WILLIAM BASINSKI (www.mmlxii.com, www.myspace.com/williambasinski) is a classically trained musician and composer who has been working in experimental media for over 25 years in NYC and LA. His haunting and melancholy soundscapes explore the temporal nature of life, resounding with the reverberations of memory and the mystery of time. His epic 4-disc masterwork, The Disintegration Loops, received international critical acclaim and was chosen as one of the top 50 albums of 2004 by Pitchfork Media. Art Forum selected The River, his transcendental 2-disc shortwave music experiment on Raster-Noton.de, Germany as one of the top ten albums of 2003. William and Antony Hegarty will be doing music for Robert Wilson's new experimental theatre piece, The Life & Death of Marina Abramovic premiering at the Manchester International Festival in July 2011. The Wire magazine selected 92982 as one of the top 50 releases of 2009. Basinski's music is available through I-tunes and numerous digital retailers and is distributed internationally.
MICHAEL BEGG made his first Fovea Hex appearance on the track "Long Distance" on 2007's Allure e.p. and has since become a regular contributor to the group's recordings and live appearances in France, Spain, Italy and Ireland. He has recorded numerous works (with Deryk Thomas) under the name of Human Greed (www.omnempathy.com) and, more recently, his Fragile Pitches collaboration with Colin Potter has been performed at St Mary's Cathedral, Haddington, St Giles Cathedral, Edinburgh and the Teatr Modrzejewskiej, Legnica, Poland. His work is also often used in theatre production, notably most recently by the Moscow-based blackSKYwhite Company.
JOHN CONTRERAS (www.johncontreras.com)is a musician who combines the cello with electronics. Coming from classical beginnings, he would eventually work with artists such as Current 93, Nurse With Wound, Baby Dee, Cyclobe and Marc Almond. Most recently, his music has been heard in both film scores and art exhibitions. John enjoys raising desert tortoises, growing caudiciform plants, and is also recording a solo album.
KATE ELLIS is a dedicated chamber musician, as passionate about World Music as she is about New Music. Kate is cellist with the Crash Ensemble and performs and tours with the Karan Casey band and Yurodny. She is also a core member of the ensemble Tarab.
Kate is co-curator of Dublin's newest monthly music salon, Kaleidoscope. Now in it's second year, Kaleidoscope has established itself as one of the most exciting regular cultural events in Dublin.
Kate is a prize-winning graduate of the Royal Irish Academy of Music and studied at the Purcell School and junior department of the Royal College of Music in London. She has premiered many new works for solo cello. Always striving to expand her horizons, Kate recently commissioned traditional musician Niall Vallely to compose a new work for Cello and electronics which she premiered as part of the New Sounds World concert series in December 2010.
Kate will begin a residency at the Cork Opera House in the summer of 2011 and will release her debut album in 2012 on the Diatribe label.
After graduating with a degree in Fine Arts, BRIAN ENO (www.enoshop.co.uk) joined Roxy Music in the early 1970s, then embarked on his own recording career. A pioneer in 'ambient' music, Eno has also collaborated with artists such as David Bowie, Harold Budd, David Byrne, Coldplay, Devo, Robert Fripp, Jon Hassell, Paul Simon, Talking Heads and U2.
Known as an avant-garde experimenter and media theorist, he has also had commercial success as a producer and a creator of multi-sensory art installations. Since the 70s he has been developing what he calls 'generative' systems, most recently Bloom and Trope for the iPhone and iPod touch.
JULIA KENT (www.juliakent.com, www.myspace.com/julia_kent) was born in Vancouver, Canada, studied cello at Indiana University, Bloomington, and lives in New York. She was an original member of cello-rock band Rasputina, who released two records on Columbia and toured throughout North America. After leaving Rasputina she joined Antony and the Johnsons, playing on and contributing string arrangements to the group's Mercury Prize-winning record I Am a Bird Now, and touring Europe, North America, Australia, and Brazil, including shows at Carnegie Hall and the Royal Albert Hall and numerous television appearances. In addition to her ongoing participation in Antony and the Johnsons, she has performed and/or recorded with many other artists and ensembles, including the Angels of Light, Ben Weaver, Burnt Sugar, Leona Naess, Teddy Thompson, Devendra Banhart, Donovan, Larsen, William Parker, Blind Cave Salamander and Angela McCluskey.. As a solo artist, she has performed at the Donau Festival in Austria, the LEM festival in Barcelona, and at venues throughout Europe and the U.S.
CORA VENUS LUNNY (www.lunnymusic.com, www.myspace.com/coravenuslunny) has been playing violin since before she could tie her shoelaces and more recently, has been known to play viola and sing. She is generally found performing internationally as a solo artist in classical music, (she plays a violin by Nicolo Gagliano dated 1738), and she is is a core member of the eclectic Balkan jazz group Yurodny. She has hosted her own radio show on RTE Radio 1, acted in several feature films, and has contributed to dozens of albums as a guest player and string arranger, for artists such as Sinead O'Connor, Damien Rice, The Republic of Loose, Kanye West, The Jimmy Cake, Camille O'Sullivan, and Julie Feeney, to name just a few, to great critical acclaim. She has appeared live with Fovea Hex in Austria, France, Spain, Italy, and Ireland, and performs on all three eps in the NEITHER SPEAK NOR REMAIN SILENT trilogy. Her EP "1943", a self-produced collection of arrangements and originals played on violin & viola, is due out in early 2011 on new boutique label Rue Faubourg, and recording projects for 2011 include a Bartok & Ravel record for Diatribe, and a violin & piano album for Rue Faubourg.
FABRIZIO MODONESE PALUMBO (deathtripper.com, myspace.com/fabriziomodonesepalumbo) Transversal figure of the contemporary international experimental music scene and member of the experimental cult bands Larsen and Blind Cave Salamander, as well as of the new project Almagest! with Ernesto Tomasini, and his own solo project ( r ).
Fabrizio has played tons of concerts in EU and USA, including sold out theatres, sordid bars, big festival, art galleries and empty spaces and worked/works, among the others, with Xiu Xiu, Matt Howden, Baby Dee, David Tibet, Johann Johannsson, Lustmord, Deathprod, Little Annie, z'ev, Fovea Hex, Nurse With Wound, Jochen Arbeit, Khan, Lo Dev Alm, Carla Bozulich, Paul Beauchamp, Julia Kent.
He has also composed and performed soundtracks for commercials, short movies and theatre plays, designed sound/visual installations, and worked as producers and curator of various music events and festivals in Europe.
COLIN POTTER (www.icrdistribution.com) has been involved in electronic & experimental music for many years. Based at his own IC studio, he has recorded, produced and
distributed a wide array of projects and has gained a reputation for
innovative mixing & sound processing, working most notably with Steven
Stapleton on many albums by the renowned Nurse With Wound, as well as
with artists such as Current 93, The Hafler Trio, Ora, RPM, Organum, Monos, Paul
Bradley, Kiln, Andrew Chalk, Bass Communion and Jonathan Coleclough.
Several solo works have also been released. His idiosyncratic
techniques are not confined to the studio he also performs live,
both solo & with other collaborators & has appeared at many events in
Europe & the Americas.
Dublin-based LAURA SHEERAN (www.laurasheeran.com, laurasheeran.bandcamp.com) has been working with Clodagh from the age of 15. Since then, alongside her contributions to the Fovea Hex trilogy NEITHER SPEAK NOR REMAIN SILENT, and live performances with them in Europe and Ireland, Laura has collaborated musically with Irish playwright Little John Nee in Dublin, Donegal, and Galway, written music for a short film "The Tragic Tale of Arthur King the Last", and collaborated with Dublin-based band Pig. Her solo performances at home and abroad have already earned her a reputation as one of the most promising young Irish artists around. Following the success of her free-to-download EP MUSIC FROM THE DEEP WOODS in 2010, her debut solo album, LUST OF PIG AND THE FRESH BLOOD was released in early 2011 through a crowdfunding campaign at pledgemusic.com, and is on general release through Flaming June from April 2011.
MARCO "IL BUE" SCHIAVO (www.larsen.to.it, www.myspace.com/larsentoit) is a tattoo artist/musician from Torino-Italy. He began almost as a joke, playing the only remaining instrument amongst his friends drums. He got into it so much that it became his number one instrument when that bunch of friends became Larsen. After their first independent ep, BORN UNDER A BAD INFLUENCE, they recorded their first full-length album,"NO ARMS, NO LEGS : IDENTIFICATION PROBLEMS" in Brooklyn, with well known producer Martin Bisi, the first of many overseas collaborators to follow including Michael Gira, Julia Kent, Baby Dee, Little Annie, and Jamie Stewart to name just a few. He appeared live with Fovea Hex at their Reggio Emilia performance in 2008. He has also played with local hero Daniele Brusaschetto on his exhausting train tour to Norway, and he's still playing with Northgate, an ambient, dark chic combo from Milano. He recently started playing glockenspiel, and has also played dried roses for Matmos as a guest percussionist at their Turinese date at Teatro Carignano. With Larsen he's celebrating their 15 years of activity with their 12th release.
CLODAGH SIMONDS has recently returned to recording after a long absence. Her "career" began with the now-legendary Irish psych-folk band Mellow Candle at the age of 15, and sessions for 70s icons Thin Lizzy and Mike Oldfield, but by her late twenties, she had begun to find silence as compelling as sound, and so went a little quiet.. . . . . in 1999 she was once again heard "singing gorgeously" (Wire Magazine) Syd Barrett's setting of the James Joyce poem "Golden Hair" on Russell Mills/Undark's album Pearl & Umbra, and she hasn't stopped since. Stephen Malkmus covered her 1970 song Poet & The Witch on the e.p. "Dark Wave" in 2003, and more recently, she has sung for Current 93 and Matmos. She has also written music for theatre and film.