Marko Ciciliani

Marko Ciciliani is a composer, audiovisual artist and researcher based in Austria. The focus of his work lies in the combination of instruments and electronics, often in audiovisual contexts. Light- or laserdesigns are frequently an integral part of his compositions. More recently he also included live-video in his works, by making the manipulation of images part of an extended instrument design. The artistic combination of sound and light was also the topic of his PhD research that he completed at Brunel University London in 2010.

It is characteristic of Ciciliani’s compositions that sound is not only understood as abstract material but as a culturally shaped idiom. The exploration of a sound’s communicative potential is as much in the foreground of his work as its objective sonic quality.

Ciciliani’s work is characterized by a conceptual approach in which aspects of classical composition, sound- and media-studies play tightly together.

The different “genres” in which Ciciliani’s music can be heard and seen, are reflecting his manifold artistic activities. His music has been performed in more than 30 countries in Europe, Asia, Oceania and the Americas. It has been programmed by festivals and concert series of alternative experimental music like Experimental Intermedia/NYC, Club Transmediale/Berlin, SuperDeluxe/Tokyo or the NowNow Series/Sydney; just as much as by festivals for post-avantgarde music as Wien Modern, Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival, Zagreb Biennale, Maerzmusik and many more.

In 2005 Ciciliani founded the group Bakin Zub, an ensemble comprising a small group of distinguished musicians with a focus on the use of technology. In the work for Bakin Zub Ciciliani places an emphasis on the combination of instrumental writing, live-electronics and light, laser or video designs. Since the foundation of the group, Ciciliani has composed four program-length works for this combination, the most recent ones being "Heterotopolis" which was co-produced by the ZKM and premiered as part of the ARD Hörspieltage 2012, and "Suicidal Self Portraits", premiered in April 2014 at the „Forum Neue Musik Deutschlandfunk“ in Cologne.

In 2009 Marko Ciciliani was recipient of the prestigious Villa Aurora Stipend, a three-month artists residency in Los Angeles. Also in 2009 he was composer-in-residence of the 14th Composers Forum in Mittersill/Austria. He received numerous project-residencies at STEIM, ESS, ICST and ZKM. In 2014 Ciciliani has taught at the “Summer Courses for Contemporary Music Darmstadt” where he also presented a portrait concert. He also often appears as a presenter on international conferences on computer music and media art as ICMC, SMC, ICLI, Sonorities and others.

Since October 2014, Ciciliani is full professor for computer music composition and sound design at the Institute for Electronic Music and Acoustics – IEM – of the Arts University in Graz/Austria.

As of February 2015

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