Maria João

Maria João has built a surprising and brilliant career, highlighted by her performances in the world's most prestigious jazz festivals. Her career began at the Hot Clube de Portugal jazz School, and crossed over the borders in a just a few years - Maria João became one of the few Portuguese singers to achieve success and acclaim outside her country. Both the audience and the critics have been unanimous in their applause and consider her "a voice that goes all the way to the limit" and a "singer who is continually evolving".

Besides her long running partnership with Mário Laginha, Maria João's own discography includes: “Sol”; “João”, an album dedicated to Brazil's popular music; “Amoras e Framboesas”, with the Orquestra Jazz de Matosinhos; and “Electrodoméstico” / "Plástico" with her most recent project, OGRE; Maria João was the voice for "Agora Muda Tudo", a 2017 project under the baton of Nuno Côrte-Real was recently awarded best classical work by portuguese SPA awards; on the fall of 2017 she toured Europe alongside Egberto Gismonti, a longtime inspiration.

She has worked internationally with prestigious artists such as Aki Takase, Bobo Stenson, Christof Lauer, Gilberto Gil, Joe Zawinul, Laureen Newton, Lenine, Guinga, Wolfgang Muthspiel, Trilok Gurtu, Ralph Towner, Manu Katché, Brussels Jazz Orchestra, Frankfurt Big Band, and many others; her portfolio also includes a duet with Bobby McFerrin.


Kelly Snook

Professor Kelly Snook is a music producer, sound designer, aerospace engineer, and data sonification researcher based in Brighton, UK and Portland, Oregon. She currently serves as Professor of Media Arts Technology at the University of Brighton where she built and directs the university’s Fab Lab. She spent two decades as a NASA Research Scientist with a focus on Mars and the moon before turning her attention to music full-time in 2010 when she joined Imogen Heap as her studio manager and musical assistant. Her current research project is the development of Concordia, an immersive musical instrument for scientific exploration based on the work of Johannes Kepler, which allows people to experience and play the music of the spheres. Since 2001, she has run her own recording studio, called "It's Not Rocket Science Studios," composing, arranging, producing, recording, and mixing her own music and music by independent musicians.


Adam Schatz

Adam Schatz does too much at once and often likes it that way. As a song-writer and performer, he leads the band Landlady, who have released three records, and toured around the world to audiences very small and reasonably large. As an event organizer, he co-produces the NYC Winter Jazzfest and created the Improvised Round Robin Duets event now used by the Red Bull Music Academy, and has organized various other improvisation themed one-offs. As a hoarder of gear, he recently opened the Chamber Of Commerce recording studio in Ditmas Park, and records made there have already started to see the light of day, including a monster new one from folk artist Anna Egge. He produced the new album from Renata Zeiguer and it’s pretty special if you like that sort of thing. As an person who burns himself, he bakes sourdough bread and has a secret recipe for apple cider donuts.  


Jan Bang

Jan Bang is a Norwegian musician and record producer, known from several albums and collaborations over many years with musicians like Sidsel Endresen, David Sylvian, Jon Hassell, Tigran Hamasyan, Nils Petter Molvær, Eivind Aarset, Arve Henriksen and Erik Honoré - the latter of  which he co-founded the Punkt festival with in 2005. He is one of Norway’s most accomplished and influential producers and the epithet electronics guru has stayed with him for a long time and with good reason. Bang is the kind of musical innovator and bridge-builder who consistently manages to balance progressive thinking with popular appeal. He is always looking for ways of moving music and people forward, and by creating new meeting places and musical intersections. Bang is a professor of electronic music at the University of Agder, Norway.


Azucena Micó

Azucena studied English Philology at the University of Barcelona and holds a postgraduate course on Cultural Policies, a Masters Degree in Cultural Management and a Masters Degree in Cultural Production and Communication, for which she has written a thesis on the social impact of music in cities. She joined Sound Diplomacy in 2013, and since then has managed some of the company's biggest projects, including country analysis and music strategies. As Senior Project Manager she is working in music city strategies for Vancouver, Huntsville (Alabama), and North West Arkansas; a two-year project to strengthen the Cuban music industry through UNIDO (United Nations Industrial Development Organization); and is the coordinator of Fabra i Coats Creative Factory Music Committee, among others. She is guest lecturer at Universitat Blanquerna Ramon Llull in Barcelona.

Scott Cohen

Scott Cohen is the co-founder of digital distribution pioneer The Orchard. The Orchard is the world’s leading distributor of music, film and video with operations in 30 global territories. As a well-recognized public speaker and lecturer, Scott travels the world evangelizing new business models for the digital age. Scott’s music career started in the late 80’s in independent and major label artist management. In addition to his responsibilities at The Orchard, he manages the Raveonettes, Dan Owen and Fallulah. Scott is a human rights activist and strict vegan. No meat, fish, cheese, milk, honey, leather, wool or anything else derived from an animal. And did you know he is also a cyborg?


Paul Mason

Paul Mason has been Director Music at the Australia Council since 2009. In that time he has led an extensive expansion of the diversity of music practices supported by Council. Paul started his career programming live music venues in Sydney, specialising in jazz and contemporary popular music, as well as curating a number of festivals. Before joining the Australia Council in 2009 he worked for the Australian Broadcasting Corporation managing major projects in the technology and distribution division. Paul has been a board member of Music Australia where he led research into the impact of local content regulations for radio. He was President of Music NSW and a board member of Sydney radio station FBi 94.5, where he played a key role in the campaign for a permanent licence for the station. A long time ago he played bass in public, but not anymore.