Elena Karastoyanova (Assenova)

(born in 1933, in Sofia), composer and pedagogue. She is the  daughter of Assen Karastoyanov. She graduated from the State Academy of Music, majoring in Theory of Music and in Composition under her father and Professor Alexander Raychev. She taught Harmony, Music Analysis and Polyphony at the National Music High School in Sofia and at the Institute for Music and Choreographic Specialists. From 1983 to 1988 she was Headmaster of the National Theatre Art High School (former State choreographic School). She composed music for choir and orchestra; works for chamber and string orchestra; chamber, choral and other works. She was prize winner at the March Song Competition (1985, 1987, 1989). She authored the monographs The Hidden Polyphony in the Work of Johann Sebastian Bach, The Phrygian Second in the Bulgarian Folksong.
Selected works: For male voices choir and symphony orchestra: Space Guard (1985); A call to Arms (1987). For chamber Orchestra: Suite (1968), For String Orchestra: Sinfonietta (1969) Chamber music: Sonata for Violin and Piano (1967); Prelude and Joke for flute and Piano (1979); Allegro for trumpet and piano (1980). For Piano: Four pieces (1964); Children’s Summer, a cycle of five easy pieces (1982); Holydays (1992). Vocal Music: Three songs for voice and piano (1988). For mixed choir: To liberty–cantata; Thirst–Ballad, Days (1974); Songs based on traditional lyrics.(1977).   


Irina Karamarkovic

(born in Pristina, resident in Graz, Austria) performer, composer, arranger, ensemble director and author. She studied jazz singing at the Graz University for the Arts. Her specialties are jazz and world music, especially the various groups, from a capella to big band and on to electronics (with Balkanizer and La Cherga). The Irina Karamorkovic Band presents traditional songs from Kosovo in contemporary form.
Discography: Balkea and Border Confusion, Sandy Lopicic Orkestar (CD, Network Medien), Sounds of Kosovo, LA big Band (CD ATS Records).” The controversy of independence”- La Big Band Feat. Irina Karamarkovic (GESA  Records 2009), Fake no more – La Cherga feat Irina Karamorkovic (Asphalto Tango Records 2008), Mirrors of Gulliver – Jonathan Swift Remixed- The Core Company (The core Company 2007), Songs from Kosovo –Irina Kamarkovic Band (GLM 2009), Border Confusion-Sandy Lopicic Orkestar (Network Medien 2001), “The presence of music from Southeast Europe on the Austrian jazz scene – sociocultural, economic, political and musical aspects” institute for Jazz Research, University of Music and Performing Arts Graz 2013).
Performances: various collaborations with different types of artists, such as the Sandy Lopicic Orchestra, Shantel, and LA Big Band. Numerous international concerts and festivals (with Irina Karamarkovic Band, LA Big Band feat Irina karamarkovic, La Cherga feat. Irina Karamarkovic, Sandy Lopicic Orkestar, Philippine Duchateau Grande Reserve, Der Gitarren der Liebe, Frauenband Gottfried, etc), Art and culture counselor of the city of Graz, work with interpenetration Festival and interpenetration concerts series, Graz, cultural coordinator for Assembly of European Citizens, Paris, Theater works with Feniks (Pristina), Grazer Schauspielhaus, Theater im Bahnof,Schaubühne Graz, Theater Mobile (Graz) and Theater Mudwerk /Follow the Rabbit (Franfurt and Graz).
Awards:“Schreiben zwischen den Kulturen“, intercultural literature award.

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Tini Kainrath

(born in Vienna, 1968, resident in Vienna). She is at home pretty much everywhere, musically speaking, and interprets soul, rock, blues, Viennese songs, gospel, jazz and pop. She is even proficient in the old Viennese art of “Dudeln”(Viennese yodeling). Kainrath is a singer, lyricist, composer and actress, and she has worked together with The Rounder Girls, The Upper Austrian Jazz Orchestra, Joe Zawinul, Gloria Gaynor, Willi Resetarits, Alegre Correa, Karl Hodina, Karl Ratzer, Wolfgang Ambros, Harry Stojka, Hubert Von Goisern, Josef Hader, Alfred Dorfer, Roalnd Duringer and many others.
Works - Publications - Discography:  The Juliet Letters with StringFizz ( 2006), Wein, Weib und Gesang with the Upper Austrian Jazz Orchestra (2008), Gershwin On A string with StringFizz and Willi Resetarits 2008.
Performances: Austrian Tourist Office: texts, compositions, production and interpretation ( 1998), The Rounder Girls (Sabine Derflinger, Bernhard Pötscher), documentary on the band with Lynne Kieran, Kim Cooper and Gerald Schuller ( 1999), Silentium ( Wolfgang Murnberger ): film version of a mystery by Wolf Haas ( 2005)

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