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 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 extended vocal techniques.

In the 1990s he 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. From 2007 on, artist-in-residence at STEIM in Amsterdam, he developed two gesture-controlled, electronic instruments extending the voice—most notably the strophonion, a custom, wireless instrument using asymmetrically designed hand controllers. Currently, at the Stockholm University of the Arts, he’s completing the PhD project Monsters I Love: On Multivocal Arts.


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