Christian Kesten

Posted on June 15, 2017

Christian Kesten is a composer, sound and intermedia artist, vocalist and performer. His work explores the relation between sound and space by focusing on the physical activity of creating the sound and the physicality of the sound itself. His compositions include instrumental, vocal, site-specific works and composed theatre. His interest lies in the “space in-between”: between music and theatre, music and language, between music and the visual arts.

He studied at the Universität der Künste Berlin (music: guitar, piano, voice; counterpoint/twelvetone-technique with H.Fladt; musicological thesis on “Silence in the work of John Cage and Morton Feldman”; Experimental music and music-theatre with Dieter Schnebel; Performance art; Projects with the stage design class of Achim Freyer) and TU Berlin (German literature and linguistics). Studied “Zen-Arts” (overtone singing, vocal improvisation, calligraphy/notation etc.) with Michael Vetter. Movement studies with various teachers.

His works have been broadcasted by radio stations in Germany, the Netherlands, the U.S.A. and Canada. Various scholarships and commissions as a composer. He has been commissioned by ensembles such as Object Collection New York, Rue du Nord Lausanne, Solistenensemble Kaleidoskop Berlin, We Spoke London a. o. and realized full-evening’s pieces in spaces such as Radialsystem V Berlin, Schauspielhaus Wuppertal, Théâtre 2.21 Lausanne and Ontological Experimental Series New York, among others. He has also created site-specific works at Museum for Modern Art MUMOK Vienna and delivered solo performances in Europe, North America, and Japan. Kesten has received awards and grants by the Civitella Ranieri Foundation, the Berlin Cultural Senate, Ernst-von-Siemens-Musikstiftung, International Society of New Music, Kuenstlerhaus Lukas Ahrenshoop, Villa Aurora Los Angeles.

Kesten is a member of the ensemble Maulwerker and artistic director of the series ‘maulwerker performing music’. He co-curates the concert series ‘Labor Sonor’, and the LABOR SONOR festivals, in 2016 ‘LABOR SONOR : MOVING MUSIC. Choreographers compose for musicians.’ Teaching positions and guest lectures in Europe, Israel, North and South America.

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