Ignaz Schick

Ignaz has breached the divide of free jazz and electro-acoustic music. Within the framework of the former, he is a formidible lyricist on Alto Saxophone – In the orchestra, and in his most well known projects he brings a stunning variety of sound using rotating surfaces and an array of unlikely objects to produce a potent mix of interactive, acoustically driven electronic music.




1.What is the biggest inspiration for your music?
An unknown force from the inside.

2.How and when did you get into making music?
A good friend took me to a free jazz festival in Austria, there I met Don Cherry and that was it. I was hooked.

3.What are your 5 favorite albums of all time?
that would change every week, for this week it is:
Ornette Coleman – The Shape of Jazz to Come
Art Ensemble of Chicago – Urban Bushmen
Captain Beefheart – Trout Mask Replica
Pierre Henry – Variations pour une Porte Et Un Soupir
Boubacar Traore – Mariama

4.What do you associate with Berlin?
Grey winters, unfriendly people, smoked bars.
Apart from this 21 years of exciting music.

5.What’s your favorite place in your town?
my room with my records and books

6.If there was no music in the world, what would you do instead?
I would invent music.

7.What was the last record you bought?
Josef Anton Riedl – Klangregionen 1951 – 2007
Ferdinand Kriwet –  Hörtexte/Radiotexts
Ferdinand Kriwet – Hörtexte Zwei

8.Who would you most like to collaborate with?
Muhal Richard Abrams/Roscoe Mitchell

9.What was your best gig (as performer or spectator)?
There are many, as performer: a solo set around 2004 at Club 1955/Palace of Culture Warsaw, the whole audience was frantically dancing to my cut-up noise music and I had to come back out 4 times to play more. As spectator: Don Cherry with Abdullah Ibrahim, Don Cherry with Dewey Redman, Charlie Haden, Paul Motion, Don Cherry with NU (Carlos Ward, Mark Helias, Ed Blackwell, Nana Vasconcelos), Art Ensemble of Chicago, Naked City, Half Japanese, Dietmar Diesner with Sven Ake-Johansson, David Tudor with John Cage, Mahmoud Gania, Master Musicians of Jajouka, some sufi saints from Iran, Ornette Coleman, …

10.How important is technology to your creative process?
I hate technology if it is sophisticated, but I like simple tools, that’s why i play turntables …

11.Do you have siblings and how do they feel about your career?
You have to ask my siblings, not me, …