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Audun Aschim Steffensen

Audun Aschim Steffensen (b. 1991) was educated at the Norwegian Academy of Music where he earned a Master’s degree in composition and guitar performance. Already at the age of 23, he collaborated with Paolo Vinaccia on Dommedag ifølge Paulus, a work commissioned by Oslo Jazzfestival with the Norwegian Soloist Choir and guitarist Eivind Aarset. He has since worked on many interdisciplinary productions, including Alya-Vijnana for The Norwegian Wind Ensemble with Hanna Rabe as soloist in 2017. In 2018, his work Cryptics for solo percussionist was premiered by KORK percussionist Christian Lundqvist as part of the KORK-Kammer series

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Marius Noss Gundersen

Norwegian guitarist Marius Noss Gundersen acquired his education at the Agder Conservatory of Music and the Norwegian State Academy of Music. He studied Advanced Instrumental Studies at Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London, being the only guitarist to receive a full scholarship for the academic year 2000/2001. He is also holding a Master's degree in Performing Arts from the University of Agder. Marius has had the privilege of receiving tutelage under teachers such as Per Kjetil Farstad, Per Skareng, Sven Lundestad and Robert Brightmore, and has participated in master classes with some of the world’s most prominent guitarists, such as David Russell, Roland Dyens, Marco Socias, the Assad brothers, Peter Sculthorpe and Carlos Bonell

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Ivan Mazuze

Ivan Mazuze is a Norway based composer, award winning saxophonist and world jazz artist of Mozambique origin. Mazuze initiated his studies in music at his home country Mozambique at the National Music School in 1987 with piano as first instrument. After 7 years of classical piano training Mazuze joined the woodwind section of the same school with jazz study approach with focus on improvisation. After finishing the basic elementary music school, Mazuze continued his studies at the Department of Jazz and Ethnomusicology at the University of Cape Town, South Africa. Ivan Mazuze is Honors degree in jazz and composition studies and Masters graduate in ethnomusicology at University of Cape Town

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Mike McCormick

Mike McCormick is an Oslo-based guitarist, laptop performer and composer originally from Yellowknife, Canada. Much of Mike’s creative output is based on autobiographical material and draws from a variety of disciplines, including conceptual and performance art, electroacoustic music, twentieth-century literature, and various notated and improvised music traditions. Besides performing regularly in ad hoc improvising and chamber ensembles, his active projects include the EIDOLON, an improvising algorithmic computer program, the jazz composer’s orchestra OJKOS, the experimental metal band YAWN, and his vivid depictions of human intimacy explored in the Proxemics project. Mike has been fortunate enough to perform in Denmark, Norway, Sweden, Finland, Poland, England, France, Belgium, Germany, Italy, Switzerland, India and all across Canada, including performances at the Ultima Oslo Contemporary Music Festival, Copenhagen Jazz Festival, Ottawa International Jazz Festival, and the 2010 Vancouver Olympics.

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Kristian B. Jacobsen

Kristian B. Jacobsen is a Norwegian acoustic and electric bassist. He is a member of the Norwegian jazz/soul quartet ROHEY that has toured extensively throughout Europe and Scandinavia. Jacobsen features releases by Lukas Zabulionis Quintet, Drøm and ROHEY.

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Sigurd Hole

Sigurd Hole is a norwegian bassplayer from Rendalen living in Oslo. After finishing his masters degree in jazz and improvised music at the Norwegian Academy of Music in 2008, he has worked full time as a musician in various ensembles. Often with music relating somehow to norwegian folk music combined with elements from contemporary jazz in bands such as Karl Seglem acoustic quartet, Østerdalsmusikken and Eple Trio. The latter has been his main project for the past 10 years - alongside his more american influenced jazz- and pop oriented work with norwegian guitarist Jon Eberson (most notably in the band Jon Eberson Group)

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Kjetil Mulelid

Kjetil A. Mulelid has distinguished himself as an inventive artist, blending jazz, psalms, and rhythmic improvised music. He grew up in the small village Hurdal, Akershus, and started playing the piano in a early age. In 2010 he graduated from Jessheim high school where he had some really inspiring piano teachers: Ulrika Magdalena Lind, Morten Reppesgård and Jan Terje Augestad. Then he took one year at Høgskolen i Staffeldstgate in Oslo before he went to do a bachelor degree in jazz performance at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology in Trondheim (NTNU, Jazzlinja). Here he really learned to use the piano as his own language with the great teachers Erling Aksdal, Vigleik Storaas, Espen Berg and Eyolf Dale. Mulelid has played concerts in Scandinavia, Portugal, Spain, Belgium, Netherlands, France, Germany, England, Ireland, The Faroe Islands, Iceland, Serbia, Poland and USA

Michael Bloch

Michael Bloch received a lot of attention when, at the age of 16, he was already a professional jazz pianist, playing with well-known and renowned musicians. However, at that time he was becoming deeply involved with the music of John Coltrane, and he eventually decided to learn the saxophone and pursue a career as a sax player. That led him to the unusual situation of being a professional musician on two completely different instruments. Although having received some private teaching on both piano and saxophone, Bloch is mostly self-taught as a musician and has learned his craft mainly by pursuing his own goals and ambitions

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Carmen Gloria Pérez

Carmen Gloria Pérez was born in The Bronx, New York and moved to Puerto Rico at the age of ten. She is a writer, artist, award-winning actress, is a member of SCBWI, and a proud U.S. Army veteran. She earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Government and International Politics from George Mason University, has over 60 acting credits, including Nip/Tuck, Everybody Hates Chris and He’s Just Not That Into You, and has written, produced, directed and edited several short films and music videos, one of them selected as an Official Selection in Los Angeles CineFest. She won Best Supporting Actress in a Drama by the Valley Theatre League Artistic Director Achievement Awards (ADA) in 2003 for the play “Soldiers Don’t Cry” by Layon Gray; exhibited and sold her paintings in California; and has even had two songs in the Billboard Hot Dance Club Play and UK Commercial Pop Charts ("Emergency" and "Overload", as Carmen Perez)

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Magnus Jønnum Grimnes

www.magnusjgrimnes.com Magnus Jønnum Grimnes was born in Kongsberg on the 4 April, 1988. He works in the field of improvised music. Started playing acoustic guitar at the age of 14, but after a year it was changed to the electric guitar. He has a bachelor degree from the Norwegian academy of music. Compositional work revolves around the bands he is playing in and currently the most active ones are KIAP, Gúo and Nilasalin.


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