Los Angeles | September 10, 2015 | 7:30 PM




Compositions by Gerhard Stäbler, Kunsu Shim, Yoko Ono and Johann Sebastian Bach

Like Cage, Gerhard Stäbler is an energetic shaman of possibility, interested in generating innovation by any means available. (…) He is a brilliant transformer of existing languages and signifiers – but, like Cage himself, he is a clear-eyed, conscious person, aware that we can all exist in our everyday worlds, and always ready to imaginatively project aspects of that awareness onto the people and spaces that are around us.
Paul Attinello

Gerhard Stäbler was born in 1949 in Wilhelmsdorf, near Ravensburg in Southern Germany. In 1968 he began studies in composition at the Nordwestdeutsche Musikakademie in Detmold, continuing at the Folkwang-Hochschule in Essen. The Cornelius Cardew Memorial Prize (1982) was the first in a series of awards, prizes, and commissions.
Stäbler has been active not only as a composer, but also in politics and social organizations. He founded the the Aktive Musik new music festival and was the artistic director of the 1995 World Music Days of the ISCM, held in the Ruhr Valley. Since 2012, the two composers have put together a series of concerts at the Kunsthalle Düsseldorf and the series Naturally Beautiful! in Benrath Castle.

Kunsu Shim was born as the son of re-migrants from Japan in 1958 in Busan, South Korea. The ocean provided the adolescent Shim with the experience of spatial openness and expanse. This notion can be seen later as the basis of his production. He studied composition in Seoul and in Stuttgart/Germany with Helmut Lachenmann. His concert tours led the award-winning composer around the globe, he has been awarded several artists residences and lectured at Folkwang-Hochschule. Kunsu Shim resides permanently in Germany.

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