Johannes S. Sistermanns is a German composer/musician/performer/ sound artist, and former student of Mauricio Kagel. He has performed sound-performances, soundinstallations and exhibited graphic/sonic notations troughout Europe (Donaueschinger Musiktage 1996, Audio Art Festival Warsaw 1998) Australia (Hartley Concert Room in University of Adelaide1997, Melbourne Art Festival 1997), Japan (Goethe-Institute,Tokyo 1997 + Kyoto, Xebec Hall, Kobe 1998) and the United States (Roulette +Knitting Factory, New York/Shy Ann Studios, Tacoma/Spokane1995). He took vocal lessons in classical music in North India (B.H.U. Benares/Calcutta) and has been taught 'The Tao of Voice' method in New York, invented by Prof. Stephen Cheng. He has lived in Paris and had extended stays in Australia, North India, Japan and New York. He has been the recipient of various fellowships (for Australia, Japan, USA, France) and awards.
1995 he has won a composition award for his soundinstallation INDIGO of the ORF Austrian Radio and Transit Digital Art in Innsbruck/Austria and 1997 the international KARL-SCZUKA-F=D6RDERPREIS award of the SFCdwest funk Radio for his soundart composition JUST AND THONGS (now released as CD). His RadioSoundProjects are commissioned by German and Australian radio stations.
In 1997 he has devolped a new technic of soundtransmiting with his so called ST-MEMBRANE-TECHNIC. It allows you listening radiostations on the window, music on an A 4 paper, on the floor etc. No more loudspeakers. In general he uses taped sounds, acoustic instruments - basalt-lava stones, indian and chinese bells, monochord, voice, breath, text, noise, grand piano, acoustic bowls, computer generated sound - and the performance space itself. Sistermanns' work has a strong visual component.