Art Omi: Music, 2019 Residents
Johanna Amaya Conejo (Colombia), a percussionist based in Bogotá, Colombia, is a highly creative and skilled performer who has recorded and performed with a number of artists in Colombia, Brasil, and the United States, and has been involved in projects that use music to generate social transformations in her country. In 2017, Johanna was selected to be part of the OneBeat Residency. As a consequence, she co-founded Todas las Puertas, a project that prompts interactions between artists from diverse disciplines and different countries to create interdisciplinary shows and educational workshops offered to underprivileged populations in Colombia and Brazil.
Dasom Baek (Korea) is a player of traditional Korean wind instruments.
Shannon Barnett (Australia/Germany), an Australian trombonist and composer., completed her Master of Music at SUNY Purchase in New York in 2013, before relocating to Cologne, Germany to take up a position with the WDR Big Band (2014-2018). Shannon has composed for and played with ensembles across a variety of genres, including her own quartet, which was nominated for the 2017 New German Jazz Prize, as well as the installation "Dead Weight" for improvising musicians and fitness studio equipment. In 2019, Shannon became Professor for Jazz Trombone at the Hochschule for Musik und Tanz in Cologne.
Bassist Greg Chudzik (USA) has performed premieres by Steve Reich, Steve Coleman, Brian Ferneyhough, Johnny Greenwood, Mark Appelbaum, Alex Mincek, Eric Wubbels, Sam Pluta, Ted Hearne, Anthony Cheung, Dan Deacon, Paula Mathieson, Anna Clyne, and Fay Kween Wang. He has performed at Carnegie Hall, La Philharmonie, The Village Vanguard, Disney Hall, Darmstadt Music Festival, and Saalfalden Jazz Festival, and performs regularly as a member of Ensemble Signal, Talea Ensemble, amd Wet Ink Ensemble, as well as the bands Bing & Ruth, Empyrean Atlas, and the Briars of North America. In 2019 he released his second album, “Solo Works Vol. 2” for double bass, on Panoramic Recordings.
Violeta García (Argentina), a cellist, improviser and composer from Buenos Aires, Argentina, earned her Musical Arts Degree at Universidad Nacional de las Artes.She has played with Joelle Leandre, Uri Caine, Brandon Lopez, Chris Pitsiokos, Tristan Honsinger,J acques Morelembaum, Hank Roberts, Tony Malaby, and others. She studied classical cello with Stanimir Todorov, and after years of studying classical and popular music, and later contemporary music and improvisation, Violeta realized that her own musical voice needed to emerge outside of specific genres. At the moment she is eager to improvise, compose and experiment with extended techniques, prepared instruments and amplification. She tours annually with improvisers from Latin America, Europe and USA around the world. She founded an independent digital platform and series devoted to publishing new experimental music in Latin America—TVL REC—with Carlos Quebrada (Colombia) and Camilo Ángeles (Perú).
Praised for her equally fierce and bold dramatic performance style, Sylvia Hinz (Germany) is one of the leading recorder players worldwide, specializing in contemporary music and improvisation. She studied recorder at the University of Arts Berlin with Gerd Luenenbuerger, experimental music with Dieter Schnebel, as well as chamber music conducting/ensemble leading, and plays solo recitals and concerts with ensembles and orchestras, holds special interest in contemporary music and improvisation, sometimes in unusual instrumental combinations and cooperations with other arts (e.g. painting, literature, sculpture), and fosters international collaborations with other musicians, composers, and artists. Photo by Cristina Marx.
Dan Siegler (USA) is a Bessie Award-winning composer, producer & writer from NYC. Influenced by musique concrète, Siegler combines analog synthesizers, glitch materials and field recordings with strings, horns and woodwinds. His music has been described as "luxuriously mercurial" by Artforum. Siegler’s collaborations with Pam Tanowitz have been performed at Works & Process at the Guggenheim Museum, The Joyce Theater, Lincoln Center Out of Doors, and many other venues from Brooklyn to Buenos Aires. Siegler has composed music for Yanira Castro, Dylan Crossman and String Noise. His sound installation and composition Ghost Sentence were part of the opening of the Faena Forum for Art Basel in collaboration with Tanowitz and Shohei Shigematsu/OMA. Other awards include the Abe Olman Scholarship from National Academy of Popular Music, a composer’s residency at Wildacres and an EtM choreographer/composer residency. Siegler’s recording studio clients have included HBO, Showtime and David LaChapelle.
Originally from Mexico City, Amanda Tovalin (Mexico) is a singer, violinist and composer. Her music could be considered genreless although it does have profound roots in jazz and Latin American folk music.
From 1981 - 2005, Shing-kwei Tseng (Taiwan) was a Professor at the National Taiwan Normal University, Taipei/Taiwan, and in 2002~2003 was a Fulbright Scholar visiting CCRMA, Stanford University, and University of North Texas. In the fall of 2018 he was Resident Composer at ArteFacto Sonoro Quito and participated the XIV Festival Ecuatoriano de Musica Contemporanea at Teatro Variedades Quito Ecuador. His compositions are published by H.Lemoin/ Paris. His honors included being awarded the Premiere Grand Prix de 3eme Concour International Composition pour Orgue 1986 St. Remy, France and the 2013 Award of Wu Shan-Lien, Taiwan, ROC.
Shruthi Vishwanath (India) is a singer and composer who explores intersections of Indian classical and folk through her music. Her music highlights voices of marginalised poets from across South Asia.
Wanja Wohoro (Australia/Kenya) is an Afro-Indie-Soul singer-songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist from Nairobi, Kenya and Sydney, Australia. She released her tropical summer single "Counting" and an accompanying music video while studying Music at Sydney University in 2015. In 2018, Wanja released her debut album "Matriarch," a creative endeavour telling the story of contemporary womanhood through a personal lens. In the short time since it's release it has already garnered a great deal of attention, including making Wanja Apple Music Africa's "Favourite New Artist" for the month of October. She was also recently selected as one of the top 100 artists in Africa as part of Afrobeat Star Mr Eazi's (Nigeria) #Empawa100Africa initiative. Wanja has been featured at various festivals in Australia, Kenya and South Africa, and continues to perform regularly, spreading her messages of female empowerment and authentic storytelling throughout Africa and to the world.
Interested in the possibilities of musical relationality amongst people, objects, and histories, Ben Zucker (USA) crosses and intentionally plays with genre, discipline, and creative roles. As a composer, sound artist, multi-instrumentalist improviser, and performer in an expanded field of music beyond sound, he has contributed to the experimental music scenes of the Bay Area, Connecticut, London, Chicago, and beyond, and released solo albums combining brass, percussion, voice, and electronics into adventurous performances acclaimed as “a testament to the power of restraint and arrangement” (Decoder Magazine), and “more than a little bit remarkable” (Free Jazz Blog). He currently studies music, performance, and philosophy as a doctoral student at Northwestern University.
Udo Moll (Germany, Alumnus in Residence, Art Omi: Music 2008) is living in Cologne/Germany and works as composer, trumpeter and sound artist. After having studied at the Music Conservatory in Cologne ( Jazz trumpet with Manfred Schoof, Composition with Johannes Fritsch) he expanded his expertise in the fields of experimental contemporary music, improvisation, world music and transmedial sound art. Concert tours and residencies brought him to a lot of places not only in Europe but around the world (USA, Chile, Japan, Korea, Mali, Sudan, Taiwan, Iran, Syria, Lebanon etc). For some years, Udo Moll has been working on the integration of computer-based processes into electro-acoustic live-performances. Regular collaborations with video artists, actors, dancers. Recently intensive work on live improvisation with modular synthesizers. Composition residencies a.o. for Villa Aurora (Los Angeles) and Villa Kamogawa (Kyoto). Radiophonic soundart pieces for Deutschlandfunk Kultur.