O/Modernt is the hub not only of a core group of very special musicians but also artists and thinkers from many fields. Academy O/Modernt is an educative platform where young artists musicians are mentored not only by world-class professionals in their respective instruments but also by the leading thinkers of our time: historians, philosophers, ecologists, theologians, monks, poets and more. With its aesthetic ideals echoing those of the ancient Greek academies, the O/Modernt Academy will nurture the artists of tomorrow to become what the citizens of Ancient Greece called ‘musicians’—honest, responsible, tolerant, cultured, intellectually open and creative members of society. The curriculum will reflect this philosophy in a musical tutelage grounded in a thorough knowledge of the Humanities: INTERCONNECTED MUSICKING.
Musicking (described by Christopher G. Small in his book of the same title) is participating in music in any capacity. It is an active way in which we relate to the rest of the world and establishes a set of non-hierarchical relationships not only between those organized sounds which are conventionally thought of as being the stuff of musical meaning but also between the people who are taking part, in whatever capacity, in the performance. At the heart of Musicking is the loosening of hierarchical structures in the ecosystem of music and the barriers that divide the different ‘actors’ (composer, performer, listener, technician etc.). O/Modernt believes that removing these barriers between the different roles in musicking is vital to the livelihood of the artform.
Interconnectivity is a concept used in numerous fields and signifies that all parts of a system interact with and rely on one another simply by the fact that they occupy the same system, and that a system is impossible to understand through analysis of its individual parts alone. O/Modernt believes that exploring and fostering the interconnectedness of the musical ecosystem is vital for the aspiring musician to develop their practice in a way that is intimately related to the world we live in.
At the heart of the new academy are three guiding pillars
HOLISTIC: An approach to education which fosters the development of free, morally responsible, compassionate and well-rounded individuals
PERSON-CENTRED: Teaching starts from where the individual pupil is, both in terms of ability and psychologically; the creative and artistic personality of each pupil is nurtured on a one-to-one basis.
SPONTANEOUS AND CREATIVE: A pedagogy that guides each pupil's own creativity through his or her spontaneous engagement with the materials at hand.
Every day is a surprise. There are confirmations of an interconnectivity and synchronicity which inspire, titillate and confirm the inherent comedy of the universe Billy Zane
The act of musicking establishes in the place where it is happening a set of relationships, and it is in those relationships that the meaning of the act lies. ‘Musicking’ by Christopher Small
Richard Taruskin (born 2 April 1945, New York) is an American musicologist, music historian, and critic who has written about the theory of performance, Russian music, 15th-century music, 20th-century music, nationalism, the theory of modernism, and analysis. As a choral conductor he directed the Columbia University Collegium Musicum. He played the viola da gamba with the Aulos Ensemble from the late 1970s to the late 1980s. Taruskin received his B.A. magna cum laude (1965), M.A. (1968) and Ph.D. in historical musicology (1976) from Columbia University.
Sir Antony Mark David Gormley, OBE (born 30 August 1950), is a British sculptor.His works include the Angel of the North, a public sculpture in Gateshead in the North of England, commissioned in 1994 and erected in February 1998, Another Place on Crosby Beach near Liverpool, and Event Horizon, a multi-part site installation which premiered in London in 2007, around Madison Square in New York City, in 2010, in São Paulo, Brazil, in 2012, and in Hong Kong in 2015–16.
In 2008 The Daily Telegraph ranked Gormley number 4 in their list of the "100 most powerful people in British culture".
Dick Walther Harrison (born 10 April 1966) is a Swedish historian who was born in Huddinge, Stockholm County, Sweden and spent much of his youth in Staffanstorp in Skåne. He is currently a Professor of History at Lund University.
His main areas of interest are the European Middle Ages, including the medical history of the period, and the history of slavery. Harrison regularly writes articles for the Swedish journal Populär Historia (Popular History). He has also written popular historical works and, during Spring 2010, a blog covering the history of monarchs and monarchies with emphasis on the Swedish monarchy. Harrison regularly gives lectures to the general public on a broad range of historical topics.
Harrison is the editor-in-chief of a comprehensive series about Swedish history published by Norstedts with the first volume released in September, 2009. The Swedish TV channel TV4 has made a companion television series for which Harrison is the historical consultant and co-host along with Martin Timell. The TV series has 12 episodes of which the first six aired on TV4 during spring 2010. The second set of six episodes aired spring 2011.
In addition to his historical writing, Harrison has written three historical novels about Ulvbjörn Vamodsson, a 7th-century (fictitious) warrior: Ofärd, Niding and Illdåd.
Nora Bateson, is an award-winning filmmaker, writer, facilitator and educator, as well as President of the International Bateson Institute based in Sweden. Her work asks the question “How we can improve our perception of the complexity we live within, so we may improve our interaction with the world?”
Irving Leonard Finkel is a British philologist and Assyriologist. He is currently the Assistant Keeper of Ancient Mesopotamian script, languages and cultures in the Department of the Middle East in the British Museum, where he specialises in cuneiform inscriptions on tablets of clay from ancient Mesopotamia.
As an internationally recognised soloist and chamber musician Simon Tandree has performed in the world’s leading concert halls including the Wigmore hall,Concertgebouw,Berlin Konzerthaus, Vienna Konzerthaus and Library of Congress in Washington. Simon also plays regularly in festivals around the globe including Maputo,Sidney,New York and Bratislava.
As a member of the world-renowned Doric String Quartet Simon won numerous prizes including 1st prize Osaka International Chamber Music competition, 2nd prize Borciani Competition in Italy as well as having two Gramophone nominations for CD’s recorded with Chandos. Simon has collaborated with some of the world’s leading artists including Alexander Melnikov,Mark Padmore, Chen Halevi, Anthony Marwood and Laurence Power.
As well as being in demand as Principle Viola, appearing regularly with orchestras such as Britten Sinfonia,Aurora orchestra ,ENO, Manchester Camerata and Porto Sinfonica Simon is passionate about teaching and has given master-classes in institutions and courses in Spain,India,Indonesia and Mozambique where he is part of the Xiquitsi project helping to bring classical music to young children. Simon studied at the Guildhall in London,in Detmold,Germany and in Basel,Switzerland.
Ian Dennis Jenkins OBE is a Senior Curator at the British Museum who is an expert on Ancient Greece and specializes in Ancient Greek sculpture. Jenkins has published a number of books and over a hundred articles. He leads the British Museum's excavations at Cnidus and has been involved in the debate over the ownership of the Elgin Marbles.
Gareth Lubbe is professor of viola at the Folkwang University of the Arts in Essen, Germany. For several years,he was principal violist in the Gewandhaus Orchestra of Leipzig under Riccardo Chailly, while teaching at the Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy Conservatory. Garethappears as a soloist and chamber musician throughout Europe, America, Africa and Asia. As an overtone singer he performs and gives interactive lectures around the world, interpreting the phenomenon of multiphonic singing to demonstrate the possibilities of sound production on one’s own inner instrument. Born in Johannesburg, Gareth received his first musical education on piano and violin at the age of four, and made youthful debuts as soloist and conductor. In 1994 he performed at the presidential inauguration of Nelson Mandela in Pretoria. After finishing school, he went to study in Germany but continues to nurture his love for the mother continent, performing and teaching there on a regular basis.
David Hykes (born March 2, 1953, Taos, New Mexico) is a composer, singer, musician, author, and meditation teacher. He was one of the earliest modern western pioneers of overtone singing, and has developed since 1975 a comprehensive approach to contemplative music which he calls Harmonic Chant (harmonic singing). After early research and trips studying Mongolian, Tibetan, and Middle Eastern singing forms, Hykes began a long series of collaborations with traditions and teachers of wisdom and sacred art, including the Dalai Lama and the Gyuto and Gyume monks.
Hykes founded the Harmonic Choir in 1975, and has performed and taught Harmonic Chant and the related Harmonic Presence work in America, France, Germany, Italy, Switzerland, Japan, Australia and many other countries. Of overtone singing and his own study of the form, music theorist Charles Madden writes, "David Hykes has done everything I had hoped to do, and more." His choir incorporates both basic overtone signing as well as additional advanced forms.
His work is organised within The Harmonic Presence Foundation.
His song "Rainbow Voice" is featured in the films "Blade: Trinity" (2004), "Blade" (1998), "Baraka" (1992), and "Dead Poets Society" (1989).
Michael Grab is an artist specializing in rock balancing, photography, and videography. He was born in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada and currently based in Boulder, Colorado, United States, and has worked professionally since 2008, creating precarious, short-lived works of art, usually in natural and often remote settings.
Grab began practicing his craft in Boulder Creek and he still considers it his home base, though he has given live performances of rock balancing in Switzerland, Sweden, Scotland and Germany and he has balanced rocks in Croatia, Italy, Belgium, and France.
Much of his work is installed in remote natural settings, such as near river or ocean shorelines, and in other natural rocky settings. He has balanced rocks on the shores of Loch Ness. Some work has also been installed in urban settings, such as on street sidewalks. He has installed at least one short-lived underwater rock balance sculpture. Grab often disassembles his work when leaving the site to "close the cycle" and also to adheres to the "leave no trace" principle of trail ethics. Or, he knocks them down, sometimes videographing them as they collapse.
Grab has a degree in sociology which he attained in 2007 from the University of Colorado. Grab considers meditation a part of the practice of successfully balancing rocks. Grab explains that the focus involved in finding points of balance for rocks causes a shutting down of the "excessive mind chatter that usually goes on in people’s heads". His work has been popularized by his own photography of the finished, balanced rocks, which he posts to his website.
After receiving my Ph.D. in Divinity from Emmanuel College I spent the spring semester of 2016 teaching philosophy of religion and systematic theology at the Institute for Literature, Intellectual History and Religion at the University of Gothenburg. In Michaelmas 2016 I returned to Emmanuel College as a research fellow.My first book, Effort and Grace: On the Spiritual Exercise of Philosophy (London: Bloomsbury, 2020), tackles the importance of Simone Weil’s concept of attention for critical theory and practice today, and situates it within the history of French reflexive or ‘spiritualist’ philosophy. I have also published widely on attention and environmental ethics, and am currently working, with Dr Alice Tarbuck, on a co-authored monograph addressing attention as a spiritual technology for the transformation of earth: Spellwork for a Damaged Planet: Magic and Ecology.
Robin Simon (born 23 July 1947) is a British art historian and critic, editor of the British Art Journal.
Simon was a tenured academic at the University of Nottingham, teaching both English Literature and Art History, and was then Director of the Institute of European Studies in London before becoming editor of Apollo magazine in 1990. He has written and lectured extensively on Italian art of the fourteenth century and on British art, especially of the eighteenth century, on theatre and music, and on the history of cricket. He has been art critic of the Daily Mail since 1987. From 2007 he has been Visiting Professor in the Department of English at University College London and since 2018 Professorial Research Fellow in Art History at Buckingham University. In January 2013 he was outspoken about the first Portrait of Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, calling it "rotten".
Born in England in 1968, Teresa Monachino is a graphic designer whose work touches many design disciplines from exhibition and branding to books, packaging and digital media. She studied at the Chelsea School of Art in London, graduating in 1990, and now runs her own independent studio where she has established a worldwide reputation as a designer with a natural affinity for type. Teresa has a love of language, word play and graphic wit. As the author and designer of Words Fail Me, published by Phaidon, she uses imaginative typography to highlight tricky words, illogical spellings, misleading pronunciation and other quirky characteristics of the English language. The book is a witty and amusing celebration of contradictions and inconsistencies. Teresa has won many design awards including two D&AD. While her work has been featured widely in both the national and international design press. She has also written for a number of design publications, is a visiting lecturer and has worked and collaborated with the sculptor and Pop Artist Sir Eduardo Paolozzi, graphic design giant Alan Fletcher and actor Sir Sean Connery. Studio Monachino has produced a number of award-winning typographic publications, which have been championed and supported by the Design Museum and Tate Galleries in London.
Reinventing my studio as a laboratory, I borrow scientific techniques and take an experimental approach to materials, colour and light. An underlying structure of design and observational drawing informs each image. Employing diverse materials and found objects, I construct, deconstruct and reconstruct to extend the potential of the work and blur the boundaries between drawing and photography. The interplay of analogue and digital techniques, RGB and CMYK, are key to the creation of the final image. Text harvested from the media and from literature provides inspiration and bridges the gap between viewer and artwork.
Seeking to create order from chaos, Loftus explores human consciousness, ideas about infinity, and the fabric of our universe with a critical yet playful eye, obliquely referencing western cultural history. With a background in design and fine art, Loftus cultivates a versatile, non-hierarchical approach to materials and concepts that embraces analogue/digital, intellect/emotion.
Susannah Ticciati is Lecturer in Systematic Theology at King's College London. She previously studied mathematics and theology at Peterhouse, Cambridge. She has also studied at the University of Göttingen and is an active member of the Society of Scriptural Reasoning.
Johan von Schreeb defended his dissertation in 2007 on a thesis on international humanitarian health efforts in the event of disasters. He is an associate professor at Karolinska Institutet in Solna and heads the Knowledge Center for International Disaster Medicine. He is one of three doctors who in 1993 started the Swedish section of Doctors Without Borders. He has 25 years of experience working as a surgeon in disaster areas abroad.
He was named Swedish 2014 of the Year with the motivation: "With concrete efforts for people affected by natural disasters, epidemics and wars, Johan von Schreeb gives hope where the dreams of a better world collide brutally with reality. By founding Doctors Without Borders in Sweden he has paved way for many followers who with great risk-taking alleviate suffering around the world ". In December 2014, he was awarded the Prince Carl Medal for his outstanding international humanitarian efforts.
Kasper Holten is a Danish stage director. From 2011 until 2017 he was Director of Opera for the Royal Opera House in London. He is Vice President of the Board of the European Academy of Music Theatre.
Ben Quash grew up in County Durham and Monmouthshire. He read English as an undergraduate at Cambridge, and then (as a second degree, whilst in training for ordination at Westcott House) theology. Doctoral work on the theological dramatic theory of Hans Urs von Balthasar combined these literary and theological interests. He was Chaplain and Fellow of Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge, and a lecturer in the Cambridge Theological Federation from 1996-1999, then returned to Peterhouse as Dean and Fellow until he came to King’s as Professor of Christianity and the Arts in 2007. From 2004-2007 Ben Quash was also Academic Convenor of the Cambridge Inter-Faith Programme in the University of Cambridge’s Faculty of Divinity, developing research and public education programmes in Judaism, Christianity and Islam and their interrelations - and indulging a delight in Scriptural Reasoning.
Stephen Nachmanovitch is a musician, author, computer artist, and educator. He is an improvisational violinist, and writes and teaches about improvisation, creativity, and systems approaches in many fields of activity.
Camilla Lundberg is one of Sweden's most esteemed cultural writers. She was a music critic in the Expressen 1977-98 and has also written regularly in Modern Times. Many people know her as a radio voice in P2, where she has worked in numerous programs for several decades. Since 1999 she has been Music Director at Sweden's Television.Camilla Lundberg was born in 1950 in Stockholm. After studying at the School of Journalism and in Musicology, she quickly established herself as a cultural writer, with an emphasis on classical music in the broadest sense. She has been called folk educator, but also acts as a debater on cultural policy issues.Camilla Lundberg is married to concert pianist Janos Solyom. She is an active and versatile musician herself. She plays string quartet (cello), piano and sings in chorus.As a writer, she has published the children's book The Wings of Music and has participated in several anthologies. Myths of Music is her first major book. A highly personal music history that in 2000 was nominated for the literary August Prize.
Henry Thomas Marsh CBE FRCS is a leading English neurosurgeon, and a pioneer of neurosurgical advances in Ukraine. His widely acclaimed memoir Do No Harm: Stories of Life, Death and Brain Surgery was published in 2014.