Guest Speakers

Graham McKenzie

Graham McKenzie, keynote speaker

Artistic director of the Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival, UK

Born 1958 Glasgow, Scotland. Artistic Director & Chief Executive for the Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival since January 2006. Director of the Centre for Contemporary Arts, Glasgow (CCA) from 1997 — 2006, where he raised £10.2 million pounds (£7.5 million from Scottish Arts Council Lottery Fund remains the highest arts lottery award in Scotland to date). Project Managed and oversaw the major capital re-development of the CCA, re-opening the Centre in 2001. Principal Arts Officer for the South East Area Glasgow City Council 1990 — 1997. Former Social Worker and Welfare Rights Officer.

Graham McKenzie is a curator and writer in the field of experimental music, and in particular free improvisation. Programme Advisor to the Glasgow International Jazz Festival. Co-Founder and Director of the International Centre for Improvisational Studies (ICIS) and ISIS MUSIC, a Glasgow-based record label for experimental music. Founder and Co-Curator of Free RadiCCAl’s with saxophonist/improviser Evan Parker. Founder of Subcurrent Festival.

Founding member and Non Executive Director of the Cultural Enterprise Office (CEO) Glasgow — part of the Business Gateway network offering one-to-one business advice and training to artists. This programme has recently gone national across Scotland with four offices across the major cities.

Graham McKenzie has written for stage, radio and television.

Jarko Aikens

Jarko Aikens

Artistic Coordinator of the Muziekgebouw aan ’t IJ

Jarko Aikens (1949) was educated as a graphic designer and photographer, and has worked in the classical music industry since 1976 — in the early years in the field of marketing for two major symphony orchestras, and later as an orchestra manager. In 2000 he became head of production of Muziekcentrum de IJsbreker, Holland’s leading platform for contemporary music located on the borders of the river Amstel in Amsterdam. In 2005 the IJsbreker organization moved into its splendid new, and now internationally widely praised home, the Muziekgebouw aan ‘t IJ, where he became artistic coordinator. Since June 2008 the position of general manager of the Muziekgebouw has been given to Tino Haenen, who succeeded initiator Jan Wolff.

David Lang

David Lang

Composer and co-founder/co-director of the Bang on a Can Festival, New York

David Lang is the recipient of the 2008 Pulitzer Prize in Music for the little match girl passion, commissioned by Carnegie Hall for the vocal ensemble Theater of Voices, directed by Paul Hillier. One of America’s most performed and honored composers, his recent works include writing on water for the London Sinfonietta, with libretto and visuals by English filmmaker Peter Greenaway; the difficulty of crossing a field — a fully staged opera for the Kronos Quartet, staged by Carey Perloff and the American Conservatory Theater; loud love songs, a concerto for the percussionist Evelyn Glennie, and the oratorio Shelter, with co-composers Michael Gordon and Julia Wolfe, at the Next Wave Festival of the Brooklyn Academy of Music, staged by Ridge Theater and featuring the Norwegian vocal ensemble Trio Mediaeval. His most recent CD is Elevated (on Cantaloupe), three atmospheric and meditative pieces plus a DVD of the same three pieces interpreted by noted visual artists William Wegman, Bill Morrison and Matt Mullican. Lang is co-founder and co-artistic director of New York’s legendary music festival, Bang on a Can.