Performance artists A-Z
Hakan Tuğrul (*1985) lives today as a Santur soloist, composer and Santur teacher in Berlin and Istanbul. From his youth he was enthusiastic about music and discovered the Santur in 2009. First self-taught, he expanded his skills traveling through Iran, where he met many several masters of Santur play, including Ali Bahrami Fard, recognized Santur soloist and lecturer at the University of Tehran. Hakan is author of compilations for albums ("Coalesce", Temir Taikşa et al., 2014), documentaries and films. With music project "Ebed Trio" participation in various music festivals such as the Mystic Music Festival (Latvia), Mystic Rose Festival (Greece), Sufi Celebration (Greece), Hermitage Urban Spiritual Hub (Romania). Engagements in meditation and yoga classes in Turkey, Greece and Germany. Together with Ney-player Tayfun Guttstadt 2018 he had a gig at the Fusion Festival in Germany together with the project "Efendi Groove".
Kana Tanaka was born in Japan and began training in Hip-Hop dance and Jazz dance in 1997. After graduating from high school, she went to New York where she trained at Broadway Dance Center and Steps On Broadway. After returning to Japan, she worked as back dancer of musicians and participated in many dance festivals in Japan. In 2005 Kana began training in contemporary dance and started a professional dancing career. During the ongoing training she created her own dance style. In 2006 Kana began to work as a member of dance company BabyQ under the direction of Yoko Higashino. She also participated in various dance festivals around Europe and Asia. As solo contemporary dancer she worked with many different artists. In 2012 she moved to Berlin.
Lilian Noetzel (*1963) is a freelance author, editor and lecturer. Her work on texts originally came from textiles: the skilled hand weaver graduated in the study of Rhetoric (chair founded by Walter Jens), Literature, Medieval Studies and additionally absolved a practical-artistic study of Literature and Theater in the Studio Literature & Theater of the University of Tübingen under the direction of Uwe Kolbe with certificate. After university examination, she held regular lectures in Stylistics and Creative Writing from 2007 to 2013 at the Department of Rhetoric, Faculty of Philosophy at University of Tübingen. After publication of “Belish’s Garden” further publications (essay, narrative, poetry), scholarships, awards (including the Georg K. Glaser Prize 2015), readings and performances followed. Lilian Noetzel works for the artist and media agency NeueMedia Berlin.
Michael Aquarius, guitarist and singer, born in the southern Black Forest in the 1950s. With 15 years of foundation of the first band, from 18 performances with the regionally known band "The Pearls" that inspired large halls and marquees of up to 3500 spectators with around 75 shows a year. After a time in Amsterdam, he came to Berlin in 1984 and from then on has been a freelance singer and songwriter. His inspiration and musical example are the lyrical-sensual and philosophical songs by Leonard Cohen but also classics of folk music from the 1960s and 1970s. His self-composed and texted songs often have a socio-critical message.
Yossi Gutmann (*1947 in Tel Aviv, ┼ 2019 in Berlin) studied with Odeon Partos, Noam Sheriff and William Primrose. Thanks to the support of Yehudi Menuhin, he came to Europe as a 16-year-old. He was a student of Nadia Boulanger, Tibor Varga and Sergiu Celibidache. As principal solo violist, he worked for the Hamburg Symphony Orchestra, the Radio Symphony Orchestra Berlin (today Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, DSO) and at Bayreuth Festivals. He is Professor Emeritus in Music, Haydn Conservatory, Eisenstadt, Austria. In addition, Yossi Gutmann participated in several famous chamber music groups such as the Amati Ensemble. He was one of the co-founders of the Melos Quartet and founded himself i.a. the Stradivari sextet Habisreutinger and The Gutmann/Maile Ensemble Berlin. Fascinated by new music and experimental avant-garde circles, Yossi Gutmann worked with Péter Eötvös, Karlheinz Stockhausen and Steve Lacy. He composed several pieces for the important Hungarian / New York avant-garde SQUAT Theater. Renowned composers have written for him, Yehuda Yannay dedicated to him the viola solo "Exquisite for Viola" 2013. Yossi Gutmann lived since 2013 as a freelance artist in Berlin.