Sigrid Keunen is a composer, performer and a violist. She studied viola with Leo De Neve at the Royal Conservatory in Antwerp and attended master classes with Ervin Schiffer (CH), Mikhail Bezverkny (RUS/FR), Yvietta Matison (FR) and Eduard Wulfson (FR). She was a resident artist at the Banff Centre for the Arts (Banff, Canada) in viola & composition (2000) and in viola, performance & composition (2003). As a freelance viola player she has worked in several Belgian chamber music formations, classical orchestra's and ensembles, currently she works in Orchestre Philharmonique de Liège. She has played shows with Liza Minelli, Cat Power and Robby Lakatos, she also likes to tell stories while playing the viola. She has worked with renowned Belgian theatre director Wayn Traub and with technorockband Praga Khan (a.k.a. Lords Of Acid). For the Dutch Esquire Quartet she has written a saxophone quartet.
In her compositions and performances she explores synergy between movement, music and theatre.
Benjamin Duboc was born May 20, 1969.
double bass player / improviser / electroacoustic composer / sound engineer
Benjamin Duboc is a very strong voice on double bass, born 1969, studied with JF Jenny-Clark & Bernard Cazauran, and has played with many great musicians (as Ernest Dawkins, Bertrand Denzler, Roy Campbell, Jean-Luc Cappozzo, Sabir Mateen, Byard Lancaster, Daniel Erdmann, Abdelahaï Bennani, Michel Doneda, Daunik Lazro, Sunny Murray, John Betsch…). And also with Henry Grimes for a great duet in Paris. He leads the "Nuts" quintet with Itaru Oki & Rasul Siddik on trumpets, & Makoto Sato & Didier Lasserre on drums. He plays in "The fish" with Jean-Luc Guionnet on alto sax & Edward Perraud on drums (double cd on Ayler Records) and Rocks in the Sea with Mario Rechtern, Eric Zinman and Didier Lasserre.
Benjamin has a beautiful and big sound, you really feel the ground while hearing him... it's somethin' ! He also is recorded on Amor Fati, Futura Marge, Creative sources, le petit label, sansbruit.
Anna Iv (Anna Ivanova), born 1987 in Mogilev, Belarus and is a classically-trained cellist.
In 2003-2007 she studied at Rimsky-Korsakov Music College in Mogilev under Tatiana Leontieva and graduated from Belarusian State Academy of Music in Minsk in 2007. Since then she has worked with her teacher Alexei Afanasiev and has perfomed cello concerts solo. She assisted Prof. Kirill Rodin during a masterclass at the Moscow P. I. Tchaikovsky Conservatory in 2010, in 2008-2011 she was a part of the Gradus and Parnassum Chamber Orchestra of the Belarusian State Academy of Music.
Since October 2011 she works in the orchestra of the Belarusian State Academic Musical Theater in Minsk. The collaboration with Paweł Janicki on the EU_tracer performance during Live Performers Meeting festival in Minsk (September 2011), was her first experience with contemporary media performance.
Mikhajlo Balog, a young tenor and soprano saxophonist, started to play saxophone when he was eight.
After ten years of official education, he graduated from the S.S. Prokofiev State Music Academy of Donetsk in 2008. His unique compositions may be defined as free, experimental and alternative. They are influenced by music from his native Transcarpathia region, as well as by atonal modal system of Indian meditative music.
In 2009-2010 he took part in jazz masterclasses in Poland run by Jerzy Główczewski, Adam Wendt and Andrzej Olejniczak. He participated in a number of projects, such as Uzhhorod Big Band playing jazz, Tequila dealing with pop-rock, jazz&folk Acoustic Duo, Eugenia Sakharova Project, a vocal pop-jazz group and the Big Band of Ukrainian National Circus.
Since 2010 he is a member of the experimental ethno-jazz group ShockolaD, together with Serga Kasinets he created the Afterlight Project, playing meditative, experimental music. Mikhajlo Balog lives and works in Lviv.
Gerard Lebik, born 1980, gradutaed from Wroclaw Academy of Music in 2006. His interests switched from classical music and jazz to free improvisation, experimental music and composition.
Lebik creates sound and music either by improvisation, musical notation or through direct manipulation of sonic material using electronic and electroacoustic media. Expanding the realm of music, he uses various techniques and instruments, such as tenor saxophone, contralto clarinet, zopan wave generators, electronics, air compressors, analog video feedback, objects and computer software. He's been involved in a number of projects, cooperating with such artists and formations, as Rob Mazurek, Eryck Abecassis, Kazuhisa Uchihashi, Sebastian Meissner, Hernani Faustino, Gabriel Ferrnandini, Mikrokolektyw, SLUG DUO, Robert B. Lisek, Pawel Janicki, Damas Quartet. Gerard Lebik lives and works in Wrocław.