PETER CENITI hails from a small fishing village in Calabria.  As  a youth of small means he
displayed  uncanny musical aptitude by designing miniature instruments out of octopus
larvae.  Later he studied the triangle.  The family import/export business eventually led him
to Germany where he found himself, quite unexpectedly, at the epicenter of the Ofterdingen
Phenomenon.  Ceniti disappeared, under controversial circumstances, in the spring of 2004.

PELLE BONO CARIDAD gained a measure of international fame as a soccer player in
South America.  While he vacationed in Europe after World Cup competition, circumstances
conspired to change the direction of his career, impelling him to renounce both celebrity
status and its monetary rewards.  Unhampered by a complete lack of formal musical
training, the ebullient Latino forged for himself, in a matter of months, an international
scholarly reputation in the sphere of Ofterdingen studies second to none.  Bono too is
currently missing.

PABLO COOKIE, originally Juan-Pablo de la Cukaracia, studied the cello in his early years
in his native Spain, as well as ballroom dancing.  The Gesellschaft’s senior member, Cookie
boasts a distinguished list of publications, mostly in Old Icelandic.  He is considered
something of an expert on the music of Peter Cornelius.  His hobbies include baking,
gardening and Indian martial arts.  Cookie recently disappeared looking for Bono and
Ceniti.  He was last seen in Russia, just outside St. Petersburg.

PIETRO KENNEDY, the son of Irish and Italian immigrants to the U.S., came to music
scholarship by a circuitous route.  As a young man he served in the Navy, the Army and
even the Merchant Marines.  Later he worked in New York City as a standup comic and
substitute teacher.  He met the other members of the Gesellschaft quite by accident at a
brew-fest in Munich in 2004.  Kennedy enjoys making music by whistling down into empty
bottles.  His favorite composer is Johann David Heinichen.

PELOG SLENDEROSO was born on the little Indonesian island of Komodo where he
learned to scramble up palm trees to avoid the local giant lizards.  Slenderoso, a devout
Hindu, enjoys fondu  and rhubarb, and plays a little rebab.  He brings to the Ofterdingen
studies a dimension of cross-cultural awareness.  Currently his tripartite existence is divided
between Muenster, Jakarta and Parsippany, New Jersey (where he teaches “yogut”).

MAHAMADOU DAFFE , originally Domenico Zipoli,  was born in Tuscany in 1688.  (The
original family name was Zepoli; they changed it to distinguish themselves from the famous
pastry.)    Daffe's adventures are recounted in some detail in
The Fountain of Youth (see
Publications).  He studied composition with  Allessandro Scarlatti and Bernardo
Pasquini.  Daffe's works have appeared pseudonymously under the names Cornelius
Funfholler and (more recently) Ichigo Scracci.   

VERONICA  C.   TESTAGUNA, the first female admitted to the Gesellschaft's ranks,
has cultivated a special relationship with each of her colleagues (though she is
emphatically "pro-Bono").  She holds degrees in theology, icthyology,  paleontology
and fashion design.  Her  first book of poetry,
 In Prehistoric Times I was a Fish,  is
scheduled for publication in early November of 2099.