about kj


born in Bolzano Italy, studies classical doublebass with M. Muraro, attends workshops with D.Holland, P.Kowald. L.Butch Morris, Jaribu Shahid.
Explores experimenal music and works on sound research on the acoustic and processed doublebass. Works on the extension of music vocabulary in creation and perception. Composes music for tv, dancetheatre and a houseopera, soundcreation for Meta Design, Berlin. Concert and festival appearances in EU, USA, Russia, Israel, Canada, China, Malysia and Japan.

Residencies: Amt für Kultur, Südtirol: 2009 Solaris I, NYC, 2011-12 Solaris II, Berlin; AVS 2011, Lettnhütte, Sciliar, Italy
Grants: International culture exchange Berlin: 2009 Japan-CanadaUS tour; 2011 China-Malaysia tour; Almenrauschen Edition 2014, Amt für Kultur

Regular collaborations with:  Claudio Rocchetti,(electronics); Biliana Voutchkova (violin);  Radio Citizen (jazz afro beat band);  Miriam Akkermann (flute, sound);  Judith Hummel, Ingo Reulecke,  Louise Wagner, Katharina Mewes (dance, choreography); Gerd Kroske (tv), Matthaei & Konsorten (performance)

Collaboration with musicians such us Toshinori Kondo, Bill Dixon, Johannes Bauer, Borah Bergmann, Tristan Honsinger, Gary Lucas, Clayton Thomas, Günther Baby Sommer, Brendan Dougherty, Michael Vorfeld, Chris Douglas (Dalgish, o.s.t.), Andy Graydon, Nils Ostendorf, Mat Manieri and others

Collaboration with dancers/choreographers such as Meg Stuart, Jeremey Wade,  Storm, Maria Scaroni, Jess Curtis, Britta Pudelko, Raphael, Thierry Niang, Patrice Chereau,

References of commissiones: The Louvre, Paris; Berhain, FMP, Meta Design AG, NK, Sophiensaele, Transmediale, Berlin; SAIC Chicago; kunm 89.9 FM,  Alberquerque; t.u.b.e, Munich; omchatone, Tokyo;

>Janek’s playing deserves to be heard. Strongly recommended. – Francois Couture [All Music Guide]

>This elaborate, highly visual piece [Caspar] is a milestone in the doublebass repertoire. Comes with our highest recommendation. – Diarmala Records

It is clear that Klaus Janek is a prime force on the avant-garde double bass scene. – Matt Shimmer [indieville]

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