Maja Osojnik

former member

singer, recorder player, electronic artist, composer, performer

born in Kranj, Slovenia, lives and works in Vienna, Austria

Maja made a name for herself in different musical fields, such as early music, contemporary, experimental, jazz, free improvisation and heavy music. She completed with distinction her master studies in recorder and graduated in pedagogic sciences at the University of Music in Vienna, and further studied singing at the Conservatory Vienna Private University in Vienna.

She was awarded with awards and scholarships, among them "Publicity Preis 2007" from SKE (with Low Frequency Orchestra), Gradus ad Parnassum 2003, IYAP – EM 2004 (1. Preis with Ensemble MIKADO), „Voices“ Jazz Fest Wien Award 2005, Bank Austria Artist of the Year 2008, 2010 Austrian Mia Award and in 2009 she was awarded the Austrian state scholarship for composing.

During the last years she focuses more and more on her own compositions, songwriting, electronics. She composed musik for theater, dance, animationmovies, film and different ensembles. Some of her works are „Die glückliche Kindheit am Dorf“ (2007), „Songs from Mortagapenija“ (2008), „vor.über.nach“ (2008), „Doorways“ (2008), „a part of me is made of glas“ (2009), „čira čara“ (2010), „Pas de deux“ (2011), „The Radiance of Exhaustion“ (2012), „Anbetracht&Dessen“ (2013), „(Die)Wende“ (2013)

She has recorded many CDs and is giving concerts in renowned festivals and clubs all over Europe as a co-founder of different Formations, among them Maja Osojnik Band, frufru, Rdeča Raketa, broken.heart.collector, Ensemble MIKADO, Low Frequency Orchestra.

Raphaela Danksagmüller

Raphaela Danksagmüller, Recorder/Duduk/Fujara, was born in Ried i.I., Austria. After completing her studies at the Wiener Hochschule für Musik und darstellende Kunst, cum laude, she continued studying recorder at the Conservatorium van Amsterdam with Walter van Hauwe. As a soloist and member of various ensembles Raphaela performed in Europe, Asia and the United States.Raphaela performed as a guest with the Nieuw Ensemble, the Nederlands Blazers Ensemble, Atlas Esnemble, the Nederlands Vokaal Laboratorium, the Nederlands Kamerorkest, the Nederlands Kamerkoor, Hermes Ensemble, Cello8tet, the Residentie Orkest and at the Salzburger Festspiele.

Raphaela is a member of the Renaissance ensemble Mezza Luna, Ensemble Zerafin and the Atlas Ensemble. She was awarded prizes at the International Recorder Symposium Calw in Germany, the Early Music Festival in Brugge/ Belgium and at the International Gaudeamus Competition in the Netherlands. Since 2002 Raphalea has been studying duduk with Gevorg Dabaghian in Yerevan, Armenia.

Katharina Ernst

born in Autria in 1987, started playing the drums at age nine and never stopped again.

Studies Painting / Abstraction at the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna. 2008/09 stay in Istanbul (TR) over several months. Since 2009 collaboration with Compagnie Luc Amoros (F), longer stays in France.

Katharina Ernst is taking part in numerous projects in the field of music, painting, dance, performance, installation and street theatre. She already performed and / or exhibited in: Belgium, Columbia, China, Germany, France, Great Britain, Ireland, Switzerland, The Netherlands, Austria, Spain & Canary Islands, Turkey, South Crea, Australia, Italy

Charlie Fischer

Karin Hageneder

Karin Hageneder was born 1987 in Pettenbach, Austria. She started her recorder and flute studies in 2005 at the Anton Bruckner-Privatuniversität in Linz (A) with Prof. Michael Oman and Prof. Helmut Trawöger. In 2009 she earned her Bachelor degree for both instruments with distinction. In 2006 and 2007 she studied baroque flute with Claire Genewein at the same university. Since September 2009 Karin has been studying at the Conservatory of Amsterdam (NL) with Paul Leenhouts, Erik Bosgraaf, Jorge Isaac and Daniël Brüggen (recorder) and Harrie Starreveld (flute). In June 2012 she earned another Bachelor of Art for the recorder.

Karin was awarded first prizes at several competitions, both as soloist and as a member of chamber music ensembles. As a prizewinner of Prima la Musica, she performed a solo piece at the Brucknerhaus Linz in 2005. Karin is a temporary and permanent member of several chamber music ensembles as well as baroque and symphony orchestras, amongst them the Upper-Austrian Youth Symphony Orchestra, the Quadriga Consort, the Austrian Baroque Company and has toured in Europe and Australia. Her discography includes releases with harpist Angela Stummer and The Royal Wind Music.

In season 2008-2009 she played first recorder in the baroque opera La Calisto with the Bruckner-Orchestra at the Landestheater Linz (A). In 2010 she was “talent in residence” of the Trigonale – Early Music Festival in Carinthia (A). From 2009-12 Karin was a Member of The Royal Wind Music – a renaissance recorder doublesextet, (three CD recordings).

Since 2012 Karin works as a freelance musician and teacher in Vienna (A).

Anna Clare Hauf

Mezzo-soprano Anna Clare Hauf was born in London and grew up in Vienna. From 1997 she studied singing at the Vienna University of Music and Performing Arts. In her training with professors Rotraud Hansmann and Charles Spencer she focused mainly on lieder. In 2004 she graduated with distinction. In subsequent master courses she collaborated with Marjana Lipovsek and Wolfgang Holzmair, among others.

Hauf has a special penchant for contemporary music, both in an operatic context and in concert performances. Her numerous collaborations in this field include productions by Neue Oper Wien, most recently Péter Eötvös’s “Paradise reloaded (Lilith)”, and by Klangforum Wien, e.g. Enno Poppe’s “IQ” at the Schwetzinger SWR Festival 2011. Anna Hauf has also appeared at the Wien Modern Festival, e.g. in “Das Kind der Seehundfrau”, and in the 2014 performance of Bernhard Gander’s sitcom opera “Das Leben am Rande der Milchstraße”. Ensemble Federspiel’s new adaptation of Ernst Krenek’s opera “Jonny spielt auf” also premiered in 2014, featuring Anna Hauf as a soloist. And in “(K)eine Alpensage”, a story with musical elements by Christof Dienz and Ela Baumann, commissioned by the Vienna Jeunesse, Hauf took on the singing part, the narrator.

In concert performances Anna Clare Hauf has collaborated e.g. with Klangforum Wien, Niederösterreichische Tonkünstler, Camerata Salzburg, the ensemble PHACE, and the recorder collective Plenum. She has appeared in premieres of works by Christian Muthspiel, Otto M. Zykan, Pierluigi Billone, Bernhard Lang and Lothar Voigtländer. In 2009 she also embarked on a collaboration with the Vienna Art Orchestra.

As a singing actress and performer Anna Hauf appears regularly at the Wiener Kabinetttheater, e.g. in works by Salvatore Sciarrino, Mauricio Kagel or Hugo Ball. Her past performances as a lieder singer included works by Gustav Mahler, Richard Wagner, Ernst Krenek, as well as contemporary composers, e.g. at the Konzerthaus in Vienna and the Ruhrtriennale Festival.

Alfred Reiter

Burkhard Stangl

Guitarist and composer Burkhard Stangl works in the fields of improvisation, electronica and contemporary classical.

Among many others he played, recorded and collaborated with musicians / groups / composers /artists like Anestis Logothetis, Franz Koglmann, Radu Malfatti, Gunter Schneider, John Butcher, Taku Sugimoto, Taku Unami, Olga Neuwirth, Polwechsel, Gene Coleman, Kevin Drumm, dieb13, Billy Roisz, Martin Siewert, Boris Hauf, Gustav Deutsch, Oswald Egger, Uchihashi Kazuhisa, Katharina Klement, Christof Kurzmann, Kai Fagaschinski, Anna Zaradny, Robert Piotrowicz, Patrick K.-H., Klangforum Wien, efzeg, Christian Fennesz, Barbara Romen, Steve Bates, Katharina Ernst, Juan José Rivas, Fernando Vigueras, Mario de Vega, Attila Faravelli, and, last but not least, with his partner in life and art Angélica Castelló.

Latest CD releases: Angélica Castelló – Billy Roisz – Burkhard Stangl – dieb13: SCUBA; John Butcher–Tony Buck–Magda Mayas–Burkhard Stangl PLUME; Burkhard Stangl: HOMMAGE À MOI (3 CD-box, compilation of compositions); Burkhard Stangl: Unfinished. For William Turner, painter (Solo); Steve Bates/Burkhard Stangl: Hopefullessness; SQID with Angélica Castelló, Atilla Faravelli, Mario de Vega featuring Gudinni Cortina. He teaches music at the high school Heustadelgasse, Aspern; he is a lector at the University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna for improvisation and new streams in music. Lives in Vienna.

Bernd Thurner