Vlatko Kucan

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  • Vlatko Kucan (b. 1963 Sarajevo, Ex-Yugoslavia) studied popular music (Kontaktstudiengang Popularmusik), jazz (Diplom-Studiengang Jazz) and music therapy (Dipl. Studiengang Musiktherapie) at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater in Hamburg.
  • He works as a musician (instruments: saxophones and clarinets), composer, producer, music therapist and educator. His various works focus and explore the possibilities of artistic expression through the art of improvisation. They cross and extend traditional boundaries of contemporary music, jazz, improvised music, theatre and film music. Another focus of Kucan’s work is the combination of literature, philosophy and music. He also works as a director for radio plays and audio books.
  • He performed and collaborated with leading protagonists of contemporary jazz (i.e. Carla Bley, Lester Bowie, Anthony Braxton, Marion Brown, Bill Elgart, Dieter Glawischnig, Howard Johnson, Jay Oliver, Barre Philips, Tomasz Stanko, Steve Swallow, Kenny Wollesen) and improvised music (i.e. Derek Bailey, Malcolm Goldstein, Barry Guy, Aleksander Kolkowski, Jim Menesses, Rajesh Mehta, Meggie Nichols).
  • His theatre collaborations include directors Karin Beier, Michael Bogdanov, Herbert Fritsch, Brian Michaels, Robert Wilson and musicians Tom Waits, Lester Bowie and Giora Feidman.
  • His works on literature and music include productions based on texts by Friedrich Nietzsche, Ludwig Wittgenstein, Charles Baudelaire, Anne Sexton and Mascha Kaleko and collaborations with various actors (i.e. Christian Brückner, Hannelore Elsner, Corinna Harfouch, Susanne Lothar, Dietmar Mues, Barbara Nüsse, Christian Redl, Hanna Schygulla, Otto Sander, Ulrich Tukur, Ulrich Wildgruber) and authors (i.e. Peter Handke, Siri Hustvedt, Hellmuth Karasek, Siegfried Lenz, Benjamin Lebert, Helmut Schmidt).
  • Numerous compositions for film and radio plays.
  • Since 2015 Vlatko Kucan curates the concert series ‘SoloSoloDuo-Impromptu’ and ‘The Art of Improvisation’ (www.impromptu.works)