Philip Shorey Composer and Conductor / USA
Sabina Anna Violin / Poland
Adrian Białek Double Bass / Poland
Stephany Claussen Harp/ USA
Sylwia A. Kapela Soprano Soloist / Poland
Spec of Dust Electronica / New Zealand
Nadia Kłos Violin / Poland
Aleksandra Dudycz Choir Director / Poland
MARZENA HORYZA FLUTE AND EUROPEAN ORCHESTRA DIRECTOR / Poland
WERONIKA GORSKA PIANO / Poland
Composer and Conductor / USA
Philip Shorey, graduate of The Institute of Production and Recording in Minneapolis, is the composer and conductor of the Curse of the Vampire Orchestra featuring a theatrical statement of orchestral, choir, electronica, and industrial percussion set to the classic horror film – Nosferatu (1922). He has been a composer in Minneapolis with theatre and film since 2003 and he sees himself as an activist for healing the human heart and strides to work his compositions for that purpose. He has traveled the world extensively with his toy theatre and has gained a wide understanding of art, culture, and the human condition through his travels.
Double Bass / Poland
Adrian Białek holds a master of arts. He is a graduate of jazz music at the University of Zielona Góra. He won the 6th International Song Festival KROPKA, 7th Wroclaw Student Culture Review, a special prize for an accompanist and a distinction in the 19th National Review of Poetic Song in Olesno. He realized student practice at the Estonian Academy of Music and Theater in Tallinn (Estonia). He’s a finalist of the 55th Krakow Song Festival. Co-creates a duo Zagubieni w Intencjach.Currently teaches his own music school in Opole and studies in the jazz double bass class at the Music Academy in Krakow.
Violin / Poland
Sabina Anna joined Slot Art Orchestra in 2017. She did not expect that a year after she would be a part of this amazing project created by Philip Shorey. “I am really glad that from year to year we can play more concerts on different continents” Violin has been with her since the age of 4 years old and is in University to be a doctor. Music is an integral part of my life despite my medical studies. It’s not just hobby. For me it’s a gift and a blessing.
Sylwia A. Kapela
Soprano Soloist / Poland
Sylwia A. Kapela is of the alumna of Wroclaw Academy of Music, two-time participant of the Polish National Youth Choir project, which enabled her to perform with the National Polish Radio Symphony Orchestra in Katowice, under the baton of Paul McCreesh. She gives guests performances with the NFM Choir, with which she has performed P.Glass’s Itaipu at Nikolaisal in Potsdam, Charles Lloyd’s Red Waters, Black Sky at the Jazztopad Festival and F. Mendelssohn’s Lobgesang Symphony at the Szczecin Philharmonic. In 2017, she performed the Amore Profano part from A.Scarlatti’s oratorio San Casimiro Re di Polonia at the Wratislavia Cantans Festival. Winner of the third place in 2018 year’s Stonavska Barborka International Music Competition in the Vocal Ensembles category.
Spec of Dust
Electronica / New Zealand
Speck of Dust is an electronic music producer and sound designer from New Zealand. His philosophy is to embrace the imperfections that come with being human and to use these imperfections to drive the creative process.
Harp / USA
Twin-Cities harpist Stephanie Claussen invites audiences to explore new locales and eras through her music. Influenced by her love of fairy tales, J.R.R. Tolkien, and the world music section at her local library, she performs a unique mixture of Scottish tunes, J.S. Bach, and anything rich in medieval or French harmonies. Claussen is the 2018 US National Scottish Harp Champion and performs solo and with various ensembles throughout the Upper Midwest. She has released four albums including Soirée à Montpellier and Light so Brilliant.
Violin / Poland
Nadia Kłos is from Poland. She has played violin for 13 years. She is currently studying at the Academy of Music in Gdańsk. In her young music career she has already played in many orchestras (school Orchestra, philharmonic Orchestra, jazz Orchestra) and with bands and string and piano quartets. She is currently developing her solo career with a focus on classical music. In the summer 2019 she was the Curse of the Vampire Orchestra Concertmaster. “It was a wonderful experience. I hope it was not my only time with the Nosferatu Orchestra!”
Choir Director / Poland
Aleksandra Dudycz studies Musical Education, Choral Conducting and Music Theory at the Karol Lipiński Academy of Music in Wrocław. She started her musical training at the age of 6, with piano and singing lessons in Jadwiga Szajny-Lewandowska Primary Musical School. Aleksandra took part in many projects, international conferences and workshops in Poland, for example, the Polish National Youth Choir (2017, 2018, 2019). In 2019 she went to an exchange program with Tallinn Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre, powered by NAWA – Polish National Agency for Academic Exchange. She works with children, teaches music in kindergarten and creates many theatres plays for children. She works on many theatrical performances organised by the Sound Factory foundation. She conducts the Meloman Choir and works as the conductor’s assistant in the Fenix Choir in National Forum of Music in Wrocław, Poland. She’s taking part in many musical projects as a choir and small vocal ensembles soprano singer in Wrocław and different cities all over the country. She founded many social and musical activities in Wrocław, in Pan Tadeusz Museum. She’s a very energetic and active person, full of ideas for many musical activities.
FLUTE AND EUROPEAN ORCHESTRA DIRECTOR / Poland
Marzena Horyza is the Director of the European Curse of the Vampire Orchestra. In education and music activities her main instrument was and still remains the flute. She is the initiator and co-organizer of the SLOT Art Festival, which has been held for almost 30 years in Poland, currently in Lubiąż. She is also the director of the SLOT Art Orchestra, for which Philip Shorey wrote his “Nosferatu” music and which had the privilege of presenting its premier performance. She has co-created music formations such as: “E-band” (pop-rock), “Cross Acoustics” (illustrative poetry), “The Origin” (Hebrew music) and “Body Moving to Soul Therapy” (acid jazz-trip hop). Currently, besides the orchestra, her main musical project is the band “Rainforest” (art-grunge-core).
PIANO / Poland
Weronika Gorska was born in 1999 in Wroclaw. At the age of six she started her music adventure. It turned out piano is her biggest passion and that has never changed. She is a prize-winner in many National and International piano competitions. She is taking part in masterclasses with piano masters from all over the world. Now she is studying at the Karol Szymanowski Academy of Music in Katowice where she is developing her piano skills and passion to music.