|Georg Wissel *1964,
Improviser, Composer, Sculptor of compressed air via (prepared) saxophones, clarinet and other soundsourcesWissel made his first important experiences in Improvised music recording and touring in the late 80ies in Germany, France and Southamerica as guest musician of ‚Pöhlmusik‘ along with Jon Rose.
Inspired by collaborations with electronic musicians, he began also (beside working on instrumental playing-technics) searching for new sounds by preparations,which by the time has become an integral part of his playing.
He is working internationally, performing solo under the title ‚The Arte Of Navigation‘ and together with numerous exponents in Improvised music whilst he maintains long term collaborations with his duos along with Paul Lytton, Joker Nies and Tim O’Dwyer and ensembles like
collaborations with … Liz Allbee, Lawrence Casserley, Nicolas Collins, George Cremaschi, Gunda Gottschalk, Matthew Goodheart, Lou Grassi, Tomaz Grom, Carl Ludwig Hübsch, Erhart Hirt, Peter Jacquemyn, Miako Klein, Frank Köllges, Marcelo Maira, Matthias Müller, Dan Peck, Tim Perkis, Melvyn Poore, Manja Ristic, Alan Silva, Lukatoyboy, Michael Vorfeld, Siew-Wai Kok, Rie Watanabe, GeSuk Yeo, LondonImprovisersOrchestra, Ensemble hand werk, Norbert Stein’s Pata on the Cadillac …
Festival appearances at e.g. „Moers Festival“; „Schumannfest“, Düsseldorf; „RingRing new music Festival“, Belgrade; „Humanoise Congress“, Wiesbaden; „Triennale“, Köln; „Free Music Festival“, Antwerp, „TransArt“, Bolzano, „Jazz and More“, Sibiu, „Irtijal“, Beirut, „Audio Art“, Krakow, „Relincha“, Valdivia, Chile, „Tsonami“, Valparaiso, Chile, „C.H.O.P.P.A.“, Singapore, „China Shanghai International Arts Festival“, „the Now now“, Sydney, „Audible Edge“, Perth, „Sound Out!“, Canberra, „MIUC 20th birthday“, Melbourne
CD and Radio productions e.g. WDR, BR, Radio Bremen
Cross-genre collaborations with theatre, dance and visual arts
Working on soundscapes with the means of field-recordings is another point of interest since 2010.
Furthermore, like as a negative/counterpart to improvisation, he concernes himself in composition, whereas dealing with the subject of geography and geometry is an important point of his interest.
Wissel engages in music educational programs, where he regularly holds workshops in public schools, dealing with sound-exploring, contemporary music and improvisation. He is also member of Cologne based artists‘ pool ‚KlangKörper‘ , an association of musicians and dancers, working together with children in bringing together sound and movement.
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„… Wissel not only carries an impressive cargo of once exotic techniques, he also steers an assured and efficient course. Overtones and multiphonics are incorporated as the stuff of the music rather than tacked on as arbitrary embellishments. It all makes sense and is the right length enough to hold the imagination without draining it.“
Pöhl Musik -Maschinenstürmer (AufRuhr Records 1986)