Maria Faust

(born in 1979 in Kuressaare, Estonia, resident in Copenhagen) saxophonist and composer. She holds a Master's Degree in jazz saxophone from the Conservatory of Music in Esbjerg and studied classical conducting, and early music at the Academy of Music in Tallinn. She leads the orchestras Maria Faust Group, Maria Faust Jazz Catastrophe and Pistol nr. 9, and is a member of Two Eggs and a Chicken and Constellations with Nina De Heney, Liudas Mockunas, Tristan Honsinger and Qarin Wikström. She has performed in Denmark, Sweden. Finland, Germany, Luxembourg, China and Estonia. Trained in both the classical and jazz tradition, Estonian saxophone player and composer Maria Faust unites both worlds and throws in a healthy dose of vibrant folk music on the album Warrior Horse (2010), the successful follow-up to Bitchslap Boogie, released in 2008.
Selected recordings: the album Warrior Horse Jazz Barefoot Records 2010; Bitchslap Boogie Jazz Barefoot Records 2008; Pistol Nr. 9 Fest på Amager, Electro-acoustic/improvised music Barefoot Records 2012; Maria Faust Jazz Catastrophy, Modern contemporary big band/third stream/improvised music/jazz, Barefoot Records 2013; Barefot Records Live in CPH Jazz Festival 2012, improvised music, Barefoot Records 2013, various Artists
Awards: Composer of the year, Danish Music Awards 2013; she was recipient of The Danish Art Foundation's Work Grant in 2011, and winner of the Uno Naisso-competition for young composers in Estonia.

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María José Fontán Oñate

(born in Madrid, Spain, 1957). Teacher, music critic and composer. She studied piano in Madrid with Rosa Maria Kucharski and Harmony with Carmelo Bernaola. Later, in Badajoz completed composition studies with Juan Pérez Ribes, Domingo J. Sanchez and Javier Jacinto. She has produced special programs radio station Cadena SER and is professor of harmony at the Conservatory of Music of Badajoz. She is president of the Association of Composers of Extremadura.
Selected works: Entre líneas, 2003, vl, cl, pf; Guadiana, 2003, pf; Tras el velo del tiempo, 2004, fl, 2 vl, vla, vlc; Tritium, 2003, fl, ob, pf; Vía de la Plata, 2004, fl, sax t, sax b.

María Soledad Fernández Lozano

(born in Spain, 1985) composer, pianist and lecturer. She studied piano and composition at the Conservatory of Music "Victoria Eugenia" of Granada with the highest grades. Also studied guitar and got pedagogical training at the University of Granada and has attended several courses with professors such as M. Kagel, Y. Nommik, N. Pasquet, C. Halffter, L. Paul, B. Casablancas among others. She is especially interested in the composition of vocal works and the use of Antigua music and Andalusian folklore. She currently teaches composition at the Conservatory of Granada.
Select works: Dúo de saxofones; Destino de un sátiro, 2006, pf, fl, perc; Metacromosis, video and music; Relatos de Shahrazad for 9 instruments with live performance, tape and video; Reminiscencias, ensemble and harpsichord; Jabalcón, 2009, choir, reciter, pf; Tú me mueves, Señor, 2009, choir, pf; Poema de la Soleá, 2011, s, pf.