Michel Doneda (saxophone)
Matthias Muche (trombone)
Kim Myhr (guitar and objects)
Sven Hahne (electronics and visuals)

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Time Art Ensemble is a group focusing on audiovisual performances, with a base in Cologne. It was started by Matthias Muche and Sven Hahne with the artistic goal of fusing classical instruments, electronic sound generators and the electronic image into one single artistic form of expression.

On stage the artists enter into a dialogue which creates its own unique format. The performers employ projected video images, sculptural and cybernetic objects, classical instruments, electronic sound generators, and anything else that can establish a direct or indirect connection between these elements.

The term "audiovisual performance" has been coined to describe this form of artistic practice. It is an attempt to both push musical boundaries through the explicit juxtaposition of acoustics and electronics and to enhance new media art by means of the performative concert; it presents an opportunity to take aesthetics, interpretation and execution one step further.

At the moment they are working on a new intermedial performance called "Zapped!". A main focus in this project is the extension of the acoustical instrument through algorithmical analysis of sound in realtime. Hereby it's made possible to extract musical parameters which are directly mapped onto 3-dimensional graphical objects, thus distorting and deforming them.
The acoustical instrument is changed into a audiovisual instrument which gives the players full control over both visual and sonical expression. Especially for this project new software modules are developed by the programmers of the ensemble (graphics is written in C++/OpenGl, sonical analysis in SuperCollider).

Screenshots from the research for "Zapped!"


Michel Doneda (F)
soprano saxophone, born in 1954, comes from the French South-West. He is a self-taught musician.
In 1980 he founded in Toulouse a reed trio: HIC ET NUNC, a group that toured quite a lot in France, playing mostly improvised music. At the same time he founded with musicians, dancers and actors a place called IREA (Institute for research and exchange between arts of improvisation).

In the following years, he participated in music projects with other artists and he became a regular guest of the Chantenay-Villedieu festival. Meeting other artists he developed a very personal approach with his music and his instrument in improvised music. During this period he played with Europeans musicians: Fred Van Hove, Phil Wachsmann, Max Eastley, Steve Beresford and Americans: John Zorn, Eliott Sharp, Elvin Jones

In 1985 he made his first record under his own name: TERRA (Nato record). At the same time he started playing regurlarly with Lê Quan Ninh, Daunik Lazro, Benat Achiary, Martine Altenburger, Barre Phillips, Paul Rogers, Tetsu Saitoh, Kazue Sawai. More recently he developed his work with Keith Rowe, Gunter Muller, Bhob Rainey, Giuseppe Ielasi and dancers as Masaki Iwana, Yukiko Nakamura, Valérie Métivier and poets, actors.

Since then, he has been very involved in the international improvised music scene, toured in Africa, Japan, Asia, USA, Canada, South America, Russia and with a lot of improvisers in Europe. In 1992 he founded in Toulouse with musicians, actors, poets, dancers the association: La Flibuste. As of today he recorded almost 50 records for European, Americans and Japanese labels.

Matthias Muche (D)
trombone, born in 1972 lives in Cologne and works as musician and media artist. He studied trombone at the Amsterdam School of the Arts, in Rotterdam and at the "Hochschule für Musik" in Cologne with Bart van Lier, Henning Berg and Paulo Alvares and also audiovisual media with Anthony Moore at the academy of media arts cologne. Muche works in several formations, e.g. with the James Choice Orchestra, Das Mollsche Gesetz, Nils Klein Tentett, Schäl Sick Brass Band and with Mischa Mengelberg, Larry Ochs and Robyn Schulkowsky, having concert tours through Europe, Asia and the Middle East.

As media artist, Muche combines contemporary music with new media in his audiovisual works. his latest works were presented in bern, paris and during the Art Cologne. Together with Sven Hahne he has been Artistic Director of the FRISCHZELLE festival for Intermedial Performance since 2004. Furthermore he is founder member of ZEITKUNST, which is an association for the advancement and conveyance of audiovisual art.

Sven Hahne (D)
laptop, born 1978 in Karlsruhe, lives in Cologne and works as video artist, programmer, media artist, music producer and performer. He studied informatics at the university of Karlsruhe and audiovisual media at the academy of media arts cologne. His works have been on display at the ZKM karlsruhe, at the Kunsthalle Muzernok in Budapest and at the Millenium Center in beijing.

Since 2004 he has been Artistic Director and organizer of the Intermedia Improvisatin and Composition Festival "Frischzelle", together with matthias Muche. furthermore he is founder member of "ZEITKUNST", which is an association fot the advancement and conveyance of audiovisual art (www.zeitkunst.eu).

Kim Myhr (N)
born 1981, is an active voice on the Norwegian creative music scene, with regular performances across Europe, Australia, Asia and America. In 2008, he received the JazZtipend at the Molde International Jazz Festival. The prize included a commission for Trondheim Jazz Orchestra, a large ensemble consisting of thirteen handpicked improvisers from Norway and Australia, featuring Sidsel Endresen, Clare Cooper, Jim Denley and Christian Wallumrød among others. The one-hour piece, which was later released on CD entitled Ā«stems and cagesĀ», recieved wide critical acclaim.

Although composition is a valued activity for Myhr, his main focus remains improvisation and long-term collaborations. MURAL, a trio with Jim Denley and Ingar Zach, released Nectars of Emergence on SOFA in january 2010, and will release a concert from the Rothko Chapel done in march 2010, on Rothko Chapel Publications in august 2011. Other projects include Silencers (with Benoit Delbecq, Nils Ostendorf and Toma Gouband), Time Art Ensemble (with Michel Doneda, Matthias Muche and Sven Hahne), murmur (with Klaus Holm, Martin Taxt and Tor Haugerud) and duos with Sebastien Roux, Nils Ostendorf and Jim Denley. Myhr's first solo recording will be out on SOFA at the beginning of 2012.

In addition to making music, Kim Myhr is also the director of the Fri Resonans festival, which has been presenting cutting-edge and innovative music in Trondheim, Norway since 2005. He is also co-running the record label SOFA.

Matthias Muche: muche@zeitkunst.eu