Uli Johannes Kieckbusch: composer, pianist... musical inventor


Uli Johannes Kieckbusch, pianist and musical inventor, is one of very few musicians (composers) who work in composed as well as in improvised music.

Apart from continuously set works there are pieces which leave a lot of freedom to the performer whether there are improvisations integrated into the compositions or the composed material can be freely interpreted.

There are also improvised concerts in which music develops without any preconceived structure.

In order to evaluate improvisation in a special way the composer created the term "musical inventor".

Uli Johannes Kieckbusch has a special relationship with pictorial art and thus refers to pictures in his music. When he is going to perform at the first night of an art exhibition he carefully examines the exhibited works beforehand.

He has a similar relationship with literature. Again and again he has tried to bring text and music together, for example in his Thomas Bernhard Programme.

His improvisations for film and dance are also worth mentioning.

The pianist greatly enjoys extending instrumental boundaries by using new playing techniques. So he changes the sound of the grand piano very effectively with original materials such as India rubbers, dried lemons and other dried fruit, with table tennis balls as well as other materials which he either discovered or made himself.

Uli Johannes Kieckbusch was born in Bruchsal on February 6th 1954. He studied at the National Academy for Musics in Trossingen. In addition to his course work he intensively studied new music, Jazz and non-European music.

He now lives in Balingen and has gained a name for himself as an interpreter of John Gage and Morton Feldman. On the other hand he also works with many renowned musicians like Cecil Taylor, Evan Parker or Borah Bergman. Both influences can be found in his compositions.