Manos Tsangaris

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Manos Tsangaris (born December 8, 1956 in Düsseldorf ) is a German composer , musician , installation and performance artist and poet .

Manos Tsangaris in the Stadtgarten, Cologne, December 2011

Live and act

Tsangaris studied composition and new music theater with Mauricio Kagel and drums with Christoph Caskel at the Cologne Music Academy from 1976 to 1983 , and also with Alfonso Hüppi at the Düsseldorf Art Academy . Since 1980 he has taken part in the Darmstadt Summer Courses for New Music several times and worked for the Münchner Kammerspiele . In 1991 he was composer in residence in Moscow at the invitation of the Soviet composers' association , in the same year he received the Bernd Alois Zimmermann scholarship from the city of Cologne, the 1992/93 scholarship at the Akademie Schloss Solitude and in 1997 the art prize of the Akademie der Künste Berlin of which he has been a member since 2009. In the same year he received the Orchestra Prize of the Donaueschinger Musiktage for his piece Batsheba. Eat the history . Since 2012 he has been head of the AdK music section. In 2017 he was elected a full member of the Bavarian Academy of Fine Arts in the music department.

Since the 1970s, Tsangaris has published poems , performed as a soloist and together with various music groups (including Ritim Grup and MIR ) and exhibited drawings, theatrical apparatus and sound installations. He participated in festivals such as Cologne-New York in New York (1989), ars electronica in Linz (1991), Linz; Sound Ways in St. Petersburg (1995), Yokohama Arts (1997) and the Musica Festival Strasbourg (1998, together with Hanna Schygulla , Markus and Simon Stockhausen ).

Tsangaris composed works a. a. on behalf of the WDR , the Südwestrundfunk , the Bavarian State Opera , the Cologne Philharmonic , the Cologne Diocesan Museum, the North Rhine-Westphalia Art Foundation, the Cologne Catholic Education Center and the city of Witten . He is also active as a drummer; he plays with Jaki Liebezeit and other drummers in the improvisation ensemble " Drums Off Chaos ".

In 2009 he was appointed professor of composition at the Dresden University of Music . Newly elected member of the Berlin Academy of the Arts in 2009, director of the music section there since 2012. In 2015 he received a practical scholarship at Villa Massimo in Rome. In 2016 Tsangaris took over the artistic direction of the Munich Biennale together with the Swiss composer Daniel Ott (succeeding Peter Ruzicka ).

Tsangaris lives in Cologne's Eigelsteinviertel and Dresden.

Compositions (selection)

  • "ö" (1980) for three speakers, noise and light
  • Molto Molto (1980) for conductor and light
  • oT (1980) for bass clarinet, voices, objects and light, with an unprepared person in the audience. Dedicated to Mauricio Kagel
  • So Low (1981) for double bass clarinet and Störer
  • TAFEL 1 (Wieser's Werdetraum) (1989) for two or three players at the table, walkman, radio, mobile light sources and thread organ (one player). Text: Hyacinth Freiherr von Wieser
  • Table 2 (1991) for house facade, voices, speakers, mobile instrumentalists, playback tapes, mobile light sources, thread organ, video monitors and construction machinery
  • Fadenwerk (1992) for piano, tuba, bells and objects
  • Shellbum Album (1992) for piano. I .; II .; III .; IV .; V .; VI .; VII .; VIII. Word of the flesh
  • Schlimmecke, Bellecke, Häusperecke, cathedral view objects. First exhibition in Cologne 1992
  • winzig (1993 / ...) Music theater miniatures / theater for a house for speakers, singers, instrumentalists and actors in ensembles of various sizes or as soloists. Text: Manos Tsangaris, Friedrich Hölderlin
  • An die Vorwelt (1996) for a large ensemble, two speakers, conductor-soloists and light, for the tenth anniversary of the Cologne Philharmonic
  • TAFEL 3 for soprano, trumpet, objects, percussion, string organ and light (four players in the tree)
  • Kugelbahn (1997) spatial installation composition for one person in the center, commissioned by the Diözesanmuseum Cologne
  • Fadenorgel (1998) interactive sound installation for light and sound pendulums in a nave
  • in situ (1999) for trumpet, small percussion and controllable light sources. Text: Hyacinth Freiherr von Wieser
  • Do they have time? (2000) for speaker, violin (also: voice), oboe (also: cor anglais), horn, harmonium and percussion. Text: Karl Valentin
  • Orpheus, Zwischenspiele (2002) Station theater for soprano, mezzo-soprano, alto, small orchestra, letter projection, 15 actors, at least 50 extras, string organ, elevator, three underground trains and light. Text: Manos Tsangaris
  • The Döner Circuit (2004) Station theater for a large ensemble. Theater for a house for speakers, singers, instrumentalists and actors in ensembles of various sizes or as soloists. Six musical theater miniatures of limited duration with a limited audience and three scenic installations
  • Three rooms Theater Suite (2004) Station theater for large ensembles. Theater for a house for speakers, singers, instrumentalists and actors in ensembles of various sizes or as soloists. Seven musical theater miniatures of limited duration with a limited audience and two scenic installations
  • Labor (2005) four compositions for soprano and ensembles, performances, living images, installations and drawings. Commissioned by the city of Witten for the Witten Days for New Chamber Music 2005
  • Discrete pieces (1996/2007) Station theater. Audio scenes for individual viewers
  • Messenger substances. Orestie (2007) Station theater for an acting ensemble
  • Memento (Lots Weib) (2007) Station theater for opera ensemble
  • Glück makes courageous (2004/2008) Incidental music for choir with electronically processed vocal sounds and a speaker based on texts from Hans Christian Andersen's diaries
  • Batsheba. Eat the history! (2008/2009) installation opera for actors, singers, choir and orchestral meanders. Text in German, English, Hebrew. Performance in three parts over two days. Commissioned by Südwestrundfunk (SWR) for the Donaueschinger Musiktage 2009 and the Ernst von Siemens Music Foundation for the Berlin version in May 2009.
  • Incidental pieces: Schwalbe (2011) audio film for soprano / speaker, baritone / speaker / jogger, horn, drums / noisemaker, 1 large fog horn, "staggered" feeds / live reinforcements, amateur actors on the bank and the audience in motion (ship passage). Commissioned by the city of Witten for the Witten Days for New Chamber Music 2011
  • Vivarium - Travel, Cooking, Zoo… (2011) for movement in space, voices, instruments and light. Commissioned by Siemens Arts Program for the 100th birthday of the Festspielhaus Hellerau
  • Love & Diversity (2012) Musical theater performance for a small ensemble. Commissioned by the Siemens Arts Program for the ensemble dissonArt, supported by the Kunststiftung NRW
  • Incidental pieces: Mauersegler (2013) audio film remix for voices, actors, performers, horn, drums, mobile ensembles, electroacoustics, trams and wandering audiences. Commissioned by the city of Witten and the WDR for the Witten Days for New Chamber Music 2013
  • Freigehege (2013) for orchestral groups, soloists, soprano / speaker, baritone, venues distributed throughout the house, transitions, light and a moving audience. Commissioned by the SWR
  • Karl May, Room of Truth (2014) Music theater (Libretto: Marcel Beyer ). Commissioned by the Semperoper Dresden
  • Mistel IV (2014): Mistel I, II and III for orchestra (and news anchor), dedicated to Armin Köhler . Commissioned by SWR for the Donaueschinger Musiktage 2014. Mistel IV "LUX Mistel" and V "Dark Misteltoe" for orchestra with light spaces or with small movable light sources. Commissioned by the Philharmonie Luxembourg for the Rainy Days 2014 festival
  • Das Pizzicato Mysterium (2015) for string orchestra
  • ISLAND (ISOLA). The lifted self (2015) for stations in space, voices, double bass clarinets and light. Commissioned composition for Theo Nabicht
  • LIVING SPACES (2016/17), music theater cycle : CITY PIECES (WINDOW PIECE) for singer, actor, instrumental ensemble, installation, video and audio guide; WAIT! FOR A GROUP OF PERFORMERS (SINGERS!) ; HOME for actors, soprano, clarinet and piano
  • Excursion to the mountains (2017, together with Daniel Ott). Commissioned by Collegium Novum Zurich

In the Kolumba , the art museum of the Archdiocese of Cologne , there was Manos Tsangaris' Imploding Desk in the 2011/2012 season , 2011 f. Sideways glance at: Sano di Pietro, Hieronymus .


  • Silent mail . Poems. Thürmchen Verlag Cologne 1986
  • 3x8 drawings and 14 poems (together with Rainer Barzen ). Thürmchen Verlag Cologne 1990
  • Mouth measurement . Poems. Edition Solitude 1995
  • The little trance . Poems. Radius Verlag 2002
  • Workbook Manos Tsangaris . Workbook for the imploding desk. KOLUMBA workbooks and books 2011/2014
  • Unknown recipient . Poems. Radius Verlag 2017


Web links

Individual evidence

  1. Orchestra Prize for Manos Tsangaris ( Memento from August 19, 2014 in the Internet Archive ), accessed on June 5, 2018
  2. Since 2012 director of the AdK music section
  3. BADSK New Members ( Memento from August 11, 2017 in the Internet Archive )
  4. Villa Massimo | Manos Tsangaris. Retrieved August 20, 2019 .
  5. Mini-Festival Aurafallen 2015 ( Memento from August 12, 2017 in the Internet Archive ), accessed on June 5, 2018
  6. Handelsblatt of October 18, 2012, dual leadership for the Munich Biennale
  7. KOLUMBA: Imploding desk