Ignaz Schick (*1972) is a Berlin based sound/visual artist, composer/performer, and curator of festivals/events. He also performs as an instrumentalist on turntables, objects, live-electronics, alto saxophone & flutes. In his youth he studied the saxophone and since his teenage days performed in free jazz and avant rock bands. At the same time he was getting obsessed with multitrack tape machines, record players & effect boxes & he started experimenting with different electro-acoustic set-ups & sound making devices. After college he studied at the Academy of Fine Arts in Munich & worked for several years as an assistant for the contemporary composer Josef Anton Riedl. Since 1995 he lives & works in Berlin where he became an active and integral force of the so-called “Berlin Nouvelle Vague” and the blossoming “experimental” music scene. He has been also prolific as curator (Festival für Andere Musik, Erase & Reset, Time Shifts, TITO- The International Turntable Orchestra 2009 & 2019, Echtzeitmusiktage 2010, Flux Festival 2018, Fuchsfest 2021, Reflux Festival 2022, …) & runs the experimental music label Zarek.
Schick has toured worldwide solo or with various groups & ensembles & has collaborated with more than a hundred international sonic artists – amongst others with Mwata Bowden, Don Cherry, Douglas Ewart, Sven-Ake Johansson, Paul Lovens, Toshimaru Nakamura, Charlemagne Palestine, Andrea Parkins, Keith Rowe, Akira Sakata or Martin Tetréault. In parallel to his experimental music and performance practize he has been making sound installations, experimental objects, visual collages, text scores, concrete poetry, graphic scores and drawings. Since 2016 he has received several composition & research stipends [Cité des Arts Paris, Cultural Exchange Stipend for South-East-Asia, Villa Aurora Los Angeles & Kulturakademie Tarabya Istanbul, Goethe Institute Kolkata] for writing & producing new pieces and researching the local scenes and is currently traveling/touring India.