Faculty Members
2024 Polish Edition

Signe Emmeluth

Danish saxophonist Signe Emmeluth, who now lives in Oslo after studying in Trondheim, Norway, has made a strong impact on the European free music scene in the last couple of years, not only due to her ferocious sound, but also through a stylistic openness. Her rugged band Amoeba fulfils her compositional interests, while her duo with guitarist Karl Bjorå, Owl, which released a stunning 2020 debut called Mille Feuille, is more spare and contemplative.

Joanna Duda

pianist, composer, improviser. The music she creates is an experimental music with elements of jazz, and contemporary classical. The artist’s main projects are solo (KEEN Alpaka rec. 2019) and Joanna Duda Trio (FUMITSUKE – Echo Productions 2021). Both are characterized by combining electronic and acoustic sounds in an osmotic and organic way. What is unique in the artist’s music is looking for the sound aesthetics where it seems to be lacking.

In 2017 Joanna established her flagship project Joanna Duda Trio, which in recent years has played in such prestigious venues as Ronnie Scott’s in London, Dizzy’s Jazz Club in NY, Porgy&Bess in Vienna, Le Periscope in Lyon, Opus Jazz Club in Budapest and jazz festivals in Vancouver, Edmonton, Bremen and Helsinki. Their album FUMITSUKE got a premiere during London Jazz Festival in 2021; the album was very well received by jazz (and not only) listeners.

Nick Dunston

Nick Dunston is a composer, improviser, bassist, and multi-instrumentalist. Called an “indispensable player on the New York avant-garde” (New York Times), his performances have spanned a variety of venues and festivals across North America, Europe, and The Middle East. His work explores notions of ancestral memory, materiality, embodiment, decolonization, and Afro-surrealism. As a collaborator he has worked with artists such as Mary Halvorson, Vijay Iyer, Tyshawn Sorey, Marc Ribot, Craig Taborn, Ches Smith, Elliott Sharp, Dave Douglas, Jeff “Tain” Watts, Allison Miller, Tomas Fujiwara, Lucrecia Dalt, Alexander Hawkins, Imani Uzuri, Achim Kaufmann, Michael Moore, Ingrid Laubrock, Moor Mother, Anna Webber, and Amirtha Kidambi. In addition to seven albums released under his name, Dunston has been commissioned by ensembles such as Bang on a Can, JACK Quartet, A L’ARME! Festival, Ex-Aequo, Bass Players for Black Composers, Tenth Intervention, TROMPO, Gaudeamus Festival, PULSE, and Ekmeles. In 2019 he was awarded the Van Lier Fellowship by Roulette Intermedium, which supported the creation of the trans-media song cycle La Operación, the double bass quintet piece The Floor is Lava!, and his debut studio album, Atlantic Extraction, which was referred to as “the debut of 2019” (JazzTimes Magazine). In 2020 in collaboration with Dogbotic Labs, he co-created “Ear Re-training”, a music composition course focusing on media-bending experimental techniques and concepts. He, along with composer /performer Katherine Young were featured as the inaugural Artists-in-Residence with Wet Ink Ensemble for the 2021-2022 season, where Dunston created his 14-piece ensemble work Reverse Broadcast, himself performing on double bass, processed radio, and improvised Conduction. He released his chamber trio album Spider Season in 2022 in which Pitchfork magazine noted “Even in a trio setting, Dunston’s curiosity creates a plethora of possibilities. No two songs of his ever sound alike.” He has given artist talks and presented his works at academic institutions such as University of Southern California, The University of Iowa, California Institute of the Arts, and Stony Brook University. He was nominated for the Deutscher Jazzpreis (German Jazz Prize) in the years 2023 and 2024. Dunston currently resides and maintains an active presence in the Jazz, experimental, and improvised music scenes in Berlin and New York.

Marc Ducret

Guitarist Marc Ducret was born in Paris in 1957. A self-taught musician, he began working in various groups (dance and folk included), and in the studio, before reaching the age of 20. In 1986, he became a member of the first French National Jazz Orchestra. Also in the late ’80s, Ducret led his own trio and toured Europe, Africa, and Asia. In 1991, he began working with Tim Berne and went on to play with Berne in Caos Totale, Bloodcount, and Big Satan. Ducret has several solo recordings to his credit, released on Berne’s Screwgun label and the Winter & Winter label. In the late ’90s, Ducret formed a tentet, Seven Songs, to explore music of the ’60s.

Christian Lillinger

Christian Lillinger (born 21 April 1984) is a German drummer, composer and percussionist. He was born in Lübben, grew up in the German village of Kuschkow, and has been living in Berlin since 2003 working as a musician and composer.[1][2] Christian has performed in concerts and at festivals in Europe, Asia, Africa, South America and the US. He has played with Joachim Kühn, Ernst-Ludwig Petrowsky, Beat Furrer, Miroslav Vitous, Dave Liebman, Wadada Leo Smith, William Parker, Evan Parker, Louis Sclavis, Joe Lovano, Peter Brötzmann and Tony Malaby.

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