DOM Cultural Center

04 October 2006

LONG ARMS festival
Duo Markus STOCKHAUSEN - Tara BOUMAN (Germany-UK)
[intuitive music]


Markus Stockhausen is not only among the leading trumpet soloists, but also one of the most interesting and versatile musicians of our time. He is one of the few artists who consistently move between the most different musical genres. As a true musician, he expresses himself in an unusually broad spectrum of musical styles and is as much at home in jazz as in contemporary and classical music – as a soloist, improviser and composer.

Born in Cologne in 1957, he received his first piano lessons at the age of six. From 1975, he studied piano and trumpet at the Cologne Musikhochschule. A year before his graduation, he won the 1981 Deutscher Musikwettbewerb . Since then, he has continuously given concerts as a soloist, including numerous premieres, and is a regular guest at the most important international music festivals. For a long time, he worked closely with his father, composer Karlheinz Stockhausen, who wrote many important solo works for him.

Peter Eötvös’ trumpet concerto Jet Stream, which is dedicated to Markus Stockhausen was premiered to great acclaim with the BBC Symphony Orchestra in London. He also played the highly successful French premiere of Jet Stream in May 2004 with the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France under the composer’s baton.

In addition to his activities as a soloist, he has played in and led various jazz ensembles. He regularly performs with the trio MAP with Arild Andersen (bass) and Patrice Héral (percussion), and as a duo together with guitar virtuoso Ferenc Snétberger. Both ensembles also perform with orchestras, including performances of their own compositions. Further jazz ensembles are the quartet Joyosa with Arild Andersen, Ferenc Snétberger and Samuel Rohrer and the Trio Stockhausen-Comisso-Thomé. He plays contemporary and intuitive music in the duo Moving Sounds with clarinettist Tara Bouman and also with pianist Fabrizio Ottaviucci, with whom he has been collaborating since 1987.

Markus Stockhausen has realised several major music projects in close collaboration with his brother Simon. Together, they developed the project Duality, which combines instrumental and electronic sounds, with Tara Bouman and Andrea Marcelli. Markus Stockhausen also regularly brings together guest musicians from different cultures or projects in different environments. Since February 2000, he has established a monthly intuitive music series with Rolf Zavelberg in the St. Maternus church in Cologne.

As a composer, Markus Stockhausen can look back on a very active and successful year 2004 – between January and March, three new works of his were premiered highly successfully: Ascent and Pause for trumpet and orchestra with the Orchestra d’Archi Italiana, Portrait for Tara for basset horn and ensemble with Tara Bouman and London Sinfonietta, and Sonnenaufgang for jazz trio MAP with Musikkollegium Winterthur. In addition to several CD recordings, highlights of the season 04/05 include a tour with Ferenc Snetberger and Franz Liszt Chamber Orchestra as well as a MAP trio collaboration with the Bochum Symphony under Steven Sloane In January 2005 two new CDs will be released: nonDUALITY with Simon Stockhausen and LICHTBLICK - prima, altrove... with Italian pianist Angelo Comisso.

An extensive discography with CD productions for ECM, Aktivraum-Verlag, EMI Classics, CMP, ACT, UBM, NETWORK GmbH, MA Records and the Stockhausen-Verlag document his versatility.


Tara Bouman (1970, Leiden, Holland) studied the clarinet at the conservatories of Amsterdam and Rotterdam with Walter Boeijkens and Piet Honingh. In 1997 she finished her studies cum lauder. She specialized in the interpretation of contemporary music, loving the adventure of discovering “new notes, a new language”.

Amongst the musicians and conductors she worked with are: Suzanne Stephens, Reinbert de Leeuw, Stephan Asbury, Jonathan Nott, Riccardo Chailly, Roscoe Mitchell, Michael Riessler, Cuarteto de Cuerdas “Jose White”, Simon Stockhausen and Alain Damiens. Her musical partners of this moment are: Trumpeter Markus Stockhausen, accordionist Edwin Buchholz, percussionist Tatiana Koleva and flutist Helen Bledsoe. With Helen Bledsoe and Tatiana Koleva she forms the ensemble TEYAS.

Tara Bouman worked together with a lot of composers whose repertoire she plays. Amongst them were Karlheinz Stockhausen, Georges Aperghis, Gyordy Kurtag, Gyorgy Ligeti, Oliver Knussen, George Benjamin, Roderik de Man, Magnus Lindberg, Earl Brown and Isabel Mundry, as well as composers of her own generation like Juan Felipe Waller, Vykintas Biliauskas, Robin de Raaff, Sinta Wullur, Hans Koolmeers and Symon Clarke. She plays regularly in the ensembles of new music in Holland and Germany (a.o. ASKO Ensemble, Schonberg Ensemble, Ensemble Musikfabrik NRW, Ensemble Koln).

As a soloist and chamber musician Tara Bouman played concerts all over Europe and in Mexico and the United States. She just recorded her first CD with solos and duos by Markus Stockhausen, Karlheinz Stockhausen, Isabel Mundry and Pierre Boulez.

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