Helle Merete Norup

(born in 1947, in Hellerup, Denmark) violinist. She trained at the Danish Academy of Music. She works within the field of instrumental theatre and gains inspiration from Maurice Kagel (after following his courses in Darmstadt 1977), the Indian philosopher J.Krishnamurti (since 1965) and the English composer Cornelius Cardew (since 1978). She has prepared a music theatre piece Mandala, for young students at Fredensborg music school.
Selected works: The Revolution which disappeared for string orchestra, winds and musician/actor; Actions for strings, flute, oboe and percussion; The white bird for violin and percussion dedicated a poem of Anna Akhmatova; Meditation for chamber ensemble; Music, poems and painting, music collage for mezzo soprano and violin; Abiding in for violin and cello.

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Ira Mogilevsky

(born in Russia, 1975, resident Stockholm/Sweden), is a jazz pianist, band leader and composer. She began studying classical piano at the age of seven. Later she studied jazz piano, film and theater music with Salva Ganelin at the Jerusalem Academy of Music and graduated with a B.Mus in 1998. She continued her studies in a postgraduate program in jazz piano, with Ove Lundin, electro acoustic music with Sten Sandell and film music with Johnny Wingstedt at Royal College of Music in Stockholm in 2002. In Sweden she established different bands such as Gushpanka, Nybakat! MogNed and she performed and toured with them in Scandinavia and Israel. They played at events like Umeå Int. Jazzfestival, Kallott Jazz and Blues Int. Jazz Festival, Kaamos Jazz Festival in Finland, Falkenberg Jazz Festival, White Night Festival in Tel Aviv and many others. Mogilevsky has released three CDs whereof two are on her own label Mindoor Music. She has played with David Wilczewski, Jonas Knutsson, Fredrik Ljungkvist, and Christian Spering among others. Nowadays she also teaches. During her childhood in Russia she sang first in different choirs, then she played pop music and composed romantic songs but when she heard Ella Fitzgerald on the radio she fell in love with jazz and gradually realized the she couldn't express herself in the classical music. Her meeting with Slava Ganelin in Jerusalem made a big impact on Mogilevsky. Through Ganelin she learned that music is coming first of all from an emotional source, it must move something inside your soul, regardless styles and genres. That knowledge, Mogilevsky brought with her in her own musical life. She composes mainly film music and works, often together with her husband, composer Vlad Nedelin.
Selected works: Film music, directed by Sergei Grankin music composed together with Vlad Nedelin: The Lost Temple mocumentary; A bright day: for electronics with light beats; Altered Statement.
Selected recordings: Happy Land, 2010, Plugged records; Nybakat! 2007, Mindoor Music; Gushpanka, 2007, Mindoor Music

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Jarmila Mazourová

(born in1941 in Prostějov, Czech Republic), composer. She studied composition with Vilém Petrželka, Ctirad Kohoutek and Jan Kapr at the Janáček Academy of Musical and Dramatic Arts in Brno, piano at the Conservatory in Brno. She has been working as a teacher of composition and as a pianist (piano accompaniment) in Brno since 1963. She composed a lot of instructive music, chamber, vocal, orchestral and incidental music. She was influenced at first by Stravinskij, Prokofjev, Janáček, Bartók, Debussy and Ravel in her compositions. This awoke her interest in rhythm, timbre and great deal of expression. Her compositions are often played at the Czech music schools and in the children music competitions.
Selected works: A symphonic dialogue for piano and orchestra (1963); Inventions for flute, violin and dulcimer (1964)Burlesque for trumpet and piano (1965); Three methamorphoses for dulcimer (1987); Four inventions for dulcimer (1995); Winter preludes for recorder and piano, Eastern dance for recorder and piano (1972); Short pieces for violin and piano (1976); Ballad for clarinet and piano (1976); Three moods for recorder and piano (1977)
Awards: the prize of the Ministry of Culture in 1973 for Autumn Suite; The international composers´ competition for dulcimer concert music in Valašské Meziříčí; 2nd price in 2001 for Inventions for Flute, Violin and dulcimer. Her composition Three Dialogues for Two Dulcimers became an obligatory piece in the interpreters´ competition by this festival.