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LAB2 Team

Peter Dejans is the founding director of the Orpheus Institute (1996), a centre for advanced studies and research in music based in Ghent, Belgium. He received his music training at the Brussels Royal Conservatoire and the Lemmens Institute, Leuven (graduating in choir conducting) and graduated from the Universities of Leuven and Tübingen (Law studies and Postgraduate Studies in Business Economics). Through his leadership of the Orpheus Institute, and high-level involvement in many international networks, he has become a prominent voice for the newly emergent field of artistic research in music. His work remains grounded in the experience of music making. Peter has a wide concert experience with his chamber choir Musa Horti (with several recordings of contemporary choir music), and is often invited as guest conductor by other ensembles, including the Flemish Radio Choir. Peter has a strong commitment in many international committees and working groups. He has been the chair of two AEC Polifonia Working Groups focusing on Artistic Research in Higher Music Education in Europe. From 2004 till 2007 Peter chaired the Polifonia Third Cycle Working Group, and from 2011 till 2014 he chaired the Working Group “Artistic Research in Higher Music Education”. He has been the co-founder of EPARM (European Platform Artistic Research in Music), which he has been chairing for 9 years (2011-2019). He also has been member of the ELIA Artistic Research Working Group (European League of Institutes of the Arts).

Jonathan Impett is Director of Research at the Orpheus Institute and Associate Professor at Middlesex University (London, UK). Jonathan’s professional and research activities cover many aspects of contemporary musical practice, as trumpet player, composer and theorist. He also leads the research cluster “Music, Thought and Technology” at the Orpheus Institute. His research is concerned with the discourses and practices of contemporary musical creativity, particularly the nature of the contemporary technologically-situated musical artefact. In the field of historical performance, he is a long-standing member of both The Orchestra of the Eighteenth Century and The Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra. He is also a member of the experimental chamber ensemble Apartment House. As a soloist he has given premieres of works by composers including Scelsi, Berio, Harvey and Finnissy. He directed the live electronic chamber ensemble Metanoia, and was awarded a Prix Ars Electronica for his development of the metatrupet. His compositions have been broadcast throughout Europe. As an improviser he has played with musicians as divers as Paul Dunmall and Amit Chaudhuri. Work in the space between composition and improvisation has led to continuous research in the areas of interactive systems and interfaces. The current ‘active sound space’ project uses ALife populations of wave models to create interactive works combining aspects of composition and sound art. A monograph on the music of Luigi Nono has recently been published by Routledge, and Jonathan is currently working on a project considering the nature of the contemporary musical object, ‘The work without content’.

Together with his team he designed Lab 2 in Oslo.

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Kathleen Snyers is projectmanager at the Orpheus Instituut in Ghent.