Ulrich Krieger is a German composer and performer living in Southern California.
Krieger works in new and experimental music, reductionism, drone, minimalism, just intonation, improvisation, electronic music, noise, rock and metal. He performs on saxophones, clarinets and electronics.
Krieger’s recent focus lies on the experimental fringes of contemporary rock culture, in the limbo where noise, metal, ambient, silence and chamber music meet and influence each other – not accepting stylistic boundaries.
His compositional approaches include micro-sounds, microtones, just intonation, ‘instrumental electronics’, drone, and noise. His main compositional interest and research over the last decade was in ‘instrumental electronics’, creating music using sounds produced by extended techniques on traditional instruments, which are reminiscent of and influenced by electronic music.
Amplifying instruments in elaborate ways, he gets down to the 'grains of the sounds', changing their identity and structure from within. This lead him to transcribe and arrange Lou Reeds 'Metal Machine Music' for chamber orchestra.
Krieger studied classical/contemporary saxophone, composition, electronic music, and musicology in Berlin and New York. As composer and performer he worked in Europe, North and South America, Asia and Australia.
As rock, noise and electronic musicians he collaborated and performed with Lou Reed, Lee Ranaldo (Sonic Youth), Merzbow, Carl Stone, John Zorn, Christian Marclay, Faust, and many more.
As classical saxophonist he recorded works by Cage, Berio, Scelsi, Partch, Reich, Riley, Glass, Webern, Cowell, Grainger and worked with LaMonte Young, Phill Niblock, Michael Pisaro, Berlin Philharmonics, Ensemble Modern, PARTCH Ensemble, and many more.
Ulrich Krieger is professor for composition, Experimental Sound Practices and rock music at CalArts, where his special field is the cross-pollination of experimental music and avant-garde rock.
"[Krieger] ranges wide as he seeks the spots where noise and beauty meet"
Anne Power, LA Times