Koan Trio

Lucia Mense // Recorders
Chao Ming Tung // Gu Zheng
Carter Williams // Viola d'amore and Live-Electronics

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//Lucia Mense, recorder player as well as traverse flutist, is based in Cologne. She completed her studies at the Hochschule für Musik in Cologne in addition to studies in Milan and Amsterdam where she received a diploma from the Sweelinck Konservatorium. Her teachers have included Walter van Hauwe, Marijke Miessen, Günther Höller and Pedro Memelsdorff. Her repertoire encompasses works from the Medieval, Renaissance and Baroque periods, as well as the contemporary recorder literature, which she is actively expanding and developing. She has concertized throughout Europe and the United States as a soloist and as chamber musician. She has recorded for various radio stations in Germany as well as for CD labels such as Harmonia Mundi, Ars Musici, Los Angeles River Records, Mode Records/ New York and Touch Records/London. As chamber musician she served for 10 years in the renowned quartet Flautando Köln and presently, she is a member of Canzoni Coelln and Ars Choralis Cöln.
    Lucia Mense has appeared at major festivals throughout Europe, both in the contemporary arena as well as in early music projects. She has contributed articles to major journals and has taught at the Cultural Center in Managua, Nicaragua.


//Chao-Ming Tung is a Taiwanese-born composer and gu-zheng player (Chinese zither) based in Cologne, Germany. His music encompasses stage, instrumental, vocal, and electro-acoustic works, and multimedia-performances with visual arts and dance. Since 2000 he has begun to gradually incorporate Chinese instruments into his music, and improvises with gu-zheng and live electronics in concerts.
    In 1988 he began composition studies with Chien Nan- Chang in the Chinese-Culture-University Taipei. He continued his training from 1990 -1997 at the Musikhochschule Köln Germany with Johannes Fritsch and Mauricio Kagel, and later at the Folkwang-Hochschule Essen with Nicolaus A. Huber, where he graduated with distinction. Since 1999 he has worked as a freelance composer and musician, and facilitates East-West cultural exchanges.
    Tung's work has been presented in concerts of numerous festivals throughout Europe, Asia, and the USA. He has collaborated with choreographers, dancers, painters, musicians, ensembles, sound-, media- and video artists, e.g. Annegret Heiln, Rene Pieters, Bernhard Gal, Klangforum Wien, Ensemble Ictus, Ensemble Modern, ensemble 2e2m, Ensemble On-Line Vienna , ensemble DEDALO, and China Found Music Workshop Taipei.
    He was awarded the Bernd Alois Zimmermann Scholarship for Composers from the City of Cologne in 1999, the Scholarship of National Culture and Arts Foundation Taiwan in 2001 and Stipendium of Villa Aurora Los Angles 2004. He is now composer in residence of China Found Music Workshop Taipei and assistant professor at the Ciao Tung University in Taiwan.


//Carter Williams is active as a composer, performer and computer musician focusing on new and experimental music. His music drawls its inspiration form the interaction between performers and technology as well as being rooted in historical performance practice and world music traditions. Recent compositions have investigated extended instrumental techniques (especially new methods for preparing string instruments), nonstandard instruments (e.g. viola d’amore, gu-zheng and baryton), improvisation, natural intonation/microtonality, live-electronics and live-video.
    Carter’s performance activities include work with traditional notated music, graphic scores, free improvisation and Baroque music. Alongside his activities as a violinist Carter is dedicated to the revival of the viola d'amore and has already premiered numerous new compositions for the instrument.  Carter is a founding member of the koan trio (Köln), Augenmusik and the Williams-Sack-Whitman Trio (both Buffalo, NY). He has also appeared with the Wandelweiser Composers' Ensemble (Düsseldorf). In addition Carter works in the areas of Sound-Projection and Computer Music. In the Summer of 2003 he attended the stage de composition et d'informatique at Ircam (Paris).  Carter has collaborated with numerous composers and performers to develop custom software for live-electronics and live-video. As a "Laptop Musician" Carter has appeared with Schlagquartett Köln, the Thürmchen Ensemble and cello trio blu.
    In 2003 he completed his Ph.D. in Music Composition at the Sate University of New York at Buffalo, where his principal composition teachers were David Felder and Erik Oña and he studied computer music with Cort Lippe and Richard Dudas. Before coming to Buffalo, Carter earned a B.Mus. from Rice University in Houston and studied Musicology at the Technische Universität Dresden.  In addition to his activities as a musician Carter also teaches business and technical English at the Universität zu Köln and several leading German companies.  Carter is based in Cologne, Germany.