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SKIN - Vorfeld plays Bongos

by Michael Vorfeld

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At the age of fourteen I hitchhiked to the next bigger city and, using the pocket money I had saved, bought myself a pair of bongos. Playing these bongos became the starting point of my work as a percussionist and forms the basis of my entire musical and artistic activities. It continuous to be part of my instrumental practice today. This CD consists of recent and older recordings of my work with solo bongos. In these five pieces one can hear energetic, dynamic and virtuosic hand drumming, shaped by an individual approach to playing and an almost tactile intimacy.


I started playing music when I was fourteen, after hitch-hiking to the next bigger city and buying a pair of bongos. Increasing my percussion set, I had my first groups. After school I worked in a studio for photography in Cologne. At the same time I got more and more interested in improvised and experimental music. As a member of the artist group 'Heinrich Mucken', founded in 1982, I got involved in site specific art projects. I studied art in Cologne and Visual Communication in Kassel(MA). My visual interest shifted towards the use of light in three dimensional spaces. Now I am living in Berlin, working as musician and visual artist.

The list of activities includes concerts, performances and exhibitions among others:
'documenta 8' Kassel (with the artist group 'Heinrich Mucken'), 'Moltkerei Werkstatt' Cologne, 'Het Apollohuis' Eindhoven, 'Logos Foundation' Ghent, 'Künstlerhaus am Deich' Bremen, 'Palais des Beaux Arts' Brussels, 'Melkweg' Amsterdam, 'Künstlerhaus' Dortmund, 'Expo - German Pavillon' Hannover, 'Goethe Institut' Hanoi, 'Experimental Intermedia' New York, 'Podewil' Berlin, 'Center of Contemporary Art' Warshow, 'Plan B' Tokyo, Stadtmuseum Cologne, Architektur Museum Basel, Kunstgewerbemuseum Frankfurt/M, 'De Fabriek' Eindhoven/NL, Underground Car Park Kassel, 'Klang Art Festival' Osnabrück, 'The Substation' Singapore,'Art in General', New York, Planetarium Kassel.

Digital distribution administered by Hans Tammen. CD copies available at www.nurnichtnur.com


released January 1, 2014

Performed and recorded by Michael Vorfeld


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Founded by Dieter Schlensog, NurNichtNur soon became a large underground label for sound art releases. Based in Kleve, Germany, the majority of its releases are experimental solo projects. Since they often transcend the realm of traditional “music”, they are considered Experimental Sound Productions.

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