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Margrit Schenker

Margrit Schenker born 1954, living in Zurich, Switzerland

Composer, accordionist,organ player, performance artist, piano teacher. Margrit did a one year residency at the Pauline Oliveros Foundation in Kingston N.Y.

Compositions include: 50 Songs – short pieces for accordion, voice, performance premiered by the composer at the Pauline Oliveros Foundation in Kingston N.Y.  Geschichten – for women’s choir – premiered in Zuerich, Furore edition Kassel, Germany. Benedicta – scenario for choir, masks, instruments and soprano, premiered in Basel, Furore edition Kassel. Baumklang – piano pieces for students, Furore edition Kassel. Krak – CD with the Swiss clarinet player Valentin Vecellio, Spiel – for soprano, flute, organ and speaker premiered in Karthause Ittingen Switzerland. that gave birth to the sky – for alto and 10 string guitar – Poems written by Anne Blonstein, premiered in September 2005 in Zuerich. Klagelieder–  for voice and percussion, Premiered 2007 in St. Martin Effretikon. Für Violine und Klavier – premiered together with a new work of the American composer Pauline Oliveros commissioned by the composer. Further a work by the Swiss composer Katharina Weber and a sonata by Germaine Tailleferre, 2009, Gare du Nord Basel i.a. with Christine Ragaz, violin. Grüne Wortschlieren – for mixed choir and baritonsaxophone. Words written by the Swiss writer Elisabeth Wandeler-Deck, premiered in November 2009 in Zürich. Entlebucher Klänge – a CD project with Swiss Folk Music from the valley Entlebuch – together with local musicians and the improvising clarinettist Valentin Vecellio, Zürich, 2010. Krak meets Cage – Sonatas and Interludes for prepared piano (Margrit Schenker) Texts by Cage ( Gerhard van den Bergh) and concepts by Valentin Vecellio 2010 Theater Rigiblick, Zürich, Tentativ – a CD project with the Swiss guitarist Urs Guentensperger. New music for ten string guitar by Swiss composers; Daniel Mouthon, Martin Derungs and Margrit Schenker, Bazaar – for mixed choir, soloists, accordion and contrabass. Premiered November 2012 in Ljubliana, Slowenia with the AVE choir directed by Jerica Bukovez.

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Diana Slattery

Praise for The Maze Game:

“This book is like a recurring dream—haunting, prophetic, a wish fulfilled. Diana Slattery’s investigations of the future approach the limits of what can’t be said. She is a true visionary and The Maze Game—infused with love, grace, crazy wisdom and humor—is the work of a life time.”
—Lewis Warsh, Editor, United Artists

“The Maze Game is a remarkable achievement, envisioning a society in which elaborate rituals have evolved around a visual language that can gestured but not spoken. Working at the crossroads of electronic and print literature, Diana Slattery breaks new ground in thinking about the multiple sensory modalities through which experience can be transformed into
narrative. A ‘must-read’ for anyone interested in science fiction, electronic literature, and the future of narrative.”
—N. Katherine Hayles, Author, How We Became Post-Human

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Scott Smallwood

Scott Smallwood was born in Dallas, Texas, and grew up at 10,000 feet in elevation in the Colorado Rockies. When Smallwood was 10 years old, his father gave him a cassette tape recorder, and ever since he has been fascinated by the possibilities of recorded sound. His work deals with real and abstracted soundscapes based on a practice of listening, improvisation, and phonography. He has worked with a variety of artists and ensembles, including Cor Fuhler, Mark Dresser, Ensemble SurPlus, The BSC, and Pauline Oliveros. His work has been presented worldwide, including recent presentations at Roulette in NYC, the Atlantic Center for the Arts, the 2006 Sonic Circuits festival in Washington DC, and the Kulturhaus E-Werk in Frieberg, Germany. His work has been released on Autumn Records, Deep Listening, Televaw, Simple Logic, Static Caravan, and Webbed Hand Records.

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LaDonna Smith

A composer, improviser, visual artist and teacher, Smith plays viola and violin as well as vocalizes. She has worked with many leading figures in improvisation and new composition. Active in the international surrealist movement, she heads the record label TransMuseq and is a contributing editor to the journal, The Improvisor. She also composes and performs from interdisciplinary areas of discovery, especially dance and visual art.

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