A Project was founded by a group of musicians seeking to break down the borders between different artistic traditions; it embodies an openness toward the diversity of styles, genres and media present in contemporary culture. Based in the Costa del Sol, this initiative seeks to bring together artists from all over the world for the celebration of creativity. We encourage reinterpretation, reinvention and recombination between expressive individuals during each annual weeklong festival, and hope to create a sandbox where new ideas may be realized and old ideas reborn.
We will create 7 diverse events over 7 nights on the Costa del Sol, thus enriching the lives of the people that live in this region. The musicians and artists are from all over the world, and have performed in some of the most prestigious venues. From Carnegie Hall to Sydney Opera House, Forbidden City Concert Hall Beijing to the Royal Albert Hall, our participants are the best in the world and will bring a unique event, never before seen or heard, to the Costa del Sol. Music and Art combined as you have never before seen.
We will bring 7 consecutive music soirees to AVANTO beachside restaurant, each evening you receive wine, canapés, world class music and an Art Exhibition of 25 International Artists. Accessibility is key, we want to make our Festival as accessible to as many as we possibly can, along with our many outside visitors coming to Spain just for this occasion. With great support from Heritage Resorts, Papillon, AVANTO and CUDECA, we are working together to enrich the lives of the people on the Costa del Sol.
A present member on the fundraising board of the Waterford Healing Arts Trust, Phyllis O'Shea has also previously worked in credit management with a National Company in Ireland. She has invaluable experience from her years of involvement with various committees, including St. Vincent De Paul, the Samaritans and Alzheimer's Ireland.
As an avid supporter of the arts, O'Shea hopes to bring world class performers to Costa del Sol to create opportunities for young artists. She loves to travel, and has been visiting the Costa del Sol for over 25 years. She is delighted to be on the A Project committee, and is excited to be involved in the very first festival in October 2016.
Julie Dowling is a resident artist in the Garter Lane Arts Centre at the center of historic Waterford, Ireland, her adopted home. Born in England, Dowling has always loved art and holds a Masters degree in her craft. However, she believes that art cannot be taught, and must come from within the artist.
Dowling has worked in many different mediums and has a particular love of textiles and unusual fibres. She has also worked with holograms and magic lanterns. At present she is working on a new technique with oil paint, various fibers and found objects, sealed within an epoxy resin shell. In her own words, "When I create a piece of art I become so engrossed in my work that I feel that some of myself has escaped onto the canvas."
Throughout most of Anders life he has been engaged in music and generally found himself in an environment full of music. All aspects of music have always fascinated him. At an early age he chose to go to a music school, where he sang in The Copenhagen Royal Chapel Choir.
Subsequently, he moved away from the practical part of music and found pleasure in arranging and coordinating events
- especially within music. He currently works on both managing and holding events - but in particular music events.
His field of interests are great, and he finds it exceedingly interesting to work with everything from major music
festivals with pop music to less intimate concerts where classical music meets art. He loves his work, he loves seeing
things form a synthesis, he loves when events manage to entice people and give them a purpose of being present, and
taking part in a wonderful atmosphere filled with beautiful music - and that is his motivating power; to witness
people relish something he took part in creating, a main driving force for his involvement in Salida del Sol
Anita has worked as director of Public Relations & Admissions at the Business School of Erasmus University, Rotterdam. She was a board member of the Art Society “De Illusie” and Press Center Perspoort Rotterdam
Anita has a great interest in Art, in all its forms, and is very motivated to cooperate with the Project Management Team
to contribute to a high level of contemporary Art and Music events in Spain, and further afield.
The work and cooperation itself is a reward.
A dentist specialised in endodontics, Paul worked in Paris, at the dental university in Amsterdam and as an endodontic in Rotterdam. Since his early years he has been interested in Art, it stimulates his creative core.
He is really excited to be a part of the Project Management Team, cooperating in making remarkable and enriching events happen.
Benoit Granier, born in 1974 in Nantes, France, is a professor, composer, (ethno)musicologist, visual and sonic artist, philosopher, and lifelong believer in collaborative work in the arts.
After finishing his PhD, Granier started teaching at Trinity College Dublin. In 2008, he was invited to teach at the Central Conservatory of Music (Beijing, China) and develop artist relations between China and the rest of the world (focusing on Europe and the United States of America). Besides his work at Central Conservatory, he has taught in many recognized institutions, such as The National University of Singapore, Peking University and Beijing Film Academy, where he delivered courses in electronic music, orchestration, sound design, film music, acoustics and recording.
Granier is now a tenured professor at the Central Conservatory of Music, where he has been teaching full time for 8 years (as of 2015). He is also Composer in Residence for the Vienna Chamber Orchestra and Dulwich College Beijing.
Granier has been invited to perform his compositions in many prestigious venus, such as the Zhongshan Concert Hall (Beijing, China), the National Center for Performing Arts (Beijing, China), the Smithsonian Museum (Washington D.C., US), Harvard University (Boston, US), Carnegie Recital Hall (New York, US), Manorouchi Arts Center performances (Tokyo, Japan), Seoul National University (Korea), and Espacio Cultural El Tanque (Spain). His work has also been featured at the Beijing Modern Music Festival, the Bourges International Electronic Music and Arts Festival and the Strasbourg International Saxophone Festival Congress.
Award-winning British cellist Jacob Shaw (b.1988) has given acclaimed concerts across Europe, US and Asia, establishing himself as one of the most prominent young soloists based in Scandinavia. Shaw's unique program ideas, original style and enthusiasm have gained huge support and admiration as from the public and professional colleagues alike. Exploring the boundaries of what is possible on his instrument, Shaw often collaborates with folk, indie, electronic and jazz musicians.
During his studies in London, Paris, Augsburg and Copenhagen, Jacob received numerous national and international competitions, and has since performed in some of the world’s most prestigious stages, including Carnegie Hall, Oslo Concert House, Salle Cortot, Guangzhou Opera House and Copenhagen Radio House. He has premiered pieces by composers such as Sofia Gubaidulina, Sir John Taverner, Frangis Ali-Sade and Haflidi Hallgrimsson.
A passionate chamber musician, Shaw regularly plays in esteemed festivals such as Lockenhaus Festival, Gstaad, Sommets-du-Classique and iPalpiti; he is also the co-founder and artistic director of the Festival International de Musique de Chambre en Charente. As Music Ambassador for Dulwich College International Shaw supports the next generation of musicians and is highly dedicated to helping and promoting young musical talents. A dedicated teacher, his students have won national and international competitions in Germany, Denmark, Japan, France and the UK. Shaw has given masterclasses in important music conservatories across the world, including the Central Conservatory of Music (Beijing, China), the Royal Irish Academy of Music (Dublin, Ireland), Northwestern University Chicago (US) and the Shanghai Conservatory of Music (China).
John Hui (b.1996) is a musician and composer based in New York, NY. He is currently an undergraduate at Columbia University pursuing a B.A. in Music and Computer Science. His musical interests include computer music, music philosophy, music education, and music theory. He also produces electronic dance music under the alias, Jwong.
Hui's compositions consist of experimental "Explorations" and programmatic "Exhibitions". His works have been premiered and performed in the United States, Britain, Ireland, Korea, and around China. In 2013, his piece, Exhibition No. 2014: The Hollow Men – Part 1 won the inaugural ISCMS Karl Jenkins Award for Music Composition.
Hui is the current Music Director of the Columbia Kingsmen. He is also a singer in Columbia Vivace, and a New Music radio programmer at WKCR.
Jess "Polhov" Deškovič is a musician, producer and audio engineer; his artist moniker derives from his family house in Slovenia. Deškovič, now based in Sydney, Australia, produces and engineers for a handful of artists, including Atlas Bound, Andreyun and Vaz Deš. Deškovič is currently working on EPs for both his Polhov and Vaz Deš projects.
Deškovič began studying music in 2012 under the guidance of Shane O’Shea in Dulwich College Beijing, focusing on developing his musicianship and refining his skills as a composer and producer. The Polhov project began in 2012 whilst Deškovič was living in Beijing, China. The Polhov project draws inspiration from various cultures of the countries Deškovič has lived in, and combines a range of musical styles including hip hop, jazz, world music, and popular western music.
Since moving to Australia, Deškovič has been developing a production style consisting of various influences and instrumentation, at the Australian Institute of Music. Deškovič has participated and performed in various music festivals and events in China and Australia, both as a DJ and performing live electronic sets. Aside from DJing in various venues across Beijing, Deškovič has performed Benoit Granier’s compositions with the Beijing Youth Orchestra, played at the Suzhou Electronic MIDI Festival and toured in Beijing and Shanghai with cellist Jacob Shaw, playing original works combined with live animations by Patrick Younis.