Michael Vorfeld

Michael Vorfeld

Michael Vorfeld (Berlin),  Musiker und bildender Künstler, spielt Perkussion und selbst entworfene Saiteninstrumente und realisiert elektro-akustische Klangarbeiten. Er ist aktiv in den Bereichen experimentelle Musik, improvisierte Musik und Klangkunst. Michael Vorfeld entwickelt ortsbezogene Installationen und Performances mit Licht und Klang, arbeitet mit Fotografie und Film. Er ist Mitglied verschiedener Formationen und kooperiert mit Künstlern aus unterschiedlichen Bereichen. Seine vielfältigen Aktivitäten umfassen umfangreiche Konzert-, Performance- und Ausstellungstätigkeiten in Europa, Amerika, Asien und Australien.


The musician and visual artist Michael Vorfeld, based in Berlin, plays percussion and self designed stringed instruments and realizes electro-acoustic sound pieces. He works in the field of improvised, experimental music and sound art and is often involved in site-specific art projects. He realizes light installations and performances with light, works with photography and film. Besides his solo activities he is a member of various ensembles and collaborates with artists from different art forms. His list of activities includes numerous concerts, performances, and exhibitions in Europe, America, Asia, and Australia.
His list of activities includes performances among others at the Documenta 8, Kassel 1987 (with the artists group Heinrich Mucken); Moltkerei Werkstatt, Cologne; Het Apollohuis, Eindhoven; Logos Foundation, Ghent; Künstlerhaus am Deich, Bremen; Palais des Beaux Arts, Brussels; Melkweg, Amsterdam; Expo – German Pavillon, Hannover; Goethe Institut, Hanoi; Experimental Intermedia, New York; Podewil, Berlin; Center of Contemporary Art, Warsaw; and Plan B, Tokyo.
A selection of Vorfeld’s current sound projects include The Zoo (with Liz Allbee), Vorwolf (with percussionist Christian Wolfarth), the percussion quintet Glück (with Burkhard Beins, Enrico Malatesta, Christian Wolfarth, and Ingar Zach), a duo with sound and visual artist Claus van Bebber, and a duo with pianist Reinhold Friedl. In addition to collaborations like these, Vorfeld has also developed a unique solo vocabulary on percussion, having released four solo CDs of his work for solo percussion, most recently on Monotype Records.
A Selection of Releases:
MUX TRIO with Lesley Olson und Olaf Pyras, AufRuhr Records, 1996
MUSIKA A METRONOM Sampler, Metronom Records, 1998
ERDTÖNE with Martin Speicher, Hans Tammen, Georg Wolf, Hybrid Records, 1998
VESTIGE VERTICAL with Lothar Fiedler und Michael Walz, x – tract Records, Podewil, 2001
AU DÉFAUT DU SILENCE with Reinhold Friedl, trente oiseaux, 2001
MESSAGE URGENT with Reinhold Friedl und Bernhard Günter, trente oiseaux, 2003
MISIIKI with Burkhard Beins und Dirk Marwedel, Rossbin Production, 2003
t-u-b-e / reloaded with Lou Mallozzi, DVD 5.1 Sampler, Schott Musik International, 2004
KREISEL with Claus van Bebber, Creative Sources, 2005
PECH with Reinhold Friedl, Room 40, 2006
RHÖN Ensemble 2 INCQ., NURNICHTNUR, 2006
ALLE NEUNE: RHEINLÄNDER PARTIE with Wolfgang Schliemann, Creative Sources, 2007
VORWOLF, SNAKE’S EYE withChristian Wolfarth, Formed.Records, 2007
SCHECKENROCK with Philip Samartzis, NVO, 2009
LIGHT BULB MUSIC, Book and CD, Revolver publishing, 2010
FLUGANGST, Solo CD, MonotypeRec., 2010

Will Guthrie & Michael Vorfeld

7 Jan 2004 - 21:21

Konzert/Performance von Will Guthrie (perc, AUS) und Michael Vorfeld (perc, D)

vorfeld/heenan & alan courtis

21 Feb 2007 - 21:30

biegungen112: Michael Vorfeld (Berlin) - drums and self designed stringed instruments Chris Heenan (USA) - contrabassclarinet and alto sax & Alan Anla Courtis (Argentina) - guitar, electronics, tapes plays music to argentine silent movies of the ea

Carl Ludwig Hübsch / Michael Vorfeld

20 May 2009 - 21:00
20 May 2009 - 23:11
Carl Ludwig Hübsch und die Tuba

Carl Ludwig Hübsch spielt solo Tuba, und Michael Vorfeld spielt solo Percussion. Beide Künstler erfreuen uns schon seit dem letzten Jahrtausend mit improvisierter Musik.

Davor und danach legt DJ Looping Vinyl-Loops auf.


The N-Collective presents: One of the Last N-events

17 Dec 2009 - 21:00
17 Dec 2009 - 23:43

The N is an international network of musicians, improvisers and composers. It was set up around 2002 in Amsterdam and has since spread throughout the world, in many forms and shapes. In this event the N - Berlin presents:

The N cymbal orchestra

Trio Gauguet / Schick / Vorfeld

2 Sep 2010 - 20:00
Bertrand Gauguet

Trio Gauguet / Schick / Vorfeld

Bertrand Gauget (Saxophone), Ignaz Schick (Turntables), Michael Vorfeld (Percussion)

im ohrenstrand mobil am Hauptbahnhof im Rahmen des Festivals "Ankunft: Neue Musik"

echtzeitmusiktage - electro-acoustic night #2

25 Sep 2010 - 22:00

electro-acoustic night #2

Michael Vorfeld (light bulbs)
Joke Lanz (turntables)
Boris Baltschun (laptop) & Serge Baghdassarians (electronics)
Eckehard Ehlers (laptop)

bend/break 2010

25 Nov 2010 - 21:00
Chris Heenan

bend/break 2010

Program on Thursday, 25.11.10

Nicholas Bussmann & Werner Dafeldecker
Sean Baxter & Steve Heather

PERKUSSION: Beins/Malatesta/Vorfeld/Wolfarth/Zach

21 Jan 2012 - 21:30

Special Percussion Night:

Burkhard Beins (D)
Enrico Malatesta (I)
Michael Vorfeld (D)
Christian Wolfarth (CH)
Ingar Zach (N)

Ein total akustisches Duo Treffen

10 Oct 2012 - 19:00
10 Oct 2012 - 23:59

Duo Hans Koch / Theo Nabicht : Contrabass clarinets

Duo Alexandre Babel / Michael Vorfeld : Percussions

Einlass: 19:00U, Anfang: 20:00U



15 Nov 2012 - 20:00
Ute Wassermann - voiceXtensions

Ute Wassermann - Stimmperformance
Michael Vorfeld - Lichtaktionen

Mit Kompositionen von Simon Steen-Andersen, Richard Barrett, Matthias Kaul, Michael Maierhof, Andrew Noble, Cathy van Eck, Ute Wassermann.

Die Performance beginnt pünktlich 20:30, es gibt kein Nacheinlass, die Anzahl der Zuschauer/innen ist stark begrenzt.

Eintritt: 8 €


16 Nov 2012 - 20:00
Ute Wassermann - voiceXtensions

Ute Wassermann - Stimmperformance
Michael Vorfeld - Lichtaktionen

Mit Kompositionen von Simon Steen-Andersen, Richard Barrett, Matthias Kaul, Michael Maierhof, Andrew Noble, Cathy van Eck, Ute Wassermann.

Die Performance beginnt pünktlich 20:30, es gibt kein Nacheinlass, die Anzahl der Zuschauer/innen ist stark begrenzt.

Eintritt: 8 €

Bascovo: Barrett/Scott/Vorfeld + Krebs/Weismann

9 Mar 2013 - 20:30

Richard Barrett – electronics
Richard Scott – electronics
Michael Vorfeld – percussion

Steffi Weismann – composition, sound-belt, voice
Annette Krebs – composition, objects, voice

Mallozzi Thieke Vorfeld/Rupp Müller Fischerlehner

22 Sep 2013 - 20:00
Mallozzi Thieke Vorfeld / Rupp Müller Fischerlehner

Lou Mallozzi - turntables/electronics
Michael Thieke - clarinet
Michael Vorfeld - drums

Olaf Rupp - electric guitar
Mathias Müller - trombone
Rudi Fischerlehner - drums

Compass Festival Day 1

29 Nov 2013 - 20:00
Raed Yassin

Doors 20:00, Beginn 21:00

  • Raed Yassin (double bass) , Hanna Hartman (sound art, performance)
  • Magda Mayas (piano) , Axel Dörner (trumpet), Mazen Kerbaj (trumpet)
  • Andrea Neumann (inside piano piano/ mixing desk), Sharif Sehnaoui (guitar), Michael Vorfeld (percussion)

ausland presents jl guionnet in berlin/ausland

11 Sep 2014 - 21:00
11 Sep 2014 - 23:59

ausland invites french musician/visual artist Jean-Luc Guionnet for one week of concerts, lectures, performances, exhibitions, and film screenings done by or otherwise curated by mr. guionnet in and around ausland

TONIGHT :: CONCERTS in ausland, featuring

 pierre borel / johnny chang / bryan eubanks

axel dorner solo

michael vorfeld, "from silence to talk", a solo for percussion and light


doors 20h30, start 21h


Müller/Thieke/Vorfeld + Williams/Carroll

29 Jan 2015 - 20:30

Matthias Müller
- trombone
Michael Thieke
- clarinet
Michael Vorfeld
- percussion

Christopher Williams
- double bass
Roy Carroll
- computer, loudspeakers

Pedesis + Ouroboros

25 Sep 2015 - 20:30

Pedesis: Biliana Voutchkova – violin, Tom Arthurs – trumpet, Markus Pesonen – guitar

Ouroboros: Chris Heenan – contrabass clarinet, Adam Pultz Melbye – feedback system, Michael Vorfeld – percussion and self-designed string instruments


11 Feb 2016 - 20:30
11 Feb 2016 - 23:59
©Lena Czerniawska

Czerniawska | Fügemann | Vogel | Cao

Lena Czerniawska - live drawing
Elisabeth Fügemann - cello
Sabine Vogel - flute
Lan Cao - prepared piano

Dörner | Thieke | Vorfeld | Gordoa.

Axel Dörner - trumpet
Michael Thieke - clarinet
Michael Vorfeld - percussion
Emilio Gordoa - vibraphone

Sehnaoui & Thieke & Neumann & Vorfeld - Hülcker

19 Feb 2016 - 20:00
Copy! - Neele Hülcker

Sharif Sehnaoui - g
Michael Thieke - cl
Andrea Neumann - inside piano, elec
Michael Vorfeld - dr

Neele Hülcker - ASMR-objects + elec

door: 20:00, start: 21:00

A. Chen/ M. Vorfeld + Silvia Tarozzi + Jane Rigler

7 Oct 2016 - 20:30

Vorfeld/Chen: Michael Vorfeld – percussion, selfbuilt string instruments; Audrey Chen – cello, voice
Silvia Tarozzi – violin: pieces by P. Criton, É. Radigue and C. Miller
Jane Rigler – flute