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Marja Ahti (n. Johansson) is a Swedish-Finnish musician and sound artist based in Turku, Finland. She’s performing and recording under the moniker Tsembla as well as her own name.
Ahti works with field recordings and concrete sound material combined with synthesizers in order to find the borderland where these sounds start to mimic each other or communicate. She makes music that rides on waves of slow warped harmonies and mutating textures – rough edged compositions, rich in detail. She also makes music and sound for dance performances and film.
Ahti has performed her music in many different contexts around Europe, in Japan and the United States. She’s also a member of the Himera work group, organizing experimental music events and workshops, and one half of the duo Ahti & Ahti with partner Niko-Matti Ahti.
Emilie Payeur lives and works in Montréal, Canada. She obtained a Master Degree in electroacoustic music composition at the University of Montreal. She is a multidisciplinary artist, mainly active in experimental/noise music and visual arts. The tension, discomfort, voyeurism and perversion/deviation of the reality are very important in her work, both in the creative process and in the work itself. Often described as being minimalist and sometimes harsh, her music has been performed and rewarded all over the world and her visual works has drawn attention during exhibitions. She is currently the artist resident at Titanik Galleria in Turku.
Emilie is a member of Dead Squirrels (noise trio), Kohlenstoff Records (experimental music label and collective), Projet K (experimental ensemble) and Jeunesse Cosmique (spatial music label and family).
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The artistic preoccupations of composer, musician and performer Charles Quevillon center on the contrasts between nature and urban life and the ritualization of sound and movement performance. He has studied six years at the Conservatoire de Musique de Montréal and worked seven years with choreographer Tedd Robinson on 21 projects including 5 hour long works in which he himself performs in Canada's biggest dance festivals (FTA, VIDF, CDF). Through this extensive collaboration, he has discovered a passion for movement and performs many of his own works himself, such as Corde à Vide, composed for a suspended musician at the center of a chime of plucked-string instruments. His holistic and multidisciplinary approach to composition has brought him to work with ensemble and musician that are also redefining music performance like Soundinitiative ensemble, the duet Altra Voce, Magnitude 6, Totems Contemporains et Émilie Girard-Charest. Charles Quevillon is Artistic Associate with 10 Gates Dancing inc.