Lennart Dohms completed his music education in Salzburg, Paris and Dresden after studying theology and theater studies in Cologne. Transdisciplinary projects, collaboration with composers, performance artists and academics, as well as working as a university teacher, keep his work open for artistic discussions in a variety of fields. As a member of the ensemble El Perro Andaluz, he received the Culture Prize Dresden and for his work as a conductor, he was awarded the Arras Prize. The production of Martin Jaggis Planck at the Music Festival Bern was voted one of the five most important Swiss music productions of 2015.
Performances in the field of music theater and contemporary music lead him regularly to ensembles, orchestras and festivals throughout Europe. He also gives numerous workshops and guest courses throughout Europe. In 2013, he became a professor at the Bern University of the Arts, where he directs the master’s programs performance and specialized performance in the fields of New Music, artistic music communication and research. Lennart will perform with the ensemble GlobalEAR Arktis – Licht ins Dunkel at Theater im Delphi on March 4th 2018.
1: Global warming
2: False facts are not facts
3 : The southpole is still cold
1. What is the biggest inspiration for your music?
Mouvement – the physical activity which aligns a certain music to a certain body however visible or not (mostly invisible)
2. How and when did you get into making music?
Through music getting into me. At my grandpa’s house.
3. What are 5 of your favourite albums of all time?
Andre Watts: Live in Tokyo 1980
Lluis Llach: The Barcelona Concert1976
John Butt – Pachelbel: Hexachordum Apollinis
Friedrich Cerha – Spiegel I – VII (UA)
Takashi Watanabe: J.S. Bach – Goldbergvariationen
4. What do you associate with Berlin?
Being told I should live there. Latte macchiato.
Indian summer. Melancholy and always more green parks than you thought the last time you were there. The smell of coal. The Rosa-Luxemburg-Platz. Textbook case of Gentrification. Potsdam.
5. What’s your favourite place in your town?
6. If there was no music in the world, what would you do instead?
Watch the sea.
7. What was the last record/music you bought?
Francois Philidor: Carmen saeculare
8. Who would you most like to collaborate with?
9. What was your best gig (as performer or spectator)?
As a spectator: Gob Squad “Western Society”
As performer: “Don’t play” performative piece with El Perro Andaluz, Jens Heitjohann, Liz Waterhouse, Max Schneider
10. How important is technology to your creative process?
It’s the counterpoint – technology (as word, as instrument or as digital tool) makes any idea either possible or creates a resistance for them you have to deal with.
11. Do you have siblings and how do they feel about your career/art?
A brother and a sister – I love them – if you want to know about their feelings about me, you should probably ask them: as they are two marvelous and thoughtful artists, they will presumably have a lot of interesting answers to that questions.
To Listen the El Perro Andaluz ensemble: vimeo.com/241310843
Picture by Phillip Heinz