Maxime Echardour studied percussion, zarb and piano at the CNR de Rueil-Malmaison, CNSMD de Lyon and subsequently at the Amsterdam Conservatoire. In 2003, he joined L’Instant Donné, the Paris-based ensemble specialising in contemporary chamber music. L’Instant Donné regularly appears at festivals such as Festival d’Automne (Paris), ManiFeste (Paris), Wittener Tage, Manchester International Festival, Musikprotokoll (Graz), Musica Strasbourg, and is Ensemble-in-Residence at Théâtre Garonne (Toulouse). Maxime is a permanent member of Ensemble Khaps, which performs traditional music and is formed of musicians from Africa, Japan and Europe. For ten years he also had a percussion trio, Trio de Bubar, which devoted itself to improvised works. Maxime has performed as a guest artist with KammerKonzert Holland, Opéra de Lyon, Ensemble Orchestral Contemporain, Ensemble Hostel Dieu, and Ensemble intercontemporain.
Genevieve Wilkins is an Australian born freelance percussionist who is based in London.
She is a member of “ensemblebash”, UK’s premiere percussion ensemble and a founding member of “The G Project”, an exciting and virtuosic collaboration with cellist Gabriella Swallow. Genevieve has performed with and/or recorded with Nash Ensemble, Joanna MacGregor, Lionel Richie, Akon, Josh Groban, Joby Burgess, Max de Wardener, DJ Panko (Ojos de Brujo), Cerys Matthews, DJ Pathaan, Alex Wilson, Gavin Bryars, Karen David, Alex Phountzi (Bugz in the Attic), Monika Lidke, Andrew Poppy, Mark-Anthony Turnage, Shiva Feshareki.
Genevieve was the performance musical director for the 2013/14 premiere of the musical “American Psycho” for the Almeida Theatre. Her other theatre credits include “Thriller Live” (West End and Stadium Tour), “Tap Dogs” (West End and Australia), “Never Forget” (West End) and as musical director/principal percussionist for various productions at the Shakespeare Globe Theatre (including worldwide cinematic release). Genevieve’s orchestral credits include the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra (percussion feature concert) London Sinfonia, Malaysian Philharmonic, New London Orchestra and the West Australian Symphony.
Jason is a musician, composer, sound artist, creative facilitator, producer and performer.
He is both a solo artist and collaborator and works across a wide range of art forms, music genres and educational practices.
His work is an ongoing exploration and collaboration between the voice, body, music technology and its application to art, sound, music and education
From his earliest years Colin Currie has pioneered new music for percussion. He was awarded the Royal Philharmonic Society Young Artist Award in 2000 for his inspirational role in contemporary music-making and received a Borletti-Buitoni Trust Award in 2005. Past commissions have included works by composers such as Simon Holt, Kurt Schwertsik, Einojuhani Rautavaara, Jennifer Higdon and Alexander Goehr.
Currie has also had the privilege of commissioning a new work from Elliott Carter - the double concerto, Conversations, premiered with Pierre-Laurent Aimard at the 2011 Aldeburgh Festival. He later premiered a new longer version Two Controversies and a Conversation with the New York Philharmonic/Robertson in June 2012. Upcoming commissions include new works by Nico Muhly, Steve Reich, James MacMillan and Louis Andriessen.
In 2011 Currie was appointed Artist in Residence at London’s Southbank Centre, a role which allows him to develop new relationships with artists and ensembles across a variety of art forms, as well as take part in collaborative and educational projects. His dynamic percussion ensemble The Colin Currie Group received critical acclaim for its performances of Steve Reich’s Drumming; following sell-out UK performances, the group made its international debut in 2012 at Tokyo Opera City, Japan.
Currie’s critical acclaimed recordings include Rautavaara’s Incantations with the Helsinki Philharmonic (Ondine) and MacMillan’s Veni, Veni, Emmanuel with the Netherlands Radio Chamber Philharmonic (Challenge Classics), conducted by the composer.