Marcus Kaiser

German artist – composer – cellist Marcus Kaiser is the third guest of a series of streamed concerts taking place at IKLECTIK in London and at UCA in Farnham.


In Farnham and London musicians and performers drawn from the London experimental music scene as well as students, researchers and members of the Audio Research Cluster at UCA Farnham will perform UNTERHOLZ (undergrowth) an evolving multimedia work that exists since 2006. The Farnham concert will be streamed live.

New lecture theatre UCA Farnham 01/05/2019 4.30pm

With Chris Jones (bass guitar), Marcus Kaiser (cello), Arusik Nanyan (guitar), Paulius Valteras (guitar), Emmanuelle Waeckerle (percussive objects), Harry Whalley (percussive objects)

Iklectik London 02/05/2019 7.30pm
With Marjolaine Charbin (piano), Marcus Kaiser (cello), Laura Lee (guitar), Ed Lucas (trombone), Edward Shipsey (small objects), Emmanuelle Waeckerle (percussive objects).

UNTERHOLZ is a piece, that, like real undergrowth in a forest, continually changes in the course of time, i.e. from performance to performance and from place to place, carrying and sedimenting old, accruing new matter. The base situation is an installation with sine tones played back and a video showing a very slow sequence moving through a "jungle thicket". Each performance of the piece is filmed and sound recorded. These recordings are then processed into the video/sound sequences for subsequent performances.

This will be the 18th performance of UNTERHOLZ, after Austria, Dusseldorf, Munich, Berlin, Ljubjana, and Tianjin (China) to name a few places and in London at the ICA in 2011 for the Cut and Splice ; Gründelweiser festival performed by Manfred Werder (piano), Michael Pisaro (guitar) and Marcus (cello).

“If I should say something about my work, I would say that it is like a garden – something shifting in the shadow - something in the sun – growing from my discretion. In a garden you can move freely – romp around – destroy – have love affairs – sweep old leaves. A garden lasts a long time . “(Marcus Kaiser, the book is alive! 2013)

Marcus Kaiser studied cello at the Robert Schumann University of Music and Media in Düsseldorf before graduating from the city’s Art Academy. Pursuing an interdisciplinary approach, Marcus produces works oscillating between art and music. Usually working simultaneously on different series and groups of works over long periods of time, the artist sometimes combines the results to complex installations on the occasion of major exhibitions - installations that may provide him with a starting point for interactions and further works of art. (Albertina museum press release, Vienna 2018)

Marcus is a cellist–painter–architect–composer¬–builder/designer–maker of sound pieces– video artist. He does not juggle these activities – he works on all of them simultaneously as if they were part of some vast rhizomatic assemblage. He paints jungles the way they grow: adding layer after layer of green until it is nearly a monochrome. He records individual layers of sound regularly over the course of many days, until, when simultaneously played back, these recordings reach a point of near saturation (in which, however, sonic features remain distinguishable). (wandelweiser by Michael Pisaro, 2009)