1972 in Tostberg/Bavaria
Turntablist, composer, sound & visual artist & curator.
In his youth he studied the saxophone and performed in free jazz and avant rock bands under the mentorship of trumpeter Don Cherry. At the same time he was getting obsessed with multitrack tape machines, record players and effect boxes and he started experimenting with many different instruments and sound making devices. After college he briefly studied at the Academy of Fine Arts in Munich and worked for several years as an assistent for the contemporary composer Josef Anton Riedl.
Since late 1995 he works and lives in Berlin where he became an active and integral force of the so-called “Berlin Nouvelle Vague” and the blossoming “real time music” scene. From the middle of the nineties onwards his interest and activities almost completely shifted towards live-electronics and after testing various instrumentations (hard- & software samplers, signal processing, contact mics, field recordings, …) he developed his own and quite unique electro-acoustic set-up which he calls “rotating surfaces”. Various objects and materials (from wood, metal, plastic, paper or violin bows and cymbals) are played directly on the rotating metal plate of the turntable and the vibrations are simply amplified with a small condensator microphone. With this set-up he covers many different styles of contemporary experimental music – ranging from extreme reductionism via ambient, industrial, musique concrete, electronica to harsh noise.
Besides his favorite setting which is the direct duo-confrontation with the likes of Andrea Belfi (IT), Alexei Borisov (RUS), Mwata Bowden (USA), Sebastian Buczek (PL), Phil Durrant (GB), Gunnar Geisse (D), GX Jupitter-Larsen/The Haters (USA), Sven-Åke Johansson (D/S), R Keenan Lawler (USA), Amine Mesnaoui (Maroc), Andrea Neumann (D), Andrea Parkins (USA), Mat Pogo (IT), Dawid Szczesny (PL), Martin Tetreault (CAN), Sabine Vogel (D) or David Watson (USA) … he is also member and founder of many different ensembles like Perlonex, Snake Figures Arkestra, BETT4, Phosphor, Tree People, Decollage, Berlin Sound Connective, The Ten Minutes Band, Nighthawk Kitchen, The International Turntable Orchestra, Splitter Orchester, N.I.E., etc.
He frequently collaborates with musicians like Emilio Gordoa, Nicola Hein, Achim Kaufmann or Christian Lillinger and has founded the large 9-piece workshop ensemble Circuit Training (w/ Tom Arthurs, Benjamin Weidekamp, Eliad Wagner, Marta Zapparoli, Achim Kaufmann, Klaus Kürvers, Emilio Gordoa & Alexandre Babel) which specializes on the realization of conceptual, graphic and verbally instructed scores.
Over the years he has collaborated with numerous international artists (most notably Don Cherry & Charlemagne Palestine) and toured and performed clubs & festivals all over Eastern and Western Europe, Australia, Canada, Indonesia, The Near-East, Malayasia, Mexico, New Zealand, Russia, Sardinia, Ukraine, Vietnam, USA and the Balkans. He released many albums on his own imprints Zarek & Edition Zangi and on labels like Absinth, Amirani Records, Avantwhatever, Bad Alchemy, Boomslang Records, Charhizma, edition x, Gagarin, Improvised Music From Japan, Irrah, Mikroton, Nexsound, Non Visual Objects, Potlatch, SAJ or Staalplaat and he was part of radio broadcasts and productions for ORF-Kunstradio, ORF-Zeitton, BR2, RBB, DLR, DLF, HR, SWR2, WDR3, DRS2, CBC Canada or Radio Copernicus …
Furthermore he has been curating festivals of experimental music from the early 90s onwards (FAM, Erase & Reset, Time Shifts, T.I.T.O. – The International Turntable Orchestra, Echtzeitmusiktage 2010, Circuit Training Festival, …). Since 2005 he has realized several sound installations and has frequently given lectures & workshops about experimental turntablism and improvisation.