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Born in Nuremburg in 1961; trumpet.
Birgit Ulher studied the visual arts and still maintains an active interest and engagement with this area working on drawings, environments and graphic works on polaroids.
Since moving to Hamburg in 1982 her main interest has been in free improvisation and experimental music. At that time she co-founded a musicians collective and began working with various improvising groups. She has been organizing a festival for improvised music in Hamburg - Real Time Music Meeting - for about ten years.
Since 1990 she has been working on a more personal musical language and extended techniques from which she has established a distinguished grammer beyond the open trumpet sound. She works mainly on extending the sounding possiblities of the trumpet by using splitting sounds, multiphonics and granular sounds and has developed her own extended techniques and preparations for producing these sounds. Besides this material research she is especially interested in the relation between sound and silence.
She performs solo, with dancers, working ensembles, and one-time collaborations with musicians from around the world. She has worked in Europe, the USA and the Middle East with, among others, Jürgen Morgenstern and Martin Klapper, the PUT-Trio (with Ulrich Phillipp and Roger Turner), the European Improvisation Orchestra (with Tim Hodgkinson, Martin Klapper, Albert Markos, Victor Nubla, Krzysztof Knittel, Raymond Strid, amongst others), 65 (with Dorothea Schürch, Marianne Schuppe, Hannah E. Hänni, Robyn Schulkowsky, Co Streiff, Stevie Wishart, Claudia Ulla Binder) and a duo with Ernst Thoma, live-electronics. She has played numerous concerts and tours throughout Europe and the USA with her working groups as well as in occasional/once-only groupings with many European and American improvisers such as Rhodri Davies, Söres Zsolt and John Edwards.
Birgit Ulher's current projects include:
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