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Michael Renkel

Michael Renkel by Simone Thürnau

Michael Renkel – guitarist, composer, electronica

born in north Germany is based in Berlin since 1996. Renkel 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 works the instrumental material is altered in realtime using preparations, laptops, MAX/MSP, percussion instruments, a 16 channel sampler-sequencer, synthesizers and a vibraphone, the further development of this setup is his self-constructed amplified stringboard.
Renkel also works with field recordings and composes works that experiment with genetic processes via generation, mutation, hybridization and coding also video animated compositions in which the performers interpret a permanently changing score in a live situation.
As “Greekeeper in a Shadow Meadow” he also works on video projects as an actor and musician.
His Compositions are published at Verlag Neue Musik / Berlin.

“Renkel is genuinely keen to explore and discover what is possible using digital technology. All this without a trace of arrogance on his part; yet he may turn out to be a significant innovator and leader in the field. I hear few preconceived ideas on this recording; I do hear a man guided by his own inner voice, a man prepared to listen and learn.” Sound Projector

“Renkel is some kind of young genius, too, a guitarist who can be described as ‘post-Bailey'” The Wire

“…creating spontaneous compositional structures, by finding musicality in non-musical sounds… there’s a beguiling opposition between tone and noise… The result is an intensely musical improvised sound art, by players uncannily gifted in exact choice and fine replacement of sounds.” The Wire

“one of the finest works … in the name of laptoppery and computer-assisted electronic music ”

“This method – and this music – guarantees your listening delight – you sit and wait in fascination. What will come next?” Sound Projector

“Michael Renkel’s playing is characterized by an unbelievable finesse and differentiation.”
Neue Zeitschrift für Musik

“… a scattered beat of madness, joy and sheer bedlam.” The Wire

“Every note, EVERY NOTE, right where it needs to be. No redundancy … Great” Björn Dirlack

“… using silence judiciously to frame its exquisite harmonic work and delicate flurries. Renkel is also fond of the odd crisp chord and sporadic crunches from his preparations.” The Wire

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

Michael Renkel / Activity Center + Mat Pogo

3 Nov 2018 - 20:30

Michael Renkel: Nomos Alto (Miako Klein, Johnny Chang, Emilio Gordoa, Rieko Okuda)

Activity Center + Mat Pogo
Burkhard Bein
s – percussion and strings
Michael Renkel
– strings and percussion
Mat Pogo
– voice

CANCELLED The Quiet Cue & Miki Yui

13 Feb 2021 - 19:30
13 Feb 2021 - 23:29

The Quiet Cue Michael Renkel – Halbakustische Gitarre, Live-Elektronik, Sampling Nicolas Wiese – Sampling, Mischpult-Feedback, Oszillation --

Katharina Ernst/Luis Lopes + The Quiet Cue

5 May 2023 - 20:30
5 May 2023 - 23:59
Katharina Ernst by Michael_Breyer | Luis Lopes by Ziga Koritnik| The Quiet Cue by The Quiet Cue

Katharina Ernst/Luis Lopes
Katharina Ernst – drums
Luis Lopes – guitar

Michael Renkel – semi-acoustic guitar, objects, electronics
Nicolas Wiese – sampling, feedback mixer, oscillators