Federica Zammarchi

(Chianciano Terme 26 ottobre 1973), cantante, compositrice ed arrangiatrice jazz, insegnante, residente a Roma. Dopo aver preso la laurea in Filosofia (nel ramo demo-etnoantropologico) presso l'Università degli Studi di Siena nel 2000, è approdata alla musica, facendone la sua professione. Ha conseguito il diploma in jazz presso il Conservatorio Licinio Refice di Frosinone, sotto la guida di Ettore Fioravanti, con una tesi dal titolo “Il Jazz e le Compositrici: il lato creativo delle donne del jazz, da Bessie Smith ai giorni nostri”. Ha partecipato a numerosi seminari tra i quali quelli tenuti da Norma Winstone, Mark Murphy, Bob Stoloff, Maria Pia de Vito, Uri Cane, Cinzia Spata, Giovanni Tommaso ed Enrico Pieranunzi. Ha deciso di dedicarsi alla composizione ed all'arrangiamento, studiando con Pierpaolo Principato e dopo con Bruno Tommaso ed altri. Si è esibita per molti festival ed eventi come il “Villa Celimontana Jazz Festival” e il “Roma Jazz Festival” presso la Casa del Jazz (alternandosi in palco con Norma Winstone). Da qualche anno insegna canto e teoria a Roma presso l‟Accademia Romana di Musica e la scuola di musica “Artidee”. Ha inciso “Fires„n Pyres”, un CD con i suoi brani originali, e sta preparando un altro progetto discografico con un repertorio di lavori originali scritti da jazz-women di tutti i tempi. Per i suoi lavori scrive sia la musica che i testi: “Dreamin‟ e Tangolidio” (2006), “Dido‟s Pure”, “Ice Flower”, “Serena Stabile” (2007), “She called me “Sister” (2008), “Jazz Oddity”, un progetto di rielaborazione ed arrangiamento per formazione jazz di brani di David Bowie.

Isidora Žebeljan

(Belgrade, 27th September 1967), composer, studied at the Belgrade Music Academy with Vlastimir Trajković (a student of Olivier Messiaen) and since 2002 has been professor of composition in the same institution. Her music is highly acclaimed and she has won many important national awards, among them the Stevan Mokranjać National Music Award in 2004. Isidora Žebeljan was granted the Civitella Ranieri Foundation fellowship for 2005 and in 2006, and elected member of the Serbian Academy of Sciences and Arts. She gained international attention with her opera Zora D. commissioned by the Genesis Foundation in London and premiered in Amsterdam in 2003. The production opened the 50th season of the Vienna Chamber Opera in the same year. After the success of Zora D. (with 22 performances in five European countries in just four years), Isidora Žebeljan wrote The Song of a Traveller in the Night, for clarinet and string quartet on commission from the Genesis Foundation in 2003. The Venice Biennale commissioned her in 2004 to write The Horses of Saint Mark, an illumination for orchestra. The Genesis Foundation also commissioned The Minstrel’s Dance, for London in 2005, which she conducted while The Ghost from the Pumpkin was premiered in London in 2006. In 2009 she wrote Polomka quartet, for the Brodsky Quartet. Il Circo was the obligatory piece for the international Jeunesses Musicales piano competition in Belgrade in 2009. She has written music for over forty productions in all the most important theatres in Serbia, Croatia and Montenegro. To acknowledge her artistic achievements, Žebeljan has been honoured three times with the Sterija Award, the most prestigious Serbian annual theatre prize. The Yustat Biennale of Theatre Design elected her best composer of theatre music on four occasions. She has written film scores, and orchestrated Goran Bregović‟s music for The Time of the Gypsies, Arizona Dream, Underground (directed by E. Kusturica), Queen Margot (directed by P. Chéreau) and The Serpent’s Kiss (directed by P. Rousselot).

Jolanta Zdechlikiewicz

Jolanta Zdechlikiewicz (25/10/1959, Czeladż, Poland) is a composer of contemporary classical music. From 1979 to 1984 she studied the theory of music, later to 1988 composition with Edward Bogusławski at the Music Academy in Katowice. During a few next years she has studied with Witold Szalonek (professor of Hochschule der Künste in Berlin). She participated in some summer courses in contemporary music composition in Kazimierz Dolny and Repin where she followed lectures by L.Andriessen,W. Lutosławski, Schaffer, J.D.Kramer, T.de Leeuw. From 1985 she works as a teacher and from 1988 as a freelance composer. She writes for solo instruments, chamber groups, orchestras, also for children. She is interested in huge performances (with using picturesque, computer animation) with great number of children spontaneously playing on untypical instruments together with professional musicians. In 2006 she awarded a grand prix on Festival of Chamber Music in Chwałowice for “Garden of butterflies” played on the prepared piano and sixty (or more) coloured glasses. Her compositions were premiered during festivals in Poland and in Germany (Warsaw Autumn, Silesian Days of Contemporary Music, Rainbow Music, Festival of Silesian Composers, Festival of Polish Culture in Berlin).She cooperates with Silesian Society of Music, in 2008 and 2009 prepared for them special programs for children with own music and script.

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