Meet the musicians

Kim Oanh, Nguyen


Singer – Hanoi, Vietnam

Born in 1956 into a music family of three generations in Hanoi, Vietnam. She is one of the few traditional artists left who have the passion, talent and devotion to preserve the treasure of Vietnamese traditional and folk music. Beginning her music career with the classical violin with which she graduated at the National Conservatory of Hanoi (now the Vietnam National Academy of Music), she went on studying several traditional music genres and singing styles of Northen, Central and Southern Vietnam with national leading artists, most notably “Ca Tru” with Quach Thi Ho, “Cai Luong” and ” Hat Van” with Kim Sinh. During her 40 years of music career, she has won many prizes and was awareded in many national Festivals for traditional and folk music. She was often invited to perform in China, Malaysian, Laos and Cambodia.

Lan Thanh Cao


Piano, prepared piano, Vietnamese percussion instruments

Born in Hanoi, Viet Nam into a music family and started to learn music at the age of 4 with several Vietnamese traditional instruments. She went on studying Piano for 12 years at the Hanoi National Conservatory before receiving a full government scholarship to study at the Royal Conservatory of Brussels where she earned both her Bachelor Degree and Master Degree with Distinction. After several years playing and experimenting in the Free Improvisation Ensemble of the Brussels Conservatory lead by composer Kris Defoort and other Belgian Improvisation Ensembles, her interest in improvisation and contemporary music keeps growing, she currently pursues the Master of Contemporary Piano Music in the Hochschule für Musik und Tanz Köln with Prof Pierre-Laurent Aimard, and Improvisation with Paulo Alvares and Frank Gratkowski.

As a pianist, she won several prizes, namely the Gold Prize at the ASIA Intl. Piano Festival and Competition in South Korea, July 2011; the 2nd Prize at the National Competition for Young Talent “L’Automne” in 2007, the 3rd Prize at the International Carl Filtsch Competition in Romania 2012, the Special Prize at the Intl. Piano Competition in Hanoi 2010 in which she was accompanied by the Hanoi National Conservatory’s Orchestra.

As a chamber musician,she has earned experience with Ensemble Modern Frankfurt in Klangspurren Festival, with Sebastien Vichard (Ensemble Intercontemporain) and Philippe Manoury in Ircam Paris@ManiFest, with Ensemble Klangforum Wien during Impuls Festival, and International Kamermuziek Festival Schiermonnikoog in the Netherlands. Forming a duo with a classical tenor, she also received a scholarship to pursue the prestigious Intl. Lied Masterclasses Udo Reinemann.

Currently she engages also in conceptual and free Improvisation, notably with project Osmosis at Strom Festival Koeln 2013 and dedicates her performing work increasingly in cross-disciplinary projects. She is a founding member of ensemble Moment! and ensemble Parallel Asteroid.

Gregor Siedl

Saxophone, Clarinet, Flute

At the age of six Gregor started playing the flute and clarinet. Soon he discovered the saxophone and fell in love with jazz music. For several years he studied classical and jazz music in his hometown Vienna, Austria.
In 2009 Gregor moved to Brussels to study with John Ruocco at the Royal Conservatory of Brussels. He performs music of many styles, playing in bands such as Alegria, Einsdreizweivier, European Free Trio, Octet Red, TsuTsu Trio, Les Chroniques de l´inutil, The Unrevealed Society, Jens Mauritz Orchestra, The European Saxophone Ensemble.
He participated in diverse artistic projects. Some in cooperation with performing artists, dancers and actors, others in ensembles rooted in the tradition of jazz and large ensembles crossing the boundaries between classical and improvised music.
Gregor has had the opportunity to performe with musicians from various countries and diverse cultures such as Austria, Begium, France, Portugal, Italy, Germany, Luxembourg, Slovenia, Hungary, Israel, England, USA, Taiwan, Venezuela, Nigeria, Ghana, Burkina fasu…
His main instrument is the saxophone, besides that he plays the flute and clarinet. Gregor composes and arranges music for small to large ensembles.

Prizes and awards:
First prize for best soloist at XL-Jazz Competition 2012 in Brussels
First prize for best band with The unrevealed society at XL-Jazz Competition 2012 in Brussels
First prize for best band with The unrevealed society at Gent Jazzfestival Young talent competition, 2012

Some major performances:

Concert with Les Chroniques de l´Inutile at STORM! festival
Jens Mauritz Orchestra performing the Dubtapes at Follow the sound festival
JazzLab Concert tour with the Jens Mauritz Orchestra
Concert Tour across Europe with the European Saxophone Ensemble
(artistic director Guillaume Orti)
Performances at Belgrade Jazz Festival, Festival LeXGiornate in Italy, Koko Jazzclub Helsinki, Vilnius Jazz Festival, Hotclub Lisbon, Club Domicil – Dortmund, KVS – Brussels, Jazzdor Festival in Strassbourg
The Unrevealed society at Gent Jazz Festival (first prize in young talent competition)
The Unrevealed society at Main Stage of Brussels Jazzmarathon and Sounds Jazz Club during Jazzfestival in Brussels (winner of the first prize at the XL-Jazz competition)
Jens Maurits Dubtapes at the Toots Thielemans Jazz Award
Jens Maurits Dubtapes at Follow the Sound festival in Antwerpen
Alegria Group at Beursschouwbourg, L´Archiduc (Brussels), Jauques Pelzer Jazz club (Liege)

Constantin Herzog


born 1984 in Wertheim am Main, lives in Cologne.
Violoncello lessons, later self taught guitar and bass guitar.
Jazz double bass studies with Rudi Engel and Dieter Manderscheid.
Classical double bass studies with Michinori Bunya and Detmar Kurig.
Workshops with Stefano Scodanibbio, Barry Guy, Barre Philips, Sidsel Endresen, Marc Ducre.
Concerts with Improvised Music, New Musik, Jazz with Art Zentral, Trio CEL, Multiple Joyce Orchestra, Ensemble Groba, Ensemble Tra i Tempi, Ensemble Hand Werk, Ensemble Garage, Polychrome Orchestra, Bujazzo (Federal Jazz Orchester), Studio-musikFabrik…
Festival and broadcast appearence at Ruhrtriennale, Soundtrips NRW, Musiktriennale Köln/AchtbrückenFestival, Kölner Musiknacht, Kunstakademie Düsseldorf, Altstadtherbst Düsseldorf, Sounding D, Museum Ludwig Köln, New Talents Biennale Köln, Jazz Peak Sofia, Philharmonie Köln, Philharmonie Essen, BR, WDR, Deutschlandfunk.
CD releases at Unit Records, GOGO-Music, AO-NRW and Mitonke Records


Sergej Maingardt


Live Electronics

Sergej Maingardt graduated from the University of Applied Sciences with a B.Eng. in Media Technology and has a M.A. in Media and Cultural Analysis from Heinrich Heine University Düsseldorf. He is studying electronic composition with professor Michael Beil at the Univeristy of Music and Dance Cologne. The tension between his activities as a composer and as a scientist is an important aspect in his music. His interests are influenced by modern technologies as well as the way they change human perception. In his works he explores the limits of aesthetic principles of the contemporary music as well as those of aural cognition. In addition to his solo projects, he collaborates with video artists, choregraphers, and pop artists. He runs his own music label RadioFizz, which concentrates on production of contemporary popular music.

David Hernandez Deniz


David Hernandez Deniz began his musical studies at the GranCanariaPhilharmonic OrchestraAcademy under the tutorship of Andrzej Gliszewski, moving later to The Netherlands to pursuit further musical studies at the Amsterdam Conservatory, studying under the teaching of Peter Prommel, Victor Oskam, Jan Pustjens, Nick Woud, Marinus Komst, Gustavo Gimeno and Lorenzo Ferrandiz. David obtained a Master’s Degree under the guidance of Paul Jussen, Vincent Cox and Johan Faber at the Utrecht Conservatory and the Amsterdam Conservatory, where he followed chamber music lessons and the Contemporary Music Through Non Western Techniques Course with Jos Zwanenburg and Rafael Reina. Among others, David had masterclasses with Juanjo Guillem, Raúl Benavent, Rainer Seegers, Graham Jones, Herman Rieken, Momoko Kamiya, Frédéric Macarez, Nancy Zeltsman, Pius Cheung y Rumi Ogawa, Igor Roma y Marieke Schneemann.

David Hernandez has performed with the Young Orchestra of The Netherlands (NJO), InternationalEnsembleModernAcademy, Rotterdams Kamerorkest, Gran Canaria Philharmonic Orchestra, Orquesta Sinfónica de Las Palmas, and under the batons of Franck Ollu, Thierry Fischer, Lucas Vis, Reinbert de Leeuw, Otto Tausk, Adrian Leaper, Alejandro Posada and Michal Nesterowicz among others. In the chamber music field he has performed with artists such as Reinbert de Leeuw, Transcenturia Ensemble and Hesperides XXI.

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