AGF alias Antye Greie (*1969, Deutschland) ist Sängerin, Software Musikerin, Produzentin und E-Poetin. Am Beginn von AGF's Soloarbeiten stand die künstlerische Erkundung der digitalen Technologie. Auf ihrem ersten Soloalbum "Head Slash Bauch" (Orthlorng Musork 2001) übersetzt sie Fragmente von HTML Skript und Software Handbüchern in eine Form der elektronischen Poesie und dekonstruiertem Pop. Ihre Poesie, die sie auch in elektronische Musik, Popsongs, Kalligraphie und digitale Medien transferiert, hat auch in Form von Live-Auftritten, Performances und Klanginstallationen in Museen, Auditorien, Theatern, Konzerthallen und Clubs einen Platz gefunden. Zu ihren weiteren Projekten zählen das deutsche Elektronik-Duo Laub, die Lappetites, AGF/ DELAY (mit Vladislav Delay, THE DOLLS (Vladislav Delay und Craig Armstrong) und Zavoloka & AGF.
Miguel Azguime (*1960, Portugal) is a composer, poet and percussionist. In 1985, he founded the Miso Ensemble (a duo of flute and percussion), one of the most highly regarded Portuguese ensembles for contemporary music. Azguime has won many awards for his compositions and interpretations. He composes his works for various formations (instrumental and/or vocal, also using electronic); he has written electro-acoustic works and sound poems in addition to music for exhibitions and sound installations, for theatre and dance productions and films. Azguime has created a unique mix of text and music that he describes as electro-acoustic theatre and electro-acoustic opera. Miguel Azguime has been resident composer in numerous electronic studios around the world, namely in the “Experimentalstudio” of the Heinrich Strobel Foundation of South West Broadcasting (Freiburg), in EMS (Stockholm), in the Centre de Recherche et Formations Musicales de Wallonie (Liège), in the Electronic Music Studio of the TU Berlin, in the International Centre for Composers (Visby) and in the studio of the Department of Sonology of the Kunitachi College of Music (Tokyo). In 2006, Miguel Azguime was artist-in-residence at the DAAD Berlin. He has since lived and worked in Berlin and Lisbon.
Bas Böttcher (*1974, Germany) studied media development in Weimar. The spoken word lies at the heart of his work as a poet and reciter, influenced as he is by spoken word poetry and rap as well as Walter Höllerer’s "Dokumente zur Poetik". Sound, rhythmicity and linguistic dynamics are for him essential elements in the creation of atmosphere and mood. For Bas Böttcher, writing and the presenting of texts belong together. On stage, he works with video projections and music programmes. His latest work was "Dies ist kein Konzert" (Voland & Quist 2006). www.basboettcher.de
Bas Böttcher - Dran glauben / Bekommbar
The composer Sidney Corbett (*1960, USA) studied music and philosophy at the University of California, San Diego, Yale University, where he received his doctorate in 1989, and with György Ligeti at the Academy of Music in Hamburg from 1985 to 1988. His works, which encompass stage, orchestra, instrumental, solo and vocal literature, have been awarded numerous prizes and accolades in his home country and abroad and are performed worldwide. In his latest works, Corbett has focused on musical theatre (e.g. the chamber opera “Keine Stille außer der des Windes” based on texts by Fernando Pessoa) and song or vocal music (cycles to prose texts by, for example, Christine Lavant, Barbara Köhler and Paul Klee). Corbett also started playing the guitar again in 2002 after a break of almost 20 years (primarily in the minimal-techno-house band "Vierte Heimat" as well as the electronic collaboration "Artillect"). Since October 2006, Corbett has been Professor of Composition at the Mannheim University of Music and Performing Arts. www.sidneycorbett.de
Ann Cotten (born in Iowa, USA in 1982) is the most outspoken of the younger German-speaking poets. In 1987 she came to Vienna and studied German, graduating with a dissertation on lists in Concrete Poetry. In 2006 she moved to Berlin. Ann Cotten was celebrated as a ‘wunderkind’ on the publication by Suhrkamp in 2007 of her Fremdwörterbuchsonette (Foreign Dictionary Sonnets). Together with Monika Rinck and Sabine Scho she puts on the ‘Rotten Kinck Schow’ at irregular intervals. Her poetry is characterised by playful language experiments and clarity. “Ann Cotten ties up the traditional canon of forms in a fresh, new way which is also a disruption and tries to read the world and situations in a way that is as lateral to the norm as possible.” (Christian Steinbacher). In 2007 she received the Reinhard Priessnitz Prize and the Clemens Brentano Prize the following year.
Publications (selection): Fremdwörterbuchsonette. Suhrkamp-Verlag 2007. Nach der Welt. Die Listen der konkreten Poesie und ihre Folgen. Klever 2008. Florida-Räume. Suhrkamp-Verlag 2010.
ann cotten + woh_-verschwinden (fragment)
Johannes Jansen (*1966, Germany) first trained as an engraver and then studied advertising art. His very short prose texts have a somnambulant quality and are influenced by Georg Trakl and Wolfgang Borchert. Perception and reflection are inseparable in these works. In 1996, Jansen was awarded the Carinthia Prize at the Ingeborg Bachmann Competition for his work entitled "Dickicht.Anpassung". In 1997, he received the Schiller Foundation award. Jansen’s latest works are "atem holen, immerhin" (2007, Karin Kramer Verlag), "Nicht hin..s.eh.en, Sequenzen" (2007, Satyr Verlag) and "im keinland is schönerland stumm" (kookbooks 2007).
The composer Frank Niehusmann (*1960, Germany), from the Ruhr area, has been working with electronic music since 1978. He worked for 15 years as a radio and TV author and graduated in philosophy at the Ruhr-Universität Bochum. His electronic compositions have been performed around the world on many occasions. Among his works include the film music for the four-hour TV documentary "Abenteuer Ruhrpott" (3sat, Arte, Phoenix, WDR) in 2002. In 2005, he performed his work “Achtung! Future!” live at the WORLD EXPO in Aichi/Nagoya (Japan) as part of the cultural programme in the German pavilion. Niehusmann has received numerous awards for his music videos and theare productions. In Arles/France in 2006, he won the Phonurgia Nova Prize for Radio Art for his composition entitled "Maschinen: ein Hörspiel". Since 2006, Frank Niehusmann has been a member of the board of the German Society for Electro-Acoustic Music.
Uetz, Christian (*1963, Switzerland) studied philosophy, comparative literature and ancient Greek in Zurich. Uetz’s work is in the field of experimental and spoken poetry and he has been awarded numerous prizes, including in 1999 the 3sat Prize in the Ingeborg Bachmann Competition and in 2005 the Promotion Prize of the German Business Cultural Circle in Berlin and the Thurgau Culture Prize. "You have to experience him, this language obsessed poet,” wrote Karl-Heinz-Ott in the Neuer Zürcher Zeitung newspaper. “Whoever has seen one of Christian Uetz’s celebrated readings, given from memory, will know what Nietzsche meant by his dictum that one has to understand how to be able to dance with language.”
Peter Waterhouse (*1956, Germany) studied German and English language and literature and received his doctorate in 1984 with a dissertation on Paul Celan. He is an a writer and translator and lives in Vienna. On awarding Peter Waterhouse the Erich Fried Prize in 2007, the jury member Ilma Rakusa said: “Peter Waterhouse is one of the most idiosyncratic voices in modern German-language literature. Since the early 1980s, in his poetry, prose, theatre plays and poetological essays, he has been dealing with the question of how language and the world relate to one another. His careful approach to objects, landscapes and people gets to the bottom of this paradoxical relationship over and again and creates epiphanies in the most emphatic sense." Peter Waterhouse’s latest work, published in 2006, was the novel "Krieg und Welt".
Vít Zouhar (*1966, Czech Republic) is a composer, musicologist and university lecturer. He studied in Brünn and Graz, became a doctor of musicology and qualified as a professor at the University of Ostrava in the musical education department. From 1992 to 2004, he was an assistant lecturer at the Institute for Electronic Music and Acoustics in Graz. Since 1992, he has been teaching at the Palacký University in Olomouc. Zouhar has composed more than 50 orchestral, chamber and electronic works, as well as sound installations. He has won various prizes for composition (Generation, Musica Nova, Czech Music Fund etc.) and composition scholarships (City of Graz). Recently, Zouhar has been working closely with the DAMA DAMA – percussion ensemble, the Ensemble Damian and the Moravian Philharmonic Orchestra. His compositions have appeared on numerous CDs.