoires sensibles (2013) National Institute for the deaf, Institut National de Jeunes Sourds, (National Institute for the deaf), state commission. A specialist of microtonal music, her writing develops the uses of scordatura (specific tunings for string instruments, guitars, piano) associated with orchestral instruments and live electronics. She is currently a research associate in the laboratory Lutherie Acoustique et Musique (LAM, UPMC, CNRS) and works on bone conduction and spatialization of sound. Pascale Criton’s works are commissioned by ensemble, cities and state  They are performed in France as well as abroad: Radio-France, Festival Présences (Paris), IRCAM, Manca (Nice), Tate Museum (London), Iikhom XX (Tashkent), Simn (Bucharest), Venice Biennale (2013) etc. She has worked with several music studios such as InaGRM, GMEM, CCMIX, MIA and ensembles such as the Ensemble 2e2m, l’Itinéraire, Aleph, Taller Sonoro. A book devoted to her work appeared in the collection à la ligne: Pascale Criton, Les univers microtempérés (2e2m, 1999) and a monographic CDs in Assai (2003), which won the Charles Cros Academy award. Her works are published by Jobert (Lemoine distr.). She is a guest artist at the University Paris 8 (LABEX Arts-H2H)  and she organizes the days Ecoutes Croisées at the Conciergerie (2014).
Selected works works in situ: Ecouter autrement, commissioned by Orange foundation, Panthéon, 2010; Promenade, «Voyager avec Le Corbusier» commissioned by Louis Vuitton-La Quinzaine, 2009; Music in situ, Villa Savoye, commissioned by Centre des Monuments Nationaux, 2009; Ausculter, écouter le son dans l’espace du Couvent de La Tourette, Convent of La Tourette, 2008 // instrumental works: La ritournelle et le galop, for guitar; Gaïa, for four musicians and image in real time, state commission, 2002; Objectiles, for four guitars, Radio-France commission, 2002; Artefact, for instrumental ensemble, state commission, 2002; Plis, for instrumental and electronic ensemble, state commission, 2004; Circle process, for violon, 2011; Chaoscaccia, for cello, 2013.
Publications: “ Instruments à frettes et nouveaux accordages”, (Instruments with frets and Microtunings) Criton (P), Delume (C), in La musique et ses instruments, CIM09, 5th Conférence on Interdisciplinary Musicology, Editions Delatour France, 2013; “Mobilité et Hétérotopies”, (Mobility and Heterotopia) in Filigrane, n°11, Musique et lieu, J.-M. Chouvel and L. Bourkaert (dir), Delatour France, 2010.

Contact: www.pascalecriton.com

Raquel Cristóbal Ramos

(born in Madrid, Spain, 1973) composer. At a young age she moved to Tenerife, Canary Island, Spain, where she received piano and composition lessons and her whole training as pianist and composer. After she finished those studies, she went to Düsseldorf, Germany, in order to deepen her knowledge about composition with Manfred Trojahn at the Musikhochschule Robert- Schumann. She also complemented her training outside the islands, attending composition courses by renowned composers such as Zulema de la Cruz, Mauricio Sotelo, Toshio Hosokawa or José María Sánchez Verdú. Currently she teaches Analysis and Harmony at the Professional Music Conservatory of Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Canary Islands, Spain.
Select works: 6 imágenes para piano; Impromptu, 2001, pf 4 m; Interacciones, 2 vl, vla, vlc; Sonata para clarinete y piano; Sonatina, 2000, pf; Transparencias fugadas (1. El aire entraba en mí – 2. Fugado de algún témpano – 3. Por qué cristales fríos – 4. Viaje al viento – 5. Creyéndote perdido – 6. Un delirio de órbitas – 7. No quiso el viento – 8. Ni llegas ni te vas), s, pf; Sueño de la razón, 2001, eh, cl b, trb, pf, 3 perc, string.
Awards: She has won several awards, the most important of them being the Honorable Mention received at the V International Composition Contest "Alberto Ginastera" for her symphonic piece "Sueño de la razón", which was premiered by the Symphonic Tenerife Orchestra. She also received the prize at the IX Choral Competition of La Laguna.

Rita Ciancio

(born 1995 in Rome) pianist and composer. She began studying piano at the age of ten with Giuseppe Benedetto Fornari and in 2007 she wrote her first composition. In the same year, she was selected to participate at the first "Concorso di Esecuzione Musicale Lorenzo Cecchi", where she performed Romanza Catalana. In 2010 she attended an advanced piano and chamber music course with Marylene Mouquet and continued classical music studies with the pianist Michael James Battle in the United States. In 2011 she was invited to present her works at the Teatro Nino Manfredi. In 2013 she participated as a composer at the "Incontri Musicali Lorenzo Cecci 7° edizione" and performed as pianist at the concert "Seraphicum Roma". In the same year, she had her first concert at the Teatro Nino Manfredi, performing her original compositions for piano, violin, cello and clarinet and continued her studies in film music, composing and in piano with Marylen Mouquet, Alessandra Meloncelli and at the Santa Cecilia Conservatory in Rome. She attends the High School Musical "Seraphicum".
Selected works: Struggimento, 2012, for orchestra, recorded in 2013 with the producer Marco Adami; Natura, pf, vl, vlc; Serafico, pf, cl.
Recordings: Melodia e Ritmo, 2012, Kafer Records Studio, with her compositions for piano solo, cello, violin and clarinet.

Contact: www.ritaciancio.com