Johanna Kugler (AT)

Johanna Kugler was born in Vienna and has been singing and playing the violin for several years. Her musical repertoire is hugely versatile, though her focus is on traditional styles. While studying violin and rhythm in Vienna, Graz and Eisenstadt, she toured around Europe with several bands, such as Netnakisum, Ethno in Transit or String Syndicate. Currently, she is a member of Tanzhausgeiger, Karat Apart, Black Market Tune and the successful Austrian musical comedy group Landstreich. She holds several courses and workshops all around the globe, e.g. at Ethno Camps in Estonia and Slovenia, at festivals in Bolivia, Italy and Sweden, and at numerous Austrian folk music events. She also teaches at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Vienna.

Sophie Abraham (NL)

Sophie Abraham was born in the Netherlands in 1986. She studied Cello in Graz and Vienna, with Prof. R. Leopold and Prof. R. Latzko. She is a musician and composer who constantly seeks to link elements of classical music, modern classical music, jazz and pop music, as a solo artist or in ensembles. Sophie Abraham is a member of the radio.string.quartet, Trio Frühstück, and the World Music formation SCURDIA. She frequently collaborates with the Austrian storyteller Folke Tegetthoff, and in 2016 she had her debut as a film composer and performer (Turkish Way). She also teaches in Vienna and St. Pölten.

Julia Lacherstorfer (AT)

Julia Lacherstorfer was born in 1985 and raised in a traditional folk environment in Bad Hall, Upper Austria. She is a sound artist who is always intrigued by new styles and is not afraid to venture into new waters.
Julia works as an independent musician and composer in Austria and abroad. During her student times in Vienna and Linz, she formed several musical groups focusing on contemporary folk music. Her current projects, ALMA and Ramsch & Rosen have received several awards. Recently, she joined the international project The Sharing Heritage – Love Tree Ensemble, led by the Danish violinist Harald Haugaard.
In her work as a composer, she constantly walks the line between intuition and inspiration, between tradition and modernity, between concepts and free spirits.
As of 2018, she is the co-director of the wellenklænge festival in Lunz am See, together with Simon Zöchbauer.

Michal Zak (PL)

Musician, marathon runner, and traveler. Pupil of the master Breton flutist Jean-Michel Veillon.
For some years now, he has been exploring the music of rural Poland. Co-founder of Dom Tańca (House of Dance) in Poznań, and musician in the bands that played there over the years. He collaborates with traditional music groups, exponents of world music, early music, jazz and fusion. Composes and creates music for silent films and theatre, and is active in educational circles.
He has received several musical awards, for instance the Nowa Tradycjacompetition, organised by Polish Radio.