MARLIES DEBACKER

PIANIST & IMPROVISER

BIO

Marlies Debacker is a Belgian pianist and performer of free improvised music, free jazz as well as contemporary classical music 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 as well.

Following 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 UdK Essen, with Benjamin Kobler and Prof. Barbara Maurer.

Debacker 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. Debacker is also member of IMPAKT, Cologne’s young collective of improvisers. She is an active performer of contemporary music, solo and with Trio Abstrakt.

Debacker performed at various festivals such as Acht Brücken Köln, Biennale del arte Venezia, IMPULS! Graz, PGNM Biennale Aktueller Musik Bremen, Serious Series Berlin, Klangspuren Schwaz, NOW!-Festival Essen, has participated in theatre works of Schauspiel Köln (“Aus dem
bürgerlichen Heldenleben”) as well as other transdisciplinary projects and has been invited to residencies such as “human noise congress 2019”

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BIO

Marlies Debacker is a Belgian pianist and performer of free improvised music, free jazz as well as contemporary classical music 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 as well.

Following 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 UdK Essen, with Benjamin Kobler and Prof. Barbara Maurer.

Debacker 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. Debacker is also member of IMPAKT, Cologne’s young collective of improvisers. She is an active performer of contemporary music, solo and with Trio Abstrakt.

Debacker performed at various festivals such as Acht Brücken Köln, Biennale del arte Venezia, IMPULS! Graz, PGNM Biennale Aktueller Musik Bremen, Serious Series Berlin, Klangspuren Schwaz, NOW!-Festival Essen, has participated in theatre works of Schauspiel Köln (“Aus dem
bürgerlichen Heldenleben”) as well as other transdisciplinary projects and has been invited to residencies such as “human noise congress 2019”

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COPYRIGHT 2021 MARLIES DEBACKER