Amnon Wolman (Israel)
Amnon Wolman is a sound artist, composer and composition teacher. His music and his sound works employ acoustic instruments, electronics, images and texts in pursuit of a sound world in which social interactions are part of the musical information provided to the listeners, as well as part of the composition process. He is interested in the peculiar and subjective listening of an individual, and less concerned with the generalizations that all listeners of a single piece may hear in common. His work is presented by various soloists, performance organizations, galleries, and museums. Publications of some of his audio and text works are available commercially and on the web. He currently teaches at the Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance and lives with his partner Eyal Levinson in Kfar Vradim, Israel, doing his best to support a just solution for the Palestinians living under Israeli rule.
hand werk (Germany)
Founded in 2011, the Cologne-based chamber music ensemble defends the values of sustainability and recycling throughout the music world. From the paper mountain of existing works, we salvage the finest materials for refining and reimagining. Using the Pierrot lineup, we not only pursue classically composed works for our own instruments, but add to our repertoire works for unconventional instruments, for example, common items (tables, balloons, etc.), voices, and electronic sound sources. hand werk focuses on unconducted chamber music, in order to not only present music to the public that is technically, but also musically enthralling. hand werk has been seen at festivals including the Wittener Tage für Neue Kammermusik, Acht Brücken Köln, the Zagreb Biennale, the Darmstädter Ferienkurse für Neue Musik, at a residency at Harvard University, on tour in Lebanon and as participants in various concert series in numerous European cities. In addition to this hand werk regularly performs their very own productions.
OpusNovus is a versatile contemporary music ensemble comprised of musicians from the Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music, NUS. Its programmes often feature works by internationally-renowned composers, and lesser known gems of the contemporary repertoire. OpusNovus also seeks to promote music by composers based in Singapore and around the region, as well as works by conservatory students, faculty and alumni.
The ensemble has collaborated with guest artists and ensembles such as Steven Schick, Ensemble Multilaterale, Trio Surplus, Ensemble Modern, and Wu Xian. OpusNovus is a resident ensemble for the Conservatory’s annual Young Composer’s Academy.
Formed between two musicians, the South-Eastern Ensemble for Today’s and Tomorrow’s Sounds (SETTS) aspires to transform the cultural scene of Singapore, and to produce and present performances of South-East Asian contemporary music to a high professional standard. SETTS consists of 11 professional musicians who perform in versatile combinations in a variety of settings, seeking to offer critical dialogue and stimulation for the further development of South-East Asian composers and musicians through an egalitarian environment.
Wu Xian (Singapore)
Wu Xian is a Singaporean chamber music ensemble dedicated to developing captivating programmes that draw connections between music of the past and present. Depending on the characters used in Chinese, Wu Xian can mean five lines (a reference to the traditional music staff), wireless or no lines (referencing contemporary work that challenges musical traditions), or unlimited. Members of Wu Xian are active as soloists, chamber musicians, and orchestral performers with wide ranging musical interests. Wu Xian performed at the Performer’s Presents’ conference at the Yong Siew Toh Conservatory in 2016, and has also given a concert at the School of the Arts (SOTA), Singapore.