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27/03/2014 - 06/04/2014
Christopher Williams

Christopher Williams is a wayfarer on the body-mind continuum. His medium is music.


Born in San Diego, he completed a B.A. at the University of California with Chaya Czernowin, Bertram Turetzky, Charles Curtis, and others. Since 2009 he has lived in Berlin and is pursuing a PhD at the University of Leiden with Richard Barrett and Marcel Cobussen.


As a contrabassist, Williams has improvised, interpreted, and danced throughout Europe and North America with musicians including Derek Bailey, Justin Bennett, Charles Curtis, LaMonte Young's Theatre of Eternal Music, Robin Hayward, Hans W. Koch, Maggie Nicols, and dancer Martin Sonderkamp; and with composers such as Chris Adler, Benjamin Carson, Charlie Morrow, Yoav Pasovsky, Benjamin Patterson, Ana-Maria Rodriguez, Marc Sabat, James Saunders, and Erik Ulman.


His compositions run the gamut from chamber music to radio art and collaborations with other improvisers. Performers include ensemble chronophonie, Patrick Crossland, Ferran Fages, Mary Oliver and Rozemarie Heggen, Barbara Held, trigger ensemble für aktuelle musik, NOISE Ensemble, and Sabine Vogel. His work with visual artist Tanja Smit has been shown at the Barcelona Museum of Contemporary Art (MACBA), and his radio work has been broadcast on VPRO Radio 6 (Holland) and Deutschlandradio Kultur.


Williams' artistic research centers on improvisation, notation, and the feedback between thought, perception, and action in experimental music. He has published articles in Open Space Magazine, The Improvisor, and Critical Studies in Improvisation and presented at major universities and international conferences in North America, Europe, and India. He has received scholarships, grants, and prizes from the University of California, the Darmstadt Summer Courses, the Arts Council of Catalunya, Goethe Institut, Hauptstadtkulturfonds Berlin, and the Festival Acanthes.


As a curator, he organized over 70 concerts of contemporary and experimental music in Barcelona between 2003-2009 with Associació Musical l'Embut. He currently co-curates Certain Sundays, a monthly salon in Berlin, and participates in the Berlin Improvisation Research Group.
Sebastian Dingens - WALKS
Pavel Tchikov 29/11/23
Nika Son - Scatter

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