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Entwurf einer Rheinlandschaft

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The Monheim Triennale will open on July 1st 2020 with a commissioned composition by Marcus Schmickler. The composer will stage an open air concert on both sides of the Rhine, exploring the relationship between the near and the far, in music, text and performance. "I am interested in the protagonist’s relationship to money, power, love, humanity and ecology, comparable to classical fabrics such as „Faust“ or „Der Ring des Nibelungen“. On the eve of the first edition of the Monheim Triennale, thematic aspects of the entire festival will be prepared in my design of „Entwurf einer Rheinlandschaft“ (Draft of a Rhine River Landscape) and asked as questions to the festival and the citizens of the city.“

Lehn/Schmickler meet Corsano

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In this world premiere, the pioneering synthesiser-improvisation duo of Lehn/Schmickler meets New York-based Chris Corsano, combining analogue and digital sound generators with acoustic drums.

About Marcus Schmickler

Marcus Schmickler (born in 1968, Cologne, Germany) is a composer of contemporary electronic and new music. Whether as free improviser, audio-visual sound sculptor or representative of contemporary computer music in a club context, Schmickler is one of the most relevant avant-garde protagonists of our time.

During his musicology studies in Cologne (with majors in composition and electronic music), Schmickler initiated “a-musik” with friends, in 1995: to this day a worldwide outstanding experimental music construct comprising a record store, distribution and label, managed by Georg Odijk.
In the mid-1990s, Schmickler also founded his post-rock solo project Pluramon (released on Mille Plateaux and Karaoke Kalk) proving his claim as a musician across genres early on. Schmickler’s work references the influential German electronic music tradition, French spectral music, American experimental and noise music, as well as club music in general. Schmickler’s music is characterised by harmonious colours and microtonal moods, engaging in a forward-looking discourse about algorithmic techniques during sound production.
Most of Schmickler's music is designed for multi-channel sound projections. His oeuvre includes numerous sound installations specifically created for a site, interdisciplinary works (crossing into film and lighting art) as well as artistic collaborations (with theatre director Felix Ensslin and visual artist Gerhard Richter).

Marcus Schmickler runs the electroacoustic studio Piethopraxis, in Cologne.

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