Jon Chouler (chemical engineering)
Jon graduated from the University of Bath with an MEng in Chemical Engineering, which included a 6 month overseas research project at the University of Canterbury, New Zealand, and a year-long placement working for Procter and Gamble in process improvements for dish homecare manufacturing. Outside of work Jon enjoys cycle touring, brewing beer/wine and playing guitar.
Dr Mirella Di Lorenzo (chemical engineering)
Dr Mirella Di Lorenzo graduated from the Federico II University of Napoli in 2003. Here, and at the Ernst-Moritz-Arndt University of Greifswald, she went on to gain a PhD in Industrial Biotechnology. Mirella has subsequently worked in research and post-doc positions at Newcastle University and the National Nanotechnology Laboratory of Lecce before joining the University of Bath as a Lecturer in July 2011. Mirella’s research is focused on the development of miniature bioelectrochemical devices for energy generation, water quality monitoring and healthcare applications
Dr Kate Hendry (earth sciences)
After finishing my undergraduate degree at Cambridge University, I carried out a PhD in Antarctic biogeochemistry at Oxford University. I worked for 18 months at Oxford after completing my thesis as a researcher, before moving to Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution in the US for over two years to work on marine chemistry and geochemistry. I then moved back to the UK, initially at Cardiff University, then as a Royal Society University Research Fellow at the University of Bristol. I study how changes in ocean chemistry impacts marine life, including the algae. As well as carrying out research into modern seawater, I also use the chemistry of deep-sea sediments as an archive for past changes in marine chemistry in order to help us understand the role played by oceans in climate change. In understanding how the oceans have changed in the past and how they relate to climate, we can better predict what might happen in the future.
Dominic Lash (composer)
Dominic Lash is a freely improvising double bassist, although his activities also range much more widely and include playing bass guitar and other instruments; both writing and performing composed music; and writing about music and various other subjects. He has performed with musicians such as Tony Conrad (in duo and quartet formations), Joe Morris(trio and quartet), Evan Parker (duo, quartet and large ensemble) and the late Steve Reid. His main projects include The Dominic Lash Quartet, The Set Ensemble (an experimental music group focused on the work of the Wandelweiser collective) and The Convergence Quartet.
Based in Bristol, Lash has performed in the UK, Austria, Finland, France, Germany, the Netherlands, Norway, Spain, Switzerland, Turkey and USA. For nearly a decade he was based in Oxford and played a central role in the activities of Oxford Improvisers; much of 2011 was spent living in Manhattan. In 2013 & 2014 he took part in Take Five, the professional development programme administered by Serious. Festival appearances include Akbank Jazz Festival (Istanbul), All Ears (Oslo), Audiograft (Oxford), Freedom of the City (London), Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival, Hurta Cordel (Madrid), Konfrontationen (Nickelsdorf), LMC Festival (London), Manchester Jazz Festival and Tampere Jazz Happening. His work has been broadcast on a number of radio stations, including BBC Radios 1 and 3 and Germany’s SWR2, and released on labels including Another Timbre, b-boim, Bead, Cathnor, Clean Feed, Compost and Height, Emanem, Erstwhile, FMR, Foghorn, Leo and NoBusiness. Since moving to Bristol he has been involved in organising concerts under the banners of Bang the Bore and Insignificant Variation.
James Saunders (composer)
James Saunders is a composer who makes modular compositions and series. His music has been played at numerous international festivals, including Bludenz Tage fur Zeitgenossiche Musik, Brighton Festival, BMIC Cutting Edge, Darmstadt, Donaueschingen, Gothenburg Arts Sounds, Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival, Inventionen Berlin, The Kitchen, Music We’d Like to Hear, Ostrava New Music Days, Rational Rec, Roaring Hooves, Ultima, and Wittener Tage fur Neue Kammermusik. It has been broadcast on BBC Radio 3 and Resonance FM (UK), WDR3, BR Klassik and SWR2 (Germany), and national radio in Czech Republic, Norway, Italy, New Zealand, and Sweden. In 2003 and 2007 he held residencies at the Experimental Studio fur Akustiche Kunst in Freiburg. James has worked with Apartment House, Arditti Quartet, asamisimasa, Sebastian Berweck, ensemble chronophonie, duo Contour, Rhodri Davies, EXAUDI, Nicolas Hodges, London Sinfonietta, Ensemble Modern, Neue Vocalsolisten, plus minus ensemble, Psappha, ensemble recherche, SUONO MOBILE, SWR Sinfonieorchester Baden-Baden und Freiburg, and 175 East. As a performer he plays in the duo Parkinson Saunders with composer Tim Parkinson, Apartment House, and has also performed with Alvin Lucier, Christian Wolff and Phill Niblock.
James studied at the University of Huddersfield and latterly with Anthony Gilbert at the Royal Northern College of Music. He is Head of Centre for Musical Research at Bath Spa University, where he runs the experimental music ensemble Material. James was a participant in the London Sinfonietta’s Blue Touch Paper scheme (2006-9). He held an AHRC Research Leave Award in 2005-6, and a Fellowship in 2010-11. His edited book The Ashgate Research Companion to Experimental Music was published in 2009, and Word Events: Perspectives on Verbal Notation (with John Lely) was published by Continuum in 2012.
Founded in May 2010, the Set Ensemble is dedicated to experimental music and contemporary composition. The ensemble has a particular focus on the work of the Wandelweiser group, which is an international composers collective devoted to furthering the investigations of John Cage into the role of silence in music. The Set Ensemble have performed music by composers including Antoine Beuger, George Brecht, Jürg Frey, Eva-Maria Houben, Radu Malfatti, Ben Patterson, Michael Pisaro, James Saunders, Stefan Thut and Manfred Werder. A more recent development is for members of the group themselves to write compositions for the ensemble, as seen for example in recent recording to be released on the Consumer Waste label in 2015. The Set Ensemble performs in shifting configurations depending on the circumstances; versions of the ensemble have performed in London, Oxford, Sheffield, Glasgow and New York.