The Kunsthalle for Music ensemble forms the heart of the Kunsthalle for Music, consisting of eight musician-performers. An open-call for musicians of all types, backgrounds and skill-levels resulted in the following ensemble.

SBMCA Ensemble

Mika Hayashi Ebbesen is a queer Japanese-Norwegian artist and writer, interested in composing with audible frequencies to build spatial narratives for evanescent inhabitation. They are currently based in Berlin and occasionally play cello.

Booker Stardrum is a Los Angeles based percussionist and composer. His recent compositions are sculptural, involving the dense layering of instruments, a focus on pan-tonality and an intuitive approach to rhythm.

Diego Gaeta is a performer and composer working and living in Southern California. Gaeta plays in jazz, hip-hop, and chamber music bands regularly as a keyboardist, often in explorative improvisational settings. He performs as a solo artist under his full name. He also composes scores, creates sound design, and edits sound for film and visual media.

Garrett Wingfield is a Los Angeles based saxophonist and composer who actively avoids boundaries and borders in his art-making. His practice undermines the idea that improvisation and highly structured composition are antithetical. Instead, his music brings an intuitive and human element to the otherwise dense and esoteric.

Marta Tiesenga is a polymath and performer based in Los Angeles, California. In their work, they are primarily interested in the space between procedure and spontaneity.

Nigel Deane is a performer and artist based in the periphery of Los Angeles. He specializes in musical performance on the violin, with a particular interest in notes and sounds that are often ignored in musical education. He has also created and performed works of film, dance, theater, and experimental religious ceremony.

Pauline Lay is an instrumentalist, composer, and organizer based in Los Angeles. In addition to her solo improvised violin and electronics presentations, she currently performs and collaborates with other musicians in varying iterations and genres from duets to larger ensembles, including her sound enveloping piece, 5×5, a composition for 25 synthesizers.

Inaugural Ensemble at Witte de Witte

Bergur Thomas Anderson (guitar) is an artist and musician from Reykjavik, Iceland. In his performances and film work he explores the acts and embodiments brought about by ways of viewing. He envelopes performative gestures, homages, songs and narratives in to his space, folding together existing elements and images he appropriates as a vehicle for a discourse of spectatorship and our physical relationship with screens. 

Billy Bultheel (piano) is based in Berlin and Brussels. Bultheel holds a BA in Sonology and he graduated in 2013 from the MA program for Choreography and Performance at the Justus-Liebig Universität in Gießen. In 2013 he also started working with Anne Imhof as a dancer, dramaturg and composer. In 2016 Imhof commissioned Bultheel to write new work for the opera ANGST, an opera in 3 acts. On invitation of Susanne Pfeffer for the German Pavilion at the Venice Biennial in 2017, Bultheel was head of music production for the multimedia performance piece FAUST, which won the Golden Lion for Best National Participation.

Sandhya Daemgen (violin and voice) is a dancer, singer and choreographer living in Berlin. Her interests focus on the voice as a tool to open up new forms of personal, societal and gendered interaction. She often performs in the visual art context, working closely with Tino Sehgal since 2011. She holds a degree in Cultural Theory from Wesleyan University, USA as well as a degree in Dance, Context and Choreography from HZT at the University of Arts, Berlin. Her pieces include: Aquarium (Villa Empain, Brussels), This is Not the Omega (Het Veem, Amsterdam), and The Listening-Party-Experiment (Uferstudios, Berlin).  

Sara Hamadeh (violin) is an artist and researcher with a background in film studies. Her current research seeks to offer a critical reading of images of war together with the politics of their production and distribution online. 

Alexander Iezzi (drums and percussion) is an artist and musician based in Rotterdam. Their work encompasses performance, video, sculpture, and drawing, often with an emphasis on sound. They are interested in animisim, non-human agency, and dialogical modes of art making. 

Nanna Ikonen (saxophone and electronics) is a classical musician and teacher from Helsinki, Finland. She received her BA in Classical Saxophone at the Hogeschool voor de Kunsten Utrecht and she graduated in Live Electronics in 2017 at Conservatorium van Amsterdam. Ikonen is focusing on contemporary music, live electronics and creative crossover projects. She performed, for example, with Creative Performance Lab in the Cello Biennale 2016 in Muziekgebouw and Bimhuis, Amsterdam.

Jackson Moore (saxophone) is an American musician currently living in Utrecht. Moore studied in Connecticut with Jackie McLean and Anthony Braxton. From 2005 to 2010 Moore ran the New Languages Festival. From 2010 to 2013 he worked at Eyebeam Art and Technology Center and from 2014 to 2017 he ran the Digital Arts studio at Bennington College.

Pau Marquès i Oleo (cello) was born in Spain, lives in Rotterdam and works as cellist. He holds a BA in Music, Violoncello, from the Conservatori Superior del Liceu, Barcelona. Marquès i Oleo graduated in 2016 from the MA in Music Performance; For the Stages at the Hogeschool voor de Kunsten Utrecht. He works with several orchestras, like Chamber Music Orchestra of Menorca, and he is part of various chamber music ensembles, including Belinfante Quartet.