Ignaz Schick

* 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. Since 2015 he has returned to more classical vinyl-manipulations and sampling using many treated and non-treated vinyl records to which he applies electrical tape and other objects to generate various rhythmic patterns and structures. Since 2019 he has also revived his early interest & experiments in (mechanical) instrument making.

Besides his favorite musical 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), Douglas Ewart (USA), 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 (until 2020),Silt, Sestetto Internazionale, N.I.E., ….

He took a year sabbatical with no touring from late 2012 to late 2014 during which he revived & intensified his work as a composer (as well as bringing back his saxophone work). His interest was to develop his own notation language which combines unique graphic elements, verbal instructions and  modified traditional notation systems. He mainly writes for musicians and instrumentalists he has been working with in the past in experimental settings but he also has started taking commissions from contemporary ensembles & interpreters. He also started a whole array of new groups with musicians  from different scenes like Overdue (with Pedro Andres), Hawking Extended (with Ernst Bier & Gunnar Geisse), Yemen Breakfast (with Eliad Wagner), Ruf der Inakustik (with Uli Kempendorff) and Ilog (with Oliver Steidle) often involving players from a younger generation of the Berlin scenes.
He frequently collaborates with musicians like Yorgos Dimitriades, Emilio Gordoa, Nicola Hein, Achim Kaufmann, Christian Lillinger or Rieko Okuda and has founded the large 12-piece workshop ensemble Circuit Training (w/ Miako Klein, Tom Arthurs, Florian Bergmann, Nikolaus Neuser, Elena Kakaliagou, Matthias Müller, Tomomi Adachi, Eliad Wagner, Achim Kaufmann, Nick Dunston, Adam Goodwin, Klaus Kürvers, Emilio Gordoa, Alexandre Babel, Sofia Borges & Robyn Schulkowsky) 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, Asia (Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Japan, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Taiwan, Vietnam), The Near-East, Mexico, New Zealand, Russia, Ukraine, USA and the Balkans. He has released many albums on his own imprints Zarek & Edition Zangi and on labels like Absinth, Amirani Records, Astral Spirits, Avantwhatever, Bad Alchemy, Boomslang Records, Charhizma, edition x, Gagarin, Improvised Music From Japan, Irrah, Mikroton, Nexsound, NiVu NiConnu, 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, WDR, 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, Flux Festival, Fuchsfest, Reflex Festival …). Since 2005 he has realized several sound installations and has frequently given lectures & workshops about experimental turntablism and improvisation.

Since 2016 he has spent a lot of time abroad traveling, researching and collaborating with local musicians in Paris, Los Angeles, Mexico City, South, South East and East Asia, Istanbul, Kolkata & Portugal. In this residencies he has developed works for local musicians, site-specific pieces and sound installations.

1994 Music stipend City of Munich
2006 Sound art stipend Berlin Senate
2008 Sound art fellowship Künstlerhäuser Worpswede
2011 Composition stipend Berlin Senate for “Book of Music”
2016 Composition fellowship at Cité des Art Paris/ Berlin Senate
2017 Cultural Exchange Stipend Berlin Senate for South-East Asia
2017 Composition fellowship Villa Aura Los Angeles
2018 Compositions stipend Kulturakademie Tarabya Istanbul/Turkey & Goethe Institute
2020 Work and research stipend composition & sound art Berlin Senate
2020/21 Work stipend German national fund „Musikfonds“
2021 Work and Research Stipend INITIAL by Akademie der Künste Berlin
2022 Musikfonds FEB II Ensemble Stipends for Hawking Extended & Circuit Training

Institut für Neue Medien Frankfurt/Main 1998, ORF-Kunstradio Wien 2001, Theater am Halleschen Ufer 2002, Cankarjev Dom Ljubljana 2004, Radio Copernicus Wroclaw/Poland 2005, Szene Salzburg 2006, Künstlerhaus Tesla Berlin 2006 & 2007, Q-O2 Bruxelles 2008, Künstlerhäuser Worpswede 2008, Perte de Signal Montreal 2010, The Enemy Chicago 2010, Binaural Nodar/Portugal 2010, The Enemy Chicago 2011, ORF-Kunstradio 2012, Documenta Kassel 2012, Hangar Biccoca Mailand 2013, Cité Des Arts Paris 2016, Studio 321 Petaling Jaya/Kuala Lumpur Malaysia 2017, Ruang Gulma Collective Yogyakarta/Indonesien 2017, Goethe Institute Hanoi/Vietnam 2017, Villa Aurora Los Angeles 2017, CNMMAS Morelia/Mexico 2017, Kulturakademie Tarabya Istanbul 2018, Ethnictro Yogyakarta/ Indonesia 2019, Goethe Institut Bandung & Jakarta/Indonesia 2019, Goethe Institut Hanoi/Vietnam 2019, WSK of the recently possible Manila/Philippines 2019, Cepro Music Mexico City 2020, Goethe Institute Kolkata/India 2022, Sonoscopia Porto 2022

Academy of Fine Arts Munich, Akademie der Künste Berlin, Altes Finanzamt Berlin, Fantastischer Zustand Berlin, Garage Stralsund, Geoff Stern Art Space Berlin, Künstlerhäuser Worpswede, Kulturakademie Tarabya/ Istanbul, Kunstverein Göttingen, Liebig12 Berlin, Medien/Kunst/Labor Tesla Berlin, Museum Neue Weserburg Bremen, Museum Neuötting, Quartier21/Museumsquartier Wien, Schauraum K3, Schloßökonomie Gern, Theaterkapelle Berlin, …

Bonner Herbst, Donaueschinger Musiktage, Forum Stadtpark (Graz), Echtzeitmusiktage (Berlin), Festival für Andere Musik (Berlin), Garage (Stralsund), 2:13 Festival (Athens & Berlin), Jazz & More Festival (Munich), Terza Prattica/ Felix Meritis (Amsterdam), IZ(Z)VEN (Maribor/ SLO) Rumor 19 (Utrecht), Musique Action (Nancy), Int. Night of Noise (NYC), Aural Anatomy (Pittsburgh), Fruits de Mhres (France), WienBerlin, Verbindingen/Jonctions (Bruxelles), Mesto Zensk (Ljubljana), Kryptonale (Berlin), Hoerkunstfestival (Erlangen), pianOH Stichting Logos (Ghent), Erase & Reset (Berlin), Festival of Experimental Music (Munich), Fotones (Bruxelles), Sound Shift/Big Sur Experimental Music Festival (Big Sur, CA), Space & Place (Berlin), Stare ueber Berlin (Museumsinsel Berlin), perlon.extensions (Podewil Berlin), Nous Sons Barcelona, SKIF (St.Petersburg), ALT F4 (Warsaw), Cobra Berlin, Musica Genera (Sczecyn), Generator Konzerthaus (Wien), Fete de la Musique (Geneva), Staalplaat Turntable Night Neues Museum Weserburg (Bremen), Aux Polen (Berlin/Cologne/Munich), Talking Back to Radio (Wroclaw), Club Transmediale (Berlin), Ljubljana-Berlin Soundbridge (Berlin/Ljubljana), Sound Forrest (Riga, LV), Jeunesse Musicales (Vienna), Open Music (Graz), Fete de la musique (Luxembourg), Bipolar (Berlin & Budapest), Time Shifts (Berlin), Mezinarodni Hudebni Festival Brno, Maerzmusik (Berlin), Angelica Festival (Bologna), Blurred Edges Festival (Hamburg), Zam Labor (Cologne), Künstlertage Hermannshof Voelksen, Berlin Sound Connective, Biegungen (Berlin), Enjoy Jazz (Mannheim), Musrara Mix Jerusalem, Liquid Architecture Australia, T.I.T.O. Akademie der Künste Berlin, Kontraste Krems, DWIGO, FIMAV Festival InternationalMusiqueActuelleVictoriaville/ Canada,Echtzeitmusiktage2010, BendAndBreakBerlin, Paivascapes Portugal, Stimul Festival Prague, Interstice Festival Caen, Musique Innovatrices St.Etienne, Meteo Mulhouse, Ankunft Neue Musik Berlin, Transart Bolzano, Internationale Ferienkurse für Musik Darmstadt, Alarme Festival Berlin, Borrealis Festival Bergen, Zaumfest Turku, No Idea Festival Austin/Texas, Musik für Alle (Akademie der Künste Berlin), Jazzfest (Berlin), Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival (UK), Irtijal Festival Beirut, El Nicho Festival Mexico City, Bezau Beats Austria, Au Tuquet Dordogne, Splitter Music Festival, 2 Tage Strom Zürich, Sonic Transmissions Festival Texas, Visiones Sonoras Morelia/Mexico, No Idea FEstival CDMX, Circuit Training Festival Wabe Berlin, Flux Festival Berlin, Sinuston Festival Magdeburg, Shiny Toys Mühlheim, Jogja Noise Bombing Yogyakarta/Indonesia, WSK Festival of the Recently Possible, Berlin/Tokyo Experimental Music Meeting, Sound Ports Festival Istanbul, Splitter Music Festival II Berlin, Katarakt Festival Hamburg, Jazzfestival Konstanz, Soundtrips NRW, Winter Jazz Stadtgarten Cologne, Reconnect Goethe Institute Hanoi, Jazz Em Agosto Lisboa (PT), Klangspuren Schwaz (AT), Art Acts St.Johann/Tirol (AT), Jazzgalerie Nickelsdorf (AT), Meakusma Festival (B), Densités Festival Verdun (F), Synthfarm Kolkata/India, …

Tomomi Adachi, Liz Allbee, Thomas Ankersmit, Osman Arabi, Gil Arno, Tom Arthurs, Zoro Babel, Leo Bachmann, Serge Baghdassarian, Boris Baltschun, Burkhard Beins, Johannes Bauer, Mathias Bauer, Claus Van Bebber, Andrea Belfi, Alexandre Bellenger, Jonathan Bepler, Johannes Bergmark, Adam Bohman, Sofia Borges, Alexei Borisov, Alessandro Bosetti, Marc Boukouya, Mwata Bowden, Kyle Bruckmann, Tony Buck, Busratch, Nicholas Bussmann, Lucio Capece, Mathieu Chamagne, Xavier Charles, Maria Chavez, Audrey Chen, Carolyn Chen, Roy Carroll, Don Cherry, Chris Cogburn, Clare Cooper, Mike Cooper, Elisabeth Coudoux, Anla Courtis, Werner Dafeldecker, Matt Davis, Rhodri Davies, Yannick Dauby, Marlies Debacker, Jim Denley, Bertrand Denzler, Dieb13, DJ Elephant Power, DJ Illvibe, DJ Lenar, Dietmar Diesner, Axel Dörner, John Duncan, Phil Durrant, erikm, Andrea Ermke, Douglas Ewart, Jaime Fennelly, Jason Forrest, Chris Forsyth, Alexander Frangenheim, Heribert Friedl, Limpe, Fuchs, Wolfgang Fuchs Jr., Cor Fuhler, Nathan Fuhr, Andreas Gandela, Juan Garcia, Steven Garling, Emilio Gordoa, Frank Gratkowski, Philip Greenlief, Ingebrigt Haker-Flaten, Joseph Hammer, Micheal Hartmann, Robin Hayward, Christoph Heemann, Boris D. Hegenbart, John Hegre, Nicola Hein, Peter Hollinger, Carl Ludwig Hübsch, Jagga Jagga, Philip Jeck, Bernd Jestram, Sven-Ake Johansson, Coti K, Jason Kahn, Elena Kakaliagou, Zbigniew Karkowski, Achim Kaufmann, Mazen Kerbaj, Annette Krebs, Dominik Kowalczyk, Gregg Kowalsky, Milan Knizak, Borut Krzisnik, Christoph Kurzmann, Goh Lee Kwang, Kalle Laar, Keenan Lawler, Thomas Lehn, Eric Leondarson, Christian Lillinger, Ronald Lippock, Paul Lovens, Louis Louvain, Ikbal Lubys, Mike Majkowski, Greg Malcolm, Maurice De Martin, Stephan Mathieu, Matmos, Aaron Moore, Seiji Morimoto, Katsura Mouri, Seijiro Murayama, Günter Müller, Toshi Nakamura, Andrea Neumann, Martin NG, Etienne Nillesen, Jerome Noetinger, MNortham, Alex Nowitz, Morten J. Olsen, Rieko Okuda, Aki Onda, Ben Owen, Ivan Palacky, Charlemagne Palestine, Andrea Parkins, Anthony Pateras, Jim Pepper, Tim Perkis, Robert Piotrowicz, Marino Pliakas, Mat Pogo, Melvin Poore, Prell, Jon Raskin, Arnaud Riviere, Michael Renkel, Gino Robair, Jan Roder, Simon Rose, Keith Rowe, Olaf Rupp, Bob Rutman, Eran Sachs, Akira Sakata, Cymin Samawatie, Richard Scott, Doro Schürch, Sharif Shenoui, Harri Sjöstöm, DJ Sniff, Jason Soliday, Jan-Peter Sonntag, Jacek Staniszewski, Oliver Steidle, Stol, Caroline Tallone, Martin Tetreault, Clayton Thomas, Christian Thomé, Irena Tomazin, Torben Tilly, Sebi Tramontana, Valerio Tricoli, Roger Turner, TV Pow, Nikos Veliotis, Ute Voelker, Sabine Vogel, Volz, Michael Vorfeld, Eliad Wagner, Florian Walter, Jenny Ward, Mark Wastell, David Watson, Wu Wei, Marc Weiser, Joshua Weitzel, Paul Wirkus, Stevie Wishart, Christian Wolfarth, Nate Wooley, C. Spencer Yeh, Michael Zerang, Achim Zepezauer, …

(*1972 in Trostberg/Germany)

Ignaz Schick is a Berlin based sound artist, composer, concept & visual artist. He also performs as an instrumentalist on turntables, sampler, objects, live-electronics, alto saxophone & flutes. In his youth he studied the saxophone & performed in free jazz and avant rock bands. At the same time he was getting obsessed with multitrack tape machines, record players & effect boxes & he started experimenting with different electro- acoustic set-ups & sound making devices. After college he studied at the Academy of Fine Arts in Munich & worked for several years as an assistant for the contemporary composer Josef Anton Riedl.
Since 1995 he lives & works in Berlin where he became an active and integral force of the so-called “Berlin Nouvelle Vague” and the blossoming “experimental” music scene. He has been also prolific as curator (Festival für Andere Musik, Erase & Reset, Time Shifts, TITO- The International Turntable Orchestra 2009 & 2019, Echtzeitmusiktage 2010, Flux Festival 2018, …) & runs the experimental music label Zarek.
Schick has toured worldwide solo or with various groups & ensembles & has collaborated with more than a hundred international sonic artists – amongst others with Mwata Bowden, Don Cherry, Douglas Ewart, Sven- Ake Johansson, Paul Lovens, Toshimaru Nakamura, Charlemagne Palestine, Andrea Parkins, Keith Rowe, Akira Sakata or Martin Tetréault. In parallel to his experimental music and performance practise he has been making sound installations, experimental objects, visual collages, text scores, concrete poetry, graphic scores and drawings. Since 2016 he has received several composition & research stipends for Paris, South-East-Asia, Los Angeles, Istanbul, Mexico City, Kolkata or Porto + for writing & producing new pieces and researching the local scenes.

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