Joëlle Léandre

(born 12 September 1951 in Aix-en-Provence, France) is a double bassist, vocalist, and composer active in new music and free improvisation. In the field of contemporary music, she has performed with Pierre Boulez's Ensemble InterContemporain, and worked with Merce Cunningham and John Cage. Both Cage and Giacinto Scelsi have composed works specifically for her. She gave an historic solo concert in "Jazz em Agosto" in 2007 (Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, Lisbon, Portugal). In this same top jazz festival, Léandre performed also in the "Quartet Noir", a quartet with quite rare live performances, with Marilyn Crispell, Urs Leimgruber and Fritz Hauser. She has also collaborated with some of the preeminent musicians in the fields of jazz and improvised music, including Derek Bailey, Anthony Braxton, George Lewis, India Cooke, Evan Parker, Irène Schweizer, Steve Lacy, Maggie Nicols, Fred Frith, Carlos Zingaro, John Zorn, Susie Ibarra, J. D. Parran, Eric Watson, Ernst Reijseger, Akosh S. and Sylvie Courvoisier. In 1983 she became member of the European Women Improvising Group (EWIG), which resulted from former Feminist Improvising Group and in later 1980s she co-founded the feminist improvising Trio Les Diaboliques, with Schweizer and Nicols.

Katarina Leyman

(born 1963, Orust, Sweden, residente Stockholm). Art as well as music, has always been an important part of Leyman’s life. During many years she studied painting and sculpture at different art schools in Stockholm. Color and structure, form and movement are often starting points and structural elements in her music, with attempts to capture the different dimensions in sound. Ideas for compositions can grow out of different natural phenomena such as fish shoals, DNA chains, water molecules and clouds...An early inspiration and way into the modern and abstract art was the works of her father, the sculptor Fred Leyman’s. Katarina often works in close relationship with different musicians and mostly composes instrumental music (chamber, choir and orchestral music) with occasional excursions into the electro-acoustical realm. From July 2012 to July 2015, Leyman was the Composer in Residence for Norrlandsoperan Symphony Orchestra. The first assignment, the orchestral piece Transient Skies, was premiered by the orchestra and Joana Carneiro, 2012, in Umeå. Friction; String Quartet no. 2, was commissioned by the Swedish Radio and premiered by Krogerkvartetten and broadcast live on Swedish Radio. Solar Flares, commissioned by the Swedish Radio, was premiered by the Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra and Esa-Pekka Salonen. Leyman was educated at Royal College of Music in Stockholm, 2000 – 2005, where she studied for Pär Lindgren, among others. She studied at Academic Honors at New England Conservatory of Music, Boston, during 1989 – 1995 and graduated with first a Dual Bachelor Degree's in Composition and Film Scoring and later with a Master of Art in Composition. Her teachers were; Arthur Berger, John Heiss in composition and Richard Hoenich in conducting among others.
Selected works: Swarms, 2012, for 7 instruments, a commission by journalist Birgitta Tollan, was representing Sweden in the international music competition Rostrum 2012; Färger, (Colors), 2008, for fiati quintet, com. by Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Wind Quintet; prem. Grünewaldssalen 2008; Streams, 2006,  for orch, prem. in Stockholm Concert Hall 2006 by the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra, cond. Michael Bartosch; Abandoned Places, 2013,  for fl/ fl-a, fl, perc, pf, cor, 2 trb, tba, vl, vla, vlc; Vattenklanger I, 2010, for S, cl, pf; Fanfar för Harald och Lydia, 2007, for 2 tr; Roll (Role and Roll) 2003, for 3 per; Silhuetter, 2009,  for vl solo; Tre Faser, 2006,  for cl solo; Dyningar 2000 for orch.
Publications direction: Available at Svensk Musik/Swedmic AB 

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Katja Luhtala

(born in 1964, in Helsinki, Finland, resident there), composer, musician, singer and theatre professional. She studied classical from the age of ten. At the age of twenty she started to write songs and play guitar. She begun to play in different bands and had many different musical influences from all over the world especially during her years in Stockholm's international atmosphere 1986-1991, and after that in Naples, Italy until 2000. Since 2009 she is a solo performer and since 2010 additionally the keyboardist of the band Still Water Family. Her composing is inspired by many different musical fields, from classical music to rock, punk and folk music. Her education includes: BA in Philosophy 2010, University of Helsinki; Post Graduate studies in Performing Arts (theatre directing) Stadia, University of Applied Sciences 2006-2007; 4 years full day schooling in Performing Arts, graduated as a performing arts professional from Stadia University of Applied Sciences 2003.
Recordings: Cd Safe European Home 2012, published by Freehand Music Finland

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