January 8, 2020
presented by Musikakademie der DG & meakusma
His present work includes two significant administrative projects: the replacement of Marietta First’s current pipe organ (Reuter Op. 1517, 1966) with a new sanctuary pipe organ by Glatter-Götz (of Pfullendorf, Germany), currently in production and slated for installation in Spring 2020. He is also Transportation Coordinator for the 2020 (Biennial) National Convention of the American Guild of Organists, to be held in Atlanta Georgia. Musically speaking, he is following recent 2018 organ and harpsichord concerts in churches in Köln and Oberkassel and at Kunsthalle Düsseldorf with an album project on the TAL label. With computer musician Philip Schulze, he is a featured performer at the Approximation Festival in Düsseldorf (October 2019) and is slated to tour Germany and France in May 2020 in support of the TAL Records album release.
Brian has taught music performance in schools (Montessori School of Greater Hartford, Paideia School), music history, theory, and harpsichord in colleges (Naugatuck Valley Community College, Wesleyan University), and maintains a studio of organ/harpsichord and composition students. He has given scholarly papers and demonstrations at Oxford University, Emory University, Conservatoire de Lille, the 2014 American Guild of Organists National Convention, the World Piano Pedagogy Conference, and IRCAM, and has served on panels at the Northeast Chapter of SEM and the La Leche League Conference of Connecticut. He has given organ concerts in France, Germany (2011, 2018, 2019), and at festivals in the United States, and has served as organist for Christian and Jewish liturgies in churches and synagogues throughout the states, spanning eight denominations. He is co-director of Quadratum, an auditioned early music and experimental choral group begun in 2012 focusing on unaccompanied vocal music of the 15th, 16th, and 21st centuries, and Ghanaian drumming and singing. He can be heard playing virginal on Weisser Westen’s self-titled album (2013, Apparent Extent), Michael Winter’s Lower Limit (2017, New World Records), and on The Uncertainty Music Series 2007-2017 compilation album.
Schulzes work is oscillating between different artistic forms of expressions.
On one hand, he focuses on compositions for classical instruments, algorithmic compositions, electroacoustic music via synthesizer’s and self constructed software instruments.
On the other hand, he develops much of his work in a visual art context. The site and situational specific artifacts, sculptures and realities, are generating new scopes of opportunities and experiences: Schulze develops sound, light, and video environments, installations, and extended concert situations with an aim at finding intersection points between visual and auditory experience as well as relations among participants, objects, technology and site.
His work has been performed or installed in Germany, France, England, Austria, Poland, Switzerland, Finland, Netherlands, Belgium, Israel, Slovenia, Lithuania. Russia, Serbia, Australia, Turkey, Korea, China, Japan, Singapore, Canada and the USA at locations including the IRCAM, Düsseldorfer Kunstverein, Düsseldorfer Kunsthalle, Winzavod Moscow, Badischer Kunstverein, Malkasten, Parkhaus, Art Institute Chicago, EyeBeam NYC, Musterraum München, Ludwig Forum Aachen, Kunst Museum Bonn, Kumho Museum of Art, Transmediale Berlin, K21 Schmela Galerie, Ars Electronica, Moers Festival, Fluctuating Images, Diapason Gallery, Japan Media Art Festival, Kunst Film Biennale Köln, Deutschlandradio Kultur, Bains Numeriques, V2 Rotterdam, BELEF Festival Belgrade, Némo Festival Paris, Pori Art Museum Finland, Elektra, Herzliya Museum, Venus & Apoll der Julia Stoschek Collection and Viper Basel.
Phillip Schulze studied Media Art and Stage Design at the University of Arts and Design Karlsruhe, Germany with Anna Jermolaewa, Paul Modler, Michael Saup, and Penelope Wehrli, followed by a Master of Art in Music Composition at Wesleyan University CT, USA with Anthony Braxton, Ron Kuivila, and Alvin Lucier.