BC Manjunath revealed an innate musical talent even as a young boy and he imbibed the best in Carnatic Talavadya from his parents. Later he enlarged this musical perspective by training in Mridanga under Karnataka Kalashree K N Krishna Murthy and Sangeetha Kalanidhi Sri T.K.Murthy.
Manjunath’s creative impulses have flowered in various forms, from classical to fusion and in solo and ensemble performances. He has accompanied many greats from India and abroad, including Sangeetha Kalaratna, Sri R R Keshavamurthy, Sangeetha Kalaratna Sri H P Ramachar, Mysore M Nagaraj and Dr. Mysore M Manjunath (aka Mysore Brothers), Dr. Suma Sudhindra and Chitraveena N Ravikiran. He has also shared the stage with international legends like Kani Karaca (Turkish Sufi singer) and Robin Eubanks (Trombone genius). He has worked with composer Riccardo Nova, members of Bhedam and with the Conservatorium of Amsterdam, The Karnatic Lab Festival, Zagreb Music Biennale, Fabrica Italy, Santander Percussion Festival (Spain), Perth International Festival, Roma Europe Festival, Milano Musica/John Cage Festival, Ictus Ensemble (Belgium), Quintetto Bibiena (Italy) and Het Nederlands Fluit Orkest.
Composer, Flutist and IRC coordinator
Percussion and Konnakol artist
Ned McGowan is a flutist and contemporary classical music composer, born in the United States, living in the Netherlands. Known for rhythmical vitality and technical virtuosity, his music has won awards and been performed at Carnegie Hall, the Concertgebouw and other halls and festivals around the world by many orchestras, ensembles and soloists. As a flutist he plays classical, contemporary and improvisation concerts internationally and he has a special love for the contrabass flute, in 2016 releasing the album: The Art of the Contrabass Flute. Ned McGowan is a Pearl Artist, playing the Pearl PFC-905 contrabass flute.
His works include Concerto for iPad & Orchestra (2012) which has been played numerous times in the Netherlands, the US and Brasil, Workshop (2004) for recorder and tape, six pièces mécaniques (2012), written for Calefax & Eric Vloemans, Cleveland Times (2016), commissioned for the NFA Flute Convention, Bantammer Swing (2008), a concerto for contrabass flute and orchestra, which premiered in Carnegie Hall by the American Composers Orchestra, and the recent Garden of Iniquitous Creatures (2016), for the Grammy Award winning sextet Eighth Blackbird, which premiered in November 2016 at De Doelen, Rotterdam.
Ned is a professor of composition, ensembles and Advanced Rhythm and Pulse at the Utrecht Conservatory and lecturer of Artistic Research at both the Codarts University of the Arts Rotterdam and the Fontys School of Performing Arts Tilburg. He holds degrees in composition from the Royal Conservatory Den Haag and in flute from the Cleveland Institute of Music and the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. In 2014, he was awarded the Alumni Achievement Award from the Cleveland Institute of Music. In September 2016, Ned started an artistic research PhD about speed, frame and time in music at the Leiden University and the DocARTES program in Ghent.
Dr. Mysore Manjunath
Dr. Mysore Manjunath
Born in Mysore, is an Indian violinist. The son and disciple of violinist Prof. Mahadevappa, Manjunath performed his first concert at the age of 8 in Mysore as a child prodigy storming in to the music world. Trained under his father, Manjunath, and brother Mysore Nagaraj, received special coaching in violin technique and improvisation. He is one of the Mysore brothers duo enthralling audiences around the world with his mellifluous music and astounding mastery of the violin. As press describing him, he has metamorphosed his prodigious talent to blossom into brand ambassador of Indian classical music. He is honored with the prestigious Sangeet Natak Akademi Award by Govt. of India,bestowed by the Hon. President of India at The Rashtrapathi Bhavan in New Delhi.
Kristina Fuchs studied voice at the Swiss Jazz School in Berne (CH) and at the Royal Conservatory in The Hague (NL). Her main teachers were Rachel Gould and Jeanne Lee.
She followed international Master Classes with Norma Winstone and Lauren Newton and more recently studied Indian Carnatic Singing with R.A. Ramamani (Bangalore).
Since more than 10 years she studies sound-oriented singing (Klangorientiertes Singen) with Ingrid Voermans.