Claire Gignac

(resident in France), contralto, multi-instrumentalist, composer, arranger, musical director, actor, performer and theatre director. Multidisciplinary artist, she is one of the founders and artistic directors of La Nef; she performs works on creative development and directs La Nef’s creations. Throughout her eclectic career, she has gone from classical music to early music, song, jazz, world, contemporary and new music. In 1998, she joined the group Ex Machina as an actor, performer and co-creator of the shows Zulu Time, the Threepenny Opera and The Busker’s Opera, directed by Robert Lepage and presented around the world from 2000 to 2008. Since 2001, she has been creator and musical director of Les Chants d’Éros (2000), a solo peformance and recording; Musiques des Montagnes (2002), music from Greece and the Balkans; Urnos (2004), a multidisciplinary production directed by Martine Beaulne, Winner of the Opus Prize 2010-2001 – Concert of the year, New Music. In 2003, 2005 and 2007, she presented and performed La Machine à explorer le tempo, Musique de Robinet and Carnets mouillés, from the composer Robert M. Lepage. In 2006 she wrote and performed Last Kiss, a multidisciplinary solo performance. In 2008, she was the artistic director of Deserts, Winner of the Opus Prize 2007-2008 - Concert of the year – Jazz, World music. The CD, released on Fidelio Audio, was nominated at ADISQ - Best album, World Music and at CFMA - Best album, World Music and Best Group. She also signs and performs Ultreïa! (2009) and Notes de Chevet (2010), both nominated for Opus Prizes, and Îles (2011). In 2012, she signed and performed the music of Jocaste Reine by Nancy Huston, directed by Lorraine Pintal and co-produced by le Théâtre de La Bordée and TNM.
Awards: 2011 Urnos, Lauréat Prix Opus, Concert de l’année - Musique actuelle et électroacoustique;  2011, Notes de chevet, Nomination Prix Opus, Concert de l’année - Jazz et Musique du monde; 2010, Ultreïa!, Nomination Prix Opus, Concert de l’année - Jazz et Musique du Monde; 2009, Déserts, Lauréat Prix Opus, Concert de l’année - Jazz et musique du monde, Nominations Canadian Folk Music Award: Best album World Music et Best album Instrumental – Group,  Nomination ADISQ, Album de l’année - Musique du monde.
Recordings: 2011, Flûte de flûte, Victor!, Livre-cd Jeunesse, Éditions Planète rebelle, réalisation; 2009, Licorne, Livre-cd Jeunesse, Éditions Planète rebelle, réalisation; 2008, Déserts, La Nef, Fidelio Musique, FACD026; 2006, Musiques des Montagnes, La Nef, ATMA Classique, ACD2 2390; 2003, La Machine à explorer le temps, Ambiance Magnétique AM- 116CD.

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Clementine Gasser

(born in Lucerne, Switzerland, resident in Vienna). She studied cello at the Conservatory of Lucerne and  Jazz composition in Vienna. She is freelance cellist and composer. She has worked on solo and ensemble projects, collaborations and compositions in association with organizations and people such as Jeunesse, Mikolay Trzaksa, Robert Menasse and the ORF (Radio 01). She has also worked together with Christoph Schlingensief,  Karin Beier and Achim Benning for Vienna’s Burgtheater. hels olo CD Pioneer 23-containing subversive classical avant-garde music-has met with great approval.
She participated in the 11th composers’forum in Mittersill (2006) as composer–in–residence. Gasser has received numerous honors and awards, including the “Förderungspreis für Musik/Komposition der Republik österreich (Advancement Award for Music/ Composition of the Austrian Republic (State prize) She has concertized at festivals in Austria, Spain, Ireland, Poland, Albania and the U.S.A
Discography: Pioneer 23, subversive classical avant-garde (CD)
Awards: “Förderungspreis für Musik/Komposition der Republik Osterreich( (State prize) 2006.

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Dolores González Flores

(Lolita) (born in 1958 in Madrid, Spain). Singer, composer and actress. Dolores González Flores, better known as Lolita, is part of one of the most popular families of the Spanish art scene. She made her film debut at five years old accompanying her mother in the movie La gitana y el charro. In 1975 Lolita launched her own musical approach on the market, the album Amor, amor, with which she achieved success in Spain as well as in countries in Latin-America. This first album allowed her to record the following albums: Abrázame (1976), Mi carta (1977), Espérame (1979) and Seguir soñando (1980). She has won several awards in the U.S. during the eighties. Flores has also appeared in several TV programs such as Directísimo and Hostal Royal Manzanares and as an actress she was awarded a Goya Prize for Best Actress of the year for their participation in the film Rencor directed by Miguel Albaladejo
Selected Recordings: Con sabor a menta (Horus 1992); Madrugada (Horus 1993); Y la vida pasa (Horus 1994); ¿Quien lo va a detener? (RCA 1995); Atrasar el reloj (BMG 1997); Dime (BMG); Lola, Lolita, Lola (WEA 2001); Lola, Lolita, Dolores (WEA 2002); Si la vida son dos días (recopilatorio, 2004); Y ahora Lola. Un regalo a mi madre (2005).