MARLIES DEBACKER Pianist & Improviser
photos by Grzegorz Mart, Rebecca ter Braak, Photomusix, André Syman
Marlies Debacker is a Belgian pianist and performer of contemporary classical music, free improvised music and free jazz, based in Cologne. She does extensive research on the sound possibilities of her instrument with a focus on resonance, pedal work, inside piano playing and the use of various preparations, thus allowing her to move between the conventional sound of a piano and various percussive and pseudo-electronic sounds. Apart from playing the piano she often performs on vintage keyboards, such as the Hohner Clavinet D6.
After her bachelor studies at the Koninklijk Conservatorium Antwerp, she studied her masters degree at the Hochschule für Musik und Tanz Köln, followed by a masters degree in Contemporary Music at the Folkwang Universität der Künste Essen with Benjamin Kobler and Prof. Barbara Maurer. Marlies is an active performer of contemporary music - solo, in various ensembles and with Trio Abstrakt.
She is a curator of the Plattform Nicht Dokumentierbarer Ereignisse - a concert series for improvised music that has an over 15 year long tradition in Cologne. She is also a member of IMPAKT, Cologne’s young collective of improvisers. She performed at various festivals such as Acht Brücken Köln, moers festival, Biennale del arte Venezia, IMPULS! Graz, PGNM Biennale Aktueller Musik Bremen, Serious Series Berlin, IEMA Klangspuren Schwaz, NOW!-Festival Essen, Duettissimo Krakow, has participated in theatre works of Schauspiel Köln ("Aus dem bürgerlichen Heldenleben", F. Castorf) as well as other transdisciplinary projects and has been invited to residencies such as "human noise congress 2019".
Besides her work as a performing pianist, Debacker currently teaches improvisation at the Hochschule für Musik und Tanz Köln.
A Cologne/Essen-based ensemble for contemporary music consisting of Salim Javaid (saxophone), Marlies Debacker (piano) and Shiau-Shiuan Hung (percussion). The trio has dedicated itself to recent repertoire for their specific instrumentation but also for all their various duo constellations as well as to music theatrical pieces or performances with or without instruments.
For further information check out www.trioabstrakt.com
photo by Rebecca ter Braak
Marlies plays contemporary classical music as well as solo improvisations. Her work in contemporary music Marlies equally likes to play referential as well as very recent works. In her solo improvisations Debacker explores various mindsets and soundworlds of improvised music, drawing inspiration from her work with contemporary solo repertoire, electro-acoustic music and chamber music while still pursuing a playful and improvisational attitude that is more reminiscent of free jazz.
She does extensive research on the sound possibilities of her instrument with a focus on resonance, pedal work, inside piano playing and the use of various preparations, thus allowing her to move between the conventional sound of a piano and various percussive and pseudo-electronic sounds. Apart from playing the piano she often performs on vintage keyboards as well.
photo by Photomusix
The two musicians collaborate in a number of projects ranging from contemporary music to improvised music and also jazz settings. The music of this duo is a distillation of their common experiences together – w/ Salim Javaid, saxophone
The collaboration between Martyna Zakrzewska and Marlies Debacker revolves around new pieces for two pianos and piano four hands. The two pianists are taking a keen interest in the versatility of the keyboard as well as of the instrument’s inside, looking for new ways of shaping the sound of a piano duo. They met each other in Hochschule für Musik und Tanz Köln, and have performed so far in Graz, Essen, and Kraków, among other towns. Together they learned from such teachers as Benjamin Kobler, Nicolas Hodges, and Anna D’Errico.
photo by Grzegorz Mart
free jazz quartet that moves between Debackers compositions, concepts and free improvisation - w/ Salim Javaid – saxophone, Stefan Schönegg – bass, Dominik Mahnig – drums
photo by Photomusix
Improvising group and long-standing collaboration with colleagues Carl Ludwig Hübsch (tuba) and Salim Javaid, with whom Debacker curates the Plattform Nicht Dokumentierbarer Ereignisse
is a piano duo with a focus on improvised music. The two pianists heavily draw upon their equally rich musical backgrounds ranging from classical to contemporary music, free jazz and other styles. This way, the two musicians create a transversal music that is genre-across and fluently moves between different pianistic styles.
Duo with analog Synth player Florian Zwissler. Piano and Clavinet are being live-processed via electronics and merge with the synthesizer to create collage-like clashes of actions and vast, otherworldly soundscapes.