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Jan Heinke & Strömkarlen

A musical meeting of minds

For our summer concert in 2010 in the series Musik zwischen den Welten in the Kleines Haus of the Dresden Staatsschauspiel, we invited the sound artist Jan Heinke along as a guest musician for the first time, and our joint music-making awoke in all of us (and quite obviously also in the equally fascinated audience) the desire to cooperate on a more intensive, longer-term basis. Jan’s musicality and richness of ideas, the “spacey” sounds he creates using the steel cello, overtone singing and the didgeridoo, as well as his broad knowledge of Northern music and, not least, his disarming, humorous presence, contribute enormously to the sound of our trio. We are looking forward to working with him more often this year!

The sound artist

Jan Heinke: overtone singing, didgeridoo, steel cello

In addition to exploring overtone singing and ethnic instruments, this native of Dresden studied jazz saxophone at the College of Music Carl Maria von Weber in Dresden.

After his first simple sound experiments, a musical encounter with Bob Rutman in the mid-90s provided the impetus to more complex developments on his part, which led to the founding of the STAHLQUARTETT ensemble in 1999. Since then, he has been creating sound objects (including for the Deutsches Hygienemuseum, Mars Gallery Moscow, IAC Holland) and composing (Landesbühnen Sachsen, Dresdner Musikfestspiele, Palmhaus). He was a member of the ensemble creative (2001), as well as part of the Festival Ensemble of the TFF Rudolstadt (2003) and is guest soloist with the Neue Elblandphilharmonie and Mittelsächsische Philharmonie. In 2003, he founded the series of concerts 'Lausch-Rausch'. He received the sponsorship award of the City of Dresden in 2008. Recent years have seen solo performances in Norway with Ole Hamre, Arve Henriksen and Jan Bang, to name but a few. He has also worked with ANNAMATEUR and STRÖMKARLEN

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