Wolfgang Fernow

double bass, studied with Wolfgang Stert in Freiburg and Fernando Grillo in Perugia. He wrote and improvised music for the film Die lange Hoffnung, Lothar Quinte and for the polish theater group Osmego Dnia. He was a member of the jazz formation Whisper Hot with the saxophonist Mathias Stich as well as the Silent Movie Companie. With the Trio Avodah has performed extensivly throughout Europe for the past 20 years and has recorded two CDs. He is a member of the Mike Svoboda Ensemble since 1998 with the projects French Kitsch, 14 Attempts to love Richard Wagner and Tierkreis, also documented on CD with the WERGO label. Together with the violinist Felix Borel and the violist Patrick Jüdt he performs as Trio Ginko.

Stefan Hussong

accordion, was born in Koellerbach an der Saar, Germany, and received scholarships from the Studienstiftung des Deutschen Volkes, DAAD, Akademie Schloss Solitude and the Art Foundation of Baden-Wuerttemberg State. In 1987 he received the first prize at the International Gaudeamus Interpreters Competition for contemporary Music. Hussong was awarded the Echo Classic Prize of the German Phonoacademy in the category Best Performer of the Year 1999. That same year his Solo-CD published by DENON with works by John Cage won the Best Record Award of the year. Hussong has premiered more than 80 works dedicated to him and he has recorded more than 25 CD`s, some of which have won several prizes. Hussong has performed as a soloist with, among others, the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, Musikfabrik Nordrhein-Westfalen, Ensemble Intercontemporain, Ensemble Modern, Klangforum Wien, Rundfunk Symphonieorchester Saarbruecken and Tokyo Shin Nippon Philharmonic Orchestra.He is professor for Accordion and Chambermusic at the Musikhochschule Würzburg. www.stefan-hussong.de/

Michael Kiedaisch

percussionist and composer, works in the creative fields between the genres of new music, improvisation and jazz. His collaborations with improvising-composers and composing-improvisors such as Mike Svoboda, Stefano Scodanibbio, Scott Roller, etc., reflects this emphasis in his work. As a composer and performer he has written numerous works for the stage including productions at the Ballet Nürnberg, the Freilichtspielen Schwäbisch Hall, the Forum Theater Stuttgart and Theater Freiburg. Radio plays include Heiliges Land, Musichall and in collaboration with Michael Riessler 81, and Pinocchio, etc. Numerous projects under his own direction (i.e. Trieau, mallets & reeds, ogloudoglou), various projects with Mike Svoboda, performances with ensembles for new music (Percussionensemble Stuttgart, Surplus Freiburg, gelberkllang), studio recordings, and his teaching at the Musikhochschule Stuttgart and the University Witten/Herdecke complete his musical activities. www.michaelkiedaisch.de/

Anne-May Krüger

mezzo-soprano, born in 1978 in Berlin, studied voice at the Universities of Music in Leipzig and Karlsruhe. Since 2006 she has been coached by Rudolf Piernay. Anne-May has participated in masterclasses with Hilde Zadek, Erich Holliger, Wolfgang Rihm, and Ingeborg Danz.  She holds scholarships from the Richard Wagner Verband, the New Music Theater Forum of the Staatsoper Stuttgart, and has received project scholarships from the Academy Schloss Solitude.Following opera productions in Germany and the German-speaking world, including Die Zauberflöte by W. A. Mozart, La Cenerentola by G. Rossini, and The Love for Three Oranges by S. Prokofiev, Anne-May was repeatedly engaged by the New Music Theater Forum of the Staatsoper Stuttgart. She also sang in the Youth Opera of the Staatsoper Stuttgart on a number of occasions. She was a guest both at the Oldenburgisches Staatstheater and the Augsburg Theater and has been a regular guest in the Youth Opera of Mannheim National Theater since 2006/2007. Guest appearances have taken her to Poland, Ireland, Austria, and Switzerland amongst others. The focus of Anne-May’s work lies on the performance of contemporary music. She has, accordingly, sung at such festivals as ‘Klang(g)riffe’ at the ZKM Karlsruhe, ‘Mouvement - Music in the 21st Century’ with the Saarland Radio, ‘WhyNote’ in Dijon and ‘Wien modern’. Anne-May has furthermore taken part in numerous world premieres of music theater works by composers such as Hans Tutschku, Mike Svoboda, and Karola Obermüller/Peter Gilbert. The mezzo-soprano has collaborated with renowned ensembles such as the ensemble recherche and the Ensemble Ascolta and since 2006 has been performing with the Mike Svoboda Ensemble. Since 2008 Anne-May has also been part of a duo with the harpist Beate Anton. In the same year Anne-May’s first CD, phonométrie, appeared on the WERGO label with works by Erik Satie and Mike Svoboda. Anne-May has performed with the dancer and choreographer Hans-Werner Klohe at the Academy Schloss Solitude and given concerts at the International Hugo Wolf Academy in Stuttgart and the Hitzacker Summer Music Days. Performances of church music complete her well-rounded profile. www.annemaykrueger.de

Scott Roller

cello, was Born in 1959 in Amarillo, Texas (USA). University music studies 1976-1981 in Texas and Paris, France. 1980-83 active with the free improvisation quartet BL Lacerta in Dallas. The collaboration with artists of widely divergent media forms has ever since been a significant aspect of my activities as a cellist, improvisor and composer. German resident since 1984 in Stuttgart und Essen. Further composition studies, 1987-89 cellist in the Dortmund Philharmonic. Since 1990 I have been active with Musikfabrik NRW, the Wolpe Trio, in Ensemble >gelberklang<, Helios String Quartet (Stuttgart), with a variety of composer/performers such as Mike Svoboda, Gary Verkade, Michael Riessler, Scott Fields. Collaborations with the dancer Christine Brunel. Since 2005, guest with Ensemble Modern (Frankfurt). Represented as a cellist, improviser and composer on labels such as Wergo (Frankfurt), cybele (Dusseldorf), Kairos (Vienna), free elephant records (Wuppertal) and clean feed (Lisbon). In 2005, I co-founded Open_Music (Stuttgart), a non-profit organization for improvisation, which has been awarded numerous grants and prizes from national, state and local agencies and foundations. rollermusic.de/