Born: June 19, 1956 Primary Instrument: Cello
ULRICH MITZLAFF Cello player (acoustic and electric) & composer (http://www.myspace.com/ulrichmitzlaff), e-mail: (umitzlaff at clix dot pt)
Ulrich Mitzlaff completed his cello studies in the seventies at Tübingen (Germany) with Professor Stefan Zarnescú. Since 1996 he lives at Lisbon, Portugal, where he works as cellist and composer of contemporary and experimental music, improvisation, free-jazz and sound-art. He collaborates with various artists in plural disciplinary projects. He is member of the artists association “granular” (www.granular.pt).
Actual Project-Participation: Music-Projects
Separados Frutos - An experimental music and spoken word formation with Nuno Rebelo (musical direction & electric guitar), Vera Mantero (voice & texts), Ulrich Mitzlaff (violoncello), Manuel Guimarães (piano & sampler).
Duo Carlos Zingaro / Ulrich Mitzlaff - Carlos Zingaro (violin & electronics), Ulrich Mitzlaff (violoncello & electronics).
Duo Ulrich Mitzlaff / Miguel Mira - Miguel Mira (violoncello), Ulrich Mitzlaff (violoncello & electronics).
open speech TRIO - Carlos Bechegas (flutes, electronics & musical direction), Ulrich Mitzlaff (violoncello & electronics), Rui Faustino (drums & percussion).
Fruit Music Quartet - Franziska Schroeder (saxophones), Pedro Carneiro (percussion), Pedro Rebelo (piano & laptop), Ulrich Mitzlaff (violoncello).
ImproFormance - Romulus Neagu (dance), Ulrich Mitzlaff (violoncello)
The Invisibility of the Small Perceptions - Choreography - created by Romulus Neagu (2008) - with music, composed and presented live by Ulrich Mitzlaff. The piece is integrating the handicapped dancer/performer, José António Correia, and the young dancer/performer Ana Isabel Gomes from a social integration program. A documentary film about the project was made by Miguel Clara Vasconcelos. Co-production: Teatro Nacional São João (Porto) and Teatro Viriato (Viseu), executive production: Companhia Paulo Ribeiro in collaboration with: Associação Portuguêsa de Paralisia Cerebral (APPC) and Núcleo de Viseu e Internato Viseense da Santa Teresinha. Thanks to Escola Profissional de Torredeita.
Cândido - Animation film (2007) by Zepe ��” José Pedro Cavalheiro ��” with music written by Paulo Curado, interpreted by Carlos Zingaro (violin), Ulrich Mitzlaff (violoncello) and João Lucas (piano).
The Invisibility of the Small Perceptions - Documentary film (2008) by Miguel Clara Vasconcelos about the choreographic project of Romulus Neagu with music composed and interpreted by Ulrich Mitzlaff.
Pedrinez - Dramatic short film (2009) by Miguel Clara Vasconcelos with music composed and interpreted by Ulrich Mitzlaff.
He was interpreting the original music composed by Nuno Rebelo in 2001 for “como rebolar alegremente sobre um vazio interior”, choreography by Vera Mantero for the Ballet Gulbenkian, and in 2003 for “Silicone Não”, choreography by Paulo Ribeiro for the Companhia Paulo Ribeiro. He participated in the “compact-disconcert” by Nuno Rebelo and in the multi-dimensional piece “…como um relâmpago…” by Américo Rodrigues. In 2004 he was invited by the Portuguese choreographer Rui Horta to participate at the artistic residency COLINA 2004 at the “Centro Coreográfico” in Montemor-o-Novo (Portugal).Beside various projects of improvised and experimental music he has been collaborating with the dancers Romulus Neagu, Jane Mason, Marta Cerqueira, Hillell Kogan, Lu�-s Guerra, António Cabrita and others.
He participated in many international festivals for new music: “�” da Guarda” (Guarda, 1999 e 2005, 2008), “Encontros de Música Experimental” (Setúbal, 2000 and 2001), “CAMP 03” (Tübingen, Germany, 2003) and “CAMP 05” (Montemor-o-Novo, Portugal, 2005) international festival for electronic music, sound art and visual arts (www.CAMP-festival.de), “Jazzolograma” (Lisbon, 2004), “Multiplismos” (Lisbon, 2005), “Palavras Desencarnadas II” (Lisbon, 2005), “Imagens Projectadas” (Lisbon 2005), “Sonorities” festival of contemporary music (Belfast, Nothern Ireland, 2005, http://www.sonorities.org.uk; http://www.sarc.qub.ac.uk), “Festival Alkantara” (Lisbon 2006), “SonicScope” (Lisbon 2006), “Festival Músicas do Mundo” (Sines 2006) and “Metasonic LX” (Lisbon 2006), “Festival Portugal and the World (Brussels 2007), “Festival LEM Primavera” (Barcelona 2009) among others.
He was playing in various concerts with Nuno Rebelo, Carlos Zingaro, Vera Mantero, Miguel Mira, Fried Dähn (Ex-Ensemble Modern, Ex-Frank Zappa Band), Américo Rodrigues, Rodrigo Amado, Carlos Bechegas, Carlos Santos, Manuel Guimarães, Franziska Schröder, Pedro Rebelo, Vitor Joaquim, Pedro Tudela, Miguel Carvalhais, Miguel Leiria Pereira, José Ernesto Rodrigues, Thomas Maos, Stefano de Bonis, Bart Maris, Marco Franco, Pedro Gonçalves, Stefano Zorzanello, Josep-Maria Balanyà, Gregg Moore, Liba Villavecchia, Paulo Curado, Em�-dio Buchinho, Mark Whitecage, Phill Niblock, Alfredo Costa Monteiro, Jürgen Grözinger, Joachim Glasstetter and others. He worked in the duo I/O with Carlos Santos (MAX/MSP) in the field of electro-acoustic improvisation and he has collaborated with the formations VITRIOL and LIP (Lisbon Improvisation Players of Rodrigo Amado).
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