Christoph Ogiermann is a multi-instrumentalist, composer, and improvisor based in Bremen, Germany. He is founder of Klank, a quartet of musicians who improvise on everything from their instruments to cardboard boxes or balloons.
We talk about feeling like an outsider, the ballet of improvising on piano, the Kafkaesque bureaucracy of German arts funding and also how well supported many German artists are, building one’s music career around making opportunities for others, and playing on boxes, among other things.
Schubert’s Symphony No. 8: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uWnKMzAedK4
Malcolm Goldstein, Vision Soundings, “From Center of Rainbow”: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SBbiVI8IkeI
Klank improvisations: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ogXwSwrf-6A
TOCH M for feedbacking Voice Transformer (Ogiermann): https://soundcloud.com/ogiermann/toch-m-for-feedbacking-voice-transformer
Cheryl Ong & Vivian Wang, “Singaporous”: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R8qYF70FlZw
Klank website: https://www.klank.cc/en/