Hartmut GEERKEN (Germany)
Hartmut Geerken (1939, Stuttgart, Germany) Ц poet, writer, composer, musician. Studied Oriental languages, Philosophy, Philology, and Comparative Theosophy at the educational institutions in Tuebingen and Istanbul. He attended workshops conducted by K. Stockhausen, A. Kontarsky and G. Ligetti in Darmstadt. As an associated professor of Goethe-Institut he worked in Cairo (1966-72), Kabul (1972-79), Athens (1979-83), Munich (1984-92). He is the author of about forty books of poetry and prose, among them are the following: Murmel. Gedichte (Istanbul, 1965), Sprechweisen (Kabul, 1974), Moderne Erzähler der Welt: Afghanistan (Tuebingen Ц Basel, 1977), Chronological Discography Sun Ra (Athens, 1982), Salomo Friedlaender / Mynona Ц Kubin. Briefwechgel (Linz, 1986), Das interaktive Hörspiel als nicht Ц erzählende Radiokunst (Essen, 1992) and others, and also of the books published by the publishing house УVerlegt bei Klaus RammФ (Spenge): Sprünge nach Rosa hin (1981), Holunder (1984), Mappa (1988), Motte Motte Motte (1990), Poststempel Jerusalem (1993), Kant (1998). Geerken published works of many authors of the expressionist and dadaist wave, for instance: Melchior Vischer. Secunde durch Hirn (Munich: Verlag edition text+kritik, 1976), Mynona. Prosa (B1, B2, Verlag edition text+kritik, 1980) and others, jointly with K. Ramm and J. Drews he was the co-publisher of a number of texts of the early avant-garde (series УFrühe Texte der Moderne,Ф among the authors are: V. Hadwiger, R. Hausmann, A. Jarry, F.T. Marinetti, O. Nebel, P. Scheerbart, T. Tzara and others). In his productions he combines the elements of experimental poetry, ethno-music and jazz, emphasising free vocal and use of non-traditional musical instruments. At different periods he was a member of the Cairo Free Jazz Ensemble (1967-72), Cairo Jazz Band (1967-72), of the rock groups Embryo (1986-88), Art Ensemble of Chicago (1996) and others, jointly with D. Cherry, J. Tchicai, S. Murray, F. don Moye, G. Bijma, G. Yoon, M. Allen he conducted a large number of concerts in various cities of the world, including such as Cairo, Kabul, Teheran, Calcutta, Bangkok, Manila, Seoul, Osaka, Athens and others, and also in African countries. He has released more than ten albums in LP and CD-formats, among them are the following ones: Heliopolis (Cairo: Saut-el-Kahira, 1970), Continent (Athens: Praxis, 1980), Cassava Balls (Athens: Praxis, 1985), Tunguska Guska (Munich: Schneeball Ed., 1991), Sixth International Waitawhile Sun Ra Convention (Valencia: Navarrete Ed., 1999) and others. Geerken was a member of the first УBielefelder Colloquium Neue PoesieФ (1978, among the participants were: O. Pastior, G. Rühm, O. Wiener, H. Heissenbüttel, E. Jandl, E. Gomringer, F. Mon and others), he also organised 5 colloquia in Athens (1982). He has participated in numerous festivals of poetry and music, including such as Music Festival (Bangkok, 1976), Akkustische Szene (Berlin, 1982), Berliner Hörspieltage (Berlin, 1990), John Cage und die Moderne (Munich, 1991), УbobeobiФ, Internationales Festival der Lautpoesie (Berlin, 1998), and also documenta 9 (Kassel, 1992) and many others. His works and plays were broadcast on dozens of radio stations of the world, including such as SDR, SWF, NDR, WDR, BR, SWR, ORF, Voice of America, Radio Cairo, All India Radio and many others. He is the laureate of various rewards, including: Muenchner Literaturjahr (1984), Schubart-Literaturpreis (1986), Karl-Sczuka-Preis for radio-art (1989, 1994). Hartmut Geerken lives and works in Herrsching (Germany).