Alex Nowitz

voice, sound, music, improvisation, composition, gesture-controlled live electronics
Sweden (residence), Germany (citizenship) °1968
research interests: contemporary vocal performance art, voice, extended practice, improvisation and real-time composition, voice and live electronics, composition, composer-performer, philosophy of the voice

Alex Nowitz is both a vocal performance artist and composer of vocal, instrumental and electroacoustic music including works for chamber music ensembles, music theatre as well as music for opera, dance and spoken theatre. As performer Alex presents a wide range of vocal expressions encompassing the countertenor voice, throat singing and whistling practices as well as a multitude of  extended vocal techniques.

In the 1990s Alex studied the classical tenor voice, piano, music theory, composition, jazz and elementary music education in both Germany (LMU Munich, TU Berlin, University Potsdam) and the USA (SUNY Potsdam). During this time he performed with ensembles engaging in experimental punk rock and improvised music. He interprets new music scores, appears in theatre plays and what's more, he develops solo performance formats that he presents at new music festivals and theatre houses on the international stage (Europe, USA, Korea). As composer Alex received numerous grants and residencies in Canada, France and Germany. He composed two operas (Die Bestmannoper, Traumnovelle) and installative concerts (Wolfsgeheul) as well as a number of chamber music pieces with and without the voice.

With regard to spoken theatre Alex collaborated, among others, with German director Thomas Ostermeier at the Schaubuehne Berlin: Sommernight’s Dream, City, The Cut. In regards to dance he composed the music for the Screaming Popes, a co-production of the fabrik Potsdam with Toronto-based choreographer Marie-Josée Chartier, and collaborated with Berlin-based dancers Susanne Martin as well as Florencia Lamarca.

From 2007 on, artist-in-residence at STEIM in Amsterdam, he developed two gesture-sensitive, electronic instruments for the purpose of extending vocal performance art—most notably the strophonion, a custom, wireless instrument using asymmetrically designed hand controllers. In February 2019, at the Stockholm University of the Arts, he completed the artistic research project Monsters I Love: On Multivocal Arts and obtained the PhD in Fine Arts in Performative and Mediated Practices.


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