Past members

Reeds, Loop-Komposition/Mini-Elektronik: Georgia Ch. Hoppe

Geogia Ch. Hoppe is a freelance composer and musician playing the entire range of
saxophone and clarinet, including a uniquely tuned bass clarinet, in addition to e-guitar and
ukulele. Georgia has collaborated with me in the duo performance “Rites of Depravation”
(2019); she is part of General Humanity Lab from DURLG! Animal Ancestor Agency (2020)

Georgia studied jazz composition with Dieter Glawischnig and holds a doctorate in music
studies on expanded techniques from the University Hamburg (1989). She has taught at the
Universities of Oldenburg and Hamburg, has worked for theatre and film, for instance with
Johann Kresnik, Axel Manthey, and Fatih Akin, and has collaborated with actors Michael
Altmann and Nina Petri. Georgia is a long-time member of TonArt Ensemble and founded
the all-female ensemble “purple pool”. Projects include: “Des Mondes Zauberschein”
(Klangzümbaal after Arno Schmidt, together with Michael Altmann), Thalia; “Der Eisenofen”
(emotional trash concert after the Brothers Grimm), Theater N.N.; “Gesellschaft” (Samuel
Beckett): sound piece with Michael Altmann, Thalia; “Wellen.Wellen” (double concert with
TonArt Ensemble), Monsuntheater; music for the radio piece “HEIMLICH” by Matthias
Wittekind (NDR, Alexander Schumacher, direction); “Looking for Someone” with Nina Petri
(acting/voice), Wolfgang Stockmann (direction), and the band femmes heureuses (musical

Soprano, viola:  Marcia Lemke-Kern

Marcia Lemke-Kern is a viola player and one of Germany’s most versatile sopranos, her repertoire ranging from mediaeval music to contemporary opera. Marcia joined General Humanity for PEAK HUMANITY.

After studies at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, the Hochschule für Musik und Theater and the Centre de la musique mediévale de Paris, she formed the duo con:Fusion with her husband and composer Sascha Lino Lemke. Together they won the first prize of the European Promoters of New Music at the Gaudeamus Competition in 2007. This launched the duo into a series of concerts touring Europe with programmes for soprano with live-electronics. Marcia has since made a name of herself in the contemporary music scene, appearing with ensembles such as Lux Nova Duo, Ensemble Effusions, decoder, the Non-Piano Ensemble and Radar Ensemble. Many composers have dedicated new works to her and to her ensembles, including Simon Steen-Andersen, Catalina Rueda, Christian Wolff, Benjamin Helmer, Manfred Stahnke, Georg Hajdu, Peter Köszeghy, René Mense, Daniel Moreira and Neele Hülcker.

Parallel to this Marcia founded the ensemble Trobar e Cantar, which has a large repertoire of newly rediscovered music from the mediaeval and Renaissance eras. The ensemble recorded three CDs, the last of which, de:fine amour (Paschen Records) was nominated for an International Classical Music Award. Her operatic work includes creations of Dirk Schattner (Sein Engel), Sascha Lino Lemke (Himmelsmüll), Ernst Bechert (Der Schmutz), and Michael Maierhof (Sodom und Gomorrah). Her voice (English/German) is also featured in experimental films and radio plays. Marcia holds seminars and workshops for the Chartered Institute of Linguistics, London, the Hochschule für Musik und Theater Hamburg, and the Institut für Musik at the Fachhochschule Osnabrück.

Scientific advisor: Sébastien Dutreuil

Sebastien holds a PhD in philosophy, University Paris from the Institute for History and Philosophy of Sciences and Technology (IHPST, Paris) and a M.S. in Interdisciplinary Approaches of Life from the University Paris 7 and Paris 5 and in Geosciences from the Ecole Normale Superieure, Paris. He was a postdoctoral fellow of the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science, Berlin and is now a full-time researcher at the Centre Gilles-Gaston Granger (CNRS/Aix-Marseille University). His research interests are Philosophy of biology, Gaia hypothesis, Environmental philosophy, Epistemo-logy of modelling, History of Earth and environmental sciences (Earth system science, biogeochemistry, geochemistry). Sebastian was part of PEAK HUMANITY as a scientific advisor.

Percussion:  Chad Charles Popple

Chad Charles Popple, born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, began drumming at age 5, vibraphone at age 16 and North Indian Tabla at age 20. Chad relocated to Hamburg in 1998 following a European tour with his band Colossamite. He is also member of the bands Gorge Trio, Hosho and Powerdove, among others. His Solo percussion record A Popple People was released on Joyful Noise Recordings in 2018. He has earned the title Miruthanga Kalajothy from the University of Jaffna, Sri Lanka with a diploma in mridangam.

Chad was part of General Humanity Lab 3: ANIMAL ANCESTOR and collaborated to the audio version of the scene Humans Must Go! released in July 2020.

Theory-performance: Eduardo Jorge de Oliveira

Eduardo Jorge de Oliveira is a Brazilian writer, filmmaker and scholar. He is currently Assistant Professor at the Department of Romanic Languages at the University Zurich (UZH) where he leads the Institute of Brazilian Studies. He is an associated scholar at the Centre for Art and Cultural Theory and of the Centre of Latin America Studies at the University of Zurich and has been a reseracher and critic for Jeu de Paume Magazine in Paris (2014). He is the author of several articles on animality and art and of the book Nuna Ramos em obras (S.o Paulo, Iluminuras, 2018), his hypothesis being that every artist changes the “skin of the world” by the images s/he creates. He is active as a film- and radiomaker in Brazil, France and Switzerland: in cooperation with Radio Lora, Zurich, he presented “Poetry on Radio” (2017), and together with philosopher Jean-Luc Nancy (Paris) and Maria Filomena Molder (Lisbon) he directed the film Alegria que vem. La joie qui vient (2018, 34 min.). He also organized filmscreenings and Nuna Ramos’ opera, Monolog für einen toten Hund (Monologo para um cachorro morto) at the Cabaret Voltaire Zurich in 2017.

“I am lost in my perspective”, scene shot from Postimage Operaaahhh! Photo by Raimund Vogtenhuber.

Eduardo collaborated with text, voice, and performance to General Humanity Lab 2, POSTIMAGE OPERAAAHHH!

Saxophone, spinet: Jonas Labhart

Born 1980 in Zurich, Jonas Labhart is a Swiss saxophonist, composer, improviser and teacher. After studying Saxophone performance and pedagogy at Berkley College of Music and HMT Zurich, Jonas Labhart moved to New York to study Jazz Composition with Jim McNeely and Rich DeRosa. During his three year long stay he not only obtained a Masters of Music in Jazz Composition but was also a member of the BMI Jazz Composers Workshop and conducted his pieces’ world premiere for Big Band at Merkin Hall. Back in Zurich he studied classical music theory at ZhdK. Jonas lives in Zurich and performs in Switzerland, Europe and Japan with his project field*s. As a composer his work ranges from jazz arrangements for orchestra to contemporary classical works for quarter-tone trumpet. He teaches saxophone and music theory at the Zurich University of the Arts ZHdK and the Musikschule Zürcher Oberland. As a member of the board and president of WIM (Werkstatt für Improvisierte Musik Zürich) he helps to organise weekly concerts of improvised music.

“Frog People”, Scene shot from Postimage Operaaahhh!, Photo by Raimund Vogtenhuber

Jonas was part of General Humanity Lab 2, POSTIMAGE OPERAAAHHH!!! with saxophone, spinet, and voice.

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