Josef Anton RIEDL (Germany)
Josef Anton Riedl (1927, Munich, Germany) – poet, musician, composer, artist. Studied at the German Branch of the Young Musicians (1950, C. Orf and H. Scherchen’s studios), later he was the head of the institution until 1960. He assisted in the organisation of the Siemens-Studios für electronische Musik (Munich), in1959-66 he was its art director. He is the author of the full-length documentary (jointly with S. Meuschel) about the electronic music recorded in various studios of Europe, of the retrospective CD-edition Siemens-Studios für electronische Musik (München: Siemens Kultur Programm, 1998). Since1960 he has been the organiser of a large number of artistic events NEUE MUSIK München (including the festivals MUSIK/FILM/DIA/LICHT, musical program for the Munich Olympics (1972), of the Stockhausen music festival, of the Cage, Schnebel and Xenakis’s days), NEUER FILM München (1960-65), Jazz (1960-80), Neue Musik in der Schule (since1970) and Traditionelle Aussereuropäische Musik (since 1972). Since 1974, Riedl was the founder and director (1977-82) of the Kultur Forum (Bonn): organisation and holding of Ph. Glass, S. Reich and La M. Young’s music days, of concerts of contemporary French music, seminars and colloquia etc; also within the Tage Neuer Musik (Bonn) he arranged festivals of L. Berio, J. Cage, D. Schnebel and Xenakis, and Stockhausen’s days accompanied by various art exhibitions (for instance, audio-visual exhibition Electroacoustic Music since The Sixties and so on). He has conducted a number of large scale installations (including the installation “John Cage” – within the exhibition John Cage – Terry Fox – Gudrun Wassermann (Pfalzgalerie Kaiserslautern, 1996). In collaboration with film- and theatre directors, artists and architects (Lenica, Kristl, Reitz/Kluge, Kortner, Kroetz, Hajek, Nestler, Ruhnau, Büchner) Riedl worked at the films “The Utopics,” “100 sheets from a writing pad,” “Communication,” “Speed,” “Infinite Journey” and others, at the theatrical performances “Leonce and Lena,” “The Tempest,” “Anthony and Cleopatra,” “Peasants Die” and others. Jointly with the established by him in 1967 group MUSIK/FILM/DIA/LICHT-Galerie he participated in a large number of exhibitions, forums and festivals of contemporary art in Germany and abroad, including the Dueren Biennial (1988, 1990), documenta 6 and documenta 8 in Kassel (1977, 1987), EXPO Montreal (1967), Zagreb Biennial (1966, 1967, 1973, 1991), Venice Biennial (1974), and also in the international festivals of new music in more than fifty cities of the world. Riedl has created numerous musical pieces, audio-visual environments, conducted concerts of chamber music, concerts and exhibitions with use of self-made musical instruments, radio plays. He is the holder of a great number of various rewards, including the reward of the Bavaria Academy of Fine Arts, a prize of the German Olympic Committee, Berlin Film Festival prize, gold medal of the Italian Academy of Arts and many others. The bibliography and discography of the poet and composer comprises of various works, published both in Germany and abroad. Josef Anton Riedl lives and works in Munich (Germany).