saturday 29 april – 11pm ~


Ulrich Krieger (D/USA)


electric tenor saxophone and live-electronics, italian première

RAW is a unique experimental noise-metal saxophone solo by Ulrich Kreiger, changing and redefining how the saxophone can sound and what saxophone playing means. RAW brings together noisescapes, electronica, death- and doom-metal, just intonation approaches, and contemporary instrumental composition techniques. All sounds are saxophone-produced and performed live, with no sampling and no purely electronic sounds. In his distinct style, Krieger processes refined acoustic and quasi-electronic sounds, using his saxophone more as an analog sampler than a traditional finger-virtuoso instrument. “When Ulrich introduced his ‘acoustic electronic’ concept, there was another door blown wide open, and another glorious field of pure expression revealed. The acoustic element in his music makes the sonic reality deeper, as the organic qualities of acoustic-to-electronic resonate with the mind and flesh in a way electronic-to-electronic cannot.” RAW, Ghost Towns of Southern California, performed at Live Arts Week, has been inspired by the semi-ghost towns found in the California Mojave Desert.

presented with the support of Goethe-Institut Mailand

Ulrich Krieger is an internationally recognized German composer and saxophonist living in Southern California. He is known for his originality and innovation in composed and free improvised contemporary music. As a celebrated composer of chamber and electronic music, Krieger’s compositions are widely performed by ensembles in Europe and the USA. He works in variety of contexts; from new and experimental music to free improvisation, electronic music, reductionism, noise, ambient, rock and metal. Outside Krieger’s solo practice, he has performed extensively with his groups Metal Machine Trio and Text of Light. He has collaborated and performed with Lou Reed, Faust, Merzbow, Thomas Köner, Carl Stone, John Zorn, Lee Ranaldo, Christian Marclay, La Monte Young, Phill Niblock, Radu Malfatti, Berlin Philharmonics, Ensemble Modern, PARTCH Ensemble, and many more. Krieger studied classical/contemporary saxophone, composition, electronic music, and musicology in Berlin and New York. He is professor for composition, experimental sound practices, and rock music at CalArts, where his special field of interest is the cross-pollination of new art music and avant-garde rock. Krieger’s recent focus lies on the fringes of contemporary rock culture, in the areas of limbo where noise, metal, silence, and experimental chamber music meet. Not accepting stylistic categories, Krieger’s practice operates in the margins of 21st century genres while resisting the problematic trappings of appropriation.