Speakers

du_yun-press-photo-2.jpgDu Yun

Du Yun, born and raised in Shanghai, China, currently based in New York, is a composer, multi-instrumentalists, performance artist, curator, working at the intersection of orchestral, opera, chamber music, theatre, cabaret, pop music, oral tradition, visual arts, electronics and noise.

Hailed by the New York Times as a leading figure in China’s new generation of composers and often cited as a key activist in New York’s “new movement in new music,” she was selected by the National Public Radio (US) as 100 composers under 40. Known as chameleonic in her protean artistic outputs, her music is championed by some of today’s finest performing artists, ensembles, orchestras and organizations. In addition, Du Yun has also made works in the art world, including the 4th Guangzhou Art Triennial, Sharjah Biennial (UAE), Auckland Triennial, and Istanbul Biennial.

Du Yun is on the composition faculty at SUNY-Purchase. She was a founding member of the International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE), and currently she serves as the Artistic Director of MATA, a pioneering organization dedicated to commissioning and championing young composers from around the world.

 

@Claudio_Fuentes 4 (1).jpgTania Bruguera

For over 25 years, Tania Bruguera has created socially-engaged performances and installations that examine the nature of political power structures and their effect on the lives of its constituency. Her research focuses on ways in which art can be applied to everyday political life; on the transformation of social affect into political effectiveness. Her works often expose the social effects of political forces and present global issues of power, migration, censorship and repression through participatory works that turn “viewers” into “citizens.”

Awarded an Honoris Causa by The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, selected one of the 100 Leading Global Thinkers by Foreign Policy magazine, shortlisted for the #Index100 Freedom of Expression Award, a Herb Alpert Award winner, a Guggenheim, Radcliffe and Yale World Fellow, a Robert Rauschenberg Award Recipient, and the first artist-in-residence in the New York City Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs.

She participated in the Documenta 11 exhibition and also established the Arte de Conducta (Behavior Art) program at Instituto Superior de Arte in Havana. Her work has been shown in the 2015 Venice Biennale, at Tate Modern, London, Guggenheim and MoMA, New York, among others.

Bruguera has recently opened the Hannah Arendt International Institute for Artivism, in Havana - a school, exhibition space and think thank for activist artists and Cubans.

 

JohanLiggend.jpgJohan Gijsen

Co-Founder and General Director of Le Guess Who? festival. In 2014 Johan was appointed as a senior booker at TivoliVredenburg, a modern venue representing a uniquely diverse range of genres. He resigned in 2017 to turn his focus entirely to Le Guess Who?, the music festival he co-founded in 2007. Next to Le Guess Who?, Gijsen also became involved in the creation of Into The Great Wide Open festival in the Netherlands.

As a fervent out-the-box thinker with deep roots in music, Gijsen has an ongoing personal drive to enthuse people for the more cutting-edge, adventurous and underrepresented music.

Over the years, he has gained a great variety of experience and success across a number of subjects; the lifting of sociopolitical barriers, cultural ecosystems, inclusivity, creative partnerships with cultural institutions and championing expressions of new forms of art and culture.

 

IMG_2941.JPGRainbow Roberts

As the Managing Artistic Director for Coastal Jazz, Rainbow curates the program for the Vancouver International Jazz Festival, which consists of over 300 performances each year, attracting an audience of over 600,000 people. 

Jazz Festivals Canada (JFC) is a not-for-profit national arts service organization that represents the interests of and acts as an advocate for Canadian jazz festivals and presenters. Rainbow began her involvement with the network as an administrator in 2000 and has managed the organisation through its evolution from a small regional presenters network into a robust national touring circuit that represents 21 of the leading jazz festivals in the country.

Rainbow has adjudicated for the Juno Awards, the Dorris Duke Foundation and the Governor General’s Performing Arts Awards. She has also recently been appointed as a Curatorial Advisor for the Monheim Triennial, in Monheim Germany in July 2020. 

 

LR_by_Michaela_Maier_Farb.jpegLouis Rastig

Louis Rastig, born 1987 in Berlin, is a music curator with a focus on improvisation and avant-garde jazz, as well as a musician on piano, synthesizer and drums within the interfaces of improvised music and progressive rock.

In 2012, he initiated the experimental jazz festival A L'ARME! in Berlin as artistic director and has since been a keyboarder in the noise rock project "European Sports Car". In addition, he was guest curator at renowned cultural events such as the Moers Festival and co-curator of the music program for the 2018 art exhibition "Underground & Improvisation. Alternative Music and Art after 1968" at the Akademie der Künste, Berlin.

In July 2020, he will be part of the curatorial board of the first edition of the music festival "Monheim Triennale" led by Reiner Michalke, in the German city Monheim am Rhein.

 

©AF&C - Thomas O'Brien.jpgMaïa Sert

Maïa Sert is a specialist of international cultural cooperation projects. Her academic background in international law and engineering of intercultural projects as well as her hands-on experience – including administrative! - have reinforced her conviction in the added-value of co-construction and evaluation beyond any boundary.

Maïa worked in the field of international volunteering and World Heritage and then changed her career path for performing arts.

Before joining On the Move network as project manager, she set up and co-ordinated several EU-funded projects. Besides, she works with artists and culture professionals to develop international strategies and also lectures on this theme in full-time education and lifelong learning training sessions.

 

VRHAM_Ulrich_080519_178.jpgUlrich Schrauth

Ulrich Schrauth is the initiator and artistic director of the “VRHAM! Virtual Reality & Arts Festival” in Hamburg. In addition, as Head of Immersive Content he is responsible for various international artistic projects in the field of digital media. He has a broad  professional experience in the artistic planning, organization and curating of festivals, theater and music productions as well as in public relations and marketing.

Ulrich Schrauth has worked nationally and internationally in various positions, including as artistic managing director of Thalia Theater in Hamburg, at the Sydney Festival and as artistic production manager of the international festival Theater der Welt 2017.

Ulrich Schrauth studied performing arts at the Folkwang Hochschule in Essen and cultural management at the University of Music and Theater Hamburg.

 

PYZ_3345.jpgHarun Izer

Harun Izer is the director of Istanbul Jazz Festival since 2018. In 2003, he joined the Istanbul Jazz Festival as assistant and appointed assistant director of the Festival in 2008, successfully curating the programmes for different sections of the festival and coordinating different music projects of the Istanbul Foundation for Culture and Arts.

Most recently he planned and implemented the showcase programme for the Istanbul Jazz Festival called “Vitrin: Showcase for Contemporary Music in Turkey”, which is going on annually since 2017. 

İzer also writes music reviews for various magazines and newspapers, and hosts radio shows on local radio stations. İzer is also on the nomination committees for Paul Acket Award, presented by the North Sea Jazz Festival, and Aga Khan Music Awards to be awarded by the Aga Khan Music Initiative as of 2019.

 

Susanna op de boot.jpgSusanna von Canon

Susanna forsook the USA for Europe in 1979 as many young people do with no fixed idea of what the future would hold. She ended up in arts management - seven years with a classical impresario, before switching to jazz. A lot less money and a lot more fun. She moved to Amsterdam in 1987 on invitation from the Willem Breuker Kollektief and the record label BVHAAST for which she worked for 15 years. She has now been manager of the ICP Orchestra for the past 29 years. She has had the privilege of working closely with the three icons of the "New Dutch Swing" - and coincidentally founders of the Instant Composers Pool

In addition to the ICP,  Susanna has done ad hoc projects for other Dutch artists. She was one of the instigators of the Dutch Jazz Connection (1998 - 2008) the now defunct biannual Dutch Jazz Meeting and the Dutch Impro Academy, whose next incarnation is October 21-25, 2019 at the Royal Conservatoire in The Hague.

 

Reiner_Michalke_2_by-Patrick_Essex.jpgReiner Michalke

From 1991 to 2007 Reiner was a member of the artistic direction of the “MusikTriennale Köln“, where he was responsible for Jazz & Improvised Music. In May 2005 he was appointed artistic director of the Moers Festival. In 2016 he asked for the early termination of his contract, due to expire in 2020. Since 2017 he has been artistic director of the “European Centre for Jazz and Contemporary Music“ in Cologne’s Stadtgarten.

In October 2018 he was appointed Artistic and Managing Director of the “Monheim Triennial“, to take place every three years from 2023 onwards at the “Kulturraffinerie K714“, an industrial monument which will then be converted into an event venue, located directly on the Rhine River. A first, smaller edition of the festival will be held at other venues in 2020. The aim of the “Monheim Triennial“ is to present ground-breaking artistic positions in current improvised, composed and popular music.