Sara Varas

(born in 1981 in Vitoria, Spain). Composer. She began her musical studies at the Jesus Guridi Conservatory. In 2001 she studied composition at the Superior School of Music of the Basque Country - Musikene. In 2002-2003 the Euskadi Youth Orchestra played the orchestration of the Euskadi Basque popular carol Mari Domingi performed with her classmate Mikel Chamizo. In 2004 participated in the Forum of Composition "Compositors a Barcelona" organized by L'Association per the Promoció i Difusió of Contemporary Music and the Escola Superior de Musica de Catalunya (ESMUC), along with other young composers from different European conservatories. Her works have been premiered in Vitoria, San Sebastian, Torrevieja and Salamanca, among others.
Selected Works: Cre. Art Project I, electr; Debla, fg, cl b, trb, fis, cb, perc; Drama, instrumental ensemble, electr; Evocaciones- desde el espacio del olvido, cl, electr; Mari Domingi: orquestación del villancico popular vasco, symphony orchestra; Soplos, electr.

Smiljana Vlajić

(Belgrade, 17th August, 1971) began her studies in the Stanković Music High School in Belgrade and completed them at the Academy of Arts in Novi Sad in 1998, with Dušan Radić, for whom she prepared the symphonic poem Igra utrnule stvarnosti. She acquired her Masters degree in composition in Rajko Maksimović’s class with Opus Alchemicum, and later followed master courses at the Hochschule für Musik in Vienna. She is currently assistant professor in the department of composition and music theory in the Academy of Arts in Novi Sad, and also assistant professor at the Music Academy in Cetinje, Montenegro. Smiljana Vlajić composes and undertakes music theory research with a special interest in music perception and psychology. She is one of the composers working with the Alchemy of Music ensemble. Her music has been performed in Belgrade, Novi Sad, Podgorica, Ljubljana and Vienna and her most significant chamber works include: Trio, for oboe, clarinet and bassoon (1993), Varijacije, oboe, clarinet and bassoon (1993), String quartet (1995), String Octet (2009). Her orchestral works include: Igra utrnule stvarnosti (Dance of the numbed reality) (1995), Opus Alchemicum (2004), Uspomene iz podsvesti (Memories from subconsciousness) (1994), Perun je samo na kratko zaspao (2007), Kuća odbeglih ideja (House of run-away ideas) (2009). She has also written electro-acoustic, electronic and multi-medial works including Fantastikon, for chamber orchestra and electronics (1998).

Tamara Macarena Valcárcel Serrano (Tamara)

(born in 1984 in Sevilla, Spain). Singer and songwriter. At 12 she signed her first recording contract with a company in Seville. In 2000, at age 16, she published her first album, "Gracias", composed of boleros and rancheras, produced by Bebu Silvetti and recorded in Miami. In the same year Juan Gabriel gave her the opportunity to do a duet titled El amor de nosotros in Ocean Vu Studies and Circle House. Siempre consolidated her career, and achieved an Ondas Award for Best Song in 2001 for Herida de amor. Her third album, Abrázame, was recorded in Miami. In 2003 she participated in the DVD "Ellas y la Magia" performing the song of Pocahontas, Colores en el viento. In 2004 she releaed Canta a Roberto Carlos performing songs like El gato que está triste y azul, Cóncavo y convexo, "Lady Laura" or La distanci". A year later, in 2005, she recorded Lo mejor de tu vida, a tribute to Julio Iglesias in which Tamara sings hits like "Hey", La Carretera or Vuela alto, that achieved a platinum. In 2006 Emociones was released, an album recorded live at the Palacio de la Música in Barcelona, which included a selection of their hits. In November 2007, Tamara released her seventh album, entitled "Perfecto", and in May 2009, she recorded her album "Amores". In March 2011 presented her work MAS, a record that paid tribute to Marco Antonio Solís and in 2012 recorded the album Encadenados. Her last album, Incondicional. A Juan Carlos Calderón", was published in November 2013.
Selected works: Gracias, 1999; Siempre, 2001; Abrázame, 2003; Canta Roberto Carlos, 2004; Lo Mejor de Tu Vida, 2005; Emociónes en Directo, 2006; Perfecto", 2007; Amores, 2009; Más", 2011; Encadenados 2012; Incondicional. A Juan Carlos Calderón, 2013.
Awards: She received the Best New Artist Music Award (2000); Ondas Award for Best Song in 2001 for "Heridas de amor"