Johanna Eränkö

(born in 1981, in Lohja, Finland, resident in Espoo, Finland), composer. She studied composition from 2003 until 2009 at Tampere Conservatory (Tampere Polytechnic). Her teachers were Jouni Kaipainen and Juhani Nuorvala. She has attended various summer courses held by composers Jouni Kaipainen, Magnus Lindberg, Kimmo Hakola and Esa-Pekka Salonen. She has also studied composition with Harri Vuori at the Helsinki University, as part of her musicology studies. Her compositions have been performed in different festivals in Finland and abroad, including Tampere Biennale, Musica Nova in Helsinki, Korvat Auki! (Ears Open!), October of Contemporary Music in Oulu, Women in Music festival in Rochester, NY. She has composed chamber music. She has received various grants: for composition and studies: Suomen Säveltaiteen Tukisäätiö, 2009, pro Musica-säätiö (The Pro Musica foundation) 2009, The Majaoja Foundation, 2004.
Selected works: works for orchestra or large ensemble: Camera Obscura, 2010; Chamber works: Blot Out 2003-2004; Asti 2003; Kude 2003; Sphere 2006/2007; Tired Light 2009/2010, viola and piano; Works for solo Instrument: Scenes curieuses 2005; Caprice finnois 2010; Finite 2011 french horn; Vocal and choral works: Satusavia 2004/2007 chamber choir.

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Hélène Engel

(born in France, resident in Montréal), opera singer, musicologist, composer, lyricist and arranger. Specialist in Jewish folklore she sings in Yiddish, Hebrew, and Judeo-Spanish, as well as in English and French and other languages, she has produced five recordings.  Hélène's tours have taken her throughout France and to major folklore festivals in Europe and Northern America. Now based in Montreal, she sings occasionally as cantorial soloist at Temple Emanu-El-Beth Shalom and is a regular member of the Shaare Zion choir. She has also opened towards a new dimension since she graduated in Music Therapy at UQAM in April 2000. Through the Lyric Arts, Hélène Engel discovers her voice. Her talent is confirmed by a Masters Degree in Musicology from the University of Strasbourg and a diploma from the Conservatory of Cergy-Pontoise. She makes her professional debut singing supporting roles and choir parts in many operas : The marriage of Figaro, Carmen, The Magic Flute, Traviata...
Through her research, she discovers her path. No slave of tradition, Hélène Engel rejects classical elitism, allows no barriers or boundaries to stand in her way. A citizen of the World, she designs her own itinerary along the signposts of international folklore. From the traditions of Alsace, Berry, Brittany. She went to the folklore of Russia, America, Spain, England and then, the sounds of Persian and Swahili become familiar friends. She finds her way through Jewish folklore, in which Judeo-Spanish, Yiddish, Hebrew and all the other languages of exile are mingled. These multiple voices and melodies convey the joie de vivre, the humor, the playfulness, the sensitivity and the warmth that distinguish Hélène Engel.
Selected works / Recordings : "Voyage" performed since 2007 in various  groups, with different musical selections ; Voyage, CD recorded in 2007 ; Ay lu lu, CD recorded in 1995 ; Errances : From Toledo to Brooklyn, recorded in 1992 ; La Serena , recorded in 1988 ; Chansons traditionnelles juives, recorded in 1985 ; Magen Ossim, music on a Judeo-Provençal text from the 17th Century,  2006 ; Lyrics and Music of some songs such as Helene's nigun, Stanislas, Je t'aime à Montréal, between 2000 and 2006 ; A show with Jewish songs in French to which several names have been given : Chanter Juif en Français, Grenouillages, Chansons juives au féminin pluriel, 2009.

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Anne Eltard

(born in 1960, in Copenhagen), composer. For more than thirty years she has worked as composer for theatre performances and soundscapes. Her basic work with samples, looping live and processing real sound into beats and groves, combinated with the instrumental skills, gives a very personal touch to her works. Byens Lyd was selected as finalist in the European sound contest Europe-a Soundscape. Lately she has composed and created sound design for an animation movie. With a profound background in Nordic folk music, combined with a curiosity for the limits of her instrument, she has developed a unique style. By using effects, loops and samples, she creates soundscapes ranging from spherical, dreamy music to strong, heavy groove and catchy phrases. She crosses the traditional limits of the violin by introducing effects and new ways of playing that are usually only heard from guitars.
Selected recordings: Let Antaendelig

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