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Thorunn EGILSDOTTIR

A frontman of WAMF, She is originally from Iceland and has dual Iceland/Luxembourg citizenship. She speaks seven languages, five of them fluently. She has worked as a television presenter for both Motorvision and RTL Luxembourg where she still continues to host various shows in German, English, Luxembourgish and French. She is a multilingual globetrotter and works in all the corners of the world. http://www.whenairymetfairy.com

Michel REIS

Pianist and Composer Michel Reis, a native of Luxembourg, he began studying classical piano at an early age and Jazz Piano, Composition and Theory at the Conservatoire de la Ville de Luxembourg. To further his musical training, Reis moved to Boston, MA to study at Berklee College of Music and the New England Conservatory of Music, obtaining a MM in jazz piano and composition. In 2006, he took second prize at the Montreux Jazz Solo Piano Competition. Two years in a row, Michel Reis won the “Export Artist of the Year” Award presented by the Luxembourg export office music: LX. He is a Steinway Artist. http://www.michelreis.com

Cathy KRIER

Born in Luxembourg in 1985, Cathy Krier began taking piano lessons at the Luxembourg Conservatoire at the age of five. Her 2013 recording featuring the piano works of Leoš Janá ek released by the German label CAvi-music has been acclaimed by the international press (e.g. “Coup de cœur” of France Musique). “Rising Star” of the season 2015/16. http://www.cathykrier.com

Toshio HOSOKAWA

Born in Hiroshima in 1955. He has been working on composition mainly in Europe and Japan, gaining a good reputation worldwide as one of the leading Japanese composers and being commissioned by the primary orchestras, the major music festivals and the significant opera theatres in Europe and America one after another. In 2001, Hosokawa became a member of Akademie der Künste, Berlin. In 2012, he was elected as the member of Bayerische Akademie der Schönen Künste, München. Currently, he serves as Music Director for the Takefu International Music Festival, a guest professor at Tokyo College of Music and at Elisabeth University of Music.

Diramore

Born in countryside of Myanmar in 1974. Learnt music from brothers since 12ve. Enter as a first batch student of National University of Arts and Culture, Yangon in 1993. Obtained B.A Degree at 1997 and appointed as a tutor of Music after graduation. Studied in Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music from 2003 to 2006 and obtained M. A Music Degree. Obtained Academy Award for Best Film Score “ZAW KA KA NAY THI” 2009. Promoted as Professor and Head of Department of
Music since 2013. Music Director for 27th SEA Games opening and closing ceremony, Myanmar, 2013. Music Director for GITA KABYAR Music Center, Orchestra and music production. Music producer for music education programs on media. Producer for the “Beauty of Tradition” (1000songs projects of preserving and sharing Myanmar traditional music) with the Japanese audio engineer. Own works: Released 4 own composition albums in Myanmar, (2000-GUITAR SHILAR, 2007-MUSIC AND I, 2011-CHASING THE MOON, 2015-THE OLD RIVER).

Pascal SCHUMACHER

Born in Luxembourg in 1979. Lives in Luxembourg and Brussels. Studied classical percussion, jazz-vibraphone and musicology at the conservatories of Luxembourg, Strasbourg, Brussels and The Hague Masters degrees in musicology of the University Marc Bloch of Strasbourg and in music with main subject jazz-vibraphone at the Koninklijk Conservatorium of The Hague. His quartet wins the First Prize and the Public Prize as at the Tremplin Jazz Avignon in 2004.Wins the Belgian Django d’Or Award in the category “New Talent” in 2005. His quartet’s album “Silbergrau” was chosen Best Belgian Jazz Record of the year by cultural magazine Knack in 2007. Wins the ECHO Jazz award in the category “Instrumentalist of the year, international” granted by the German Phono Academy in 2012. And he plays the active part up to the present.

YAS-KAZ

Born in Miyagi in 1951. ’73 Graduates from the Tokyo Art University. Begins performing with Kosugi Takehisa, and the late Abe Kaoru, composing music for the late Hijikata Tatsumi Dance Company while at the Tokyo Art University, and begins solo career. Travels around Bali and Indonesia and studies gamelan music. After returning to Japan, creates a studio at home and begins experimenting and recording and triggered Bali boom in Japan. Begins collaborating with Sankai Juku in 1982, writing music for and accompanying their world tour. ’88 Directs, composes, and performs in “MOONLIT LOTUS ’88” - a performance that synthesized music, dance, art, flower arrangement. (Performance by Teshigawara Saburo, Yamaguchi Sayoko etc.) Due to success at the Montreal Jazz Festival, additional performances were added.

Jun TAKADA

He did concert tour as a member of Taiko group like DODON-PA, ZI-PANG, in Asian countries, Middle Eastern countries, European countries, South/Central American countries, L.A. etc. He also forms Taiko group Musa with a players of the same gen-eration and pursues various possibility of the Taiko. He has participated in live tours for the popular Japanese singer groups, EXIlE (in 2009)and Tokyo Girls Collection (in 2010), as well as the Takashi Hosokawa live tour (in 2010).