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Johannes S. Sistermanns: Listening Off

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April 6, 2014 8:00 pm


“With the room-tone of The Firehouse Space, I will create a site-specific 2 piano/voice/4 loudspeaker/adhesive tape/tracing paper/fluorescent color/projector SITUATION. Positioning the 2 grand pianos on the opposite side is spatial concept; my activities are in between. I stick membranes/transducer into pianos, on paper, and under scotch tape while singing the room-tones. To listen something off from one another, to un-couple: the un-isolation of momentary perception, this gap/space between. Impulse, no results, inconclusive, unattainable, question to myself: is there anything attainable with sound, picture, word?” — Johannes S. Sistermanns


Johannes S. Sistermanns stages his composition as Media/Electroacoustic, SoundPlastic, Radio Sound Plays, Music Theatre and Urban Environment. He was taught in the “Tao of Voice” method by professor Stephen Cheng of New York, as well as in Classical North Indian Singing at the Banares Hindu University. From 1976-84, he studied Piano, Rhythmik, and New Music Theatre at the Conservatorium for Music, Cologne with Mauricio Kagel. Performances, exhibitions, teachings and fellowships took him to Japan, VR China, Australia, and the U.S. He has been a guest in many international festivals, including the Knitting Factory Festival, Donaueschinger Musiktage, Electroacoustic Music Festival Shanghai, Experimental Intermedia New York, Musicarama Hong Kong, among others. In 2008, he was awarded the prestigious German Soundart-Award.

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