Who’s Who

Claudio Allocchio studied astrophysics and particle physics, but also music (piano). In 1985 he started his computer networking activities at CERN and then returned to Trieste (1988). Among the founders of GARR NREN, he managed the COSINE mail gateway services (early 90s) and the Italian Naming Authority (“.it” regulator). Since 1991, he is a member of the application area directorate at IETF. He is the GARR senior technical director for advanced applications and security areas.

Alex Barchiesi has a degree in physics (electronics) from the University of Rome La Sapienza and a Phd in Particle physics. He has worked in Chicago (FermiLab), Zurigo (PSI), and in Rome (Università LaSapienza – INFN- ESA). He has several years of experience in the field of GRID distributed computing for high energy physics, has taught in Rome’s art academy and realizes several projects of interactive and distributed art with the bLuELab art project. Since 2009, he works and lives in Berlin. Some of his main exhibitions: Smart Urban Stage – Auditorium parco della musica Rome, MACRO (museum of contemporary art Rome), Network Umanitatis – University of Naples, ViolAzione – La Porta blu gallery Rome, The biggest stranger: yourself – CELL63 gallery Berlin.

Nicola Buso: After a piano diploma, and a degree in philosophy (Università Ca-R Foscari, Venezia), Nicola Buso received his diploma in electronic music (teacher: A. Vidolin), and a PhD in musicology (tutor: A. Orcalli). He collaborated with the Archivio L. Nono (Venice) and taught electronic music in the Conservatorio Tartini (Trieste); As a member of the Ensemble L’Arsenale, his compositions have been performed in Italy, Poland, Germany, and the United States. His current interests deal with live coding and hyper-textual hermeneutics.

Antonio Camurri is associate professor at DIST, University of Genoa. His research is on multimodal interfaces, sound and music computing, computational models of emotions and of non-verbal social behavior, interactive systems for theatre, music, dance, museums, and for therapy and rehabilitation. Founder and scientific director of InfoMus Lab and of InfoMus – Casa Paganini, he coordinates and is local project manager of EU projects and industry contracts.

Valentino Cavalli is the Chief Technical Officer of TERENA. He is responsible for managing the Technical Programme and the technical staff at the Secretariat.Valentino is currently responsible for the coordination of RTD activities and the support to research and education networking in less advanced European countries. These activities are partly supported by the GEANT project of the European Commission. In the past years Valentino has been involved in a number of projects addressing network connectivity and services for the research and education community. He was the project manager of a project to assess the feasibility of acquiring dark fiber by NRENs in southeast Europe. Valentino has been working for TERENA since May 1999 and initially joined as one of the Project Development Officers. Before joining TERENA, he worked as Research Manager for Omega, an Italian IT company, where he was responsible for a number of projects under the European Commission Fourth Framework Programme.

Andrea Cera studied piano and composition (Conservatorio di Padova, Italy) and computer music (IRCAM Cursus). He produced music for choreographers (during a long series of collaborations with Hervé Robbe at the Centre Chorégraphique National du Havre), sound installations (Innig, and D-Day, at the Centre Georges Pompidou; NightRun and Reactive Ambient Music at the Fresnoy Studio in Lille-Tourcoing; Nature and Undertones for many institutions and art centers in Italy), for ensemble (Court-Circuit, Nouvelle Cuisine Big Band). He has worked on research projects with IRCAM (Paris), NOTAM (Oslo), AGON (Milano). He lives in Malo, a small town near Vicenza, Italy.

Rémi Desmonet: Following a master’s degree in computer science and networking between Dijon (University of Burgundy), Liverpool (Liverpool University) and Leipzig (Hochschule für Technik, Wirtschaft und Kultur), Rémi Desmonet worked for three years on audio/video encoding and streaming over networks (with Orange, SFR, and NRJ). He joined IRCAM in 2008, in the department for the coordination of scientific and musical research to work on networking performances in the context of the CO-ME-DI-A project.

Ann Doyle directs Internet2′s Arts and Humanities Initiatives. Her accomplishments include working with campuses across the U.S. and internationally to produce master classes and performance events enabled by high-speed networking, including serving as executive producer of the two largest collaborations in the performing arts over Internet2.  Ann has been a keynote speaker at Europe’s TERENA Networking conference, Ireland’s HEAnet’s annual conference, Italy’s GARR annual conference, the International Council of Fine Arts Deans, the National Association of Schools of Music in the U.S., and numerous campuses interested in the application of Internet2 in performing arts and humanities education.  Ann has a Master’s degree in Higher Education Administration from the University of Michigan. She is also known in the greater Detroit metropolitan area for her career as a singer/songwriter and recording artist.

Christine Gaigg is a freelance choreographer in Vienna. She holds a PhD in philosophy and completed her dance and choreography training at the School for New Dance Development in Amsterdam. In 1994 she founded the company CHRISTINE GAIGG /2ND NATURE. Since 2004 she has been collaborating with composer Bernhard Lang. They created a series of works based on the research of sampling/looping in movement and sound: “TRIKE spring, summer, winter” (2004),  ”TRIKE” (2005), “V-TRIKE” (2007) was first shown at Kaaitheater Brussels and premiered in full version at Steirischer Herbst Musikprotokoll 2008, “TrikeDoubleThree” premiered at the New Music Festival Wien Modern in 2009. Next to her artistic work she is lecturing on performance theory at the University of Vienna.

Andrew Gerzso has been a member of IRCAM’s permanent staff since 1977 holding a number of positions beginning as researcher and leading up to his current position as Director of the Department for the Coordination of Scientific and Musical Research. The department manages musical research, the IRCAM Forum (the institute’s software user group) and several documentation projects. Since 1980 he has been a close collaborator of Pierre Boulez at IRCAM (for whom he did the electro-acoustic realization for “Répons” in 1981, “Dialogue de l’Ombre Double” in 1985, “Explosante-fixe” in 1991 and “Anthèmes 2” in 1997) and at the College de France (for the annual seminars until 1995). He is the coordinator of the European project CO-ME-DI-A that explores the use of high speed networks in music.

Laurent Gydé is Chief Technical Officer of RENATER, the French national research and education network (NREN). Before joining RENATER, he’s been working for more than 20 years in the IT and networking fields for French universities and research agencies.

Bernhard Lang is a composer whose works have performed at the Steirische Herbst Festival, at the Moscow Alternativa Festival and the Moscow Modern Festival, Biennale Hannover, Tage Absoluter Musik Allentsteig I and II, Klangarten I and IV, Resistance Fluctuation Los Angeles, Darmstädter Ferienkurse, Salzburger Festspiele, Wien Modern, Donaueschingen, Witten and many others. In 1998 he was a guest lecturer in Peter Weibels Media class in Vienna. In 2006 he was featured artist of the Wien Modern Festival in Vienna. At the Institute for Electronic Music Graz he developed the Loop-Generator and the Visual Loop Generator with Winfried Ritsch and Thomas Musil.
He has various sound installations in his list of works, among them ‘Schwarze Bänder’ Musica Viva 2005. Since 2003 there have been a number of collaborations with various choreographers: Xavier Le Roy, Christine Gaigg and Willi Dorner. His main interest since 1999 is music theater, derived from his interpretation of the ideas of difference/repetition: ‘Theater of Repetitions’ 2003, ‘I hate Mozart’ 2006, ‘The Old Man from the Mountain’ 2007.

Markus Noisternig (IRCAM) works in the field of acoustics, audio signal processing, and music and media technology. He is an active researcher and artist on an international level and takes both an artistic and scientific interest in matters of sound and music. His current projects include immersive and augmented audio environments in the context of contemporary music performance and multimedia art.

Dr. Alain Renaud is a lecturer in Music and Audio Technology at Bournemouth University, England and holds a PhD from the Sonic Arts Research Centre in Belfast, Northern Ireland. His research focuses on the development of networked music performance systems with an emphasis on the creation of strategies to interact over a network musically and the notion of shared networked acoustic spaces. He performs regularly over the network with the NetVs.Net collective and the Jackson4s. Alain held a residency at the Banff Centre for the Art, The Center for Computer Research in Music and Acoustics (CCRMA) at Stanford University, where he was a visiting scholar in 2007. He is also involved as an advisor in the EU network performance project, CO-ME-DI-A.

Dr. Brian Shepard is Assistant Professor of Pedagogical Technology in the Thornton School of Music at the University of Southern California, where he teaches courses in Music Technology, Composition, and Music Theory. He is a composer of both acoustic and electronic art music, and is the creator and author of EchoDamp, the only audio mixing and echo control software designed specifically for musical videoteleconferences on advanced, high-performance networks, and the winner of the 2010 IDEA Award from Internet2.

Jean Thorel studied orchestral conducting with Jean-Jacques Werner and Léon Barzin, and ballet conducting with Antal Dorati and André Girard. He won prizes in harmony and counterpoint at the Paris National Conservatory. In 1985 he became permanent conductor of the Stringendo Orchestral Ensemble (Paris) and, with the support of Jean-Claude Casadesus, he was awarded the Vocation Foundation Prize in 1989. Since January 2005, Stringendo is “orchestra in residence” in the city of Orly. Since 1994, Thorel has been in ever increasing demand throughout Scandinavia, in Finland and in Poland, his versatility enabling him to conduct both ballet and multi-facetted concert programmes. He is a regular guest conductor at prestigious festivals of contemporary music. Starting from the 2008/09 concert season Jean Thorel has also been appointed Chief Conductor of the City Chamber Orchestra of Hong Kong, which with its thirty musicians is the only chamber orchestra in the Asian region with a regular subscription season.

Justin Trieger is the Internet2 Systems Manager for the New World Symphony in Miami Beach, FL. A graduate of New York University, Justin is an experienced audio engineer, composer, network technologist and amateur photographer.