Rima Tarazi

She was born on 22 March, 1932 in Jaffa, Palestine of a family originally from Birzeit, a small town north of Jerusalem, where her family established a school which later developed into what is now Birzeit University. After receiving her degree in 1949, she went to Paris and studied music (piano, with Madame Lucette Descaves and Mlle Leduc and composition at L‟Ecole Cesar Franck). Upon her return home in 1951, Tarazi taught music and other courses at Birzeit College and, in 1952went on to pursue her academic studies at the American University of Beirut, graduating in Psychology and Arabic in 1954. During her College and University years, Tarazi was very active in the student and cultural life of her university.

Saadet Türkoz

Singer and songwriter of Kazakh origin, was born in Istanbul, Turkey, 1961. Her early inspirations came from the transmitted oral and musical traditions of the highlands of Central Asia. As a child, living in Istanbul near the Marmara Sea she was fascinated by the Arabic language, and the melodious texts of the Koran, which gave her the first opportunity to deliberately improvise without paying attention to sense and correctness. At the age 20 she left for Switzerland. There she experienced an exciting new world of music: free jazz, improvisation and a refreshing openness towards experimentation. She seeks to evoke pictures and atmosphere by means of voice and music, which transcend cultural boundaries. In addition to her frequent solo concerts, she regularly performs in duos, trios or bigger formations with free improvising jazz musicians with universal musicians. She lives in Zurich.

http://www.saadet.ch

Sara Torquati

Nata a Civitanova Marche (MC), è pianista e compositrice. Si diploma in pianoforte al Conservatorio “G. Verdi” di Torino sotto la guida della concertista A. M. Cigoli, perfezionandosi successivamente con Demus, Tureck, Badura-Skoda, Levi-Minzi e, in Ungheria, con Ivan Ede. Ha studiato composizione con G. Pernaichi, A. Solbiati, I. Fedele, diplomandosi con S. Prodigo al Conservatorio "A. Casella" dell'Aquila. All‟Università di Bologna si laurea in DAMS Musica-Organizzazione dello Spettacolo. Si esibisce come solista in recitals e in orchestra, oltreché in numerose formazioni cameristiche. E‟ inoltre apprezzata accompagnatrice di cantanti. Suoi lavori compositivi sono eseguiti in Italia e all‟estero, e figurano regolarmente nel repertorio di noti concertisti. Docente di ruolo per la cattedra di accompagnatore al pianoforte presso il Conservatorio di Foggia, è componente dell‟ensemble Synaestesia, Presidente dell‟Associazione Musicale Haydn di Martinsicuro e direttore artistico del Festival dell‟Intermezzo e dell‟Opera Buffa, da lei organizzato.