Photograph copyright Joerg Becker.
Born 1958,Germany, piano and analogue synthesizer.
Since the early 1980s Thomas Lehn has been working as a performer, interpreter, composer and improviser
of contemporary music. His individual style of musical expression is rooted in the experience of a broad
spectrum of musical fields.
After studying recording engineering at the Hochschule für Musik in Detmold (Germany), he moved to Cologne
and received a formal education in order to become a professional pianist. From 1980 to 1987 he studied both
classical and jazz piano at the Hochschule für Musik Köln. During the 1980s he was the pianist of
numerous jazz formations and a member of workshop ensembles conducted by Gunter Hampel, George Russell
and Keith Tippett.
As an interpreting pianist he has played concerts since 1982 - performing both contemporary new music including
numerous first performances and traditional composed music of the classical and romantically period. In
1989 he initiated the chamber ensemble Trio Dario and four years later the Mengano Quartett. Focused on
performing compositions of the contemporary avant-garde, he is pianist of the Nova Ensemble Wuppertal,
the ConGioco Ensemble and the quartet Natrium. He has also worked in performances of music theatre
compositions of Maria de Alvear and Manos Tsangaris and in projects of performance artist Angie Hiesl.
Based on his background as an interpreting and improvising pianist in the fields of classical, contemporary and jazz music,
he developed his individual language in live-electronic music and this interest is pursued in parallel to his work as a pianist.
equipment he uses consists of analogue synthesizers of the late 1960s. The facilities of these 'historic'
instruments - e.g. to modify electronic sounds very directly as well as to combine and to control several
parameters at the same time - allows him to spontaneously act and react in close contact with the process of
tension, space and structure of the music during its performance. As a synthesizer player he has repeatedly
collaborated with Martin Blume, John Butcher,
Günter Christmann, Axel Dörner,
Phil Durrant, Alexander Frangenheim, Wolfgang Fuchs, Mats Gustafsson,
Gerry Hemingway, Tim Hodgkinson, Erhard Hirt, Paul Lovens,
Paul Lytton, Radu Malfatti,
Torsten Müller, Christian Munthe, Keith Rowe, John Russell,
Hans Schneider, Burkhard Stangl,
Martin Theurer and Roger Turner and others.
Combining the electronic with the acoustic sounds of the grand piano - including those colourful ones from
the inside or those produced by piano preparation - he plays concerts with
Die Klangraumer: a trio with Andreas Wagner on clarinet, saxophone and Guido Hafner on double bass.
Since 1990 Die Klangraumer have worked continuously and have been involved in multimedia collaborations
with the artist Andreas Bergen (Munich) - they performed alongside video art and accompanied live
early experimental silent movies by Viking Eggeling, Laszlo Moholy-Nagy, Hans Richter, Fernand Leger and others.
Lehn is also a member of other ensembles, for example:
- vario-34, a sextet with Günter Christmann, Alexander Frangenheim, Mats Gustafsson, Paul Lovens and Christian Munthe
- Durrant/Malfatti/Lehn, a trio with Phil Durrant and Radu Malfatti
- Glassband, with Alexander Frangenheim, Evan Parker, Roger Turner and Philipp Wachsmann
- VCO 1 (Voltage Controlled Oddities), a synthesizer trio with Konrad Doppert and Joker Nies
- Tom & Gerry, a duo with Gerry Hemingway
- M.I.M.E.O. (Music In Movement Electronic Orchestra) with Phil Durrant (vl, electr.), Christian Fennesz (sampler, computer), Jerome Noetinger (electr.), Gert-Jan Prins (electr. radio), Peter Rehberg (computer), Keith Rowe (g, electr.) among others
- Konk Pack, a trio with Tim Hodgkinson and Roger Turner;
- Butcher/Lehn/Moor, a trio with John Butcher (ss, ts), and Andy Moor (g)
- Antasten, with Hannes Loeschel (p) and Josef Novotny (comuter, electronics)
- Chadlehn, a duo with Eugene Chadbourne
- e-rax, with Peter van Bergen and Gert-Jan Prins
- Hirt/Lehn/Theurer, with Erhard Hirt and Martin Theurer (p)
- A duo with Marcus Schmickler
- Toot, a trio with Phil Minton and Axel Dörner
- 1993, Vario-34, Edition Explico exp 05/Blue Tower Records BTCD 06.
- 1994/1995, Mangelware, Hybrid HMP CD 10. Die Klangräumer.
- 1995, Humannoise Congress #7/#8/#9, Humannoise Congress CD-R/booklet.
- 1996, Anomolies in the customs of the day, Meniscus MNSCS004. One duo track with John Butcher.
- 1996/7, Beinhaltung, Fringes Records 03. Durrant/Lehn/Malfatti.
- 1997, Linguafonie 3, Linguafonie 3. Large-scale improvising group.
- 1997, Tom & Gerry, Erstwhile Records 004-2. Duo with Gerry Hemingway.
- 1997, MIMEO/Queue, Perdition plastics Per 009/GROB 005.
- 1997/1999, Feldstärken, Random Acoustics RA 027. Solo.
- 1998, Zwei + zwei sind drei 2. Konzert, Happy Few Records hf CD 3.
- 1998, * water writes always in * plural, Concepts of doing 004. Vario 34-2.
- 1998, Temps durée, Edition Explico 10. Christmann/Lehn duo.
- 1998, Electric chair and table, GROB 206/7. MIMEO.
- 1998/9, Big deep, GROB 102. Konk Pack.
- 1999, Trinidad, Happy Few Records HF8. Hirt/Theurer/Lehn.
- 1999, (b)ypass (k)ill, Plag Dich Nicht PDN 012. Shabotinski.
- 1999, Live at the BIMhuis 1999, The Field Recordings 9, FR9. e-rax.
- 1999, C inside, GROB 205. Chadlehn.
- 1999, dach, Erstwhile 014. Durrant/Lehn/Malfatti.
- 1999, Excentriques, Loewenhertz 006. Antasten.
- 1999/2000, Echos an kegelrändern, Loewenhertz 007. Antasten.
- 2000, Bart, Erstwhile Records 012. Duo with Marcus Schmickler.
- 2000, Lingua, Oaksmus om012010. Fuchs/Lehn/Spera.
- 2000, Fire works, Umbrella 028. Tom & Gerry.
- 2000, Achtung, GROB 537. Lehn/Lovens duo.
- 2000, Here there, Fylkingen FYSP 1005. Lehn - Strid. vinyl 7".
- 2001, Warp out, GROB 323. Konk Pack.
- 2001, Off leash, GROB 654. Konk Pack.
- 2001?, Ringtones, Touch TONE 14. Snippet on 99 track CD.
- 2001, The hands of Caravaggio, Erstwhile 021. MIMEO/John Tilbury.
- 2001, 2001..., November Music NM 005. One group track on compilation CD.
- 2001, Songs, between the lines btl 024. Gerry Hemingway.
- 2002, Rabbit run, Erstwhile Records 027. Rowe/Lehn/Schmickler.
- 2002?, Thermal, Unsounds U04. Moore/Lehn/Butcher.
- 2002, Total Music Meeting 2002 - Audiology II, a/l/l 006. Compilation CD of 11 groups live in Berlin.
- 2002, AMPLIFY02: balance, Erstwhile Records 033-040. Box set of 7CDs + 1DVD of Erstwhile-curated event in Tokyo.
- 2002, Antics, Institute for Improvisation INFIM. 001(DVD). E-rax.
- 2002, November Music 2002: See the sound, hear the space, November Music NM 006. One trio improvisation on compilation CD.
- 2003, One, SOFA 518. Toot.
- 2003, Pica Pica, ICP 041. Mary Oliver/Thomas Lehn/Han Bennink.
- 2003/2004, HHHH, Unsounds U10. The Cortet.
- 2003/2004/2006, Obdo, Another Timbre at07. Frédéric Blondy/Thomas Lehn.
- 2004, Keith Rowe/Toshimaru Nakamura/Thomas Lehn/Marcus Schmickler, Erstwhile Records Erstlive 002.
- 2004, Triskaidekaphonia, Leo Records CD LR 461. Gratkowski/Lehn/Poore.
- 2005, We were the phliks, Rogueart ROG-0007. Scott Fields Ensemble.
- 2005/08, Two, Another timbre at14. Toot.
- 2006, Futch, Jazzwerkstatt JW010. Bauer/Rose/Lehn.
- 2006, Vario-44, Edition Explico 15. John Butcher/Roger Turner/John Russell/Thomas Lehn/Dorothea Schürch/Günter Christmann.
- 2006, Lausanne, For 4 Ears CD 2072. Leimgruber/Lehn.
- 2007, Free electric supergroup, Euphorium Records EUPH 018. Euphorium_freakestra.
- 2007/8, The black hills, GROB 962. Konk Pack.
- 2007/8, Close up, Monotype Records Mono 024. Bertrand Gauget/Franz Hautzinger/Thomas Lehn.
- 2008, Doves days in Palermo, Bowindorecordings BW09. Domenico Scianjno; one duo track with TL.
- 2008, Backchats, Creative Sources CS149. Speak Easy.
- 2008, Speak Easy, Panrec DVD. A film by Pavel Borodin.
- 2008, Requiem for a baby grand, Panrec PANDVD07/Heyermears Discorbie DVD 013. A film by Pavel Borodin with Hans W. Koch/Thomas Lehn/Ben Patterson/Jozef Cseres.
- 2008, somethingtobesaid, Weight of Wax WOW 02. AMM/John Butcher Group.
- 2008, Artifact: live in St. Johann, Okka Disk 12077. iTi.
- 2008/9, Songs from Aipotu, Leo Records CD LR 599. Shift.
- 2009, Unlimited 23, Panrec PANDVD04P. A film by Pavel Borodin; includes performance by Speak Easy.
- 2010, Horsky Park, Another timbre at40. Tiziana Bertoncini/Thomas Lehn.
- 2011, Almost even further, Leo Records LR 644. 6ix.
- 2014, Peter Jakober/ensemb]h[iatus, Césareé 16/10/17/1.