They use cello, flute, didgeridoo, percussion, prepared piano or keyboards, electric guitar, amplified African monochords and the VCS3 analogue synthesizer. Played in any possible way, these instruments provide a wide palette of sound that is enhanced further by the acoustic properties of space. They plan as little as possible about what is going to be played. The instruments they have chosen function as boundaries to be respected and explored, while various conscious or subconscious musical predilections serve as something to challenge and refer to.
Glyn Williams on drums and Matthias Strassmueler on classical guitar
have joined successfully recently.
About the members of the group:
Stelios Giannoulakis (b.1971 ) is
currently working towards a Ph.D. in Electroacoustic Composition at the
University of Wales Bangor under supervision of Dr.Andrew Lewis, while
teaching Recording and Editing Techniques, looking after the Music Department's
studios, as well as playing and producing a wide range of musical styles.
He uses instruments and the electronic music studio to integrate many
different types of sound material into his works as part of a rich musical
activity. His works are regularly performed in international festivals
and conferences, as well as on the radio.
Robert Mackay (b.1973) is lecturer
in Creative Music Technology for the University of Hull, Scarborough Campus
and is pursuing a doctorate in musical composition at the University of
Wales, Bangor under the supervision of Andrew Lewis. His work has gained
international recognition in the form of prizes at Bourges and elsewere,
and his pieces have been performed and broadcast across the world.
As well as composing in various genres, he is an actor, singer and instrumentalist.
He has performed in productions all over the UK, and has made several
radio and television appearances. He plays and writes in a number of bands
and ensembles, including IMP as well as the Welsh Hip-Hop collective 'Tystion'.
Huw McGregor (b.1976) gained his
diploma in performance on the cello at the Welsh Collage of Music and
Drama. He was presented with the Grace Williams Memorial Award for composition
at the Urdd National Eisteddfod (1996). His work was broadcast nationally
on S4C and was subsequently commissioned to write for Cecilia Smega in
1998 by the Cilcain Festival.
Huw takes an active musical role in the community playing in-groups,
from modem improvisation to popular music, as well as teaching cello.
Huw has also gained notoriety as a sound engineer recording for Alexander
Baillie and festivals such as the Llangollen Intemational Music Festival.
Performed live with the Duke Quartet the premier of Stephen Montague's
string quartet no.1 (for string quartet, live electronics and tape)
Matthias Strassmueller, composer
and guitarist, has performed with several bands in Germany and Wales since
1990. He plays electric, acoustic and bass-guitar in a wide range of styles,
extending from Jazz and Folk Music to Experimental Fusion Rock and Afro-Cuban
He has in the last couple of years found his way back to the classical
guitar and performs as a free improviser with the ensemble IMP. He is
currently studying for a Masters in Composition and Music Technology.
He composes in a variety of media, including electroacoustic music as
well as instrumental pieces with or without electronics.
Glyn Williams (b.1956) is a self-taught
rock drummer. He played in many bands on the Liverpool scene in the 70s
and 80s, and recorded a John Peel session for BBC Radio One in 1981 with
Glyn is now following an MPhil programme in pop music composition. His main interest now are composition, and he has recently completed his third CD.
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