Axel Dörner

Improvisationsmusiker, Komponist

Axel Dörner
Axel Dörner was born in Cologne, Germany. From 1983-1986, he studied trumpet with Jon Eardley in Cologne. From 1988-1989, he studied piano at the conservatory in Arnhem, Netherlands. From 1989-1994, he continued his studies of piano and trumpet (with Malte Burba) at the Academy of Music in Cologne.

He was a member of numerous bands and music groups. Since 2000, he has undertaken extensive concert tours on all five continents on a regular basis, which led to a worldwide cross-genre musical network with the most important musicians of our time. His discography currently includes more than 150 CDs / LPs. Since 2000 he has been working on an electronic extension of his music on the trumpet (together with Sukandar Kartadinata).
Collaboration with well-known orchestras and ensembles. Residencies at Yamaguchi Center for Arts and Media (Japan) with Otomo Yoshihide and at EMS Stockholm (Sweden), among others.

Axel Dörner is one of the most unique interpreters of free improvisation. In the late 1990s he developed a completely new language for the trumpet. Most of his ensembles are characterized by a non-hierarchical collaboration of the musicians involved.

5 Levels, 18’44″ / 2022

A cooperation between:
Axel Dörner: trumpet & electronics
Patrick K.-H.: video & audio electronics
Katharina Klement: zither, objects, electronics

The idea of the work arose on the one hand from the consideration of dealing with the media music and video on an equal footing, and on the other hand I wanted to work with artists I had on my wish list for a long time, but who were not easily accessible for direct collaboration due to their distant place of living. Berlin with Axel Doerner, St. Petersburg with Patrick K.-H. and Vienna with me were our geographical axes at the beginning, and from March 2022 Patrick came entirely to Vienna, where he already had a foothold anyway, due to the Ukraine war. In five successive steps, audio and video material was generated in a ping-pong process, it was reacted to, then mixed, overlaid, interpreted and transformed. In the last step, the resusts were sifted through again, reduced and put together into a whole. As chance would have it, there were also five sections on the temporal level, which can stand on their own or be read as a sequence with references to each other.
Katharina Klement, May 2022