Poetry as Score

Cut & Splice: Grúndelweiser: free launch event

Wednesday 2 November, 7.30pm (pre-concert discussion 6.30-7pm)

The Centre for Creative Collaboration, 16 Acton Street, London


Jürg Frey – Landschaft mit Wörtern (selection) (2003)

Manfred Werder – 2009/4

Michael Pisaro – A single charm is doubtful [harmony series no.14] (2004-6)

Antoine Beuger – Confidential Letter #7 (2011)

Performers: Antoine Beuger, Angharad Davies, Sarah Hughes, Tim Parkinson, Michael Pisaro, David Stent, Carol Watts and Manfred Werder.




Antoine Beuger studied composition with Ton de Leeuw at Sweelinck Coservatorium in Amsterdam 1973-78. In 1990 he began composing after an interruption of about 10 years. Two years later he founded Edition Wandelweiser together with composer/performer Burkhard Schlothauer. Since 1994 he’s been active with the conception and organisation of KLANGRAUM, a concert series at Kunstraum Düsseldorf. During the years 1995-2001 he was working together with visual artist Mauser as artistic director of “Werkraum”, Place for Interdisciplinary Artistic Events, Cologne. Since 1996 he’s been artistic director of edition wandelweiser records and since 2004 managing director of Edition Wandelweiser gmbh.

Jürg Frey developed his own language as a composer and sound artist with the creation of wide, quiet sound spaces. He has worked with compositional series, as well as with language and text. Some of these activities appear in small editions or as artist’s books as individual items and small editions. (Edition Howeg, Zurich; weiss kunstbewegung, Berlin; complice, Berlin). His music and recordings are published by Edition Wandelweiser. Jürg Frey is a member of the Wandelweiser Komponisten Ensemble which has presented concerts for more than 15 years in Europe, North America and Japan.

Michael Pisaro is a composer and guitarist, a member of the Wandelweiser Composers Ensemble and founder and director of the Experimental Music Workshop. His work is frequently performed in the U.S. and in Europe, in music festivals and in many smaller venues. He has had extended composer residencies in Germany (Künstlerhof Schreyahn, Dortmund University), Switzerland (Forumclaque/Baden), Israel (Miskenot Sha’ananmim), Greece (EarTalk) and in the U.S. (Birch Creek Music Festival, Wisconsin). Concert length portraits of his music have been given in Munich, Jerusalem, Los Angeles, Vienna, Merano (Italy), Brussels, New York, Curitiba (Brazil), Amsterdam, London, Tokyo, Austin, Berlin, Chicago, Düsseldorf, Zürich, Cologne, Aarau (Switzerland), and Several CDs of his work have been released by such labels as Edition Wandelweiser Records, Compost and Height, confront, Another Timbre, Cathnor, Nine Winds and others, including most recently “transparent city, volumes 1–4″, “an unrhymed chord”, “hearing metal 1”, “A Wave and Waves” and “harmony series (11–16)”. His translation of poetry by Oswald Egger (“Room of Rumor”) was published in 2004 by Green Integer. He is Co-Chair of Music Composition at the California Institute of the Arts near Los Angeles.

Manfred Werder is a composer, performer, pianist, curator. His work actualizes time and space by letting the world’s natural abundance appear. Performs throughout the world. Lives in situ. CD releases include 20092 (Heresy, A Coruña upcoming 2011); 20051 (8 CD-set, winds measure recordings, US, upcoming 2011); stück 1998 seiten 624-626  (skiti 06, Japan 2010); 20095 (Cathnor Vignettes series, UK 2010);20071 (futow, Kôbe 2010); 20083 (Im Sefinental, Edition Wandelweiser Records, Germany 2009); ein(e) ausführende(r) seiten 218-226 (Edition Wandelweiser Records, Germany 2006); and 20061 (skiti 01, Japan 2006).

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