Michal Rataj, Jan Trojan and Dragan Stojčevski (CZ)

Michal Rataj is known to a wider audience primarily as the author of film music (Promlčeno, Jan Palach, Rodina je základ státu, České století, Bohéma and others). His other compositions involve mostly electronic and instrumental music and since 2008 he has been performing as a sound performer in Europe and the USA. His compositions are regularly performed at domestic and international festivals, and he collaborates with domestic and international orchestras and soloists. He moves across musical genres and performs on stage with soloists from classical, experimental and jazz music. He teaches composition, electronic and film music at the Composition Department of HAMU and NYU Prague. His research interests include sound and space. He is the author of projects working with a large number of loudspeakers in studio and public spaces (Zoo Prague, Zlín Mirrors, Imperial Spa Karlovy Vary).

Jan Trojan is engaged in sound performances and composing music for various ensembles on the domestic scene and abroad. For a long time he has been working with his own hand-built sound instrument called Plech (Sheet Metal). As a composer and sound designer, he has written dozens of radio art programmes and radio plays. He teaches composition and electronic music at HAMU’s Composition Department. He enjoys sounds, silence and the space between them.

Ivan Boreš is a tireless musician and improviser across genres.

Jiří Hodina is a leading Czech expert on Gregorian chant and an active musician with a wide range of interests from early music to folk song arrangements.

Oskar Török is probably the most prominent representative of the contemporary approach to the trumpet in our country, as it has been shaped on the world scene over the last three decades by personalities such as Nils-Petter Molvaer, Arve Henriksen and Erik Truffaz.

Dragan Stojcevski graduated in scenography from the DAMU in Prague and is currently pursuing his PhD studies there. In addition to theatre scenography, he has also realized a number of installations and artistic interventions in public space. He is intensively involved in the creation of site-specific projects, often in collaboration with the Mamapapa group. During the Signal Festival he will present a light object from the performance King Oedipus.