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2016- Selected composers announced

Angela Slater and Rolf Gehlhaar have been selected to take part in this year's residency opportunity with The Lithuanian Composers’ Union and AIR KREMS in Druskininkai!

The selected composers will each develop a new work for The Representative Wind Orchestra of the Lithuanian Ministry of the Interior and will participate in an international residency programme in  in the summer of 2016.

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2015- Selected composers announced

We're delighted to announce that two composers that have been selected for this residency are Stephen Chase and Camilla Saunders aka Cancantata.

Stephen Chase composes, improvises, and walks quite a lot. His work veers between conceptual strategies and following-his-nose; it draws on such things as the relationship between physical action and sound production, the influence of group interactions upon the shape of a work, and the acoustic characteristics of a space; his work involves live performance, installation, and the outdoors. He has been artist-in-residence at Sheffield’s Bank Street Arts and has worked variously with Exaudi, Quatuor Bozzini, Ross Parfitt, Philip Thomas, Apartment House, Music We’d Like to Hear, BBC Singers, Mick Beck, Freaking Glamorous Teapot, Damo Suzuki, murmuration and omoplate sarangi.


Camilla Saunders aka Cancantata is an improvising musician and composer, (piano, trombone, voice and 'found' objects). After three years at Oxford she studied folk music in Hungary and Romania. Back in the UK she initially worked in theatre as a musician and composer/MD. She is a co-founder of Footloose (2000), Fractofusus (2010), and the Radnor Improvisers (2011). Also plays with the Oxford Improvisers, and has collaborated with musicians and artists from many different backgrounds and cultures including India, Iraq, Palestine and Japan. She composes using a mixture of written music and improvisation, and happily performs in many different venues including swimming pools and museums. Much of her music is inspired by the natural world and the sounds of other animals. 


11 October 2014 - Performance at Cafe Oto in London by Dirt Nonet

The group was established during the residency earlier this year, where they developed an artistic dynamic process based on musical and sonic improvisation, oscillating between sound, text, body movement, theatrical gestures and visual expressions. The uniqueness of this dynamics, lays in the principle of letting any form of expression enter into an artistic procedure, modulating the final event.

The process starts with the search (via improvisation), for hint arrangements - evolving out of the distinctive combination of participants and materials. The artistic, as well as, thematic input is based on devoting attention to those interactions and forces, allowing the process to take its own root, creating a musical/visual/textual as well as, socio-political expression.

The final outcome takes the form of live musical-visual performance and art installation (OperaArt). 

'Summer Garden Photograph' will tour across Europe, with tickets for the London performance available here.

 2014 - Selected composers announced

We are pleased to announce that two composers have been selected for the residency this Summer in Druskininkai, Lithuania. More details about the tour Lithuania, Slovakia, Austria and the UK will be released later in the year.

Anat Ben-David Anat is a London Based, Video, performance, sound Artist and musician. MA fine art, Goldsmiths College graduate and purchase prize 2003 award. Since 2003; Chicks On Speed member and collaborator- Including Art pop performance group with Douglass Gordon - Art Rules Crew 2006-2008. Solo releases including: Popaganda CD 2003, “Virtual Leisure”(on Chicks On Speed records) (CD) 2008, “On Margate Sands” (LP) 2010 and MeleCh (LP)2014. Currently completing her final year PHD.

Yiorgis Sakellariou

Yiorgis Sakellariou is a composer and sound artist working in the fields of electroacoustic music and phonography. In 2003 he launched the project “Mecha/Orga”, a vehicle for sonic exploration and research. Since then he has been active internationally being responsible for solo albums, having composed music for short films and theatrical performances, leading workshops and ceaselessly performing his music around the globe.

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