Still image from a video recording of Alex Nowitz performing Panache for voice solo (1)

Alex Nowitz is a composer and vocal performance artist, improviser, sound artist and musician, furthermore artist-researcher, author and curator from Germany. His compositions comprise vocal and instrumental chamber music, full-length operas, orchestral miniatures, electro-acoustic music, multimedia concert formats as well as music for dance and spoken theatre. Both in his vocal performance art and in his compositions dedicated to others he explores the notion of multivocality. Defending the PhD thesis Monsters I Love: On Multivocal Arts in 2019, he earns a doctorate in 'Performative and Mediated Practices' from the Stockholm University of the Arts. In 2021 he initiated Designing Voices, an international festival for vocal performance art, sound and music taking place during six days in Potsdam and Berlin.
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2022
17 September 2022, 20:00: "Traumtext2022", an audio play and performance concept by Thorsten Müller according to the Traumtext by Heiner Müller (1995) with A.N. (voice), Jürgen Kupke (clarinet), Nicolas Schulze (piano, electronics) and Thorsten Müller (bass clarinet) at Café hausZwei, Friedrich-Engels-Straße 22, 14473 Potsdam.

April-June 2022: Three-month artist residency at the Villa Aurora in Los Angeles, funded by the Federal Foreign Office and Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media of Germany. Exploring the landscapes of different deserts in Southern California flautist and sound artist Sabine Vogel and A.N. record a variety of solo performances at carefully selected locations. The pictures below are taken by the artists providing a small selection of scenes from Timbisha, which is how the Native Americans of the Shoshone tribe call their homeland referring to the red pigment found in the mountains overlooking what the European Americans labeled as Death Valley.


22 June 2022: Improvisation concert — LA musicians Will Alexander (piano), Bobby Bradford (trumpet) and Lester McFarland (bass) invite Sabine Vogel (flautist) and A.N. (voice, live electronics [strophonion]) to present solo sets and to join the trio ESOTERIC REVELATION as part of the series The Unwrinkled Ear at 2220 Arts & Archives, Los Angeles, curated by Andrew Choate.

24 May 2022, 5 pm: "Ffft!" concert and lecture-performances for voice and live electronics [strophonion], flutes and amplified objects by A.N. and Sabine Vogel at the Concert Hall of the University of California San Diego (UCSD), curated by Wilfrido Terrazas. Streaming LIVE for FREE at http://music.ucsd.edu/live.


14 May 2022, 4 pm: As part of Meet the Artist at the Villa Aurora, LA:
A.N.: "Ellafsunev" (2013), an electroacoustic composition for two speakers with sounds taken from the composition ‘Venusfalle' for flute and piano resonance as interpreted by Sabine Vogel,
– Sabine Vogel & A.N.: "Music for Balconies", an improvisation for flutes and objects, voice and whistles at the Villa Aurora and

– A.N.: "The Voice in my Works" a
lecture-performance on multivocal perspectives in works for orchestra and those for extended vocal performance art applying custom, gesture-controlled live electronics, the strophonion.
Other artists' presentations are by Sabine Vogel (composer, flautist),
Philipp Krebs (composer), Enis Maci (writer), Pascal Richmann (writer) and Sonya Schönberger (visual artist).


2 April 2022, 6 pm: World premiere of "Vom Glühen der Glut: Eine kleine Nachtszene für Orchester und Smartphones" [On the Glowing of the Embers: A short nocturnal scene for orchestra and smartphones] composed by A.N. and commissioned by the Kammerakademie Potsdam (KAP) under the artistic direction of Antonello Manacorda as part of a gala concert celebrating the 20th anniversary of the ensemble.
Listen to the audio recording of live broadcast by rbbKultur:

https://soundcloud.com/alexnowitz/vom-gluehen-der-glut
or watch it at 46:20:
https://www.rbb-online.de/rbbkultur/radio/programm/schema/sendungen/rbbkultur_radiokonzert/archiv/20220402_2000.html


8 February 2022, 00:05-01:00: Deutschlandradio Kultur / Neue Musik: "Musiksprache der Zukunft: Wie das künstlerische Verhalten zur Natur die Musik neu justiert" a radio feature by Gisela Nauck with interviews and music by Sabine Vogel, Ute Wassermann, Marcus Maeder and A.N.:
https://www.deutschlandfunkkultur.de/wie-das-kuenstlerische-verhalten-zur-natur-die-musik-neu-justiert-dlf-kultur-58414b26-100.html.


19 January 2022, 20:00: Nicolas Schulze (piano) invites Sabine Vogel (flutes), Richi Koch (trumpet) and A.N. (voice) to an improvisation concert at Au Topsi Pohl, Pohlstrasse 64, 10785 Berlin, 20:00.


4 / 7 January  2022 (18:00 / 11:00):
Broadcast of an interview including music of A.N. about theory and practice of new vocalities by Solveig Sørbø together with co-host Agata Żelechowska at Oslo-based radiOrakel:
https://radiorakel.no/uncategorized/night-of-new-vocalities/.
Sten Sandell & A.N., Designing Voices Berlin, 4 Nov. 2021 — Photo: Sebastian Rausch
Sten Sandell & A.N., Designing Voices Berlin, 4 Nov. 2021 — Photo: Sebastian Rausch
A.N. performing with the strophonion (original controller pair), Designing Voices Potsdam, 2 Nov. 2021  — Photo: Sebastian Rausch
A.N. performing with the strophonion (original controller pair), Designing Voices Potsdam, 2 Nov. 2021 — Photo: Sebastian Rausch
Matthias Bauer & A.N., Designing Voices Potsdam, 3 Nov. 2021  — Photo: Sebastian Rausch
Matthias Bauer & A.N., Designing Voices Potsdam, 3 Nov. 2021 — Photo: Sebastian Rausch
A.N. performing with the strophonion (back up version), Designing Voices Berlin, 6 Nov. 2021  — Photo: Sebastian Rausch
A.N. performing with the strophonion (back up version), Designing Voices Berlin, 6 Nov. 2021 — Photo: Sebastian Rausch
2021
2 - 7 November 2021: Designing Voices
in the Französische Kirche Potsdam, St. Matthäus-Kirche Berlin and Felleshus, the Nordic Embassies Berlin.

2 November 2021: Potsdamer Neueste Nachrichten (PNN)
Babette Kaiserkern: Neues Festival für Vokalkunst: Die Dimensionen der Stimme
Stimmakrobatik und musikalisches Grenzgängertum: Der Vokalkünstler Alex Nowitz, Komponist der „Bestmannoper“, gründet das Festival „Designing Voices“ in Potsdam und Berlin.


15 - 17 October 2021 (20:00, 20:00 & 16:00): Au cœur de l’océan an opera work by Frédéric Blondy and Arthur Lavandier (composer), Maxime Pascal (conductor), Halory Goerger (director) with premiere performances at Théâtre de l'Athénée, Paris. Co-production of Ensemble Le Balcon Paris and Opéra de Lille. Together with a fantastic line-up of internationally renowned vocal performance artists, such as Claire Bergerault (FR), Han Buhrs (NL), Audrey Chen (DE/USA), Isabelle Duthoit (FR), Phil Minton (UK) and Ute Wassermann (DE), A.N. is invited to present a challenging role—an entrepreneur who finances an exploration at the bottom of the ocean. Driven by the idea of making a fortune discovering resources that help humanity to survive, he is of course a ruthless person displaying an endless variety of character traits. On the other hand, it's exactly the structure of this persona that allows to present a great deal of diverse multivocal art practices.

A.N. — dressing room self portrait (2)
4 / 5 October 2021 (11:00 / 09:15): Wenn Mannheimer Raketen leise in Espressotassen landen [If rockets from Mannheim softly touch down in espresso cups], a theatrical concert for children at the Foyer of the Nikolaisaal Potsdam, produced by the Kammerakademie Potsdam. Together with Susanne Zapf (violin) and Peter Rainer (violin, concept) A.N. slips into the role of scatterbrained Prof. Dr. Sonorius, a sound researcher, playing the strophonion, singing a Handel aria and a lot more.

13 September 2021, 19:00: The Multivocal Voice—A Machined Voice, a Zoom presentation as part of the symposium series Opera and Artistic Research with the title 'Voice' at the Stockholm University of the Arts, hosted by Prof. Wilhelm Carlsson and Prof. Kent Olofsson. Other presenters are Njål Sparbo (NO) and Ulrika Tenstam (SE).

24 August 2021 Vocal Space Lines a solo performance for voice and live electronics (strophonion) at Sentralen in Oslo, Norway as part of the VoxLAB VårFEST: The Extended Voice curated by Kristin Norderval, next to performances by Franziska Baumann, Natasha Barrett and Ruth Wilhelmine Meyer.

27 - 29 August 2021 Conference 'Renewing Opera' at the Oslo National Academy of the Arts (KHIO): Presentation of
Unleashing the Machined Voice a lecture-performance for voice and video, of the workshop Voicescapes:
Shaping vocal textures and building collective sound structures, as well as panel discussions together with conference leader Kristin Norderval (NO/US), conference host Toril Carlsen and Anna  Einarsson (KHiO, NO), and vocal performance artist Franziska Baumann (CH).

14 August 2021 Sprache und Spannung: Eine Lecture-Performance zur vielstimmigen Stimme im Kontext musikalischer Improvisation [Language and Tension: A lecture performance on the multivocal voice in the context of musical improvisation] as part of the symposium 'Sinn und Präsenz in Improvisation' [Sense and Presence in Improvisation] at the Exploratorium Berlin curated by Mathias Maschat.

19 August 2021 Premiere of solo performance SAM, for voice and strophonion at the new music festival intersonanzen 2021 at the Nikolaikirche Potsdam.

31 May 2021 DESIGNING VOICES—a conference panel at the Berlin Design Week organised by Alexandra Klatt. Invited discussants are Alex Nowitz, Marta Verde, Elysha Zaide, Edu Comelles, Renzo Vitale and Chakib Labidi: https://berlindesignweek.com/event/designing-voices/?lang=en.

27 April 2021 Ich bin das Volk: Eine Studie für großes Orchester [I am the people: A study for full orchestra] (2015/2021) recorded by Deutsches Filmorchester Babelsberg (DFOB) together with conductor Christian Köhler. In so doing, the DFOB proves great solidarity with freelancing composers from the Brandenburgian Association for New Music (BVNM)!

13 March 2021 Video essay ueber die kulturlose zeit [on times without culture] (08:43) with the voice of Berlin-based actor Markus Gertken: https://vimeo.com/521415599

March 2021 Publication of the chapter Assemblages of Multivocal and Schizophonic Practices: Unleashing the Machined Voice in Machinic Assemblages of Desire. Deleuze and Artistic Research 3 (Orpheus Institute Series), edited by Paulo de Assis and Paolo Giudici (Leuven: Leuven University Press):
https://lup.be/collections/series-orpheus-institute-series/products/166653

CANCELLED: 4, 5 February 2021 Au cœur de l’océan an opera work by Frédéric Blondy and Arthur Lavandier (composer), Maxime Pascal (conductor), Halory Goerger (director) at Opéra de Lille. Co-production of Ensemble Le Balcon Paris and Opéra de Lille. A.N. is invited as vocal performance artist together with a fantastic line-up of performers such as Claire Bergerault, Han Buhrs, Audrey Chen, Isabelle Duthoit, Phil Minton and Ute Wassermann.
POSTPONED TO OCTOBER 2021: 22, 23, 24 January 2021 premiere of Au cœur de l’océan Théâtre de l'Athénée, Paris.

6 January 2021 Helen Hahmann: ‘Die Pfeifstimme in der Musik. Interview mit dem Stimm- und Pfeifkünstler Alex Nowitz’, Audio Portal of Community Radios, https://www.freie-radios.net/106204.


A.N., Designing Voices Berlin, 6 Nov. 2021  — Photo: Sebastian Rausch
A.N., Designing Voices Berlin, 6 Nov. 2021 — Photo: Sebastian Rausch
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1) The video was recorded by Oscar Loeser during a session in 2016 at the fabrik Potsdam (DE).
2) A.N. represents a greedy character from the opéra Au cœur de l'océan by Arthur Lavandier and Frédéric Blondy, Paris 2021.