Boel Dirke

(born in Gothenburg, 1962, resident Stockholm/Sweden) is a jazz pianist, singer and composer. She studied at The Royal College of Music in Stockholm 1982-1986. She has worked as a composer and freelance musician with various theatre groups in Sweden. In 1990-94 Dirke went to New York to study jazz improvisation with Lia Gorrill. Back in Sweden she worked as a pianist and vocalist with a trio called Other Street Music together with Andy Fite guitar and voice and Ulf Ålerhielm double bass. She has performed in the US as well as in Scandinavia in concerts, jazz clubs, and festivals and in TV broadcasts. In 1994 she wrote music to a chamber opera based on a poetry collection by the Swedish poet Bodil Malmsten, called Damen, det brinner! Dirke is working as a pedagogue as well. Her influences are artist such as: Lennie Tristano, Liz Gorrill, Warne Marsh, Louis Armstrong, Lester Young among others.
Selected works: Helst du, 2001, for Coro-bi, pf.
Selected recordings: Sweet Fulfillment, 1992, New Artists Records; From the Inside Out, 1994, New Artists Records.

Caterina De Carlo

(born 16th June 1962 in Rome) pianist, composer and teacher. In addition to her musical studies, she has had a liberal arts education by cultivating poetry, theater and anthropology. She gained a diploma in composition at the "S. P. a Maiella" Conservatory in Naples in 1987 and a diploma in piano at the "Santa Cecilia" Conservatory in Rome in 1985. She has also studied orchestral conducting and attended advanced courses and master classes in piano and composition. As a student of Salvatore Sciarrino, she studied formally, whereas her own language is minimal. More recently she has studied Giacinto Scelsi's music. She has taught composition at the Conservatory in Cesena (Italy) and has participated in the music CD by Italian women composers, produced by the association "SuonoDonne" with her work Les Océans, for alto and C flutes and piano. About this work, she has declared: "for a long time I wanted to write a piece of the sea, deep sea, the oceans. The deep waters, dark abyss, storms, fire beneath the crust. For some time I have tried to work on the sounds that really feel, the sounds I want to hear". In recent years she has been withdrawn from teaching and composing.
Selected works: Due liriche, V, pf, 1984; Interludio, for symphony orchestra, 1987; Kan-Ji, pf, 1990; Sonata prima, pf-qt, 1993; Albe e luci; sospese, cl, pf, 1993; En blanc et noir, S, cl, pf, 1993; Les Parques, V-recit, fl, cl, chit, pf, vl, vlc, perc, 1994; Pisces, cl, fag, vl, vla, vlc, 1995; Cinque liriche brevi, V, pf, 1996; Dedalo, V-recit, 2 tr, trb, perc, cb.
Awards: "Calpurnia" Composition Prize, XIX Chamber Music Festival in Città di Castello (Italy) in 1986.

Cecilia Damström

( born in 1988 in Helsinki, Finland, resident in Tampere and Helsinki), composer. After graduating from high school in 2008 she began her studies in composition at Tampere University of Applied Sciences, School of music, Finland. She has studied under the instruction of Hannu Pohjannoro, Samuel Adler, Jonne Valtonen, Jouni Kaipainen, Jukka Tiensuu, Emilio Renard and Andrés Valero-Castells.. At Tampere Biennale festival for modern music her pieces have were performed twice, 2010 Die Berge and in 2012 Flying High. In 2011 her piece Outlandish Excursion was performed by the Avanti! Chamber Orchestra at the Suvisoitto festival in Porvoo, Finland.
Selected works: PulseOfBerlin 2012; FlyingHigh 2012; PianoDelirium 2011; OutlandishExcursion 2011; HanSomDuAlskarFinnsInteMer 2010; LandetSomIckeAr 2010; Tystnad 2010.
Awards: In 2009 her piece Landet som icke är received a first prize in the competition arranged by the trust Majaoja-säätiö. In the same year her piece for mixed choir Han som du älskar finns inte mer received a third prize, and was published and performed in 2010

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