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Conference for One
LOCATION:Hamburg, Germany
  • Gustavo Aguilar, percussionist, composer, and improviser, has been honing his craft as a music artisan for almost two decades.
  • His commitment to combining pre-composed (notated) and present-composed (improvised) musical elements has earned him the reputation as an "intuitive, methodical mystic." His music has been called "beautiful, introspective and passionate," "thought-provoking and thoroughly fresh."
  • A champion of Contemporary New Music, Gustavo has performed at major festivals throughout the Americas, Europe, Asia, and the Pacific, including IRCAM's Festival Agora (Paris), the Zagreb Biennale International Festival of New Music (Croatia), the Acousmania International Festival of Electro-Acoustic Music (Bucharest), the Jooksan International Arts Festival (Seoul), the Green Mills Project (Melbourne), the Los Angeles Philharmonic's Green Umbrella New Music Series, and the Interpretations Music Series (NYC) among others.
  • He has worked closely with some of the most innovative composers of our time, including Ana-Maria Avram, John Bergamo, Chaya Czernowin, Anthony Davis, Iancu Dumitrescu, Julio Estrada, Art Jarvinen, Ann LeBaron, Annea Lockwood, and Roger Reynolds.
Nikolaus Gerszewski   * 1964, lives and works in Hamburg.   1985–91 studies visual arts, at HfbK Hamburg and at Kunstakademie Düsseldorf, with Gotthard Graubner and A.R. Penck.   In the 90s lives in Budapest, works as an art critic and translator of hungarian poetry; plays various musical instruments (guitar, piano, trumpet, violin)
as an improvisor, conducts a freejazz orchestra; as a droughtsman and painter investigates in informal and geometric abstraction, and draws up theories on nonrepresentational art.   Since 2003 takes up autodidactical studies in modern composition.  2005 performs indeterminantly notated music (by Cardew, Cage, Wolff) with the ensemble serve music; starts writing music, mainly for piano.  Since 2005 organizes concerts of current music, happens to be one of the major organizers of Blurred Edges, festival of current music in Hamburg, has worked with: Keith Rowe, John Tilbury, János Négyesy, Christian Wolff, Peter Ablinger, Sven Åke Johansson, Eugene Chadbourne, Alvin Curran, Gustavo Aguilar, Christoph Herndler,  Since 2007 experiments with indeterminate notation (setting limits for improvising musicians): in prose, diagrams and patterns, developing his own musical idiom: Ordinary Music.  Since 2008 several premieres of Ordinary Music, in Europe and the USA. 2009 during a 3 months stay in Calcutta, “Ordinary Music Vol.19“ (for three tabla players and conductor) originates, with support and advice by Tanmoy Bose. 2010 starts the concert series “to&fro”, connecting the cities of Hamburg and Berlin.   


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