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Per Zanussi

Born in 1977, Per Zanussi grew up in Stavanger, Norway with an Italian father and Norwegian mother. He started playing various instruments at five but picked up the bass at 13 playing in bands. After discovering he quickly switched to double bass. In 1996, while still a student in Trondheim he founded the electronic project Wibutee together with Håkon Kornstad and Wetle Holte.This outfit recorded 3 albums with Zanussi and toured most of the world in the following years.

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Gunther Schuller

Gunther Schuller (born November 22, 1925) is an American composer and horn player. He is regarded as one of the key figures in contemporary classical music. He studied at the Saint Thomas Choir School and became an accomplished horn player; at the age of seventeen he was principal hornist with the Cincinnati Symphony, and two years later took up a similar position with the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra. In 1959 he gave up performance to devote himself to composition. He has conducted internationally and studied and recorded jazz with such greats as Dizzy Gillespie, Miles Davis, and John Lewis.

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Eric Whitacre

An accomplished composer, conductor and lecturer, Eric Whitacre has quickly become one of the most popular and performed composers of his generation. The Los Angeles Times has praised his compositions as "works of unearthly beauty and imagination, (with) electric, chilling harmonies"; while the BBC raves that "what hits you straight between the eyes is the honesty, optimism and sheer belief that passes any pretension. This is music that can actually make you smile.”

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Anouar Brahem

Anouar Brahem (Arabic: أنور ابراهم) is a Tunisian (middle eastern lute) player and composer who is widely regarded as an innovator in his field. Performing for primarily a audience, he fuses music, music and jazz and has been recording since at least 1991 after becoming prominent in his own country in the late 1980s. Brahem began studying the at age 10 under the tutelage of Ali Sitri at the National Conservatory of Music in Tunis. In 1987, after six years in Paris, he spent two years as the director of the Ensemble Musical De Ia Ville De Tunis.

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Will Guthrie

Australian drummer/percussionist Will Guthrie uses home-made instruments, amplified found and junk, microphones & electronics alongside more conventional drums and cymbals. Originally a drummer he has worked in many different settings of music: live performance, improvisation, studio composition.

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Othon & Tomasini

OTHON & TOMASINI are Greek composer/pianist Othon Mataragas and Italian actor/singer Ernesto Tomasini. Othon's original and unclassifiable repertoire, coupled with his virtuoso piano playing, and Tomasini's huge range and unique renditions make for an intense experience that is as dark as it is lyrical. Haunting music, deranged performance and heightened theatricality are Othon & Tomasini's trademarks.

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Piotr Kurek

Polish composer and musician, working and living in Warsaw. Piotr Kurek studied classical piano and played drums but is most known from his activity in dance theatre and electronic music. Co-founder of ever changing project Ślepcy, emerged in the late 90’s and collaborated with various record labels including Ambush (London), Kool.POP (Berlin), Cock Rock Disco (Berlin), Klangkrieg (Berlin), Unknown Public (London) and Crónica (Porto).

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