Moscow Contemporary Music Ensemble (Moscow Ensemble). Moscow Contemporary Music Ensemble (MCME) was founded in 1990 by Yuri Kasparov, under the patronage of the famous Russian composer Edison Denisov. The ensemble focuses on promoting 20th and 21st century music. It is Russia’s foremost contemporary chamber ensemble and consists of some of the best Russian musicians specializing in modern music. MCME has strong educational goals and works closely with both Russian and international cultural foundations to bring contemporary music to a wide range of audiences. As part of this goal, MCME has organized the International Young Composers Academy (Tchaikovsky City, Ural) to bring together both young composers and internationally recognized composers in workshops. The ensemble’s repertoire is quite extensive and has included the premiere of almost 800 different works. Particularly, they champion the music of Russian composers of the 1920’s and ‘30’s, such as Nikolai Roslavets and Alexander Mosolov. Additionally, they regularly perform music by “Shestidesyatniki” (1960’s Russian) composers. MCME regularly performs in many diverse locales across Russia (80 cities) and elsewhere in the world, including Armenia, Austria, Belorussia, Czech Republic, Cyprus, Denmark, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Great Britain, Italy, Japan, Lithuania, Macedonia, Moldova, the Netherlands, Poland, Romania, Slovakia, Spain, Switzerland, Turkey, Ukraine, Uzbekistan and USA. MCME performed on the best concert stages, took part in the biggest international festivals such as “Moscow Biennale for Contemporary Art”, “DiaghilevFest” (Russia, Perm), “Radio-France presences” (Paris), “FrankfurtFest”, “Maerzmusik” (Germany), “Gaudeamus music week”, “The Night of the Unexpected” (the Netherlands), “Warsaw Autumn” (Poland), “Klangspuren” (Austria) and other. MCME has recorded more than 40 CDs for leading CD labels, including Olympia (UK), Harmonia Mundi (France), Triton (Japan), Donemus (The Netherlands), Fancymusic (Russia), etc. Each season MCME gives around 70 concerts in Russia and abroad. The special place in repertoire is allocated for music of young Russian and foreign composers. The ensemble also takes active part in the international multimedia and theatrical projects. In 2009 MCME became the winner of the Award ACTION in support of theatrical initiatives. In 2013 MCME got the Award GOLDEN MASK.


dissonArt ensemble Thessaloniki. The Thessaloniki-based ensemble dissonArt was founded in 2005 with the intention to disseminate the stylistic diversity of new music in Greece as well as internationally. Following the model of similar contemporary orchestral groups, the ensemble is organized around a core of 6 soloists and associated partners, with a flexible internal structure. The ensemble's programmes aim to promote works of recognized as well as emerging composers that deserve to be heard. Music-theatre works and collaborations with groups of other artistic disciplines that result in the creation of original works are among the main objectives of dissonArt. The ensemble has closely collaborated with composers such as G.Aperghis, B.Furrer and Manos Tsangaris (music theatre commision: Love & Diversity). dissonArt's activity spectrum includes, among others, educational projects such as the organization and realization of a bi-annual Composition Competition in collaboration with the State Orchestra of Thessaloniki, and Composition/Performance Workshops held at the Music Village-Pilion ( The ensemble has also performed at the annual Composition Workshop ( 2006-2011) organised by Thessaloniki Concert Hall. dissonArt ensemble is performing frequently in Greece and abroad in prominent halls and festivals such as the Darmstadt International Summer Course for New Music, Ensembl[:E]uropa (Cologne), Klang Festival ( Copenhagen), Kunstfestspiele herrenhausen (Hannover), Forum Wallis (Switzerland), Milano incontra la Grecia (Milan), Klangspuren (Innsbruck ),4020. mehr als Musik (Linz), Athens Festival, Brucknerhaus, Minoritensaal, Piccolo Teatro, Onassis Cultural Centre, Thessaloniki Concert Hall a.o. In 2012 their live concert in Cologne was released by WDR3 and Dissonance Records.

Taller Sonoro Sevilla. Since its creation in 2000, Taller Sonoro has tirelessly advanced in two main directions, the interpretation of the latest and most radical music in its aesthetic proposal, with the aim of offering it to the Spanish and international public with the highest degree of rigor and commitment; and support for young composers, offering the group itself as a useful and professional tool to fully develop their creative bet. The deployment of these two lines of action has been unstoppable in the last decade as it has been proven in a regular way in the Ciclo de Música Contemporanea in Seville and Granada from 2002, in seasons of CDMC at the Museo Reina Sofia Art Center, in the Ciclo de Música Comtemporanea in Córdoba, Malaga, Alicante, San Sebastian, KLEM (Bilbao) and ENSEMS (Valencia). Simultaneously, the international diffusion of the activity of Taller Sonoro has been one of its prime objectives, contributing to the knowledge of current Spanish repertoires in European scope (Bordeaux, Paris, Brest, Frankfurt a. Main, Berlin, Bremen, Musikverein Wien) and, singularly, it is a group of remarkable presence in Latin American latitudes. Certainly, the collaboration with other musical groups and access to the recording market decisively enriches the contribution of Taller Sonoro to the national scene: with several projects in which the group has collaborated with the Ensemble Organum Marcel Peres and the Ensemble Gilles Binchois conducted by Dominique Vellard, the phonographic presence of our group covers monographs devoted to composers such as José María Sánchez-Verdú, Juan Cruz, Cesar Camarero and David del Puerto. Moreover, the pedagogical work of Taller Sonoro and its collaboration with the promotions of younger composers has been a fundamental constant in its career. As evidence of this interest in direct and intimate contact with the composers at an early stage of professionalization, Taller Sonoro has undertaken several projects in recent years, currently valid thus, in 2008 established the position of “Resident Composer “, annually renewed and has already gone to Joav Pasowsky, Victor Ibarra and Christian Morales, and that in the same year the organization started an annual course, the “Taller Instrumental de Música Actual” (TIMAC), aimed at conservatory students and teachers in order to familiarize them with the current repertoire. Finally, Taller Sonoro, which since 2008 is managed from the promotional, administrative and artistic point of view by the company Ensemble Sonoro S. L. – has not forgotten the research, analysis and theoretical thoughts on the contemporary music: with more than twenty thousand visitors annually, the online magazine Espacio Sonoro, included since 2004 in the band’s website ( which is held every four months, it has become an essential reference for music lovers and for professionals who are interested in the sonic adventure of our time. In recent months, one of the initiatives received with greater expectations has been the creation of the Laboratorio de Música Electrónica de Andalucia Taller Sonoro (Laboratory of Electronic Music) (LEMAts), with the intention of making it an essential tool in our country for the composition of electronic music, both acousmatic and mixed, opened , like the instrumental group, to young composers. This is not, obviously, the only ajar door: We are aware of the necessity for opening horizons of repertoire, Taller Sonoro expects, in shortly, to make its staff more flexible; based on the initial organic-seven instrumentalists, held since its foundation- for specific projects in which the group will count on outside conductors ad hoc and visual artists who complete comprehensive proposals, so seductive in sound,spatial and visual fields, with the decisive addition of the fruits of LEMAts.




Zafraan steht für Musik, die das heutige Leben, die heutige Gesellschaft, die heutige Realität in all ihren Facetten reflektiert. Gemeinsam mit anderen Kunstformen beobachtet, erforscht und verarbeitet Zafraan das, was uns umgibt: die Menschen, das Geschehen, die Natur, die Technologien, die Normalitäten und die Absurditäten von heute. Die aus zehn festen Instrumentalisten aus Spanien, Frankreich, Neuseeland, Australien und Deutschland bestehende, basisdemokratisch organisierte Gruppe formierte sich 2009 in Berlin und spielt vorzugsweise aktuelles Repertoire, das von der Kernbesetzung mit Violine, Viola, Cello, Bass, Flöte, Klarinette, Saxophon, Harfe, Klavier und Percussion abgedeckt wird. Die Musiker fordern sich selbst und das Publikum, probieren aus und überraschen. In Zusammenarbeit mit Dirigenten wie Titus Engel oder Manuel Nawri, mit Künstlerinnen wie Chiharu Shiota, Aliénor Dauchez und Louise Wagner, mit Komponisten wie Samir Odeh-Tamimi, Alexander Schubert, Elena Mendoza, Stefan Keller, Johannes Borowski, Eres Holz und Helmut Oehring gehen sie ans Limit, provozieren, riskieren und schaffen Neues. Dabei entfaltet Zafraan die erzählerische Kraft der Musik, um das erlebbar zu machen, was erzählt werden muss.
Das Zafraan Ensemble setzt sich aus folgenden Mitgliedern zusammen: Liam Mallett (Flöten), Miguel Pérez Iñesta (Klarinetten), Martin Posegga (Saxophone), Anna Viechtl (Harfe), Daniel Eichholz (Schlagwerk), Clemens Hund-Göschel (Klavier), Emmanuelle Bernard (Violine/Viola), Josa Gerhard (Viola/Violine), Martin Smith (Violoncello) und Beltane Ruiz Molina (Kontrabass).
2017 erhält das Zafraan Ensemble eine Basisförderung durch der Senatsverwaltung für Kultur und Europa des Landes Berlin.

Photo: Neda Navaee

Manuel Mengis, 1972 in Visp geboren, Musiker/Bergführer, Ausbildung an der Hochschule Luzern, erhielt mehrere Preise und Auszeichnungen, spielt seit Jahren im In- und Ausland, hauptsächlich im Bereich der improvisierten Musik, daneben Projekte im Feld der E-Musik/ Theater. Kollaboration mit: Bruno Amstadt, Arthur Blythe, Pierre Audetat, Stefanie Ammann, Christoph Coburger, Roberto Domeniconi, Achim Escher, Christoph Erb, Donat Fisch, Lionel Friedli, Roland von Flue, Andy Guhl, Flo Götte, Vincent Glanzmann, Hämmi Hämmerli, Barbara Heynen, Franz Hellmüller, Harald Haerther, Gilbert Jossen, Jonas Imhof, Hans Koch, Valentin Kessler, Vera Kappeler, Peter Landis, Patrice Moret, Vincent Membrez, Christian Niederer, Jonathan Nott, Roman Novka, Bänz Oester, Adrian Pflugshaupt, Andre Pousaz, Hans-Peter Pfammatter, Marcel Papaux, Norbert Pfammatter, Luca Ramella, Samuel Rohrer, Bruno Spoerri, Co Streiff, Flo Stoffner, Fredy Studer, Irene Schweizer, Julian Sartorius, Luca Sisera, Marcel Stalder, Philipp Schaufelberger, Peter Schärli, Rafael Schilt, Reto Suhner, Tobias Schramm, Manuel Troller, Christian Weber und anderen.

Hans-Peter Pfammatter (* 1974 in Sierre) ist ein Schweizer Jazzpianist und Komponist. Pfammatter spielte als Kind zunächst Trompete, bevor er dreizehnjährig zum Klavier wechselte. Er spielte in verschiedenen Rock-, Pop- und Jazzbands und studierte von 1995 bis 1999 an der Jazzschule von Luzern. Er spielte dann in Aufnahmen von Bänz Oester, Gilbert Paeffgen und Werner Hasler und trat in Konzerten mit Corin Curschellas, Ray Anderson, Christy Doran, Fredy Studer, Tony Overwater, Fee Claasen, Brad Dutz und Alexander Sipiagin auf. 2001 wurde er Mitglied der Gruppe New Bag von Christy Doran. Mit dem Klarinettisten Lucien Dubuis, dem Bassisten Urban Lienert und dem Schlagzeuger Lionel Friedli gründete er die Gruppe Scope, mit der er 2007 das Album Nu Gara herausbrachte. Daneben komponierte Pfammatter Musiken für Schauspiele (unter anderem Tag des Jammers mit Peter Schärli), Kurzfilme und Hörspiele sowie mehrere Streichquartette.


Wolfgang Mitterer lives in Vienna. Mitterer studied organ, composition and electroacoustics in Vienna and Stockholm. He is not only one of the Austrian specialists for electronics as well as being equally brilliant on the keyboard and on the slide controls, but is also one of the most innovative composers. His work oscillates between composition and open form. Apart from music for organ and orchestra, a piano concerto and an opera he has produced electronic pieces, conceptualized sound installations, and engaged in collective improvisation with diverse groups, developing a language of extremes, tension and complexity. The pleasure he takes in experimenting leads him to combine contrasting elements in the creation of unpredictable musical events. In one major composition, for instance, he juxtaposes musical bands and children’s choirs with specialized instrumentalists and singers, while filling the hall with surround sound created by live electronics. But his work transcends the merely spectacular, precisely because of his musical presence and the high – deeply moving – intensity and complexity of his compositions. Listening intensely to low sounds has its place just as much as the “installing” of exploding sound fragments in the listeners’ minds. Far from being smoothly pleasurable, Mitterer’s music is still uncannily beautiful at times.
Egidius Streiff ist leidenschaftlich Geiger. Er unterrichtet an der Musikakademie Basel und unternimmt Tourneen um die ganze Welt. Aufnahmen für Radio und TV (u.a. CCTV 9 Direktübertragung des Konzerts von Wang Xi-Lin). Unzählige Werke sind ihm gewidmet worden - allein seit 2012 hat er vier neue Violinkonzerte erfolgreich zur Uraufführung gebracht.  Gründer der Chuluun Foundation Ulan Bator für den kulturellen Austausch  mit Zentralasien; Initiant von unter dem Patronat von BR Micheline Calmy-Rey. Heute ist Streiff künstlerischer Ko-Leiter von Klangraum Riehen Marlboro und des CD-Labels,

Photo: Friedel Ammann

Born in Sapporo, Takao Hyakutome started violin lessons at the age of 4. He studied at the Conservatory of Maastricht (Bachelor degree) and the Royal Flemish Conservatory of Antwerp (Master degree with high honours) with Prof. Dirk Verelst (violin and chamber music) and Prof. Wim Henderickx (composition). After having won several prizes at international competitions, he is now preeminently a solo violinist and violist, and regularly premieres works for both violin solo and ensemble. He also works with ChampdAction and many other chamber music groups. He has performed in festivals like Ultraschall in Berlin, Biennale Musiques en Scène in Lyon, ME_MMIX in Palma de Mallorca, Mixtur in Barcelona, Forum Wallis in Leuk, and many others. Besides being active as a performer, Takao also does research on extended violin techniques and 5 string violin/viola. He is often invited to give masterclasses and workshops lecturing on these subjects. Furthermore, he is a member of the research group performance practice in perspective at the Conservatory of Antwerp. Takao performs on the violin, Edoardo Marchetti, Torino, 1910; the 5 string violin, Stefan Jarosz, 2013, Antwerp; and the electric 5 string violin, John Jordan, Concord, 2011.


Chao-Ming Tung is a Taiwanese-born composer and gu-zheng player (Chinese zither). His music encompasses stage, instrumental, vocal, and electro-acoustic works, and multimedia-performances with visual arts and dance. Since 2000 he has gradually incorporated Chinese instruments into his music, and improvises with gu-zheng and live electronics in concerts. In 1988 he began composition studies with Chien Nan-Chang in the Chinese-Culture-University Taipei. He continued his training from 1990 -1997 at the Musikhochschule Köln Germany with Johannes Fritsch and Mauricio Kagel, and later at the Folkwang-Hochschule Essen with Nicolaus A. Huber, where he graduated with distinction. Since 1999 he has worked as a freelance composer and musician, and facilitates East-West cultural exchanges. Tung's work has been presented in concerts of numerous festivals throughout Europe, Asia, and the USA. He has collaborated with choreographers, dancers, painters, musicians, ensembles, sound-, media- and video artists, e.g. Annegret Heiln, René Pieters, Bernhard Gal, Klang Forum Wien, Ensemble Ictus, Ensemble Modern, ensemble 2e2m, Ensemble On-Line Vienna , ensemble DEDALO, and China Found Music Workshop Taipei. He was awarded the Bernd Alois Zimmermann Scholarship for Composers from the City of Cologne in 1999, the Scholarship of National Culture and Arts Foundation Taiwan in 2001 and the Scholarship of Villa Aurora Los Angles, second award of international Xu Chang Hui composition competition Taiwan. He is a composer in residence of China Found Music Workshop Taipei since 2006 and guest professor for composition at the National Ciao Tung University 2007.





UMS 'n JIP ['umsnjip]. Founded by Ulrike Mayer-Spohn [UMS] and Javier Hagen [JIP], UMS 'n JIP is one of the most active contemporary music ensembles worldwide performing >100 international concerts annually, including mobile chamber operas & multimedia performances. They can look back on more than 650 concerts and 150 commissioned works since 2007. Since their studies (composition, audio design & musical performance) in the Netherlands, Germany, Italy and Switzerland, UMS and JIP have been invited to prestigious contemporary music and theatre festivals (Avignon, Paris, Strasbourg, Marseille, TKF Zürich, TKF Lausanne, Lucerne, Basel, Bern, Shanghai, Beijing, Hong Kong, Ulan Bator, New York, Donaueschingen, Stuttgart, Karlsruhe, Berlin, Moscow, St. Petersburg, Riga, Thessaloniki, Istanbul, Adelaide) where they have premiered more than 200 works as soloists and as a duo, collaborating with both world famous and aspiring young composers such as Heiner Goebbels, Wolfgang Rihm, Mauricio Kagel, Aribert Reimann, Peter Eötvös, Luis Codera Puzo, Erik Ona, Vladimir Gorlinsky, Chikashi Miyama, Huang Ruo, Wen Deqing and Guo Wenjing. UMS 'n JIP explore new musical and scenic settings for voice, recorders and electronics ranging from live to digital performance as well as European and non-European music. Collaboration providing common research, rehearsals and recordings with the individual composers over several years as well as an exceptionally high number of performances all around the world mean that the works commissioned by UMS 'n JIP are among the most often performed compositions by such composers. Although UMS ’n JIP do handle an impressive workload, their aim is not to premiere as much as possible but to perform new works as often as possible - since works basically grow by being performed. UMS 'n JIP are also involved in the direction of the Swiss Contemporary Music Festival Forum : : Wallis, chaired by the International Society for Contemporary Music Wallis/Switzerland IGNM-VS. JIP is the current president of ISCM Switzerland as well as board member of the European Conference of Promoters of New Music ECPNM, Swissfestivals and of the UNESCO Commission for the Inventory of Intangible Cultural Heritage in the Canton of Valais. Within these structures, UMS 'n JIP have initiated more than 200 additional projects and commissions. Since 2013 UMS 'n JIP have taken part in two international research projects: The Recorder Map and i-Treasures. The duo are coached by Irvine Arditti, leader of the world renowned London-based Arditti Quartet.




Extraordinary diversity describes the composer and multi-instrumentalist Ulrike Mayer-Spohn who plays the recorder (with a focus on contemporary music), as well as historical string instruments (fiddle and baroque violin). She studied composition and audio design with Erik Oña at the Studio of Electronic Music, Academy of Music, Basel, beginning to compose in 2007, and receiving commissions from the festival Forum Valais and the international New Music Days, Shanghai. Her work has been performed by the Stuttgart Vocal soloists, Ensemble Phoenix Basel, Vertigo, DissonArt, L'Arsenale, cool a cappella (1st Prize world choir games 2008) and her own ensemble Ums' n Jip in Switzerland, France, Greece, Italy, Russia, Australia, the USA and China, premiered under the baton of Beat Furrer, Mark Foster, Tsung Yeh, Jürg Henneberger and Filippo Perocco and broadcast by the Swiss radio. She was awarded the 2nd Prize in the composition competition Culturescapes 2010, 2nd Prize in the composition competition at the Bern music festival 2011, the Scholarship Award for 2011 at the Music Village Mount Pelion in Greece and the Call for Scores Award L'Arsenale Treviso, Italy 2011. In the ensemble Ums' n Jip she has undertaken research in the field of musical theater (chamber operas One, Two, Three, Four, Five), live electronic music and sound spacialization. She studied recorder with Ulrike Mauerhofer at the Musikhochschule Karlsruhe, with Conrad Steinmann and Corina Marti at the Schola Cantorum Basel before specializing in contemporary music and studying with Dorothea Winter at the Royal Conservatory in The Hague. From 2009-11 she studied for a specialized master's degree in contemporary performance at the HSM in Basel supervised by Jürg Henneberger, Marcus Weiss and Mike Svoboda and has taken masterclasses with Marion Verbruggen, Peter van Heyghen, Sebastien Marq and Gerd Lünenbürger. She studied baroque violin and viola with Martina Graulich and David Plantier and fiddle with Randal Cook in Basel. Ulrike Mayer-Spohn works with internationally leading composers and annually plays more than 20 world premieres dedicated to her, which she has recorded for the radio as well as VDE Gallo on CD. Together with the Swiss composer and singer Javier Hagen, she established the experimental new music duo Ums `N Jip for voice, recorder and electronics, which, alongside the Ensemble Modern, Intercontemporain and Kronos is one of the most active ensembles worldwide and in 2011 won the prestigious MusiquePro scholarship. Since 1999, Ulrike Mayer-Spohn has also performed as a recorder player, violinist, violist and fiddle player in specialized early music ensembles such as the Amsterdam Barok Compagnie, Freitagsakademie, Collegium Musicum Stuttgart, La Chapelle Ancienne, Musica Poetica, Muscadin and La Morra and has performed in Germany, China, the Netherlands, France, Spain, Italy and Switzerland.



JIP (Biography).

Javier Hagen is one of the most astonishing classical singers of his generation: new music, performance art and Swiss folk music rank equally in his repertoire alongside opera and early music. Hagen was born in 1971 in Barcelona on the Mediterranean and raised in the Valais Alps. He studied classical singing (both tenor and countertenor) in Germany, Italy and Switzerland with Roland Hermann, Alain Billard and Nicolai Gedda, and composition with Heiner Goebbels and Wolfgang Rihm. He studied Lied with Irwin Gage, Hartmut Holl and Ernst Haefliger and early music with Karel van Steenhoven and Kees Boeke. He has a four-octave vocal range. Hagen has worked with world-class composers such as Reimann, Kagel, Rosemann and Eötvös and leading artists from the worlds of poetry and constructivist art. Guest appearances have taken him to the modern music festivals in Donaueschingen, Zurich, Geneva, Lucerne, Karlsruhe, Amsterdam, Strasbourg, Bologna, Milan, Prague, New York, Hong Kong, Shanghai, Moscow, St. Petersburg, Adelaide, Riga, Avignon and Berlin. Alongside operatic roles such as Handel's Giulio Cesare, Zsupan (Kalman), Dardanus (Rameau), Stanislaus (Zeller) and Pappacoda (Strauss), Javier Hagen has premiered more than 200 works, including operas 'à l'air en verre' by Daniel Mouthon 'eismeer' by Christoph Schiller, 'poem ohne held' by Regina Irman, 'esther de racine' by Boris Yoffe, 'The Madman's Diary' by Guo Wenjing, 'Marienglas' by Beat Gysin, 'Les Musiciens de Brème' by Wen Deqing, 'Keyner nit' by Mathias Steinauer and almost all vocal works by Maria Porten. He has made more than 50 recordings and broadcasts for Swiss and German radio and television. He won prizes at international contemporary music and composition competitions in 2001, 2004 and 2008 in Basel, Lausanne and Dusseldorf. In 2003, his distorted folk song arrangements "s´sch mr alles 1 Ding" were released on CD on the Swiss label "musiques suisses". His compositions, in particular the vocal works, are performed throughout Europe, Israel, China, Korea, Russia, Australia, North and Central America, by ensembles and conductors including Titus Engel, Ensemble Phoenix, Basler Madrigalisten, Schweizer Jugendchor, Philip Bride, Eliana Burki, Amar Quartet. In 2012, a selection of his graphic scores was shown at the prestigious Museum of Modern Art ‘haus konstruktiv’ in Zurich. At the European Youth Choir Festival 2012, Javier Hagen represented German-speaking Switzerland in the context of 'Swiss Composers meet Europe'. With Ulrike Mayer-Spohn, Hagen formed the experimental new music duo UMS 'N JIP, which, with over 100 concerts annually is one of the most active contemporary music ensembles around the world and winner of the prestigious scholarship MusiquePro. Javier Hagen, who speaks 6 languages, also directs the international contemporary music festival Forum Wallis. He is an expert on experimental music theater for the University of Arts in Bern, President of the International Society for Contemporary Music Wallis / Switzerland ISCM VS, as well as a board member of ISCM Switzerland. He presents guest lectures at universities in Shanghai, Moscow, Adelaide, Thessaloniki, Barcelona, Paris, Riga and Hong Kong. He is a jury member at national and international composition and new music competitions and a member of various committees on behalf of Valais and for the inventory of the cultural heritage on behalf of UNESCO. In 2007 he was nominated for "Walliser of the Year." In 2013 he was awarded the Prix Culturel de l'Etat du Valais.