Aleksandra Vrebalov

(Novi Sad, 22nd September, 1970) is a composer based in New York City. She studied with Miroslav Štatkić at the Novi Sad University, then with Zoran Erić at Belgrade University, Elinor Armer at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, and Ivana Loudova at the Prague Academy of Music. She obtained her Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of Michigan where she studied with Evan Chambers and Michael Daugherty. She has had performances of her works in more than forty-four countries. A highly regarded musician, she has had residences at the Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio Centre, Tanglewood, New York’s New Dramatists, MacDowell Colony, and American Opera Projects, has received Awards or Fellowships from the American Academy of Arts and Letters Charles Ives Fellowship, Meet the Composer, Highsmith Composition Competition, Vienna Modern Masters, Serbian Fund for an Open Society, ASCAP and the Douglas Moore Fellowship. Her string quartet was recorded by the Kronos Quartet on their album Kronos Caravan (1999). In her orchestral work Orbits (2002), Vrebalov uses overlapping densities of sonorities and rhythmic proportions such as the Fibonacci series to portray her idiosyncratic post-modern conception of Musica universalis. Her ballet score, The Widow's Broom (2004) based on Chris Van Allsburg’s book was performed on Halloween by the Festival Ballet Providence. Her most recent works include Eastern Chapel Meditations, for violin, piano and pre-recorded sounds (2010), Harding Suite, for cello solo (2009), The Spell IV, for string quartet, Tibetan bowl, chimes and pre-recorded sounds, Written, for David Harrington and Kronos Quartet, The Spell, for piano and vibraphone, Commissioned by University of Missouri, Kansas City Conservatory of Music (2009), The Spell III, for violin and live electronics, for Ana Milosavljević (2008).

Alexia Vassilou

(born in 1964, in Farmagusta, Cyprus), composer. She participated as a member of the group "Island" with the song Monica, composed by Doros Georgiadis and Stavros Sideras. In 1987 she represented Cyprus in the Eurovision song contest for the second time with the song "Aspro-Masvro", composed by Antros and Maria Papapavlou. During her sophomore year, she was chosen by CBS New York to record the theme song for the album "I am Siam". Alexia studied for four years at Berklee College of Music in Boston Massachusetts, USA, from where she graduated with a Bachelor's Degree in Performance. After her graduation from Berklee College in Music in 1984, she moved to New York where she performed for several years and gradually became the lead singer of four different Jazz and Fusion bands. Axiom was one of them. From the late 1980s and throughout the 1990s she has recorded over 20 albums most of which became gold and platinum. In 1997, "Farmagusta" was released, an album consisting of narrated poetry and songs, written by the former Minister of Education and Culture of Cyprus Mrs. Claire Angelides composed by Cypriot composer Marios Meletiou and orchestrated by Rafael Pilarinos. This work was an ode to the town of Farmagusta, Cyprus, which has been under the Turkish occupation since 1974. The following year, her Mikis Theodorakis was released, a double album with new approaches to twenty with new approaches to twenty six of Mikis Thoedrakis' compositions (settings of poems by Greek poets including Nobel Prize winners Odysseas Elytis and George Seferis). The album includes two duets, one with Mikis Theodorakis and one with Italian singer Milva. She sang two songs composed by Costas Cacoyannis for the film "Road to Ithaca", directed by director Costa Dimitriou (1999) and for "For safe and Sex" (1999), directed and written by Michael Reppas and Thanassis Papathanosious. In an effort to explore new ways of thinking and expression, she devoted part of her time to the study of creative writing with alternative Nobel Prize nominee and feminist activist Christiana Lambrinides. Through a series of workshops over a period of five years, she was able to obtain valuable knowledge on such diverse, yet interrelated, concepts that are directly related to creative expression and writing such as performativity, feminist studies and art.
Selected works: Aspro-Masvro; Farmagusta; Monica; Mikis Theodorakis.
Recordings: Re-Be; Birds have to Fly, Jazz album.


Ana Vega Toscano

(born in Madrid, Spain, on 26th October 1959). Pianist, journalist, composer and teacher. She completed her musical training at the Madrid Royal Conservatory, where she studied piano, harmony, counterpoint and fugue, and Musicology, specializing in obtaining Honours Thesis. Parallel studies were flamenco dancing and singing and interpretation. She graduated in CC. Information, Branch Journalism, and Geography and History, specializing in Art History, at the Complutense University in Madrid. She wrote contemporary composition and technical study with Cristobal Halffter and Carmelo Bernaola and computerized composition electronic and computer music with Jean Claude Risset, Jorge Antunes and Adolfo Nuñez. As a soloist she has given recitals in Spain and toured Europe and America. She has recorded for European and American broadcasters (BBC, WDR, ORTF, RAI). As a journalist and writer, she has been programming for Spanish Radiotelevisión, Radio 3 and currently she is director of RNE classic radio and delegate in the European Broadcasting Union. She has served on the board of the Spanish Society of Musicology, and the Editorial Board of the Musicology Journal.
Selected Works: Impromptu, 1993, pf, sint, computer, effects processor; Impromptu a María, 2003, pf; Laberinto, 2007- 2008, pf; Macbeth, 2008, pf, electr, actors, reciter; El Sueño de Lady Macbeth, 2006, pf, electr, 3 actors; Suite de "Macbeth", 2002- 2008, pf

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