Michael Renkel

Renkel (1965 Germany) studied classical guitar in Hamburg.
The main emphasis of his work is an interest in open methods of composition.
His guitar playing straddles tradition and the development of a personal language that includes extended playing techniques and the preparation of the acoustic guitar. In a logical continuation he also extends the instrument via computer technology and he’s the first classical guitarist who connected the instrument in realtime-live processing to the computer. The acoustc guitar is modified in a way that blurs the delineation between acoustic preparation and electronic variance.
In his electric guitar work the instrumental material is altered using preparations, laptops and live electronics: the further development of this setup is his self-constructed amplified stringboard.
Renkel also works with field recordings (e.g. from Indonesia) and composes works that experiment with genetic processes via generation, mutation, hybridization and coding. He investigates the rhythmical structures of language and works with computer generated complex machines.
Newer projects are sculpural sound installations.
Compositions published at Verlag Neue Musik / Berlin.

activity center/friendship gar

4 Feb 2005 - 21:30

activity center (michael renkel - acoustic guitar and percussion, burkhard beins - percussion and objects) the friendship garden (brendan dougherty - drums, felix meinhold - keys)

fire&ignorance / activity center

7 Mar 2009 - 22:00

Fire&Ignorance (MoHa! + Hayosh/Vahtra)
Idan Hayosh - lamps
Anu Vahtra - lamps
Anders Hana - guitar/keyboard
Morten J. Olsen - drums/electronics

Music and lights, amps and lamps. A high-den

Virage dans l'étranger: Gauguet / Dörner/ Renkel + Liz Allbee solo

4 Sep 2010 - 21:00
Bertrand Gauguet

Trio Bertrand Gauguet / Axel Dörner / Michael Renkel (Saxofone/Trompete/Gitarre)

+ Liz Allbee solo (Trompete)

Der französische Komponist, Improvisationsmusiker und Organisator Bertrand Gauguet lädt für ein erstes Kon

bend/break 2010

26 Nov 2010 - 21:00
pxprd (martin kuentz & penelopex)

bend/break 2010

Program on Friday, 26.11.10

Axel Dörner Solo
Martin Kuentz & Penelopex

Johansson/Neumann/Dörner +Johansson/Renkel/Beins

14 Jan 2011 - 21:00
Barcelona Series_Foto: IT

Barcelona Series:
Axel Dörner: trumpet
Andrea Neumann: inside piano
Sven-Åke Johansson: drums

Activity Center & Sven-Åke Johansson: "Konversationslexikon"
Burkhard Beins: percus

Murayama/Küchen + Beins/Renkel/Vogel

14 Sep 2011 - 21:00

Seijiro Murayama - snare drum
Martin Küchen - saxofone

Burkhard Beins: percussion
Michael Renkel: ac. guitar, live electronics
Sabine Vogel: flutes


24 Nov 2011 - 22:00

Olaf Rupp - E-Gitarre, Jan Roder - E-Baß, Oli Steidle - Schlagzeug

Burkhard Beins / Michael Renkel / Derek Shirley

Stine Janvin Motland - voice
Ståle Liavik Solberg - drums

schleusen#25-Improvisation mit Büchern +ZeldaPanda

8 Dec 2011 - 20:00

"Improvisation mit Büchern (Bücher über Improvisation)"
lecture performance

Mathias Maschat: Bücher, Stimme, Zitationen
Michael Renkel: Gitarre, Live-Elektronik
Olaf Hochherz: book, Live-Elektronik

... & im Anschluss: Kleine Jubiläumsparty zur 25. schleuse mit Zelda Panda!

rebecca // Katzelmachertrio

10 Dec 2013 - 20:30

kai fagaschinski | clarinet
michael renkel | acoustic guitar, zither & preparations

Seby Ciurcina |guitar, vocals
Aaron Snyder | drums
Gidi Farhi | bass