John Also Bennett AKA JAB is an American composer, synthesist and multi-instrumentalist who creates music that could be described as avant-garde, atmospheric, or minimalist, and is characterized by a continuous engagement with an inherent magic, real or imagined, in nothingness. His debut solo album Erg Herbe, which used flutes, microtonal synthesis and field recordings, was released under his initials JAB on the French label Shelter Press in 2019.
As well as composing and performing under his own name he regularly collaborates with Christina Vantzou as CV & JAB (Shelter Press, Editions Basilic), and has released albums with the groups FORMA (Kranky, Spectrum Spools) and Seabat. He has also collaborated with the likes of Jon Gibson, Pauline Anna Strom, Michael Harrison, the American Contemporary Music Ensemble (ACME), Jefre-Cantu Ledesma, LEYA, Peter Burr, and Zin Taylor, among many others, and performed at festivals such as Big Ears, Moogfest, Ambient Church, Dark Mofo (Tasmania), MODE (London), Meakusma (Belgium), Jue (China), The World Minimal Music Festival (Amsterdam), and Nostos (Greece). His work as a composer for animation and film has been screened at institutions and film festivals around the world including the Sundance Film Festival, International Film Festival Rotterdam, 25FPS, London International Animation Festival, The Biennale of Sydney, The Museum of the Moving Image (MOMI), as well as on Adult Swim and ESPTV.
In addition to these activities Bennett runs the small private imprint Editions Basilic and is heavily involved in archival work and production for the New York-based music institution RVNG Intl., and has a history of organizing and producing underground performances of experimental music. He is currently based between Athens, Greece and Brussels, Belgium.
Lieven Martens (formerly Dolphins Into The Future) creates new impressionism; and, observes. Using various recording techniques, he composes a conceptual form of programme music. His works are like narrative stills in a contemporary dialect. He has performed all over the globe, including Mexico City, Tokyo, Niigata, Lisbon, Lecce, Honolulu, and Brussels. Between 2009 and 2012 he released several albums under the Dolphins Into The Future moniker on various record labels (Not Not Fun, USA; Fonal, Finland; NNA Tapes, USA; et al).
His first LP under his birth name — titled “Music From The Guardhouse” — was produced by KRAAK (Belgium) in 2013. In 2015, he self-published a compilation of outtakes and sketches, produced on various formats (c.q. “Songs Of Gold, Incandescent”). In March 2017, his newest LP “Idylls” came out on Pacific City Sound Visions (USA) in co-production with his own Edições CN. And in October 2017, the prolific EM Records from Japan released “Three Amazonian Essays,” a modern classical reinterpretation of the Spanish cult classic “Amazonia” by Finis Africae. These albums have received critical acclaim on many music websites and in many print.
Next to these activities, Martens runs a private press on which he releases records and editions; and, he has been writing commissioned music for ensembles, national radio (KLARA), television (RTBF), commercials (a national radio / online campaign for theatre company Toneelhuis), and for art exhibitions. He recently has been collaborating with fellow artists like Francesco Cavaliere, Roman Hiele (as Hiele Martens), Floris Vanhoof, Spencer Clark, and Mia Prce (aka Miaux). In 2016, he received a grant from the Flemish Department of Culture.