Marialisa Monna

(Roma 3 marzo 1952), compositrice, scrittrice, didatta. Si è laureata in lettere alla Sapienza, con una tesi di etnomusicologia, relatore Diego Carpitella. Ha studiato composizione al Conservatorio Santa Cecilia a Roma con Boris Porena e Domenico Guaccero ed ha seguito seminari di composizione a Fiesole con Silvano Bussotti ed al Conservatorio di Roma con Karl Heinz Stockhausen. Ha frequentato i corsi di Sergio Celibidache a Monaco di Baviera e si è diplomata in direzione d'orchestra con Daniele Paris al Conservatorio Licinio Refice di Frosinone. Ha diretto concerti di musica contemporanea per le associazioni “Musica Verticale”, “Nuova Consonanza” e per la “Settimana di Musica Contemporanea di Villa Medici” ed è stata consulente musicale del TGTre Nazionale. Ha composto lavori per il teatro musicale (“Habitat”, 1980, “Un cadeau a Nanni Moretti”, 1981, “D. I.”, 1990, “In altro mare”, 1995) eseguiti in festival e rassegne di musica contemporanea. Ha pubblicato articoli, saggi in riviste specializzate, un libro, “Giuliana dai capelli di fuoco” (1990) che ricostruisce le vicende storiche dell'Accademia Nazionale di Danza, e tiene seminari e conferenze in università e corsi di formazione sui rapporti fra musica e danza nel Novecento. Dal 1982 è titolare della cattedra di storia della musica all'Accademia Nazionale di Danza a Roma.

Marianne Mendt

(born in 1945, in Vienna), composer. It was with the song “A Glock’n, die 24 Stunden läut “by Gerhard Bronner that Marianne Mendt achieved  her breakthrough. Mendt sang songs from musicals and songs in dialect, thus making Viennese German acceptable in German-language popular music and paving the way for the later phenomenon of “Austropop”. Starting in 1977, she expanded her activities to include the theater. Following numerous television appearances, she received her own program on the ORF, Mendt &Band. Over the decades that followed, Marianne Mendt was successful with several records and CDS. She also starred in a long list of musical, theater and cabaret productions as well as in films for television. Her long-held wish to help Austrian jazz achieve greater recognition led Marianne Mendt to found the MM musikwerkstatt in 2004. The two main projects of this initiative are MM Jazznachwuchsförderung”, a program to support young jazz players, and the annual MM Jazz festival in St. Polten every year at the end of September. Austrian Jazz greats such as Joe Zawinul, Richard Oesterreicher, Gansch & Roses, Peter Wolf, Fritz Pauer, Timna Brauer, Harri Stojka, Viktor Gernot and many others have performed there.
Discography: Wia a Glock’n (cd), Jazz  Mendt live (CD),  Momendts (cd) and many more…
Productions: Mendt & Bandt (1978), One Mendt  Show (1984), Momendts (2002).
Awards: Goldenes Verdienstzeichen des Landes Wien (Golden Decoration of Merit oft he province of Vienna) (2005), Großer Ehrenzeichen für Verdienste um das Bundesland Niederösterreich (Great Decoration of merit for Service to the province of Lower Austria).

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Marilyn Mazur

(born in 1955 in New York, lived in Denmark since 1961), composer, bandleader, percussionist. She has been a member of the orchestras of Miles Davis (1985-89), Wayne Shorter (1987) and Jan Garbarek (1991-2005). Marilyn leads her own bands and special projects, often based in Denmark. Besides these projects, she composes music for film and theatre etc. In more recent years, her music has been heard in: MM's Trylleorkester (Magic music for and with children, live and illustrated CD ) MM's Future Song (20 years jubilee 2009, 3 CD-releases) Percussion Paradise (2000-2007), Marilyn Mazur Group (with Fredrik Lundin), Makiko Hirabayashi Trio MM's Celestial Circle (new group John Taylor, Anders Jormin, Josefine Cronholm, new ECM-CD Juni 2011). In 2008 she was Artist in Residence at the Molde Int. Jazzfestival, where she created 6 different concert projects/constellations with her own music. The same year she composed new music for : FlipFlap (dance performance for kids) Sigurd Slembe (Norwegian theatre play, musical collaboration Eivind Aarset), Beggars opera (2 hours of live music for Cantabile 2's nonverbal music theatre), One Wheel Suite (for the Tritonuschoir+one-wheel-cycle-percussion for Unicycle-VM's opening ceremony).
Selected works: Future Song ( Verabra /Intuition 1992); Pulse Unit, Circular Chant, 1995, music for 9 piece ensemble, Church Concert Sofia's Stemmer for 3 solo voices, children's choir, organ and percussion (1996); Jordsange ( music for choir and big band 1996); All the Birds Stunt 2002; Tryllemusik, Magic Music for and with Children; Elixir, 2008 CD with Marilyn Mazur & Jan Garbarek; Marilyn Mazur group: Tangled Temptations & the Magic Box ( Stunt 2010); Celestial circle 2011; Eksistent, 2012 for choir and jazz quartet
Awards: Marilyn has received many Danish and international awards: the Jazzpar prize (01), the Wilhelm Hansens Composers Award and recently the International/German.

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