Michel Doneda, soprano saxophone, born in 1954, comes from the French South-West. He is a self-taught musician.
In 1980 he founded in Toulouse a reed trio: HIC ET NUNC, a group that toured quite a lot in France, playing mostly improvised music. At the same time he founded with musicians, dancers and actors a place called IREA (Institute for research and exchange between arts of improvisation).
In the following years, he participated in music projects with other artists and he became a regular guest of the Chantenay-Villedieu festival. Meeting other artists he developed a very personal approach with his music and his instrument in improvised music. During this period he played with Europeans musicians: Fred Van Hove, Phil Wachsmann, Max Eastley, Steve Beresford and Americans: John Zorn, Eliott Sharp, Elvin Jones
In 1985 he made his first record under his own name: TERRA (Nato record). At the same time he started playing regurlarly with Lê Quan Ninh, Daunik Lazro, Beñat Achiary, Martine Altenburger, Barre Phillips, Paul Rogers, Tetsu Saitoh, Kazue Sawai.
More recently he developed his work with Keith Rowe, Gunter Muller, Bhob Rainey, Giuseppe Ielasi and dancers as Masaki Iwana, Yukiko Nakamura, Valérie Métivier and poets, actors.
Since then, he has been very involved in the international improvised music scene, toured in Africa, Japan, Asia, USA, Canada, South America, Russia and with a lot of improvisers in Europe.
Jerome Noetinger was born 25th April 1966 (Marseille, France), Jérôme Noetinger followed his musical training in electroacoustic music under the direction of Xavier Garcia in Grenoble (France) from 1986 to 1988. He was one of the three founding members of the Metamkine intervention cell (Cellule d’Intervention Metamkine) since 1987, alongside french cinéasts Christophe Auger and Xavier Quérel (they performed in Belgrade in 2001). He has collaborated with longtime partner Lionel Marchetti since 1993 and Mathieu Werchowski (1997-1998). He has played with Nachtluft, Voice Crack, Tom Cora, Michel Doneda, Lê Quan Ninh, Martine Altenburger, Emmanuel Petit, Marc Pichelin, Jean Pallandre, Dominique Répécaud, Peter Hollinger, Keith Rowe, and avant-improv orchestra MIMEO (since 1997). He runs the Metamkine Record label (and was responsible for curating its ‘Collection Cinéma pour l’oreille’ series) and is currently a member of the editorial board of French magazine Revue & Corrigée.
Thomas Lehn was born in Fröndenberg (Germany) in 1958 and since the early 1980s has been working as a author and performer of contemporary music.
As an interpreting pianist he has been playing concerts since 1982 – performing both contemporary new music including numerous first performances and traditional composed music of the classical and romantical period. In 1989 he initiated the chamber ensemble Trio Dario and four years later the Mengano Quartett, performing compositions of the contemporary avant-garde, in particular numerous first performances of comissioned works.
Developed parallel to his work as a pianist, since the early 1990s his major and widely known work has been performing and producing live-electronic music. Rooted in the experience of a wide spectrum of musical fields based on his background as an interpreting and improvising pianist in classical-, contemporary and jazz-music and being involved in numerous other projects like music theatre, dance, multi-media, studio pre-/post-production etc., he has been developing an individual ‘language’ of electronic music.
The electronic equipment he uses consists of analogue synthesizers of the late 1960s, and since 1994 in particular the EMS Synthi A. Besides the substantial characteristics of its analogue sound synthesis, the facilities of this modular instrument – for example to modify electronic sounds very directly as well as to combine and to control several parameters of the sound synthesis at the same time – allows him to spontaneously act and react in close contact with the various structural degrees of the musical process.
His ensemble activities include duetts with: Gerry Hemingway and Marcus Schmickler, Günter Christmann, Eugene Chadbourne and Paul Lovens. Other duett partners are Italian violinist Tiziana Bertoncini, Swiss saxophonist Urs Leimgruber and French pianist Frédéric Blondy.
Major trio collaborations are KONK PACK with Tim Hodgkinson and Roger Turner, TOOT with Phil Minton and Axel Dörner (oba sastava su vec nastupala na “Ring Ring festivalu u Beogradu, THERMAL with John Butcher and Andy Moor, FUTCH with Jon Rose and Johannes Bauer.
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