“I must have been 2 years old when I first heard Abba's "Chiquitita" on my parents black and white TV back in the Spanish Pyrenees, 
in a small town near France called Berga. From that moment I knew that something magic was inside those sounds, something I couldn't quite comprehend, I didn't even know back then those sounds were called music, but I knew for certain that this was the thing 
I would devote my energy for the rest of my life.” 

Toni started music school as soon as they accepted him, he was 4 years old. He started playing classical guitar, clarinet and piano and also started composition studies. He played at the local orchestra for years touring Europe and Spain. At the age of 14 Toni wins the coveted St. Joan de Vilatorrada composition prize with the experimental piece “Imatges” written for flute and piano. 

Classical music was not Toni’s only interest and by the age of 12 he had already formed his first band, Korrefok, a folk-rock band with progressive rock influences. The band  won several local band competitions and got signed to AZ Records under a new name, Herzia. 
Herzia’s debut album “Coses que Passen”(1999) was named by the Spanish specialised music press as one the most influential albums in 1999.

Toni wanted to expand his music horizons and moved to London in the year 2000 to work with Spanish pop legend José María Cano from the band Mecano, the best-selling Spanish band to this date. In London Toni immerses himself in the diverse and blossoming music scene and reinvents himself as an artist with a project called Momo in which he merges classical music, opera, pop, electronica, poetry and visual arts. 

“Somehow I wanted to combine all the things I loved in a single project. The live shows became extraordinary, chaotic and mammoth contemporary operas in which I collaborated with a long list of extraordinary musicians, poets and visual artists.
The collaboration process fascinates me, when an artist betters my music I feel humbled and fulfilled.”

 Momo's already established fan-base reaches the 5 continents, selling in over 16 countries around the world. 
Momo’s debut album “Unharmed” (2007) was released to critical acclaim achieving the iTunes Top 20 charts.
 Its live operatic show “A Celebration of Love” (2008) was premiered at Bush Hall London and completed 10 full performances across Europe.

During the years 2008 and 2010 Toni appears on prime time Catalan and Spanish TV shows showcasing his music and the city he loves, London. 
In the year 2011 Toni releases 5 albums at the same time, amongst them the iconic “Creation” (2011) in which Toni collaborates with soprano Rebecca Nelsen.

“London makes you grow at an accelerated pace in all the facets of human experience. At times I have problems dealing with my dark side, music helps me to return to the light. I write much more than I manage to finish. I released 5 albums last year alone, and my computer and various dictaphones are still full of hundreds of ideas that still need to be polished and finished. 
Music has become a necessity for me, without it I would no longer be here.”

“Creation” (2011) was taken to the live stage in the year 2012 with the operatic spectacle “Life from Life” (2012), 
which was premiered at Union Chapel on the 15th of November 2012.

“At the moment I'm experimenting with my voice, I'm trying to re-discover my own voice, getting inspiration from people such as Lou Reed, Leonard Cohen, Nick Cave, Jim Croce, Cat Stevens, James Taylor…going back to the roots of song writing and popular music. This is the first time I use my own voice in my work instead of collaborating with gifted and wonderful singers as I've always done with Momo. 
To find the power of the human voice and words: when you say the right thing in the right key, something magical happens!”
Toni Castells
Dublin born singer/ songwriter Roberta Howett came onto the international music scene in 2004 when she was one of a select few to be chosen as a finalist to compete live on The X-Factor. Managed by Sharon Osbourne, Roberta was also afforded the opportunity to perform
on an arenatour around the UK, including Wembley arena, and the Manchester arena.

Roberta’s musical background began at an early age and is grounded in classical training. It was while learning to play classical songs on the piano that Roberta began to write her own more contemporary style of music and began putting her own lyrics to the melodies she created. Her passion for performing led her to sing in many venues around Ireland, including Bar Number Five, an exclusive Dublin Jazz venue.

After competing on XFactor, Roberta was encouraged to move to London as she began working with UK based producers. Roberta's vocal ballad 'Shadows' has recently been play-listed on Dublin’s Q102 radio station as well as on their sister stations in Limerick and Cork. 

Roberta is now putting the final touches to her long awaited solo debut album.

www.myspace.com/robertahowett
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Collaborators
Beth Rodergas
Beth was born in Barcelona, and it wasn't until she was 16 that she started her singing career. Beth's life would change dramatically in Septeber 2002 when she became a contestant in the talent TV show 'Operacion Triunfo', excelling in a casting amongst over 80,000 hopefuls.
She entered the 'Academia' (Academy) where she'll overcame evictions for a period of 4 months. There she had the opportunity to perform with artists such as Kenny G.

Beth came third in the final round of the series, achievement which allowed her to record her debut album 'Otra Realidad' (2003) in Abbey Road Studios under the production of Carlos Quintero. The album has sold so far more than 300,000 copies. A year later Beth released her second album, a self-entitled live concert held at Barcelona's renown modernist concert hall Palau de la Musica Catalana, which is also available in DVD. Beth represented Spain in the Eurovision contest in 2003 with hit-song 'Dime', ending up in a meritory eight position.

Beth released her third solo album 'My Long Way Home' in 2007, produced by Spanish legendary producer and musician Suso Saiz, which was licensed to Warner Brothers for the world. In 2010 she releases “Segueix-me el Fil”, entirely in catalan, under the Musica Global label.

www.myspace.com/bethmusica
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Roberta Howett
The young American soprano, Rebecca Nelsen, studied at the University for Music and the Performing Arts in Vienna, Austria on a Fulbright Grant.  From 2007 to 2009 she was a soloist in the ensemble of the State Opera in Brunswick, Germany under the musical leadership of Alexander Joel.  Her roles there included; Adele, Gilda, Musetta, Sophie, Komtesse Stasi (»Die Csárdásfürstin«), the daughter in Cardillac, and Ippolito in Johann S. Mayrs »Fedra«.  She also sang rock, broadway and opera in the crossover concert event "Pop meets Classic" for an audience of over 5,000 people.

In the 2008/2009 season she made her debut at the Volksoper in Vienna as Julia de Weert in »Der Vetter aus Dingsda«, and also debuted at the Semperoper in Dresden as Adele and Sophie. In 2009/2010, Rebecca sang Susanna, Blondchen and Violetta in the new production by Andreas Homoki under the Baton of Fabio Luisi. In 2009, she also made her Italian debut under the Baton of Maestro Myung-Whun Chung at the Teatro La Fenice in Venice as Violetta with Star Tenor, Vittorio Grigolo, as Alfredo.  She returned to the Volksoper in Vienna in 2010 to reprise her role of Julia de Weert for the succesful revival of »Der Vetter aus Dingsda«. 

Rebecca began her 2010/11 season with a CD recording for Gramola Records of the songs of exiled composer, Walter Arlen and sang a critically-acclaimed Carmina Burana with the Brunswick Symphony.  She also returned to the Semperoper as Susanna in The Marriage of Figaro.  She will make her professional American debut this year with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Manfred Honeck.  Then she will return to the Volksoper in Vienna in a role debut as Gretel.  She will also make her role debut as Marzelline in Fidelio in Italy in early 2011 under the baton of Gustav Kuhn.

Rebecca began her musical development as a trumpet player, highly influenced by her father's love of Jazz.  She loves music that challenges her and is excited by the combination of musical genres that creates something special and new.  

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Rebecca Nelsen
Ben Hancox - violin
Hannah Dawson - violin
Robin Ashwell - viola
Cara Berridge - cello

Since its formation at the Royal College of Music in 2001, the Sacconi Quartet has established a secure and substantial reputation. The Quartet is recognised for its unanimous and compelling ensemble, performing with style and commitment and consistently communicating with a fresh and imaginative approach. Its four founder members demonstrate a shared passion for string quartet repertoire, infectiously reaching out to audiences with their energy and enthusiasm. In the past decade they have enjoyed a highly successful international career, performing regularly throughout Europe, at London’s major venues, in recordings and radio broadcasts. The Sacconi is Quartet in Association at the Royal College of Music and Quartet in Residence at the Hampstead Theatre, and the Bristol Old Vic.

The Sacconi Quartet is renowned for its vigorous and individual approach to music-making. In 2008, the Quartet held the inaugural Sacconi Chamber Music Festival in Folkestone, Kent. Now in its fourth year, the festival is an established event in the cultural calendar and is expanding year on year with challenging programming and exciting collaborations. The Sacconi Quartet has performed at all the major London venues including Wigmore Hall, Kings Place, Cadogan Hall, Purcell Room and Conway Hall. They have travelled extensively throughout the rest of the UK and Europe to venues including Bridgewater Hall in Manchester, Musikverein in Vienna, Muziekgebouw in Amsterdam, L'Auditori in Barcelona and Auditorio Nacional de Música in Madrid as well as many venues in Germany, Switzerland, Belgium, France, Finland, Norway and the Czech Republic. In 2008 the Sacconi made their debut at the Liceo de Cámara Madrid, and in 2009 at the Concerts du Midi, Brussels and the Festspiele Mecklenburg-Vorpommern in Germany. The Quartet also made their first visit to the Middle East in 2009, where they were invited by the British Council to give concerts and workshops in Jordan’s capital city, Amman.

The Sacconi won First Prize at the Trondheim International String Quartet Competition and the Kurtág Prize at the Bordeaux International String Quartet Competition in 2005, as well as First Prize in the Royal Over-Seas League Chamber Music Competition. The Quartet won Second Prize, the Sidney Griller Award and the Esterhazy Prize at the 2006 London International String Quartet Competition. In 2006 they were also awarded an Angel Award by The Herald newspaper for outstanding performances in the Edinburgh Festival and nominated for a Royal Philharmonic Society Award.

The Sacconi Quartet has its own, highly successful, record label. Sacconi Records is expanding by one or two releases each year. Their debut recording of Haydn’s opus 54 quartets received widespread critical acclaim and recently, both their Ravel and Haydn discs were featured in The Full Works programme on Classic FM. Their 2006 recording of Finzi’s song cycle By Footpath and Stile with baritone Roderick Williams for Naxos was well received in all the national broadsheets and BBC Music Magazine. 

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Sacconi String Quartet
Oliver Gerrish is a Renaissance artist. 

Possessing an 'ethereal and penetrating' voice, he is also Chairman of The Young Georgians and runs The Crate, 
one of Europe's smallest art galleries.

Oliver trained at The Guildhall School of Music and Drama under David Pollard and Andrew Watts.
As a consort singer, Oliver is a regular on the London cathedral circuit and has performed with Capella Nova, 
La Nuova Musica and The Amaryllis Consort. 
He is also a member of 'Schola', The Gibbs Sextet and 'il Suono'. 

Oliver regularly performs alongside Meeta Raval and Lynn Carter in 'Ravishyn'. 
Oliver has recently performed as a soloist in the launch concert of 'Abbandonata' aongside Director and Conductor, 
Christopher Suckling and Soprano Sarah Gabriel.
Together with soprano Alexandra Kennedy, Oliver formed Chelsea Concerts in 2009. 

Oliver made his operatic debut in 2009, performing the role of Artabano in Ensemble Serse's production of Hasse Artaserse 
and will be appearing as Oberon in Britten A Midsummer Night's Dream in Derbyshire in 2011. 

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Oliver Gerrish
Jude is a professional singer eclectic in her singing styles she sings Jazz, Soul, Classical, Musical Theatre, and Freestyle all with ease! 
She trained in Musical Theatre at the London College of Music and Contemporary Music at Manchester Metropolitan University.
At 18 years of age Jude was a soloist at the Sydney Opera House for the Openings of the Olympic Games 
and has played in musical theatre in and around the UK.

Since moving to Ibiza in 2004 Jude has been performing live and recording all over Ibiza. 
She regularly performs at private parties and weddings for international stars and constantly collaborates 
- creating, performing and recording - with some of the worlds most talented and influential musicians and producers.
Jude currently performs as lead singer in her own band, Jude La Joia 
and regularly performs with DJ's and sax players singing Lounge Jazz, House music and improvising freestyle...

www.judelajoia.com
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Jude la Joia
The countertenor Richard Scott studied with Robin Blaze at London’s Royal College of Music 
where he was awarded the Mario Grisi Prize for Singing.

His operatic engagements have included Fourth Innocent The Minotaur (Cover) for the Royal Opera, London, Raymond in Cocteau in the Underworld for ROH2 at The Brighton Festival, Oberon Midsummer Night’s Dream for both The Opera Project at Longborough Festival and Opera de Bauge, Orfeo Orfeo ed Euridice and Didymus in Theodora for Opéra de Baugé, Atis Croesus (Cover) for Opera North and Andronico in Tamerlano for Opera by Definition. 

Richard has also sung the roles Narciso Agrippina, James Brockes Passion and Argone Sosarme for the London Handel Festival, 
conducted by Laurence Cummings.

Recent engagements include the title role in Giulio Cesare for Opera de Bauge, Crow in Eden for the Connor Doyle Dance Company at The Place Theatre in Kings Cross and working with Punchdrunk Theatre Company for Louis Vutton.

Richard has also sung on the soundtracks for many television programmes, including White Wolf, a BBC Natural World Film, the feature-length film Journey to the Edge of the Universe narrated by Alec Baldwin for The Discovery Channel and a National TV advert for the NSPCC anti- bullying campaign.
Richard Scott
Jojo started her career off as a ballet dancer-training vocationally for 8 years in the prestigious 'The Hammond School' 
and Central School of Ballet in London. 
After graduating at 19 she went on to perform in Matthew Bourne's Swan Lake in London's West-End and around Europe.
She then realised her love of music was taking her in a slightly different direction, and so began her entry into the music industry!
 
With a powerful and versatile range, she can cover many genres; from jazz to blues, pop, rock and classical. 
In the autumn of 2010 she worked on the BBC's 'Dr Who' tour as the lead female singer, working with a team of highly talented session musicians and performers and got to sing at Wembley Arena infront of thousands of people!
 
 She performs regularly at The Savoy hotel London, with her pianist and MD Paul Moylan, and can easily serenade a small intimate party or light up a large reception area. Her Jazz band 'Jojo and the Hats' are perfect for any calendar event.

She is also a featured singer for London event companies creating bespoke sets for large dinner parties for Christmas and Special functions 
in any style: from Flapper Girl, to Japanese Harajuku girl.

Currently, she is working on a pop project with her band Zurich and a single is being launched in the summer of 2011.

www.myspace.com/josephinedesmond & www.myspace.com/zurichpop
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Jojo Desmond
The members of Controvèrsia Quartet all come from Barcelona and they all undertook their musical studies in different European Conservatoires -Koninklijk Conservatorium, Conservatoire du Musique La Maîtrise du Toulouse, Amsterdamse Hogeschool voor de Kunsten.

It is on their return to Barcelona that decide to start the quartet when they all become professors at the Conservatori Municipal de Música Josep Maria Ruera de Granollers. As a quartet they've trained with influential musicians and formations such as Jean Decroos, Anner Bylsma, Corrado Bolsi, Jae Parck, Wilbert Hazelzet, Marc Hantaï, Vicenç Prats, Bartok Quartet and Quintet de vent Moragues.

The quartet has experimented in several areas, from performing XVII and XVIII century repertoire with with original instruments to contemporary and experimental repertoire. That has allowed them to have a vast repertoire at hand and has opened the doors to collaborations with ensembles such as Acadèmia 1750, Divino Sospiro, Orquestra Barroca Catalana and controversial figures such as Carlos Santos.

The quartet's main aim is sound exploration, merging a wind instrument (flute) with a string trio. There is repertoire for such formation since the XVII century by F.Devienne, W.A. Mozart,  B.Berbiguier, C.F. Abel, A. Rolla, J.Haydn, L.Drouet. The quartet's collaboration with the Momo Project has allowed it to further that exploration into the domain of electronics and sound amplification.
Controvèrsia Quartet
Amelia, like most kiwis, loves to explore the world. Singing brought her across the UK to study at the Royal College of Music in London. 
It was here that Amelia met Toni.
Two years studying at the RCM was then followed by a year at the Gent Opera Studio in Belgium.
She is now involved in an operatic trio called ‘Elysium’. An absolute Mozart freak, her career highlight so far was to perform the role of Cherubino in ‘The Marriage of Figaro’ in Italy and France. Handel and Strauss are other favourite composers.
Amelia also enjoys the oratorio repertoire and has regularly performed as a soloist around London.
Maria Callas is a singer that Amelia aspires to. Her philosophy is summed up by the words of Victor Hugo, 
“Music expresses that which cannot be said and on which it is impossible to be silent.”

www.elysiumiii.com
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Amelia Whiteman
Gracie Patton is the artistic name of singer Frances Hardcastle, a Royal College of Music graduate who has become an accomplished Jazz singer. Toni knew Gracie since his time at the Royal College of Music, and when Momo started to take shape Gracie became a natural choice for collaboration. 
Gracie sings in Diamonds, the only song sung in French, thanks to the translation of Gracie herself with the unestimable help of Zorah Moulai.
Gracie Patton is a product of her own imagination. 
She lives in Toon Town next door to Jessica Rabbit (who is really a drag queen that steals all of gracie's dresses).
When not singing in smoky bars, she can be found drinking in them.
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Gracie Patton