Pia Palme, Mag. rer. nat. Dr. phil., born in Vienna, is a composer, performer, and researcher freely roaming between genres. Listening perception is at the heart of her work. Her oeuvre includes instrumental, vocal, and electronic music, media compositions, and scenic works; she is known as a versatile performer with her contrabass recorder. Pia Palme surrounds her practice with critical reflections and theoretical explorations. She holds a doctorate in composition from the University of Huddersfield, UK, where she conducted artistic research for her portfolio The Noise of Mind: A Feminist Practice in Composition (2017) under Liza Lim. As Principal Investigator of the research project On the Fragility of Sounds she currently continues her work at the KUG University for Music and Performing Arts Graz, Austria, with musicologist and co-researcher Christina Lessiak. Here, Pia Palme explores music theatre and composition, framing her artistic activity as feminist discipline.


Christina Lessiak BA MA, born in Klagenfurt, is a musicologist, pop-musician, songwriter, event engineer, and cultural worker. She studied Musicology and Interdisciplinary Gender Studies at the Karl Franzens University of Graz, University for Music and Performing Arts Graz and Aarhus University/Denmark. In her academic work she focuses on aspects of gender in the fields of art and music. Currently, she works with the composer and co-researcher Pia Palme in their project On the fragility of Sounds (funded by the Austrian Science Fund FWF) which takes place at the KUG University for Music and Performing Arts Graz. Here, she explores aspects of composition and performance, feminism and autoethnography.

Lena Hengl, born in Freistadt (Austria), currently studies Musicology at the University of Performing Arts Graz and Karl Franzens University Graz. She also is a songwriter and musician. Since 2019, she works as student assistance in the library of the music aesthetics institute of University of Performing Arts Graz, and from January to June 2020 she assists in the PEEK-Project On the fragility of Sounds. Further, she currently researches about contemporary female musicians of the right-wing scene in Germany and Austria.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 

Advisory board

Prof. Dr. Chaya Czernowin, composer, University of Harvard
Prof. Dr. Liza Lim, composer, University of Sydney
Dr. Susanne Kogler, musicologist, KUG Graz
Dr. Rosemarie Brucher, gender studies and theatre studies, Prorektorin der MUK Musik und Kunst Privatuniversität der Stadt Wien
Dr. Irene Lehmann, theatre, gender, and media studies, FAU Erlangen-Nürnberg
Prof. Dr. Barbara Beyer, theatre studies, Hochschule für Musik Carl Maria von Weber, Dresden (HfM)

Cooperations and Outreach
University of Sydney | Prof. Liza Lim, Composing Women Programme
Monash University | Prof. Cat Hope, Sir Zelman Cowen School of Music
V:NM Festival für neue und experimentelle Musik Graz 2019
Wien Modern 2020
mica _ Music Information Centre Austria
Radio OE1
University of Huddersfield
aNOther Festival Vienna 2019
IMA Institut für Medienarchäologie
UNESCO Être Compositrice 2019

Paola Bianchi
Anna Clare Hauf
Juliet Fraser
Molly McDolan
Ensemble airborne extended
Ensemble Schallfeld
Ensemble PHACE
Ana Inés Feola
Christina Bauer
Manuel Alcaraz-Clemente

to be continued