The Berlin-based clarinetist/composer/performer Michael Thieke is equally at home across a broad range of musical environments, such as experimental song forms, collectively composing projects, improvising collectives, and music on the fringes of jazz. He is exploring the minutiae of sound, timbre and noise, with a particular interest in microtonality and related sound phenomena, and with a preference for long-term collaborations and collective work.
After moving to Berlin in 1994 Michael studied music at Universität der Künste/Berlin with Denney Goodhew and Jerry Granelli, since then he is active internationally as a freelance musician.
As a member of groups such as The International Nothing, The Magic I.D. , The Pitch, Der lange Schatten, Splitter Orchester, Porta Chiusa, Nashaz, Los Ornitologos, as well as duos with Biliana Voutchkova, Luigi Marino and Vilhelm Bromander, his work has been documented on over 60 releases so far.
He has performed in Europe, Japan, Canada, China, Russia, Lebanon, USA, Vietnam and Malaysia on festivals such as MaerzMusik (Berlin), Irtijal (Beirut), ctm (Berlin), Ftarri Festival (Tokyo), Festival International de Musique Actuelle (Victoriaville), Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival (Huddersfield), Borealis (Bergen), Darmstädter Ferienkurse Für Neue Musik (Darmstadt), Sonic Acts (Amsterdam), Donaueschinger Musiktage (Donaueschingen).
photo (c) Eric Schaefer