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Uli Sigg

Uli Sigg is a German visual artist specializing in live performances, scenic design, and video productions.
He is co-founder of “bandbreite” a vj-collective in Cologne and of “lsb_TV,” a weekly Live-Radio-TV-Internet-Show in Berlin. Uli is Director of Technology & Strategy of “BYFF” Brighton Youth Film Festival.

He performed live visuals for “Drum Rhythm Nights” and over 58 concerts and dj-sets in Berlin, Cologne, Hamburg, Munich. He has worked on Germany´s highest profile event series, courtesy of Electric Chair / Karsten Jahnke Concerts with artists including Adam F, Goldie, Etienne de Crecy, Giles Peterson, Howie B, Jazzanova, Jimi Tenor, Kemistry & Storm, Kid Loco, and others. VJ-Performances at Festivals, including Urban Arts Form, Popkomm, Battery Park, Melt, Fusion,℅ pop, Juicy Beats, Big Up with Jeff Mills.

Foto: Merzouga by Michael Englert

Photo Uli Sigg by Uli Sigg

He created and curated the “VJ-Festival ℅ Pop” in Cologne and “MP7” live media cub.

Since 2005, he has done scenic design and video production for theater-, opera- and dance-production in Vienna, Berlin, Hamburg, San Francisco, Porto, Nürnberg, Torino, Halle, Budapest, Düsseldorf, Bangalore. Visual direction of Broadcast-Live-Events for WDR, Deutsche Welle, Funkhaus Europa.

Most recently: liquid sky berlin presentz “#lsb_TV” on alex berlin- tv / radio / internetstream. Experimental music & video / cross-media art from Berlin / concept by dr walker & uli sigg / hosted by the liquid sky berlin family.

ARCHIPELAGO

ARCHIPELAGO

Dates:

27.10.2022 – Dortmund / Domicil

28.10.2022 – Cologne / Stadtgarten

 

Guests:

In the course of the past few years, during the Corona pandemic, the world suddenly became very small. Travelling was no longer possible and the world slipped through a fibre glass cable and behind a screen. You could listen to concerts live from all over the world in the digital space. One felt connected to colleagues everywhere who, like oneself, were stuck in their living rooms – each a bit like Robinson Crusoe on his island. The picture of the archipelago symbolizes the experienced paradox of being separate and being connected in an appropriate way.

To be able to deal as creative as possible along with these new realities of life and work and the uncertainties which have arisen also in regard to the future, SONIQ has thought about how, in spite of limited performance and production conditions, the projects, which have been carried out in annual rotation since 2016, could be continued.
The objective is to continue a lively exchange with as many international musicians as possible and yet not to ignore the (presumably continuing) limited travel opportunities. The result of these considerations is the project ARCHIPELAGO, as presented here.

The combination of gathering digitally with a global selection of musicians on one hand and a very local cooperation with artists from different genres on the other (Duo Merzouga: sound art / Uli Sigg: video art) will allow the collective to continue developing its artistic work between (musical) worlds, a process that has been going on for more than four years now. This will also guarantee – regardless of contact and travel restrictions – the broadest possible visibility of the project, since music will be audible both in the digital space and in concerts on site.

Protagonists of the Cologne collective are connected and linked to hundreds of musicians around the world. The worldwide archipelago of SONIQ friends will be invited to make short audio recordings and send them to Cologne. These artists are invited to send in fragments that reflect their current, very personal emotional state in a time between isolation and networking.

 

 

SONIQ, Merzouga & Sigg will create an artistically condensed resonance to the digitally transmitted sounds of the world and reflect them back into the digital space.

However, the protagonists are not satisfied with a digital presence only: the individual members of the collective will develop elaborate compositions for a live performance on the basis of the musical material created from the fragments. The sound composition becomes the nucleus of an experimental artistic process. This lab-like process is part of the experience and will finally result in a sensual, playful, grooving full-length concert at its best SONIQ style. SONIQ will invite the sound-art duo Merzouga – as well as the media artist Uli Sigg as an equivalent performer on-stage.

Project is sponsored by:

Merzouga / Janko Hanushevsky & Eva Poepplein

Merzouga is a spot in the Sahara where Cologne-based computer-musician Eva Poepplein and electric-bassist Janko Hanushevsky encountered the roaring silence of camel-flies and sand trickling down the dunes. Led by an abiding curiosity they traveled to India, Lao, Cambodia, Vietnam, Morocco, Ukraine, Brazil and Greenland, where they made extensive field-recordings and sound-research.

As a duo they produce sound compositions and installations, radio plays and radio docus, play and compose music for radio, film and theater. Concerts, sound installations and premiere performances at the Elbphilharmonie Hamburg, Deutschlandfunk Kammermusiksaal, Humboldt Forum Berlin, Museum Schnütgen, HAU Berlin, Volkstheater Munich.

Foto: Merzouga by Michael Englert

Photo Merzouga by Michael Englert

Commissions for major German broadcasters, such as Deutschlandfunk Kultur, Deutschlandfunk, WDR, HR, RBB, NDR, ZDF/arte, YLEISRADIO Finland, and Croatian broadcaster HRT. Their radio works received several international awards, have been broadcast by all German ARD stations and in numerous European countries. Releases on GRUENREKORDER, Prospero Classics and several times on international compilations, e.g. Noise of Cologne and WIRE TAPPER.

Collaborations with Christian Brueckner, Ueli Jaeggi, Felix von Manteuffel, Leslie Malton, Sean Scully, Lucas Niggli, Holger Falk, Gianluigi Trovesi, Peter Herbert, Mariana Sadovska, Marco Lobo, Max Andrzejewski, Udo Moll, Annette Maye, Matthias Muche, and many more. The two live and work in Cologne.

Jarry Singla

“Mystic reflection and the modern urge to progress are being reconciled … We are captivated: This is how cultures successfully melt together.”
Neue Zürcher Zeitung

The Indo-German pianist and composer Jarry Singla has always been crossing borders between the most diverse musical worlds. Several years of stays in Mexico City, New York, Mumbai and La Paz opened his heart and mind, intensive musical collaborations in Buenos Aires, Katowice and Kiev promoted his successful search for a way past all dogmas, for a fresh, refined and exciting sound between jazz and ethnic inspiration.

Photo Jarry Singla by Jürgen Bindrim

In his current ensembles, the influence of Indian music is particularly pronounced: The trio JARRY SINGLA EASTERN FLOWERS with the South Indian percussionist Ramesh Shotham appeared at renowned festivals such as “Jazz Utsav New Delhi”, “Buenos Aires Jazz” or “Festijazz Bolivia” in recent years.

THE MUMBAI PROJECT – created in 2013 during a residency grant of the Arts Foundation of North Rhine-Westphalia – performed in major Indian and German cities, most recently as part of a production with the FRANKFURT RADIO BIGBAND.

Jarry Singla’s individualistic work in the wide-ranging field of European jazz includes compositions for his quartet with the outstanding British saxophonist JULIAN ARGÜELLES and for the German-Polish-French TRIO WEI3.

In 2017, Jarry worked in an internationally cast ensemble of the trumpeter MARKUS STOCKHAUSEN. Since 2016, as a founding member of the music collective SONIQ, he has been initiating visionary projects including renowned artists such as MAJID BEKKAS, RHANI KRIJA ALY KEITA or KARL SEGLEM.


Ramesh Shotham

‘All music is, in some sense, a journey, but some musicians travel further than others. Percussionist Ramesh Shotham is one such. Originally a rock drummer with one of India¹s most successful bands Human Bondage, he underwent something of a conversion in the mid 1970s and was drawn back towards the music of his homeland. He has been steadily clocking up yet more miles in this musical journey, collaborating in the 1990s with jazz visionaries like saxophonists Steve Coleman and Charlie Mariano, composer Carla Bley and oud player Rabih Abou Khalil. Then came his own group, Madras Special, which may be a summation of all that he has learnt and discovered along the way.’ (Cormac Larkin in the Irish Sunday Tribune, 23.07.06)

Based in Germany, since the early 1980s, Shotham chose to live permanently in the city of Cologne around 1990, and became a German citizen in the year 2000. Nowadays, Shotham’s arsenal includes a bewildering array of percussion Instruments, ranging from diverse Indian traditional drums to selected pieces of the modern drum kit. He has been, over the years, working closely with companies such as Meinl Percussion, Wahan Drums and Anatolian Cymbals in developing, enhancing and endorsing their products.

Photo Ramesh Shotham by Gerhard Richter

Shotham’s use of traditional Indian drums in Orchestral and Big Band settings is quite unique. His work with the Carla Bley Big Band (Escalator Over The Hill), the WDR Big Band (Sketches of Bangalore/Karnataka College of Percussion, Niedecken’s ‘Deutschlandlieder’), BujazzO (Tour of India during the German Cultural Year 2011) and Phoenix Foundation (Indian Tour 2013), is well documented. He has been closely associated with the Renga project of the LPO (London Philharmonic Orchestra), playing original ‘World Music’ compositions with some of the finest classical musicians from London. His forays into the Western Classical world also saw him playing percussion in Nationaltheater Mannheim’s production of the Baroque Opera ‘Alessandro’, directed by the famous Günter Krämer.

Besides fulfilling his busy touring and studio schedules, Shotham has been active in the field of music education. He has created special concepts for teaching rhythms to musicians (as well as to lay people), based on the unique drum language and mathematics of the music of South India. ‘GlobalTala’ and ‘Talking Rhythm’ Workshops represent these concepts.
Shotham has conducted workshops at music conservatories in Weimar, Cologne, Nürnberg, and Rostock. During the last 3 years, Shotham has been involved in ‘Kultur und Schule’ projects, working with children. He is currently a regular member of the World Percussion Academy’s annual meetings at the Landesmusikakademie in Heek.

Christina Fuchs

She studied German literature and history in Freiburg, later on composition in Cologne with Joachim Ullrich and Siegfried Koepf, Maria Schneider and Jim McNeely in New York and George Russell in Boston.

Christina Fuchs received national and international rewards in composition as „Scrivere in Jazz“, Italy and the “WDR Jazzpreis” for composition. Recently she got nominated for the “German Jazz Price” in the category “Best Large Ensemble of the year”.

Photo Christina Fuchs by Volker Beushausen

She works as composer, saxophonist and clarinetist in a variety of ensembles in such divers fields as New Music, Theatre, Improvised Music and Jazz.

During the past 30 years Christina Fuchs has developed an instantly recognizable sound and a unique language as a composer. Her work includes traditional concerts as well as collaborations with other art forms, such as dance, visual arts, literature, spoken word, documentaries and theatre. What is common to all of these settings is Fuchs’ emphasis on blending written and improvised music.

She is in a leading position for her ensembles “No Tango Quartet”, “No Tango & Strings”, „Flux”, “KontraSax”, „FUCHSTHONE ORCHESTRA“ and with the musicians collective SONIQ.

  • Residency in Canada at the Banff Centre for the Arts, 1998/1999/2000
  • Member of the  BMI Composers Program in NYC, 1999/2000
  • Winner of the competition contest jazzart NRW, 2001
  • Julius Hemphill Composition Awards for Large Ensemble (USA), 2002
  • Residency  at the Art Omi  Music Program, New York, USA, 2003
  • Residency in Nairs, Art in Engadina Bassa, Switzerland, 2004
  • Commission for the NDR Radio Big Band, Hamburg, 2005
  • Residency  at the Künstlerhaus Lukas, Ahrenshoop/D, 2007
  • Reward “WDR Jazzpreis“ for composition, 2014
  • Residency  at the Leighton Artists Colony, Canada, Banff Centre for the Arts, 2014
  • 1st Price „Scrivere in Jazz“, composition, Italy, 2016
  • 1st Price “ Seattle Annual Jazz Composition Contest” for Women Composers, USA, 2017
  • Finalist at the „Neuen Deutschen Jazzpreis“ for composition, Germany. Curator: Renaud Garcia-Fons, 2019
  • Finalist at the „Neuen Deutschen Jazzpreis“ for composition, Germany. Curator: Frank Möbus, 2020
  • Residency at Fundaziun Nairs, Switzerland, 2020
  • Nominated for the “German Jazz Price” in the category “Best Large Ensemble of the year”, 2021