ISCM British Section Panel Members

Annie Mahtani (Chair)

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Mahtani is an electroacoustic composer, sound artist and performer
working and living in Birmingham, UK. After completing her doctoral
studies in composition in 2008 she has worked as a freelance composer,
performer, curator and educator.

Her work encompasses electronic
music composition from acousmatic music to free improvisation. As a
collaborator, Annie has worked extensively with dance, theatre and on
site-specific installations. With a strong interest in field recording,
Annie’s work often explores the inherent sonic nature and identity of
environmental sound, amplifying sonic characteristics that are not
normally audible to the naked ear. Her music explores abstract and
recognisable sound worlds and all the spaces in between. With a
preoccupation with space, Annie works extensively with multichannel
audio both in concert pieces and in live performance.

Annie is a
Lecturer in Music at The University of Birmingham. She is co-director
of SOUNDkitchen, a Birmingham based collective of curators, producers
and performers of live electronic music and sound art.


Susanna Eastburn

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Susanna Eastburn took up the role of Chief Executive of Sound and Music ( in September 2012.  This is the latest senior appointment in a varied career that has included being Director, Music at Arts Council England from 2008-2012. Her background and particular interest is in new music and in supporting composers at different times in their career. Her first job was in music publishing, working at Music Sales Ltd with a number of leading composers including Judith Weir, Kaija Saariaho and Esa-Pekka Salonen. At the age of 32 she was appointed as Artistic Director and Chief Executive of the Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival, a role she fulfilled between 2000-2004, when she was selected to be a Youth Music Fellow on the inaugural year of the Clore Leadership Programme, an initiative to identify and develop leadership in the cultural sector.

In September 2013 she was elected to the Board of the International Association of Music Information Centres, where she was also President until October 2016. She is on the Board of Birmingham Contemporary Music Group and a Trustee of Trinity College London, as well as being a member of The Queen’s Medal for Music Committee. She is a keen chamber musician and plays the viola.


Lore Lixenburg

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Loré Lixenberg’s career began with Complicite, working with Simon Mcburney at the NT. Following this, her work spans from performing in opera houses and the west end,to new installations and performances with experimental visual and sound artists including Stelarc, Bruce Mclean, David Toop and ORLAN, and working on the comedy circuit. She has worked with ensembles and orchestras in contemporary music festivals worlswide on premieres written for her as well as classics of the contemporary repertoire such as the first complete recording on CD of John Cage’s ‘Songbooks’ for Sub Rosa. She staged the UK premier of Kagel 'Staatstheater' plus works by Aperghis, Berio and Wishart. She performs her own works, using extended voice in pieces such as ‘BIRD' and her series of “Singterviews” and 'ADIPOSE'. She published an artist book ‘Memory Maps’ with a postface by David Toop and the CD ‘The afternoon of a phone’ (£@B). She co-directs the artist space La Plaque Tournante in Berlin that has its own magazine CRU and is currently working on publications 'Shamanism and transformations through extended vocal techniques' and 'The voice and the holy fool', is working with Wishart on a new piece at The Hague. She is recording her new CD of vocal arrangements of Nancarrow piano rolls for voice and will be directing Nam Jun Paik 'Symphony for 20 Rooms' in Malmö.


Serge Vuille

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Serge Vuille is a percussionist, music curator and composer based in London. He founded and directs We Spoke : New Music Ensemble, which has been performing in the UK, Switzerland and internationally since 2009. He also performs with Martin Creed, the London Sinfonietta, Ictus Ensemble, BBCSO and Plus-Minus ensemble and regularly plays solo works in venues and festivals including HCMF, LCMF, City University and Kings Place.

Serge composes documentary music looking into relationships between history, traditions and music with recent works about Le Corbusier or the bellringing traditions with footage from St-Paul’s Cathedral and the Whitechapel foundry. He coaches the percussion ensemble and lectures in experimental music at the Royal College of Music, and is co-director of new and experimental series Kammer Klang at Cafe OTO.


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