Riccardo Barone - composer, musician
Riccardo Barone, composer, conductor, pianist and music teacher, began to play the piano at the age of 2 without any formal teaching. He graduated from conservatory San Pietro a Majella in Naples with a bachelor degree in piano, diploma in composition, masters degree in wind band conducting and composition.
In his career as pianist and composer he has performed over 200 concerts and composed more than 200 works for solo instrument and orchestra, plus was awarded with first prize for his composition “Evasione IV” published by Berben Editions. One of his specialities is improvising music for silent movies. He recorded some of his works for Classicaviva editions and has composed various soundtracks for movies, documentaries and theatre. He has published 10 albums including "Introspective journey", compositions for music therapy.
Currently living in Adelaide Riccardo Barone has his music school "Adelaide Music Metro"
Shakti - dancer, choreographer
Shakti grew up with the rich cultural heritage of Japan and India. She studied yoga with her father and dance with her mother (the first Japanese woman to introduce Indian dance in Japan). While receiving her MA in Indian Philosophy at Columbia University, New York she also studied modern dance with Martha Graham.
Upon returning to Japan, Shakti developed a unique hybrid form of dance blending Eastern dance traditions with Western jazz & contemporary dance resulting in an erotic, exotic and shocking effect. She has been performing worldwide to great critical acclaim. Her unique mesmerising performances have touched and tantalised audiences everywhere.
Jorg Hacker - lighting designer
Jorg Hacker is the chief scientist of Airborne Research Australia, Australia's only National Research Aircraft Facility engaged in using and operating aircraft for atmospheric and environmental research.
His research work spans a wide area with special emphasis on the atmospheric boundary layer and the development of innovative instrumentation and measurement strategies using airborne platforms.
Jorg is also the managing director of The Garage International and lighting designer for Shakti's shows.