Romanian born sound artist and musician Ioana Mandrescu completed her studies in her home country, France and Belgium. She is a recent graduate of the EPAS programme in Ghent.
She is the founding member of two contemporary music groups, Quivir Ensemble, together with flutist Diana Muela Mora and clarinetist and conductor Jose Fernandez Camacho, and Opia Ensemble, together with cellist Aleksandra Pykacz.
Strongly influenced by choreography and painting, in the past two years she developed performances that brought together sound, film and dance. They were presented in Belgium – Bozar Opening Night 2015, Festival Courants d'Airs, Poland – FAMA Festival and Iran – First Edition of the Contemporary Music Festival in Tehran.
As a sound artist she was part of group exhibitions in Gouvernment and KASK in Ghent. She performed live sets at MixTree - Amsterdam, Atlantikwall Nocturne – Oostende and La Senne - Brussels.
In November 2018 she collaborated with artists Kjersti Andvig and Jurgen Ots for the installation The Four Seasons: Monkey Business which was exposed in Place du Jeu de Balle in Brussels (November 2018) and Cabaret Voltaire in Zürich (March 2019).
In March 2019 she was a resident of Q-O2 in Brussels.
In April 2019 she was featured on The Word Radio series FAIR_PLAY.
Her main interests are the human voice and human produced sounds and their impact on the way we perceive the world. She is currently working on a database of human voices and on several sound-collage pieces that mark distinct moments in human history.
Ioana lives and works in Brussels.