Sascha Blank, born 1987 in Berlin, is a german film composer, who studied jazz and classical piano at the university of music and theatre in Rostock, Germany. He has composed music for a variety of films such as „The Dingens Show“, „Lieblingsgeschwister“, „Seme“ or „Unchained“.
For the 8th Berlin Biennale in 2014 he composed the soundtrack of an audio visuell installation directed by Patrick Alan Banfield. Furthermore he composed a rock opera „The Castle“, which had premiere May 2014 in Rostock.
At the „Festival junger Künstler Bayreuth“ 2014 Blank was invited as „Composer in Residence“ where he worked on a peace for string orchestra.
The Dingens Show
From Aerial Vortices
St. Just in Cornwall und Herringen in Hessen
A Tale of Tub
Javier Rodriguez Rios (born 1987 in Cordoba, Spain) began playing the piano at the age of 9 being a student of Ramón Cabanillas at the conservatoire in his hometown. At the age of 12 he composed his first pieces and soon after that he began to engage in collaborations as a self-taught producer working on his own.
After completing his professional piano studies Javier Rodriguez Rios started a higher education course in Musical Composition in Granada, studying with Francisco González Pastor and Juan Cruz Guevara. At this stage he went through various courses related to sound, jazz music, improvisation, contemporary composition and composition for the audiovisual media. During this period he attended classes given, among others, by: Christopher Young, Blake Neely, Gary Burton, Lucas Vidal, Conrado Xalabarder, Alfons Conde, José Manuel López López, Nuria Núñez Hierro, Jose Lopez-Montes, Will Offermans, Rafael Liñán, Pedro Guajardo, etc.
Javier Rodriguez Rios has composed music for solo piano, chamber music, music for symphonic orchestra, documentaries, theater, improvisation as well as designed sound for video games, cinema trailers, TV commercials, etc. He has also collaborated as a producer and has participated in numerous festivals as a performer within various musical groups as well as a soloist.
Javier Rodriguez Rios currently combines his teaching activity with composition and performance of music for audiovisual media (cinema, TV, video games) and concerts. In his own studio he makes recordings, arrangements, transcriptions and productions for various artists. Apart from that he is also a Civil Engineer and a Mathematics student at the UNED.
Coranne Plummer, Canadian Nurse, new found love of elephants and the issues they face has propeled me to leave my family, friends & country. Selling everything I own to move 10,000 miles away to do my very best to make a difference in these majestic animals lives.
Lena Quénard has spent 30 years working in various medical and holistic practices,
including ten years in a palliative care unit. She has graduated in reflexology and massage
therapy cumulating 25 years of experience.
Since locating and rescuing the elephant Moey in Thailand in 2012 Lena has dedicated herself
wholly to elephant conservation and expanding her knowledge of the subject. She has visited
and gained first-hand experience from a variety of different conservation centers in Thailand,
India, Laos and Nepal. Lena has been living in Thailand since 2014. She has worked in
various elephant parks and sanctuaries and has volunteered several times for Elephant Aid
International, helping build "chain free corrals" in Thailand - at Boon Lot's Elephant Sanctuary
and at FAE, Friends of the Asian Elephants - in Nepal for the government elephants as well as at
Tiger Tops Elephant Camp. In January 2016 Lena started training in elephant foot care in
Nepal with Carol Buckley, one of the leading authorities in the world for the rescue,
rehabilitation and welfare of captive elephants.
Lena has founded "Moey Association" a Swiss non-profit organization established in December
2013 with the mission to help captive-held Asian elephants.