Joke Lanz was born in Basel in 1965 and now lives in Berlin. He is a pioneer of the electronic Independent scene and crossover artist whose work spans improvised and experimental music, noise and turntablism, performance art and musique concrète.In addition to theatre and film music, radio works, installations, paintings and collages, there are two constants in his work: Turntablism – making music by manipulating vinyl records – and his longtime action project Sudden Infant which morphed into a trio in 2014 after 25 years as a one-man operation. He collaborated a.o. with: Shelley Hirsch, Peter Kowald, Christian Marclay, Audrey Chen, Astro, Z’EV, Sophie Agnel, Ken Vandermark, Lasse Marhaug, Mette Rasmussen, Rudolf Eb.er, Strotter Inst., Christian Weber, Charlotte Hug, Mat Pogo, Ute Wassermann, DJ Olive, dieb13, eRikM, Martin Tétreault, Eklekto Ensemble Geneva, Alexandre Babel, Christian Wolfarth, Kazuhisa Uchihashi, Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra, GX Jupitter-Larsen, The New Blockaders.
Innumerable releases on international labels: Schimpfluch, Tochnit Aleph, Blossoming Noise, Entr’acte, PAN, iDeal Recordings, Harbinger Sound, Nihilist Records, Voodoo Rhythm Records, Some Bizarre, Cubus Records… . Workshops and lectures at Music Academy Lucerne, University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna, University of Stellenbosch, Contemporary Art Center Vilnius. Concerts and tours all over Europe, USA, Japan, Taiwan, Hong Kong, South Africa, Egypt, Israel, Mexico. “Joke Lanz is one of the most prolific and profound artists working in the border zones where performance and body art meet Improvisation and Noise.” (The Wire)
Photo credit: Sebastien Bozon