TATIANA CASTRO MEJIA
Pianist, improviser and composer (Colombia). Since a very young age she always had an interest, a curiosity for the creative, to build and unbuild. Fundamentally she has used sound, but she has worked connecting it with another kind of languages: dance, writing, drama…
Today, more than 20 years after having decided to devote her life to music, she travels a path where improvisation plays a leading role and seeks to cross lines with dance and theater, with writing and poetry.
She studied at the Pontificia Universidad Javeriana (Bogotá, Colombia) where she graduated obtaining the title of “Maestra en Música con Énfasis en Jazz” (Music studies with specialization in jazz_Bachelor Degree). Between 2005 and 2006 he studied with Argentine pianist Ernesto Jodos in Buenos Aires, thanks to a scholarship granted by the Escuela de Música Fernando Sor in Bogotá and the Escuela de Música Contemporánea (EMC) where she teaches actually. Her professional artistic life started in Bogota, but has had a strong development in Buenos Aires, where she has lived for 14 years.
Danishta Rivero is an improviser, performer, and sound artist based in Oakland, California. Heavily processing her voice with analog electronics, she explores the resulting artifacts and their relationship to the voice’s resonance and embodiment.
As a soloist, Rivero often performs as Caribay, conjuring the eponymous mountain spirit, whose laments cause avalanches. She is a member of electro-acoustic duo Voicehandler with percussionist Jacob Felix Heule. She is also half of Las Sucias, a feminist tropical noise duo with Alexandra Buschman-Román.
Ayako Kataoka is a Japanese interdisciplinary artist, working in sound, installation, and performance. Her artistic and research interests include Psychoacoustics; Materials, Body, and Sculpture; and Improvisation. She has shared her work and crossed mediums at High Zero and Transmodern festivals in Baltimore, San Francisco International Arts Festival, Sound Forms Symposium in Copenhagen, The Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art of Bozen in Italy, The Stone in NY, International Dance Film Festival in Tokyo, and Improvisation Summit in Portland, among many others. Kataoka is a recipient of Frog Peak prize and holds an MFA in Electronic Music from Mills College, where she studied under the tutelage of Pauline Oliveros and Maggi Payne at the Center for Contemporary Music (CCM).