The Sundance Institute has announced the six composers who have been selected for the Sundance Composers Lab which will be held in Utah from July 24 to Aug 6.

The Sundance Composers Lab, which first took place annually from 1986 to 1989 and then reintroduced in 1998, aims to provide a group of composers with first-hand experience composing for film and enhancing the musical understanding of independent film-makers participating in the Institute's Feature Film Programme.

The 2001 composers will be working not only with the filmmakers lab fellows but also with a group of composer advisors including George S Clinton, Stewart Copeland, Michael Kamen, Rolfe Kent and Christopher Young.

The six selected composers are:
Kysia Bostic, who has composed and arranged music for numerous films, plays and concerts in Europe and the US, as well as performing as a vocalist and pianist with artists including Ryuichi Sakamoto, kd Lang, Julio Iglesias, Rod Stewart and David Byrne.

Ralph Carney, who has written music for cartoons, shorts and recording projects including numerous albums with Tom Waits and The B-52s and Pere Ubu.

Emilio Kauderer, an Argentian born artist whose work combines classical and contemporary music and film scores including Adolfo Aristarain's A Place In The World and Eugenio Zanetti's made-for-internet movie Quantum Project.

Penka Kouneva, a Bulgarian born composer who has already scored independent films Shadows, YMI, The Picture Of Dorian Gray, The Price of The American Dream and Earth Is Heaven.

Nick Laird-Clowes, a British pop star who formed the band Dream Academy (hit song "Life In A Northern Town") and has contributed material to movies including Ferris Bueller's Day Off and Planes, Trains And Automobiles and wrote the score for The Invisible Circus.

Ceiri Torjussen, a Welsh-born composer who has scored six British TV documentaries as well as orchestrating films for composer Marco Beltrami including Dracula 2000 and Angel Eyes.