Here you will find who does what in the festival organisation. Please get in touch if you have any questions. Göteborg Art Sounds is based in Gothenburg, Sweden.



Staffan Mossenmark

Swedish composer and sound artist Staffan Mossenmark is an often hired lecturer and leader of workshops at art, architect and design schools both in Sweden and internationally. A big part of his artistry and composing is the interest of our everyday sounds. By composing with sounds that you can easily recognize, he has managed to reach out to a general audience, outside the traditional music and culture audience. Staffan is also full professor at the Academy of Music and Drama, Göteborg University, Sweden. He has been the Artistic Director for the festival since 2009.



Staffan Svensson

Staffan Svensson, trumpet player and composer. Born 1963 in Falkenberg and currently living in Göteborg. Over the last three decades he has established himself as a versatile musician at the Scandinavian and European stages for jazz and improvised music. He works with purely acoustic as well as in electro-acoustic groups and also in the interaction between contemporary classical music, choir music and contemporary dance. He is one of the founders of the music resource company Göteborg Artist Center as well as the rehersal space complex Bunkern in Gothenburg.


Artistic Guest Curator

Du Yun

Du Yun works at the intersection of opera, cabaret, electronics, noise and more. Her opera, Angel’s Bone won the 2017 Pulitzer Prize and in 2018 she was named a Guggenheim Fellow. Du Yun is currently Professor of Composition at the Peabody Institute at Johns Hopkins University, and distinguished visiting professor at the Shanghai Conservatory of Music. As a curator, she was the Artistic Director of MATA Festival 2014-2018, conceived the Pan Asia Sounding Festival and founded a FutureTradition Initiative in China where she works with folk musicians from around the world.


Artistic Guest Curator

David Dacks

Toronto-based David Dacks became Artistic Director of the Music Gallery in 2012 and has since presented innovative, cross-cultural programming. Prior to this, David was editor of Exclaim Magazine’s coverage of jazz, experimental music and more. His musical expertise was acknowledged with appointment to the Toronto Arts Council's Board of Directors. He was a Grand Juror for the Polaris Prize in 2011 and is a member of the Polaris Heritage Prize jury. Further musical activities include teaching at the University of Toronto’s School of Continuing Studies, as well as many years of live performance and audio production.


Artistic Guest Curator

Cathie Boyd

Cathie Boyd is an internationally respected director, producer and curator. With over 25 years of experience, she works across art forms like music, visual arts and film. Her artistic practice includes international commissions and collaborations presented in over 25 countries. She set up renowned producing house Cryptic in 1994 with the desire to create innovative performances. She also started Glasgow’s Sonica Festival, for which she received the Scottish Award for New Music in Creative Programming in 2012. Other awards include European Woman of Achievement for the Arts and an Edinburgh Festival Fringe First.


Artistic Guest Curator

Bert Palinckx

Bert started his music career in 1980 as a professional double bass player in jazz and improvisation. In 1981 he won the Meervaart Jazz Price and in 1983 he started the band Palinckx with his brother Jacq. For almost 25 years they performed at festivals all over the world. Bert is one of the founders of the famous jazz club Paradox Tilburg where he worked for 15 years. In 1999 he became Artistic Director of November Music, the most important new music festival in the Netherlands. Bert is a member of several jury’s and commissions in the new music world like the DAAD in Berlin.