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 contemporariness in  music and works on sound research on the acoustic and processed doublebass. Works on the extension of music vocabulary in creation and perception using instant composition as a practice. Concert and festival appearances in EU, USA, Russia, Israel, Canada, China, Malysia, Japan and Brazil. Composes music for dancetheatre and a houseopera.

Residencies:  2009 Solaris I, NYC, 2011-12 Solaris II Berlin (Amt für Kultur, Südtirol), ; 2011, Lettnhütte, Sciliar, Italy (AlpenVereinSüdtirol), 2016 Künstlerhaus Lukas, Ahrenshoop; 2017 Q-02, Bruxelles; 2017 Vila Sul, Goethe Institut, Salvador;
Grants:  2009 Japan-CanadaUS tour; 2011 China-Malaysia tour (International Culture Exchange); 2014 Almenrauschen Edition (Amt für Kultur Südtirol), 2017 Radiophone (INM)

Regular collaborations with: sounding situations (Milena Kipfmüller), grapeshade (I.Reulecke, B.Voutchkova, L.Goodhue), macchina som all stars (L.Matthaei, M.Kipfmüller), matthaei&konsorten, Ensemble Extrakte (Sandeep Bhagwati), Ensemble ad hok

Collaboration with musicians such us Toshinori Kondo, Bill Dixon, Valerio Tricoli, Johannes Bauer, Cristian Vogel, Borah Bergmann, Claudio Rocchetti, Tristan Honsinger, Clayton Thomas, Brendan Dougherty, Michael Vorfeld, Chris Douglas (Dalgish, o.s.t.),  Mat Manieri and others

Collaboration with performers/choreographers such as Meg Stuart, Jeremey Wade,  Niels ‘Storm’ Robitzky, Thierry Niang, Patrice Chereau, Sabine Glenz, Ruth Geiersberger, Judith Hummel, Frank Willens, Anna Nowicka

References of commissiones: The Louvre, Paris; Berhain, Sophiensaele, Transmediale, Berlin; SAIC Chicago; kunm 89.9 FM,  Alberquerque; t.u.b.e, Munich; omchatone, Tokyo; Knitting Factory NYC, transart, Bolzano.

>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]



picture by Luca S