OUTER EAR: Michael Thieke

Berlin-based clarinetist/composer/performer Michael Thieke is equally at home across a broad range of musical environments, exploring the minutiae of sound, timbre and noise, with a particular interest in microtonality and related sound phenomena, and with a preference for long-term collaborations and collective work. Though he is influenced heavily by electronic music, he works primarily in acoustic environments.

Thieke is currently involved in a number of projects that focus on diverse and contrasting facets of his musical interests, such as experimental song forms, collectively composing projects, improvising collectives, and music on the fringes of jazz. He has performed in Europe, Japan, the US, Canada, and Russia with groups such as The International Nothing, The Pitch, Splitter Orchester, The Magic I.D., Hotelgäste and Der Lange Schatten.

Thieke's appearance is made possible in part by Goethe-Institut Chicago & Lufthansa