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Manuel Mota

"Experimental jazz and blues guitarist born in Lisbon, Portugal in October 22nd. Started playing guitar in his teens, soloing over records. In the late 80's his discovery of experimental music, jazz and all the underground activity of that period inspired him to turn his work public, which happened in 1989. From that to 1997 he studies and experiments with prepared guitar, mainly acoustic, and focused his work on drone music, influenced by Phill Niblock and La Monte Young.

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Nhomea

Nhomea is an improvisational group from Australia. The group has an open lineup, and comprises of a large list of experimental musicians from Sydney and interstate. Born of being aware of the present, and predicting the future - this sonic organism evokes danger, immediacy and spontaneity. The totalising effect of this experimental journey drives the listener into the unknown, and with alarming effect. Nhomea attempts to remain as true to creative inspiration as possible- to allow expression in the moment, and to be reflective of the surroundings and the audience.

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Maja Ratkje

Maja Solveig Kjelstrup Ratkje, composer and performer (born Dec. 29th 1973 in Trondheim, Norway), finished composition studies at the Norwegian State Academy of Music in Oslo in 2000. Her compositions have been performed by Oslo Sinfonietta, The Norwegian Radio Orchestra, Arve Tellefsen, Cikada and Vertavo string quartets, Quatuor Renoir, ticom, Crash Ensemble, Torben Snekkestad, Spunk, Frode Haltli and Poing among others.

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Mary Halvorson Trio

Experimental jazz trio from Brooklyn, NY. Debut album Dragon's Head has been released by Firehouse 12. The band features Ches Smith on drums (Xiu Xiu, Marc Ribot's Ceramic Dog), John Hebert on bass (Uri Caine, the late Andrew Hill, his own band, Byzantine Monkey), and Mary Halvorson on guitar (People, Anthony Braxton, duo with Jessica Pavone). "More than an auspicious debut, (Dragon's Head) is among this year’s standout jazz albums and one of the more original recent statements by any jazz guitarist..." - Nate Chinen, The New York Times, November 2008

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Seth Rogen

Seth Rogen (born April 15, 1982) is a Canadian actor, comedian, screenwriter and film producer. Rogen began his career doing stand-up comedy for four years during his teens, coming in second place in the Vancouver Amateur Comedy Contest when he was 16. While still living in Canada, he landed a supporting role in Freaks and Geeks. After he moved to Los Angeles for the role, Freaks and Geeks was canceled after one season. He then got a part on the equally short-lived Undeclared, which also hired him as a staff writer.

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Minamo

There are two different artists under the name Minamo: An electro-acoustic rock group and a Free Jazz/Classical Duo. 1. In 1999, the electro-acoustic group Minamo was formed by Keiichi Sugimoto and Tetsuro Yasunaga. In 2000, minamo's self-released CD-R "wakka" was reissued by the New York label Quakebasket. This release was selected by Matmos as one of best sounds in 2001 in The Wire magazine.
In 2001 two new members joined, Yuiichiro Iwashita (guitar) and Namiko Sasamoto (sax, organ), to make the band a quartet. In 2002, first CD album ".kgs" has released by the Tokyo label 360 records.

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Cobblestone Jazz

Cobblestone Jazz is Mathew Jonson on drums and SH-101 bass, programmer Tyger Dhula, and Danuel Tate on keys and vocoder, Itiswhatitis Recordings, Vibraphone Biography Cobblestone Jazz have been performing live electronic music for four years on the west coast of British Columbia. The three members of the group are programmer Tyger Dhula, keyboardists Danuel Tate and Mathew Jonson, whose recent works for Itiswhatitis, Minus and Substatic have brought him international recognition.

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