Performers - Interaktion


Amelia Cuni - To sing a Forest

Voice and Electronics

Singer, composer and performer. She has trained her voice and musical skills in India, according to the tradition of Dhurpad singing and Kathak dance. Her present work includes early and contemporary music and collaborations with several artists of international repute like Terry Riley and David Toop. Her own multimedia performance

Ashtayama-Song of Hours has been presented in several international festivals in Europe and USA. Her latest work is John Cages's Solo 58 (microtonal ragas from his Song Books, 1970, in co-production with several European new music venues). Her music is featured on various CD productions. She teaches Indian singing at the Vicenza Conservatory in Italy and at the Universität der Künste in Berlin.



Jose García - Die Schaukel

Percussion, acting and dance

Mexico 1974. Xalapa Faculty of Music. Advanced percussion course in 2000 with Tambuco Ensemble. Bachelors Degree, Koninklijk Conservatorium, Netherlands. Member of Xalapa Percussion Ensemble, Sinfónica Juvenil de Veracruz, and Symphonic Band of the State of Veracruz. Founded XOC Percussion Ensemble. Timpanist with the Amsterdam Symphony Orchestra, National Percussion Ensemble, Slagwerk groep Den Haag, Insomnio and many others. Festival de Percusiones Merza, Steve Reich Festival, Gaudeamus Muziek Week, Karnatic Lab. Festival, Taiwan International Percussion Convention, Junio Musical, CHINCH Festival in Belgrade and Majestic Drums VII.  Third Prize, International Percussion Quartet Competition, Luxembourg 2005 with EM Quartet. Currently member of Axyz Ensemble, Modelo 62 and Ear Massage Percussion Quartet. His upcoming performances include a tour to China, Malta, Berlin, USA and Mexico.


Seth Josel - To sing a Forest

Guitars and processing

Soloist, chamber music partner, ensemble player and improviser. His instrumental versatility, as well as his ability to adapt rapidly to the ever-shifting musical climate around him, makes him one of the most sought after guitarists in the New Art Music arena. During the three-year period 2002-05 he premiered over 30 compositions spanning various genres and contexts. Soloist with the Hilversum Radio Orchestra, the Stuttgart Radio Symphony, the Southwest German Radio Orchestra and the Ensemble musikFabrik; as well, he was a guest performer with several major European ensembles and orchestras, including KNM Berlin and Ensemble SurPlus of Freiburg as well as the DSO Berlin under the direction of Kent Nagano. Co-founder of Catch quartet. A number of recording projects are in the works, including a portrait of Gavin Bryars for Mode Records (Release February 2007). Peter Ablinger's magnus opus for electric guitar - "33-127" - is now in preparation on Mode Records.



Carlos Sandoval - Die Schaukel

Concept, live electronics, percussion and acting

Carlos Sandoval (Mexico City, 1956). Works in sound-design and sound installations, improvisation processes and live-electronics, music-theater, written music and, more specifically, the mix of all of them. He creates music also with living-trees connected world-wide via internet using accelerometers. Sandoval has been freelance composer since 1989. He holds a B.A. in composition in Mexico (National School of Music, 1976-79). Graduate, advanced studies in composition, analysis and theory with J. Estrada (ENM, 1985-90). He studied piano-design and tuning in the factory Bösendorfer in Vienna (1980-82) Sandoval was Conlon Nancarrow’s assistant in Mexico City (1991-94). He was member of the Mexican Sistema Nacional de Creadores (1999-05). He lives and works in Germany.


  Oori Shalev - Die Schaukel, To sing a Forest,

Concept TSF, tabla, percussion, electronics and acting

Musician, sound artist and computer networks specialist. Plays drum-set, tabla and percussion. Combines digital-processing for live performance. Tabula rasa, electroacoustic avant-free jazz trio, Israel 1998-02. Nigun Atik, Modern Jewish Quintet, Israel 2001-02. Russian Free Jazz Festival, with  Michael Agre and Sergey Letov, Tel-Aviv 2002. Drummer in the free improvisation scene  in Houston (Sep. 03 "Shrill" with Anat Cohavi, Dec. 03 Sound Piece (P. Oliveros). Free Jazz Quintet (Nov. 03 Austin, live-recording CD:  Church, the music of Violeta Parra). Brew 2 for tabla, guitar and accordion improvisation concert. Project manager for Malam Communications (2000-03). Expert in new technologies adaptations and integration: Data and directory synchronization, secure applications connectivity through internet and IT management systems for enterprise companies. Lived in India (2004-05). Sotavento with The-Tilt group.


Mario Vazquez - Die Schaukel

Percussion, acting and dance

Mexico-City, 1951. Actor, visual artist, stage-designer, photographer. He studied drama with Mascarones, in Mexico. Rooted in the political theatre movements in Mexico and the USA, Mario performed in open-spaces and on-stage in Mexico and USA. He lives in Europe since 1988. Actor and stage-designer in theatre and film productions in Germany, France and the Netherlands. He is autodidact photographer since 1982. Founder of the photographers’ association Unicornio in Mexico. Exhibitions and documentaries in Mexico, Germany and the Netherlands. He is an active member of the organizing body of the Day of the Dead in Berlin since 1990. Ongoing projects: The Invisibles (Performance for Carnival of Cultures 2007, Berlin), Corazón de piedra y palo (installation) and Bajo las Nubes (Photo Exhibition).


Junko Wada - To sing a Forest

Dance and sensor-reactions

After finishing her painting studies at the Musahino University of Arts in Tokyo she intensified her interest in dance and started to develop her quite personal dance style. Soon later she replaced canvas and brushes with a performance stage. She developed her first choreographies with sound artist Akio Suzuki. Further collaborations with Rolf Julius and Hans Peter Kühn followed. She has performed in all continents. Since 1999 she lives and works in Berlin. She has performed at the Akademie der Künste, Theater am Hallessches Ufer, Neue National Galerie, Adelaide Festival, Asia Art Museum among others. Recently she developed performances with a large number of artists, Process Vol.2 - Reflection <Punkt und Linie Berlin> at Haus der Kulturen der Welt and other venues in Berlin..