clarinet | composer-performer
The Berlin-based clarinetist/composer/performer Michael Thieke is equally at home across a broad range of musical environments, such as experimental song forms, collectively composing projects, improvising collectives, and music on the fringes of jazz.
He is exploring the minutiae of sound, timbre and noise, with a particular interest in microtonality and related sound phenomena. The qualities of slowness are another field of his research. He has a preference for long-term collaborations and collective work.
Some of his current Projects are: The International Nothing (with Kai Fagaschinski), Voutchkova/Thieke Duo (with Biliana Voutchkova), The Pitch (with Boris Baltschun, Koen Nutters, Morten J. Olsen), Der lange Schatten (with Håvard Wiik, Antonio Borghini), Splitter Orchester, Magda Mayas Filamental (with Magda Mayas, Angharad Davies, Christine Abdelnour, Zeena Parkins, Rhodri Davies, Aimee Theriot, Anthea Caddy), Porta Chiusa (with Paed Conca, Hans Koch), The Clarinet Trio (with Gebhard Ullmann, Jürgen Kupke), The Magic I.D. (with Christof Kurzmann, Kai Fagaschinski, Margareth Kammerer), Marino/Thieke (wth Luigi Marino), Nashaz (with Sharif Sehnaoui, Andrea Neumann, Michael Vorfeld), Warteland (with Lena Czerniawska, Emilio Gordoa)
He played on festivals such as Novas Frequencias (Rio de Janeiro), Borderline (Athens), Klub Katarakt (Hamburg), Irtijal (Beirut), Ftarri Festival (Tokyo), Meakusma (Eupen), Seanaps (Leipzig), Festival International de Musique Actuelle (Victoriaville), Taiwan Improvised Music Festival (Tapei), Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival, Musikprotokoll (Graz), Klangspuren (Schwaz), Trans Art (Bozen), Music Unlimited (Wels), Jazz Fest (Berlin), MärzMusik (Berlin), Borealis (Bergen), Musica Estranha (Sao Paulo), ctm (Berlin), Crak (Paris), Darmstädter Ferienkurse Für Neue Musik (Darmstadt), Sonic Acts (Amsterdam), Taktlos (Zürich), Metéo (Mulhouse), Angelica (Bologna), Alternativa (Prague), Konfrontationen (Nickelsdorf), Musiques Innovatrices (St.Etienne), artacts (St.Johann), Experimental Intermedia (New York), Long Arms (Moscow), Controindicazione (Rome), Moers Festival, Donaueschinger Musiktage, ZJFT (Groningen), Jazz em Agosto (Lisbon), PiedNu (LeHavre)