Artists, musicians, and visionaries of flying carpet 2018

 

Aleksandra Vrebalov
Abdurrahman Oğuz
Luciano Chessa
Mamak Khadem
Layale Chaker
Kristine Arth
Soheila bajelan
Pinar Demiral
Sahba Aminikia


Vafa Aminikia
Lincoln Andrews
Anita Biebl
Kevin Bishop
Stephen Braitsch
Süleyman Gezici
Ameen Mokdad
Helen Newby
Jaran Oran
Elinor Speirs
Alexis Paul
Yassi Pishvai
Tobias Pöcksteiner
Mujahit Poyraz
Avideh Saadatpajouh
Faraç Seyyar
Abi Shiman
Halil Tan
Burju Yilmaz

 
  Kristine Arth   She is a San Francisco-based graphic designer and branding expert, and is the founder and principal designer of Lobster Phone design studio. Arth has designed brand identities for global organizations such as PayPal, Nivea, Western Digital, Rivella and SodaStream, in addition to her work developing identity systems for start-ups such as Ori Systems, Loliware, Cobalt Robotics and the San Francisco Forest Bathing Club. In addition, Arth has contributed work for non-profits such as the San Francisco Civic Music Association, Spring Accelerator, International Design Excellence Award and Flying Carpet Festival.

Kristine Arth
She is a San Francisco-based graphic designer and branding expert, and is the founder and principal designer of Lobster Phone design studio. Arth has designed brand identities for global organizations such as PayPal, Nivea, Western Digital, Rivella and SodaStream, in addition to her work developing identity systems for start-ups such as Ori Systems, Loliware, Cobalt Robotics and the San Francisco Forest Bathing Club. In addition, Arth has contributed work for non-profits such as the San Francisco Civic Music Association, Spring Accelerator, International Design Excellence Award and Flying Carpet Festival.

  Aleksandra Vrebalov  She has written more than 70 works ranging from concert music, to opera, dance (Rambert Dance UK, Dusan Tynek Dance Theater, Take Dance, Scottish National Ballet, Augsburg Theater), to sound installations in collaboration with architect Ronit Eisenbach .  Her most recent works have been commissioned by Carnegie Hall for Kronos Quartet, Belgrade Philharmonic, and Limon Dance. Vrebalov, a fellow of MacDowell Colony, Rockefeller Bellagio Center, Djerassi, The Hermitage, and Tanglewood, is the recipient of The Harvard Fromm Commission, The American Academy of Arts and Letters Charles Ives Fellowship, and two Golden Badges from her homeland: one for Vrebalov's opera Mileva and its contribution to Serbian opera, and the other for a lifelong contribution to Serbian culture. Vrebalov's works have been recorded for Nonesuch, Cantaloupe, New Amsterdam, Innova, Centaur Records, Orange Mountain Music, and VMM. Her two works for Kronos Quartet Beyond Zero: 1914 – 1918 and The Sea Ranch Songs are available as DVDs with films by Bill Morrison and Andrew Lyndon.

Aleksandra Vrebalov
She has written more than 70 works ranging from concert music, to opera, dance (Rambert Dance UK, Dusan Tynek Dance Theater, Take Dance, Scottish National Ballet, Augsburg Theater), to sound installations in collaboration with architect Ronit Eisenbach. Her most recent works have been commissioned by Carnegie Hall for Kronos Quartet, Belgrade Philharmonic, and Limon Dance. Vrebalov, a fellow of MacDowell Colony, Rockefeller Bellagio Center, Djerassi, The Hermitage, and Tanglewood, is the recipient of The Harvard Fromm Commission, The American Academy of Arts and Letters Charles Ives Fellowship, and two Golden Badges from her homeland: one for Vrebalov's opera Mileva and its contribution to Serbian opera, and the other for a lifelong contribution to Serbian culture. Vrebalov's works have been recorded for Nonesuch, Cantaloupe, New Amsterdam, Innova, Centaur Records, Orange Mountain Music, and VMM. Her two works for Kronos Quartet Beyond Zero: 1914 – 1918 and The Sea Ranch Songs are available as DVDs with films by Bill Morrison and Andrew Lyndon.

  Luciano Chessa  He is a composer, conductor, audiovisual and performance artist, and pianist. His most recent record, Canti felice, has been released on the Parisian label Skank Bloc Records in Spring 2018. His compositions include the opera Cena oltranzista nel castelletto al lago—a work merging experimental theater with reality TV which required from the cast over 55 hours of fasting—and A Heavenly Act, an opera commissioned by the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, with original video by Kalup Linzy. Chessa has been commissioned multiple times by the Performa Biennial, and in 2014 he presented three events at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum as part of the exhibition Italian Futurism, 1909-1944: Reconstructing the Universe. Chessa’s work appeared more than once in Artforum, Flash Art, Art in America, and Frieze; and has been featured in the Italian issue of Marie Claire and in the September Issue of Vogue Italia. He has been interviewed twice by the British BBC, and has been the subject of two short documentaries: one produced by RAI World (2014), and the other by Vietnamese State TV VTV1 in the occasion of his first trip to Viet Nam (2015). Chessa is also a music historian specializing in 20th-century Italian and 21st-century American repertoire. He is the author of Luigi Russolo Futurist. Noise, Visual Arts, and the Occult (2012), the first monograph dedicated to Russolo and his “Art of Noise.” In 2009, his Orchestra of Futurist Noise Intoners (OFNI) was hailed by the New York Times as one of the best events in the arts; it continues to tour internationally. With this project he collaborated with the likes of Mike Patton, Lee Ranaldo, Ellen Fullman, Blixa Bargeld, Joan La Barbara, among others. He just completed his residency at the Steel House in Rockland, ME, where he developed the audiovisual installation and prepared the edition of Julius Eastman's Second Symphony, the world premier of which he will conduct in NYC in the Fall 2018.

Luciano Chessa
He is a composer, conductor, audiovisual and performance artist, and pianist. His most recent record, Canti felice, has been released on the Parisian label Skank Bloc Records in Spring 2018. His compositions include the opera Cena oltranzista nel castelletto al lago—a work merging experimental theater with reality TV which required from the cast over 55 hours of fasting—and A Heavenly Act, an opera commissioned by the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, with original video by Kalup Linzy. Chessa has been commissioned multiple times by the Performa Biennial, and in 2014 he presented three events at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum as part of the exhibition Italian Futurism, 1909-1944: Reconstructing the Universe. Chessa’s work appeared more than once in Artforum, Flash Art, Art in America, and Frieze; and has been featured in the Italian issue of Marie Claire and in the September Issue of Vogue Italia. He has been interviewed twice by the British BBC, and has been the subject of two short documentaries: one produced by RAI World (2014), and the other by Vietnamese State TV VTV1 in the occasion of his first trip to Viet Nam (2015). Chessa is also a music historian specializing in 20th-century Italian and 21st-century American repertoire. He is the author of Luigi Russolo Futurist. Noise, Visual Arts, and the Occult (2012), the first monograph dedicated to Russolo and his “Art of Noise.” In 2009, his Orchestra of Futurist Noise Intoners (OFNI) was hailed by the New York Times as one of the best events in the arts; it continues to tour internationally. With this project he collaborated with the likes of Mike Patton, Lee Ranaldo, Ellen Fullman, Blixa Bargeld, Joan La Barbara, among others. He just completed his residency at the Steel House in Rockland, ME, where he developed the audiovisual installation and prepared the edition of Julius Eastman's Second Symphony, the world premier of which he will conduct in NYC in the Fall 2018.

  Sahba Aminikia  A San Francisco-based composer, musically exploring the dichotomy of light and dark. Trained classically and influenced globally, Aminikia’s work has been widely performed around the world and commissioned by theatre troops, contemporary classical ensembles, film scores, Persian traditional music groups as well as jazz bands including Kronos Quartet, Brooklyn Youth Chorus, Symphony Parnassus, San Francisco Conservatory of Music New Music Ensemble, Mobius Trio, Delphi Trio and Living Earth Show. He has recently been the artist-in-residence at Kronos Festival 2017, an annual festival held by legendary Kronos Quaretet at San Francisco SFJAZZ throughout which ten of his works including four new pieces were performed. Aminikia is also the Artistic Director for Flying Carpet Festival, a mobile music festival which serves children in need in war zones. He also serves as the Musical Director for  @sirkhane , an organization based in Southern Turkey which serves around 5000 children with circus arts and music.

Sahba Aminikia
A San Francisco-based composer, musically exploring the dichotomy of light and dark. Trained classically and influenced globally, Aminikia’s work has been widely performed around the world and commissioned by theatre troops, contemporary classical ensembles, film scores, Persian traditional music groups as well as jazz bands including Kronos Quartet, Brooklyn Youth Chorus, Symphony Parnassus, San Francisco Conservatory of Music New Music Ensemble, Mobius Trio, Delphi Trio and Living Earth Show. He has recently been the artist-in-residence at Kronos Festival 2017, an annual festival held by legendary Kronos Quaretet at San Francisco SFJAZZ throughout which ten of his works including four new pieces were performed. Aminikia is also the Artistic Director for Flying Carpet Festival, a mobile music festival which serves children in need in war zones. He also serves as the Musical Director for @sirkhane, an organization based in Southern Turkey which serves around 5000 children with circus arts and music.

  Pinar Demiral  She is one of rare human beings who have set foot in this world. A photographer, cinematographer and a visual artist, she is born in Konya, Turkey in 1983 and has studied at Fine Arts University of Istanbul. She has worked and has studied in several countries as an artist and a social worker. In 2008 she discovered circus and found it as an empowering tool for children of the world. In 2011 she moved to Mardin in southeastern Turkey and made the first social circus project engaging young children of the region. She sees the power of circus as a tool for social change. She met the other co-founder of  @sirkhane , Serdal Adam and together, they established the Art Anywhere Association and Sirkhane social circus school together. Since then, she lives and works in Mardin as the co-director of Sirkhane.

Pinar Demiral
She is one of rare human beings who have set foot in this world. A photographer, cinematographer and a visual artist, she is born in Konya, Turkey in 1983 and has studied at Fine Arts University of Istanbul. She has worked and has studied in several countries as an artist and a social worker. In 2008 she discovered circus and found it as an empowering tool for children of the world. In 2011 she moved to Mardin in southeastern Turkey and made the first social circus project engaging young children of the region. She sees the power of circus as a tool for social change. She met the other co-founder of @sirkhane, Serdal Adam and together, they established the Art Anywhere Association and Sirkhane social circus school together. Since then, she lives and works in Mardin as the co-director of Sirkhane.

  Lincon Andrews   Immersed in the audio production world since his early teens, Lincoln Andrews has assisted in the production of countless musical performances. Honing his skills by managing a well-equipped recording studio in Northern California, Lincoln works with a multitude of independent artists to produce professionally polished recordings. Engineer for the SFJAZZ Center and a number of other San Francisco venues puts Lincoln behind the console, mixing world-class artists on a daily basis. A strong love for musical expression, and a passionate desire to help bring these true expressions to fruition, ensures that Lincoln's abilities will never cease to grow. Embarking on an international journey, Lincoln's goal is to bring a high quality production process to voices that may otherwise never be heard.

Lincon Andrews

Immersed in the audio production world since his early teens, Lincoln Andrews has assisted in the production of countless musical performances. Honing his skills by managing a well-equipped recording studio in Northern California, Lincoln works with a multitude of independent artists to produce professionally polished recordings. Engineer for the SFJAZZ Center and a number of other San Francisco venues puts Lincoln behind the console, mixing world-class artists on a daily basis. A strong love for musical expression, and a passionate desire to help bring these true expressions to fruition, ensures that Lincoln's abilities will never cease to grow. Embarking on an international journey, Lincoln's goal is to bring a high quality production process to voices that may otherwise never be heard.

  Mamak Khadem   Called "...one of the wonders of world trance music", by The Los Angeles Times, Mamak Khadem captivates audiences by blending her roots in the ancient poetry and music of the Persian masters with a bold and revolutionary new sound. By nature, she is a nomad, one who thrives on open spaces. By occupation, she is a bridge, one that connects geography to lore. In music, she is open to cultural influences, but she has chosen the classical Persian style as her base."The Road", Mamak's newest project, continues a journey started with her celebrated first solo album Jostojoo. Following her passion for new influences, Mamak has crossed borders from various regions in Iran to Greece,Serbia, Bulgaria, Macedonia, and more. Searching for common threads and powerful traditional melodies remains a driving force behind her music using elements from her Iranian heritage such as the poetry of Rumi to re-imagine a song from another culture, time and place. The freedom of her musical expression is intoxicating. Mamak Khadem’s distinctive, expressive powerhouse of a voice has been heard on numerous film and television scores, including feature films The Peacemaker, Traffic, and Dracula 2000, and The Profiler, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and Battlestar Galactica TV series. She tours actively and globally, playing such prestigious venues as Washington’s Smithsonian Museum; Perth Concert Hall in Australia; the Greek Theatre in Los Angeles, and Berlin’s House of Culture, Ethno Jazz Festival in Poland.

Mamak Khadem
Called "...one of the wonders of world trance music", by The Los Angeles Times, Mamak Khadem captivates audiences by blending her roots in the ancient poetry and music of the Persian masters with a bold and revolutionary new sound. By nature, she is a nomad, one who thrives on open spaces. By occupation, she is a bridge, one that connects geography to lore. In music, she is open to cultural influences, but she has chosen the classical Persian style as her base."The Road", Mamak's newest project, continues a journey started with her celebrated first solo album Jostojoo. Following her passion for new influences, Mamak has crossed borders from various regions in Iran to Greece,Serbia, Bulgaria, Macedonia, and more. Searching for common threads and powerful traditional melodies remains a driving force behind her music using elements from her Iranian heritage such as the poetry of Rumi to re-imagine a song from another culture, time and place. The freedom of her musical expression is intoxicating.
Mamak Khadem’s distinctive, expressive powerhouse of a voice has been heard on numerous film and television scores, including feature films The Peacemaker, Traffic, and Dracula 2000, and The Profiler, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and Battlestar Galactica TV series.
She tours actively and globally, playing such prestigious venues as Washington’s Smithsonian Museum; Perth Concert Hall in Australia; the Greek Theatre in Los Angeles, and Berlin’s House of Culture, Ethno Jazz Festival in Poland.

  Soheila Bajelan   She is born in Tehran, Iran in 1982. She has studied puppet design at Tehran University of Applied Science and Technology and graduated in 2002. She started her professional career since 2003 and has designed and created hundreds of puppets for theatre, Iranian TV. She has also worked as a costume designer and a puppeteer. She has performed in various countries and has received many international awards. She started collaborating with UNIMA starting in 2014 as a trainer and a designer of giant puppets under the supervision of Mrs. Fleur Marie Fuentes from France and now she works in two different rural areas of Iran developing and teaching puppet making.

Soheila Bajelan
She is born in Tehran, Iran in 1982. She has studied puppet design at Tehran University of Applied Science and Technology and graduated in 2002. She started her professional career since 2003 and has designed and created hundreds of puppets for theatre, Iranian TV. She has also worked as a costume designer and a puppeteer. She has performed in various countries and has received many international awards. She started collaborating with UNIMA starting in 2014 as a trainer and a designer of giant puppets under the supervision of Mrs. Fleur Marie Fuentes from France and now she works in two different rural areas of Iran developing and teaching puppet making.

  Ameen Mokdad   He plays many different instruments and also composes his own music. He is from Mosul in northern Iraq and when the city was occupied by militants from the so-called Islamic State Group in 2014, he played his cello on the roof in defiance of their occupation, despite the risk.

Ameen Mokdad
He plays many different instruments and also composes his own music. He is from Mosul in northern Iraq and when the city was occupied by militants from the so-called Islamic State Group in 2014, he played his cello on the roof in defiance of their occupation, despite the risk.

  Stephen Braitsch  He is an American designer, researcher, engineer, inventor, filmmaker and producer based in San Francisco, California. He designs and builds software tools, physical products and environmental experiences that aim to educate, empower and improve the quality of people’s lives. In 2002 he co-founded  blueprint films , a cooperative of filmmakers that produced over 80 short films, features, music videos, commercials and documentaries. Shortly after arriving in San Francisco in 2008 he founded the  San Francisco Creative Coders , a social group for artists, hackers, makers, designers, and storytellers to pool resources and build friendships in the Bay Area. Since 2010 the group has hosted over 45 events throughout the Bay Area and currently supports over 2,500 members.

Stephen Braitsch
He is an American designer, researcher, engineer, inventor, filmmaker and producer based in San Francisco, California. He designs and builds software tools, physical products and environmental experiences that aim to educate, empower and improve the quality of people’s lives. In 2002 he co-founded blueprint films, a cooperative of filmmakers that produced over 80 short films, features, music videos, commercials and documentaries. Shortly after arriving in San Francisco in 2008 he founded the San Francisco Creative Coders, a social group for artists, hackers, makers, designers, and storytellers to pool resources and build friendships in the Bay Area. Since 2010 the group has hosted over 45 events throughout the Bay Area and currently supports over 2,500 members.

  Alexis Paul  He is born in Sables d’Olonnes in 1987, is a French musician, popular composer and cultural actor embracing a diversity of contexts, whose first professor was jazz-trumpetist Erik Truffaz. Out of any academic frame, he co-founded music projects such as Belle Arché Lou, Saudaá Group or Dianthus, and cultural projects such as Château Ephémère, Humanist sk festival, Armures Provisoires or radio show L’Heure Blanche. He has collaborated worldwide with many artists such as Mourad Belouadi, Hraïr Hratchian, Vardan Harutyunyan, Fujita Yosuke, Benoît Pioulard, Alma Forrer and many others. In 2016, he, alone with his street organ, got involved in a creative project around the world. While exploring ten countries he looked into the existing relationship between music and its environment. He focused his work on music as a ‘’tool’’ celebrating consciousness, on solitude and melancholy as powerful forces of interaction and mediation. He is interested in writing and ethnopoetics and is currently setting the stage for future cross-disciplinary actions in these areas as well as composing scores for the cinéma.

Alexis Paul
He is born in Sables d’Olonnes in 1987, is a French musician, popular composer and cultural actor embracing a diversity of contexts, whose first professor was jazz-trumpetist Erik Truffaz. Out of any academic frame, he co-founded music projects such as Belle Arché Lou, Saudaá Group or Dianthus, and cultural projects such as Château Ephémère, Humanist sk festival, Armures Provisoires or radio show L’Heure Blanche. He has collaborated worldwide with many artists such as Mourad Belouadi, Hraïr Hratchian, Vardan Harutyunyan, Fujita Yosuke, Benoît Pioulard, Alma Forrer and many others. In 2016, he, alone with his street organ, got involved in a creative project around the world. While exploring ten countries he looked into the existing relationship between music and its environment. He focused his work on music as a ‘’tool’’ celebrating consciousness, on solitude and melancholy as powerful forces of interaction and mediation. He is interested in writing and ethnopoetics and is currently setting the stage for future cross-disciplinary actions in these areas as well as composing scores for the cinéma.

  Tobias Pöcksteiner   He is a musician and singer based in Vienna, Austria. Born in Scheibbs, Austria, in 1992, he studied Electric and Double Bass in Jazz and Improvised Music at Anton Bruckner University Linz and Jam Music Lab Conservatory Vienna. In his years of playing he gained a lot of experience working and playing in different projects with all kinds of styles. For some years he’s been developing his skills on a variety of other instruments, such as guitar, trombone and percussions. He feels at home in Rock Music, as well as in Jazz, Free Improvisation and Soundpainting.

Tobias Pöcksteiner
He is a musician and singer based in Vienna, Austria. Born in Scheibbs, Austria, in 1992, he studied Electric and Double Bass in Jazz and Improvised Music at Anton Bruckner University Linz and Jam Music Lab Conservatory Vienna. In his years of playing he gained a lot of experience working and playing in different projects with all kinds of styles. For some years he’s been developing his skills on a variety of other instruments, such as guitar, trombone and percussions. He feels at home in Rock Music, as well as in Jazz, Free Improvisation and Soundpainting.

  Anita Biebl   from Übersee at Lake Chiemsee, Bavaria/Germany, has acquired profound knowledge in music and dance during her academic education in Germany (BFM Altötting) and Austria (Mozarteum University Salzburg). She offers Soundpainting, yodel workshops, wood concerts, solo concerts, soundtrack composition for radio and other special topics internationally. In 2017 she started teaching improvisation through Soundpainting to opera singers at Mozarteum University Salzburg`s department of musical theatre. She has been studying Soundpainting as a conductor and performer with the method`s creator Walter Thompson, François Jeanneau and Ceren Oran since 2012. Her musical work is moved by her passion to use the human voice and body as a versatile instrument. The amateur choir „Chor d'accord“ became Austria`s first soundpainting choir when she assumed its leadership in 2014. Anita Biebl lives in Salzburg, Austria and loves to spend time in the Alp mountains. In 2018 she received a scholarship for music and performing arts by the Federal Chancellery of Austria.

Anita Biebl
from Übersee at Lake Chiemsee, Bavaria/Germany, has acquired profound knowledge in music and dance during her academic education in Germany (BFM Altötting) and Austria (Mozarteum University Salzburg). She offers Soundpainting, yodel workshops, wood concerts, solo concerts, soundtrack composition for radio and other special topics internationally. In 2017 she started teaching improvisation through Soundpainting to opera singers at Mozarteum University Salzburg`s department of musical theatre. She has been studying Soundpainting as a conductor and performer with the method`s creator Walter Thompson, François Jeanneau and Ceren Oran since 2012.
Her musical work is moved by her passion to use the human voice and body as a versatile instrument. The amateur choir „Chor d'accord“ became Austria`s first soundpainting choir when she assumed its leadership in 2014. Anita Biebl lives in Salzburg, Austria and loves to spend time in the Alp mountains. In 2018 she received a scholarship for music and performing arts by the Federal Chancellery of Austria.

  Vafa Aminikia  Born in 2000 in Iran, is a visual artist currently based in Germany, as a fine arts student in HFK-Bremen. He started his artistic practice with drawing and sculpting; but for the past few years his focus has been mainly on more contemporary mediums, specially video art and stop-motion animations. By using his personal experiences and by connecting them with fundamental philosophical questions he tries to create a feeling or even an experience through his works.

Vafa Aminikia
Born in 2000 in Iran, is a visual artist currently based in Germany, as a fine arts student in HFK-Bremen. He started his artistic practice with drawing and sculpting; but for the past few years his focus has been mainly on more contemporary mediums, specially video art and stop-motion animations. By using his personal experiences and by connecting them with fundamental philosophical questions he tries to create a feeling or even an experience through his works.

  Abigail Shima   She is a violinist who finds joy making music in collaborative ensembles to connect and engage audiences. An avid chamber musician and passionate teacher, she is a founding member of Amaranth Quartet, a string quartet committed to presenting newly composed works to diverse audiences. She is a member of the unconducted chamber orchestra One Found Sound and records regularly with variety of San Francisco Bay Area bands. Abigail received her M.M. at the San Francisco Conservatory and undergraduate degrees from Bard College in Violin Performance and German Studies. Abigail has been a resident teacher in the San Francisco Public Schools, a teaching artist at Summer Music West, a string coach with the Palo Alto Chamber Orchestra, and a teaching assistant at New England Conservatory’s Project Step Classes. She is based in Austin, TX and San Francisco, CA.

Abigail Shima
She is a violinist who finds joy making music in collaborative ensembles to connect and engage audiences. An avid chamber musician and passionate teacher, she is a founding member of Amaranth Quartet, a string quartet committed to presenting newly composed works to diverse audiences. She is a member of the unconducted chamber orchestra One Found Sound and records regularly with variety of San Francisco Bay Area bands. Abigail received her M.M. at the San Francisco Conservatory and undergraduate degrees from Bard College in Violin Performance and German Studies. Abigail has been a resident teacher in the San Francisco Public Schools, a teaching artist at Summer Music West, a string coach with the Palo Alto Chamber Orchestra, and a teaching assistant at New England Conservatory’s Project Step Classes. She is based in Austin, TX and San Francisco, CA.

  Layale Chaker   Raised on the verge of several musical streams since her childhood, Layale Chaker debuted her musical training at the National Higher Conservatory of Beirut in her native Lebanon. She later pursued her musical studies at Conservatoire de Paris and the Royal Academy of Music in London, and is currently working towards her doctoral degree at Ecole des Hautes Etudes in Paris. She has studied under professors such as Mohamed Hashem, Carmen Scripcariu, Jeanne-Marie Conquer and Nicholas Miller. Layale has appeared as a soloist, performer, improviser and composer in concerts, recitals and projects around Europe, the Middle-East, North and South America and Asia, performing in Germany, France, Greece, Italy, the UK, the US, Canada, Switzerland, Jordan, Palestine, Syria, Lebanon, Indonesia and Argentina, as well as in several festivals, namely Alderburgh Festival, Junger Kunstler Festival Bayreuth, the Lucerne Festival for Contemporary Music, Impuls’ Festival, Beethoven Festival Bonn and Avignon Festival among others. Past season highlights include a premiere work for solo violin and orchestra with the Oxford Orchestra, the premiere of her string trio by members of New World Symphony in Miami, as well as the debut tour with her own ensemble, Sarafand, across Germany, France, the UK and the USA. She has debuted her first violin concerto with the Bayreuther Philharmoniker as the orchestra’s first-ever commissioned composer in January 2018. As a member of Daniel Barenboim’s West-Eastern Divan, she performs around the year in concert halls such as the Royal Albert Hall, Teatro Colon, Mozarteum Salzburg, Philharmonie de Paris, Salzburg Festspiele and der Philharmonie Berlin among others. Layale Chaker is a Ruth Anderson 2017 Competition Prize winner and a finalist of the Rolex Mentor and Protégé 2018 Prize.

Layale Chaker
Raised on the verge of several musical streams since her childhood, Layale Chaker debuted her musical training at the National Higher Conservatory of Beirut in her native Lebanon. She later pursued her musical studies at Conservatoire de Paris and the Royal Academy of Music in London, and is currently working towards her doctoral degree at Ecole des Hautes Etudes in Paris. She has studied under professors such as Mohamed Hashem, Carmen Scripcariu, Jeanne-Marie Conquer and Nicholas Miller. Layale has appeared as a soloist, performer, improviser and composer in concerts, recitals and projects around Europe, the Middle-East, North and South America and Asia, performing in Germany, France, Greece, Italy, the UK, the US, Canada, Switzerland, Jordan, Palestine, Syria, Lebanon, Indonesia and Argentina, as well as in several festivals, namely Alderburgh Festival, Junger Kunstler Festival Bayreuth, the Lucerne Festival for Contemporary Music, Impuls’ Festival, Beethoven Festival Bonn and Avignon Festival among others. Past season highlights include a premiere work for solo violin and orchestra with the Oxford Orchestra, the premiere of her string trio by members of New World Symphony in Miami, as well as the debut tour with her own ensemble, Sarafand, across Germany, France, the UK and the USA. She has debuted her first violin concerto with the Bayreuther Philharmoniker as the orchestra’s first-ever commissioned composer in January 2018. As a member of Daniel Barenboim’s West-Eastern Divan, she performs around the year in concert halls such as the Royal Albert Hall, Teatro Colon, Mozarteum Salzburg, Philharmonie de Paris, Salzburg Festspiele and der Philharmonie Berlin among others. Layale Chaker is a Ruth Anderson 2017 Competition Prize winner and a finalist of the Rolex Mentor and Protégé 2018 Prize.

  Mujahit Poyraz  He is born in Mardin in 1994. He started to learn guitar from his brother starting at the age of 16. He is a self-leaner and plays multiple instruments including guitar, saz and santur. He started as a volunteer at Sirkhane in 2013 and ever since has worked as the music instructor for children. He perform in streets, in music festivals, in cultural event. He sings in Turkish, Kurdish, Arabic and he loves to work with children. Currently he teaches in three locations around Mardin and in rural areas.

Mujahit Poyraz
He is born in Mardin in 1994. He started to learn guitar from his brother starting at the age of 16. He is a self-leaner and plays multiple instruments including guitar, saz and santur. He started as a volunteer at Sirkhane in 2013 and ever since has worked as the music instructor for children. He perform in streets, in music festivals, in cultural event. He sings in Turkish, Kurdish, Arabic and he loves to work with children. Currently he teaches in three locations around Mardin and in rural areas.

  Kevin Bishop  Violinist, violist, conductor, composer, and educator Kevin Bishop has a varied career as a violist, violinist, conductor, composer, and arts administrator. He has been referred to as “an enthusiastic young violist” by Chamber Music Magazine and a “brilliant young entrepreneur” by Classical KUSC FM Los Angeles. As an international competition winner, Kevin played recitals at Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center. He has performed, conducted, and taught masterclasses in Bolivia, Brazil, Columbia, England, Germany, Switzerland, the Netherlands, Afghanistan, and the USA. He has been guest lecturer at the New England Conservatory in Boston, the Institute for Cultural Diplomacy in Berlin, Germany, and at the Chamber Music America national conference. He has three times been conductor of the CMEA Connecticut All-State Elementary Honor Orchestra and spent four summers as chamber orchestra conductor at Arizona’s Strings Del Rio Festival. He designed and led music enrichment for the BELL ‘Building Educated Leaders for Life’ summer program in Providence, RI, serving children ages 8-10 who had been held back in school. He has played viola in everything from the complete chamber music of Brahms with the Southern California Brahms Festival to on stage with the Foo Fighters at the Grammy Awards and with members of Led Zepplin. He has appeared on NPR’s Morning Edition and All Things Considered, BBC Radio 3, and countless local stations in the USA, South America, Afghanistan, and Europe. He can be heard - as a viola soloist, chamber musician, and composer- on albums released by Toccata Classics and Naxos. He has a new album being released in 2018 featuring his work adapting Indian raga for string quartet. Furthermore, he has spent 13 years arranging and performing pop music with the Golden Scroll Soloists String Quartet.

Kevin Bishop
Violinist, violist, conductor, composer, and educator Kevin Bishop has a varied career as a violist, violinist, conductor, composer, and arts administrator. He has been referred to as “an enthusiastic young violist” by Chamber Music Magazine and a “brilliant young entrepreneur” by Classical KUSC FM Los Angeles. As an international competition winner, Kevin played recitals at Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center. He has performed, conducted, and taught masterclasses in Bolivia, Brazil, Columbia, England, Germany, Switzerland, the Netherlands, Afghanistan, and the USA. He has been guest lecturer at the New England Conservatory in Boston, the Institute for Cultural Diplomacy in Berlin, Germany, and at the Chamber Music America national conference. He has three times been conductor of the CMEA Connecticut All-State Elementary Honor Orchestra and spent four summers as chamber orchestra conductor at Arizona’s Strings Del Rio Festival. He designed and led music enrichment for the BELL ‘Building Educated Leaders for Life’ summer program in Providence, RI, serving children ages 8-10 who had been held back in school. He has played viola in everything from the complete chamber music of Brahms with the Southern California Brahms Festival to on stage with the Foo Fighters at the Grammy Awards and with members of Led Zepplin. He has appeared on NPR’s Morning Edition and All Things Considered, BBC Radio 3, and countless local stations in the USA, South America, Afghanistan, and Europe. He can be heard - as a viola soloist, chamber musician, and composer- on albums released by Toccata Classics and Naxos. He has a new album being released in 2018 featuring his work adapting Indian raga for string quartet. Furthermore, he has spent 13 years arranging and performing pop music with the Golden Scroll Soloists String Quartet.

  Ladan Mehranzadeh   Born in Rasht in 1992 she studied graphic design in high school and has a bachelor's degree in tourism management. She is an illustrator, a painter, familiar with hand printing and a pupeteer. She specifically works with giant puppet and is involved in puppet design.

Ladan Mehranzadeh

Born in Rasht in 1992 she studied graphic design in high school and has a bachelor's degree in tourism management. She is an illustrator, a painter, familiar with hand printing and a pupeteer. She specifically works with giant puppet and is involved in puppet design.

  Jaran Oran   She is born in 1984, Istanbul and moved to Salzburg to study contemporary dance at SEAD (Salzburg Experimental Academy of Dance); after 2 years of studies in Yildiz Technical University Art and Design Faculty. Since she finished her postgraduate Masters program ICE (International Choreographic Exchange) at SEAD; she is working as a freelance dancer and choreographer. She worked with many choreographers (Davis Freeman, Ori Flomin, Mihran Tomasyan, Mustafa Avkiran, Tomaz Simatovic, Myrto Dimitridau, Abhilash Ningappa, etc.) and international companies. She also worked with many multidisciplinary artists for her own creations (RUSH HOUR, I need a man to perform this Duet, Heimat…los!, Just Vonce, Youmemeyouhesheme.., My Lovely Army, Static Apnea, Arrimamuebles) all around Europe, South and North America. Between 2010-2014, she worked at the Toihaus Theatre - Salzburg and performed in and directed many different productions of the theatre. Since 2014 she is based in Munich and a member of Tanztendenz München.

Jaran Oran
She is born in 1984, Istanbul and moved to Salzburg to study contemporary dance at SEAD (Salzburg Experimental Academy of Dance); after 2 years of studies in Yildiz Technical University Art and Design Faculty. Since she finished her postgraduate Masters program ICE (International Choreographic Exchange) at SEAD; she is working as a freelance dancer and choreographer. She worked with many choreographers (Davis Freeman, Ori Flomin, Mihran Tomasyan, Mustafa Avkiran, Tomaz Simatovic, Myrto Dimitridau, Abhilash Ningappa, etc.) and international companies. She also worked with many multidisciplinary artists for her own creations (RUSH HOUR, I need a man to perform this Duet, Heimat…los!, Just Vonce, Youmemeyouhesheme.., My Lovely Army, Static Apnea, Arrimamuebles) all around Europe, South and North America. Between 2010-2014, she worked at the Toihaus Theatre - Salzburg and performed in and directed many different productions of the theatre. Since 2014 she is based in Munich and a member of Tanztendenz München.

  Helen Newby   She continually seeks ways to expand the technical and expressive boundaries of her instrument through close collaboration with other innovative performers, composers and artists. Helen's passion for collaboration and experimentation has led her to work with a number of both emerging and established composers, including Steve Reich, Chaya Czernowin, Marcos Balter, Sabrina Schroeder, Ashley Fure, and Marek Poliks, among others. Her premiere solo album, Dialogue, featuring commissions by David Bird, Danny Clay, Adam Hirsch, Kurt Isaacson and Haley Shaw, was released in early 2017 on Ephemeral Stream Recordings. Newby has performed with and alongside ensembles such as the JACK Quartet, San Francisco Contemporary Music Players, Eco Ensemble, Real Vocal String Quartet, One Found Sound, and the Barnes Ensemble, among others. She is a founding member of Amaranth Quartet and Chartreuse. Recent and upcoming collaborations with pop, electronic and indie artists include Magik*Magik Orchestra, Kygo, Diana Gameros, Kendra McKinley, and Aish, among others. In addition to an active career as a performer, Helen is equally dedicated to teaching. She maintains a private studio in Berkeley and is on faculty at The Crowden School. Newby graduated in 2015 with a MM from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music and in 2013 with a BM from Oberlin College.

Helen Newby
She continually seeks ways to expand the technical and expressive boundaries of her instrument through close collaboration with other innovative performers, composers and artists. Helen's passion for collaboration and experimentation has led her to work with a number of both emerging and established composers, including Steve Reich, Chaya Czernowin, Marcos Balter, Sabrina Schroeder, Ashley Fure, and Marek Poliks, among others. Her premiere solo album, Dialogue, featuring commissions by David Bird, Danny Clay, Adam Hirsch, Kurt Isaacson and Haley Shaw, was released in early 2017 on Ephemeral Stream Recordings. Newby has performed with and alongside ensembles such as the JACK Quartet, San Francisco Contemporary Music Players, Eco Ensemble, Real Vocal String Quartet, One Found Sound, and the Barnes Ensemble, among others. She is a founding member of Amaranth Quartet and Chartreuse. Recent and upcoming collaborations with pop, electronic and indie artists include Magik*Magik Orchestra, Kygo, Diana Gameros, Kendra McKinley, and Aish, among others. In addition to an active career as a performer, Helen is equally dedicated to teaching. She maintains a private studio in Berkeley and is on faculty at The Crowden School. Newby graduated in 2015 with a MM from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music and in 2013 with a BM from Oberlin College.

  Avideh Saadatpajouh   She is an Iranian designer. Studied in Cyprus— exposed to the Mediterranean scenery and lifestyle— resides in Canada—known for its diversity and high living standards; made her a passionate human being with multi-disciplinary skills. Human-centric, social responsible and self-enhancement are the core values in her design. I am serious at my work but yet have the most craziest ideas . Her greatest ability is ushering an audience, with thy imagination, to a transcendent space, by ways of immersive, physical and digital, experiences. Her utmost passion is for art, design and technology.

Avideh Saadatpajouh
She is an Iranian designer. Studied in Cyprus— exposed to the Mediterranean scenery and lifestyle— resides in Canada—known for its diversity and high living standards; made her a passionate human being with multi-disciplinary skills. Human-centric, social responsible and self-enhancement are the core values in her design. I am serious at my work but yet have the most craziest ideas . Her greatest ability is ushering an audience, with thy imagination, to a transcendent space, by ways of immersive, physical and digital, experiences. Her utmost passion is for art, design and technology.

  Burcu Yilmaz   She studied cultural heritage/ arts management and performing arts in Turkey and France. She worked with national and international organisations including Anadolu Kültür (TR), Friche Laiterie (FR), Global Heritage Fund (USA). She worked as a performer for Villa Theatre (FR) and Altenburg State Theatre (GR) among others. She is currently working as co-curator in bomontiada ALT as a part of A Corner in the World team. She discovered soundpainting during her MA degree in France in 2011. She studied with Walter Thompson, creator of this multidisciplinary language. She has conducted several workshops on instant composition, creative movement and sound as well as sondpainting for artists, children, teenagers including refugees and disadvantaged groups and created performances with them. Since 2014, she is a part of Think-tank community in order to develop the language.

Burcu Yilmaz
She studied cultural heritage/ arts management and performing arts in Turkey and France. She worked with national and international organisations including Anadolu Kültür (TR), Friche Laiterie (FR), Global Heritage Fund (USA). She worked as a performer for Villa Theatre (FR) and Altenburg State Theatre (GR) among others. She is currently working as co-curator in bomontiada ALT as a part of A Corner in the World team. She discovered soundpainting during her MA degree in France in 2011. She studied with Walter Thompson, creator of this multidisciplinary language. She has conducted several workshops on instant composition, creative movement and sound as well as sondpainting for artists, children, teenagers including refugees and disadvantaged groups and created performances with them. Since 2014, she is a part of Think-tank community in order to develop the language.

  Yassi Pishvai   She is a multimedia artist, born and bred in Tehran, Iran. Educated at OCAD university majoring in material art and design in Toronto, Canada. Currently living, exploring, and working in Berlin, Germany.

Yassi Pishvai
She is a multimedia artist, born and bred in Tehran, Iran. Educated at OCAD university majoring in material art and design in Toronto, Canada. Currently living, exploring, and working in Berlin, Germany.

  Elinor Speirs:  She studied classical violin with Noel Travers and Diana Cummings and received master classes from Anker Buch, Hu Kun, Lydia Mordkovitch and Siegmund Nissel among others. Elinor freelanced in the UK and France and performed with all the major ensembles in Cape Town as member, leader or soloist. While in New York, Elinor studied with Kenny Werner, frequently performing in venues in the west village and Brooklyn. Since her arrival in Boston Elinor has received instruction from pedagogue extraordinaire Jerry Bergonzi, and performed in diverse settings and genres ranging from jazz at the Lilypad, Syriac Fusion at the Boston Foundation to contemporary soloist with the NEC Symphony at Jordan Hall.

Elinor Speirs:
She studied classical violin with Noel Travers and Diana Cummings and received master classes from Anker Buch, Hu Kun, Lydia Mordkovitch and Siegmund Nissel among others. Elinor freelanced in the UK and France and performed with all the major ensembles in Cape Town as member, leader or soloist. While in New York, Elinor studied with Kenny Werner, frequently performing in venues in the west village and Brooklyn. Since her arrival in Boston Elinor has received instruction from pedagogue extraordinaire Jerry Bergonzi, and performed in diverse settings and genres ranging from jazz at the Lilypad, Syriac Fusion at the Boston Foundation to contemporary soloist with the NEC Symphony at Jordan Hall.


Local Musicians

 

  Reyhani Music Ensemble   The Reyhani Music Team, performs traditional Mardin music in Turkish, Arabic, Kurdish, Syriac and Armenian languages. Apart from being professionally interested in music, the group members, who are also involved in different professions, fulfill a mission of preserving Mardin music and region melodies through their musical process. They meet periodically with the Mardinian and the museum visitors in the Traditional Leyli Music Sessions, offer important contributions to the Mardin Music Culture as part of the activities of the Mardin Museum within the scope of preservation and protection of cultural heritage, they also participate in national events.

Reyhani Music Ensemble
The Reyhani Music Team, performs traditional Mardin music in Turkish, Arabic, Kurdish, Syriac and Armenian languages. Apart from being professionally interested in music, the group members, who are also involved in different professions, fulfill a mission of preserving Mardin music and region melodies through their musical process. They meet periodically with the Mardinian and the museum visitors in the Traditional Leyli Music Sessions, offer important contributions to the Mardin Music Culture as part of the activities of the Mardin Museum within the scope of preservation and protection of cultural heritage, they also participate in national events.

  Süleyman Gezici and Faraç Seyyar  Gezici and Seyyar are musicians belonging to Dom people who live as nomads and do not reside in one place. The doms are the people who continue their existence in Mesopotamia from past to today. Doms who live in Mardin's Nusaybin district and have their own language (Domanice / Domce), cultures and lifestyles migrate for economic and social reasons. They are known for their musicianship as well as their nomadic culture. Süleyman Gezici and Faraç Seyyar have been adding color to their wedding and entertainment programs in Mardin for years with drums and Zurna.

Süleyman Gezici and Faraç Seyyar
Gezici and Seyyar are musicians belonging to Dom people who live as nomads and do not reside in one place. The doms are the people who continue their existence in Mesopotamia from past to today. Doms who live in Mardin's Nusaybin district and have their own language (Domanice / Domce), cultures and lifestyles migrate for economic and social reasons. They are known for their musicianship as well as their nomadic culture. Süleyman Gezici and Faraç Seyyar have been adding color to their wedding and entertainment programs in Mardin for years with drums and Zurna.

  Halil Tan  He is born in 1991 in Adıyaman and graduated from Eskişehir Anatolia University from Sociology department. He is one of the founder of folk music band called "Simurg". He plays several Instruments and is also a vocalist. He creates meditative and healing music in which he incorporates folk poetry, idioms, soul and folk melodies. He improvises meditative melodies on Santur and he believe that music is a cure for any kind of misery and he wish to go deep down with his listener's souls through his music.

Halil Tan
He is born in 1991 in Adıyaman and graduated from Eskişehir Anatolia University from Sociology department. He is one of the founder of folk music band called "Simurg". He plays several Instruments and is also a vocalist. He creates meditative and healing music in which he incorporates folk poetry, idioms, soul and folk melodies. He improvises meditative melodies on Santur and he believe that music is a cure for any kind of misery and he wish to go deep down with his listener's souls through his music.

  Abdurrahman Oguz (Dengbej)  He lives in the Cizre district of Şırnak and is one of the representatives of the tradition of dengbej in Mesopotamia. Since an early age he has grown up with music and has memorized the songs that his father taught him through oral tradition.. Later, he began to write his own compositions and became one of the most important representatives of this tradition. Abdurrahman Oğuz is among the important participants of the region and the events in the country with his voice that is living a tradition of hundred years.

Abdurrahman Oguz (Dengbej)
He lives in the Cizre district of Şırnak and is one of the representatives of the tradition of dengbej in Mesopotamia. Since an early age he has grown up with music and has memorized the songs that his father taught him through oral tradition.. Later, he began to write his own compositions and became one of the most important representatives of this tradition. Abdurrahman Oğuz is among the important participants of the region and the events in the country with his voice that is living a tradition of hundred years.