Cellist Nathan Bontrager, from the United States, is at home in a variety of musical styles ranging from Renaissance music to the traditional music of the Appalachian mountains to avant-garde jazz. All of these genres and experiences influence his approach and voice as an improviser. Bontrager has performed throughout North and South America, Europe and the Middle East and has regularly collaborated with, among others, Anthony Braxton, Marc Ribot, Mary Halvorson, Gerry Hemingway and Joe Morris. As a composer, he has written pieces for solo cello, choir and various chamber music ensembles. In addition to the cello, Bontrager is an active performer on the viola da gamba, fiddle and banjo. He currently is based out of Cologne, Germany.
As part of the „Trio CEL“ she got a scholarship for performing the concert series „CELling“ with different guests. As a composer and cellist (improvising and live-acting) she is member of ‘Polychrome Orchestra’, ‘Tonverbrechung’ and ‘phase::vier’ and improvises with Orchestras as “gRoBa”, “Multiple Joyce Orchestra”, “WIO” “das große Ding” and “Ensemble X”. Elisabeth performed with musicians as Ernst Reijseger, Paul Hubweber, Frank Gratkowski, Sebastian Gramss, Carl Ludwig Hübsch, Francesco Dillon, Nuno Aroso, Joscha Oetz, Wollie Kaiser and Scott Fields (Feartet). She took part in several theater productions and CD-recordings (Patricia Kelly).
Over the years he collaborated with: Tilbol, Celluloïd (with Franck Smith), Joelle Léandre “String project”, Otomo Yoshihide “New jazz ensemble”, David S Ware’s “ensemble à cordes”, Bobun (with viola player Frantz Loriot), the Ska band “Le pélican frisé”, the acousmatic trio Bolitz (with Polo and Vincent Laubeuf). He writes music for different Bands and Ensembles and also works in the choreographic field. Hugues performed Improvisations with musicians as Vincent Courtois, Claude Tchamitchian, Jean François Pauvros, Luc Ex, Makoto Sato, Jean Luc Cappozzo or Itaru Oki. Hugues studied classical cello and jazz at Conservatory of Montreuil (France).