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Deniz Peters is a music philosopher, musicologist and improvising pianist. His main research interests are (1) the ideas and phenomena of musical expression and experience, with an emphasis on the role the body, empathy, gesture, tactility, attention, attitude, hermeneutics, instrumentality and performance situation play in the listening experience; and (2) the concept and potential of artistic research. His epistemological approach combines artistic practice with phenomenology, hermeneutics, and philosophical argument and analysis. He is principal investigator in two multi-year research projects funded by the Austrian Science Fund FWF, one of them an artistic research (PEEK) project, working in duos and trios with researching musicians such as Simon Rose, Bennett Hogg, Sabine Vogel, Stefan Östersjö, Rachel Austin, and Ellen Waterman.
He has published in scholarly journals such as Performance Research, Contemporary Music Review, and Empirical Musicology Review, and within collected editions by Oxford University Press, Routledge, and Cambridge Scholars Publishing. He has held numerous talks at philosophical and musicological conferences in Europe, the US, and Australia.
At the Artistic Doctoral School, Deniz Peters’s roles include an active contribution to the current discourse on artistic research, mentoring, teaching, and coordination.
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Christa Brüstle is Professor of Musicology and Gender Studies at the Institute 14 Aesthetics of Music and Head of the Centre for Gender Studies at the University of Music and Performing Arts Graz. She was 2008-2011 Visiting Professor of Musicology at the Berlin University of the Arts and 2014 Visiting Professor of Musicology at the University of Heidelberg. She worked as a research fellow at the Freie Universität Berlin and as lecturer as well at the Technische Universität Berlin, the Hanns Eisler School of Music Berlin and the University of Vienna. Her PhD thesis (1996) was concerned with the reception history of Anton Bruckner. She completed her habilitation about aspects of performance in contemporary music at the Freie Universität Berlin in 2007. Her research fields include music history in the 20th century, performance studies, music theatre, and gender studies
As a musicologist, she was active on the board of the Berlin Society for New Music and in the so-called Initiative Neue Musik Berlin, where she organized numerous artistic-scientific events and supported cultural policy initiatives. From 2008 to 2011, she was also part of the team of the Berlin Netzwerk Neue Musik “ohrenstrand” (Federal Cultural Foundation). As a professor in Graz, she continues to promote the cooperation between musicology, art aesthetics and musical practice, and supervises scientific-artistic dissertation projects as well as regular artistic bachelor’s and master’s theses. Since 2017, she has been active on the board of the Institute for Contemporary Music and Music Education Darmstadt, and in 2019-2021 as Vice-Chairwoman.
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Christopher A. Williams (1981, San Diego) makes, organizes, and theorizes around experimental music and sound. As a composer and contrabassist, his work runs the gamut from chamber music, improvisation, and radio art to collaborations with dancers, sound artists, and visual artists. Performances and collaborations with Derek Bailey, Compagnie Ouie/Dire, Charles Curtis, LaMonte Young’s Theatre of Eternal Music, Ferran Fages, Robin Hayward (as Reidemeister Move), Barbara Held, Christian Kesten, Christina Kubisch, Liminar, Maulwerker, Charlie Morrow, David Moss, Andrea Neumann, Mary Oliver and Rozemarie Heggen, Ben Patterson, Robyn Schulkowsky, Ensemble SuperMusique, Vocal Constructivists, dancers Jadi Carboni and Martin Sonderkamp, filmmaker Zachary Kerschberg, and painters Sebastian Dacey and Tanja Smit. This work has appeared in various North American and European experimental music circuits, as well as on VPRO Radio 6 (Holland), Deutschlandfunk Kultur, the Museum of Contemporary Art Barcelona, Volksbühne Berlin, and the American Documentary Film Festival.
Williams’ artistic research takes the form of both conventional academic publications and practice-based multimedia projects. His writings appear in publications such as the Journal of Sonic Studies, Journal for Artistic Research, Open Space Magazine, Critical Studies in Improvisation, TEMPO, and Experiencing Liveness in Contemporary Performance (Routledge).
He co-curates the Berlin concert series KONTRAKLANG. From 2009-20015 he co-curated the salon series Certain Sundays.
Williams holds a B.A. from the University of California San Diego (Charles Curtis, Chaya Czernowin, and Bertram Turetzky); and a Ph.D. from the University of Leiden (Marcel Cobussen and Richard Barrett). His native digital dissertation Tactile Paths: on and through Notation for Improvisers is at www.tactilepaths.net.
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Jessica Kaiser, guitarist, is an active soloist, chamber musician and artistic researcher. Concert tours led her to festivals all over Europe and across South America and Asia. As a soloist, she performed with orchestras at the Herkulessaal der Residenz in Munich, the Franz Liszt Academy of Music in Budapest and Baku Philharmonic Hall. She was awarded numerous prizes at international competitions and received grants by various institutions, including the DAAD or Neue Liszt Stiftung.
A passionate chamber musician, Jessica understands her extensive ensemble practice as artistic research that aims towards high-toned interplay. This is most notably reflected in two longstanding duo projects: Founded in 2006, the critically acclaimed KAISER SCHMIDT Guitar Duo (with Jakob Schmidt) released their debut CD with AureaVox in 2017. Award-winning DUO KARUNA (with Johanna Ruppert, violin) regularly performs at renowned chamber music festivals, including Beethovenfest Bonn, Segovia International Guitar Week and Festival Internacional de Musica de Camara Monteleon.
In 2019, Jessica joined the art factory baseCollective for a one-month artistic research residency at Adishakti Laboratory in Tamil Nadu, India. She currently holds a position as research assistant at the University of the Arts, Graz, where she engages in research activities in the context of ensemble empathy, while working on her own dissertation on interplay in duo settings.
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Roxanne Dykstra earned the highest performance diploma in piano at the Royal Conservatory of Music (Canada) and a Masters of viola performance at the Université de Montréal. She studied chamber music at the Conservatorio di Milano and earned the Prix de Master (viola) at the Conservatoire National Supérieur of Lyon.
Roxanne's work as solo, chamber and orchestral violist has her regularly performing across Canada and Europe, occasionally to Australia, Russia and Turkey, including positions in the National Opera of Portugal's Portuguese Symphony Orchestra, the Prince George Symphony, and Divino Sospiro Baroque Orchestra. Over her 15-year career as performer, teacher and director, Roxanne has focussed on exploring musical engagement as a means to promote meaningful interactions, strength of communities, and social justice. She founded and directs the the Orchestra North Summer Program, a project unprecedented in Canada for its rural focus and demographic reach, and artistic director of the Spirit of the North Classical Music Festival, which explores the artistic and musical expression of the Canadian public.
Roxanne has been a doctoral candidate since 2015, researching the opportunities of Transcription for the performing artist. Since 2018, Roxanne has been employed by the KUG doctoral school of Artistic Research as assistant to the doctoral school assistant and its research, and is co-founder and coordinator of the inaugural 2019 SONify! festival, which showcases the artistic quality of the research happening at the KUG.
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The University of Music and Performing Arts Graz:
With more than 2,000 students in Graz and Oberschützen, the University of Music and Performing Arts Graz (KUG) is an internationally renowned place of education - 17 institutes and 2 doctoral schools offer highly qualified training for artistic and scientific professions. Owing to its geographic situation it knows to combine perfectly Austrian tradition in music and performing arts with the creative potential of Eastern and Southeastern Europe. Consequently living its leitmotif “Open for the New by Tradition”, and with its focus on contemporary arts and its vital symbiosis between the arts and science, KUG has been able to shape its profile among universities in Europe.
KUG combines the development and unfolding of the arts and research with university education. Compared to other universities worldwide, the scientific aspect in education is well developed and benefits from the vivid practice of music. On the other hand, artists benefit from scientific reflection. A functional and state-of-the-art infrastructure as well as numerous guest lectures, workshops and possibilities to appear in public allow to design studies in the best possible way. The artistic and scientific activities of some 400 renowned teachers interact directly with teaching and ensure excellent and practice-oriented education this way. Owing to this highly qualified personal attention KUG can look back on a long list of very successful graduates. At KUG, students and teachers are considered partners in a common cognitive process which animates the concept of “education through the arts and science”.
The concept of the artistic doctoral programme of the KUG is based on the recommendations of the Austrian University Board and involves internal public presentations in the form of artistic performances and progress reports, as well as the judgements of external advisers.