Events | Welcoming Reception

Los Angeles | February 8, 2018 | 7:30 PM

Paul Frick | Photo: Max Parovsky


Paul Frick was born in Berlin. He took composition classes since the age of twelve with Il-Ryun Chung. From 2000 to 2008 he studied composition at Universität der Künste Berlin. Since 2008 the group Brandt Brauer Frick with Daniel Brandt and Jan Brauer became the center of Fricks work, leading to the ten-piece Brandt Brauer Frick Ensemble as from 2010, in which he plays the piano and notates the scores. Both formations have performed in over fifty countries, including stages as Lincoln Center New York, Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival, Glastonbury Festival, Montreux Jazz Festival and Centre Pompidou Paris. On their four albums, the groups guest vocalists include Jamie Lidell, Nina Kraviz, Beaver Sheppard, Vic Mensa, Gudrun Gut and Om'Mas Keith. In 2016 Brandt Brauer Frick wrote their first Opera Gianni together with British director Martin Butler which premiered at Deutsche Oper Berlin. In May 2018 Paul Frick's solo debut album Second Yard Botanicals will appear on Apollo/R&S Records. Paul will give some audio impressions of his work.

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Juan S. Guse | Photo: Daria Knorr


Juan S. Guse, whose debut-novel "Lärm und Wälder" was published by S. Fischer in 2015, grew up in Germany and Argentina. He studied literature and sociology and is currently working on his PhD in the latter. For his prose he was awarded with The Fellowship of the State of Lower Saxony, the "Literaturpreis der Landeshauptstadt Hannover, the "Hallertauer Literaturpreis" as well as the Walter Kempowski Fellowship. In collaboration with the musician Paul Frick he will be presenting his new manuscript titled "Miami Punk", which he is working on at Villa Aurora.

Visual Artist
Natalie Häusler | Photo: Eric Bell


Natalie Häusler is an artist and poet living in Berlin. She holds an MFA from Bard College, Milton Avery Graduate School of the Arts, New York, and a Meisterschüler degree from the Braunschweig University of Art.
Her work has been exhibited internationally including PS122 Gallery, NY; Municipal Gallery of Lisbon; ICA, London; KM - Halle für Kunst & Medien, Graz; São Paulo; Raven Row, London; Kunstverein Nürnberg; Herman Nitsch Museum, Naples; Nurture Art Foundation, NY; Goethe Institut, New York Library; and Kunsthalle Ravensburg.

Her book "A Virus Can be on a Mussel [...]" was published in 2014 by Mousse. Her writing also appears in "VierSomes 004," Birkbeck College Contemporary Poetics Research Centre, London and others. She has received grants and internatiolnal fellowships including the Berlin Senate Stipend for Cité Internationale des Arts, Paris; DAAD Study Scholarship, NY; and a MFA Scholarship, Bard College, NY.

Julie Pfleiderer | Photo: Lidia Tirri


Julie Pfleiderer is a German director working across the boundaries of performance and film. After studying directing at Hochschule für Schauspielkunst Ernst Busch Berlin, she directed theatre in Germany, Austria, Switzerland and Belgium. Julie was nominated as "Best Talented Young Director" in 2006 and 2008 by German magazine Theater Heute.

Her short film "Infinite Jetzt" won the "Special Jury Award for Experimental Film" at Film Festival New Orleans in 2014. Her architecture film "Actual Time Real Size #1 Partial Views" was shown in the context of the architecture biennale Venice in 2016 and at Museum of Moving Practice/ Design Museum Gent, Belgium.

At Villa Aurora Julie is collaborating with composer Oxana Omelchuk on their creation SAFE - a performance with 3 musicians from Belgian contemporary music ensemble Ictus and performer Caroline Daish, premiering in November 2018 at Kaaitheater Brussels, Belgium.

On February 8th you will have the chance to see "Infinite Jetzt" at Villa Aurora.

Oxana Omelchuk


Oxana Omelchuk, who was born in Belarus in 1975, lives in Cologne and is currently preparing her portrait CD for the Edition Zeitgenössische Musik des Deutschen Musikrates. She completed her master's degree in composition with Prof. Johannes Fritsch and studied electronic composition with Prof. Michael Beil (Cologne).

Oxana Omelchuk's last piece "wow and flutter" for 2 trombones and ensemble, written for Studio Dan - Ensemble Vienna, is about the history of the vinyl record. The center of her compositional interest is the material of the record, the different speeds, as well as the discovery of the unknown names. This "stroll through the musical history of the vinyl record" was premiered at Musikprotokoll Graz in 2017. Fragments of the piece will be presented to the audience.

At Villa Aurora Oxana is collaborating with director Julie Pfleiderer on their creation SAFE - a performance with 3 musicians from Belgian contemporary music ensemble Ictus and performer Caroline Daish, premiering in November 2018 at Kaaitheater Brussels, Belgium.

Visual Artist
Jana Schulz


Jana Schulz lives and works in Berlin. She is ‚Meisterschülerin‘ at the Academy of Fine Arts Leipzig under Prof. Tina Bara. Before studying photography she was a stage assistant at Deutsches Theater Berlin. At present Schulz is holding a scholarship from the German National Academic Foundation. In 2015 she received a working grant by the Kulturstiftung des Freistaates Sachsen and attended the Goldrausch Künstlerinnenprojekt in Berlin. Schulz‘ works have been shown at different institutions and galleries including f/stop festival for photography in Leipzig and Nuremberg, SSZ Sued in Cologne, and Bethanien in Berlin. It has been broadcasted by the Mitteldeutscher Rundfunk. Her work has also featured in Camera Austria International. In her multimedia works Schulz deals with the different kinds of interpersonal communication. She is focused on observing structures and dynamics within different social groups. Further more she extends her documentary approach by restaging scenes or giving specific instructions.

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