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David Sylvian (UK)

David Sylvian (born David Alan Batt, February 23 1958, in Beckenham, Kent, UK) is an English singer, musician and composer who first rose to fame as the lead vocalist and main songwriter of the band Japan, and whose subsequent solo career has been influenced by a variety of musical styles and genres, including jazz, ambient music and electronic music.

Japan, which also included Mick Karn, Rob Dean, Richard Barbieri and Sylvian's brother Steve Jansen, started out as a confusing hybrid rock/sleaze outfit in the mould of David Bowie and The New York Dolls. Their music quickly evolved as, at least to begin with, they drew heavily on the influence of Roxy Music's art rock stylings. Their visual image developed in parallel and the ...

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Eivind Aarset (NO)

Eivind Aarset is a Norwegian guitarist whose style is often associated with that of nu jazz as his performing, improvising and albums feature a strong 21st century electronic influence. He is considered to be one of the unique re-interpretations of what the role and sound of the electric guitarist can be.

Like many guitarists of his generation Eivind Aarset (born 1961 in Drøbak, Norway) was first influenced by rock players, Jimi Hendrix above all. By the mid-1970s electric jazz caught his attention, especially Miles Davis’s “Agharta” album with the fiercely-distorted lead guitar of Pete Cosey raging around Miles electric trumpet. Aarset was also listening to ECM’s early albums, especially those of Terje Rypdal and Jan Garbarek...

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Hildur Gudnadóttir (IS)

The correct tag for this artist is Hildur Guðnadóttir.

Hildur Ingveldardóttir Guðnadóttir (b. 1982) is a cellist and composer. Best known for her collaborations with múm and guest appearances with Pan Sonic, she has a rich catalogue of collaborations and varied projects behind her.

Guðnadóttir began playing cello as a child, entered the Reykjavík Music Academy and then moved on to musical studies/composition and new media at the Iceland Academy of the Arts and Universitat der Kunste in Berlin. Back in Iceland, she became very active in the neu-Iceland scene as a member of Kitchen Motors, a Reykjavík based think tank, record label and an art collective along with internationally renowned composer Jóhann Jóhannsson.Läs mer

Jan Bang (NO)

Norwegian producer/composer/performer.

The musical spheres Jan Bang work in revolve around such luminaries as David Sylvian, Jon Hassell and Dai Fujikura. From his work as successful pop producer in the 1990s his creative thrust and pioneering work in developing the concept of live remix­ - improvising with electronics alongside more conventional instruments and performers - has led today to him being constantly in-demand as producer and performer.

In 2005 he launched, together with Erik Honore the internationally renowned Punkt Festival where Bang’s creative use of live sampling, his own musical instrument, works within the framework of overlapping concerts one being the original, the other the remix. The Punk...

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Gunnar Halleon (NO)