Simon Kanzler

Simon Kanzler (Germany, b. 1988) is a composer, laptop improviser, and vibraphonist. He has a diverse musical background both as an improviser—originally on the vibraphone and in recent years primarily on his self-made modular software instrument—and as a composer, working with a broad range of musicians including new music ensembles, jazz bands, improvisers and heavy metal musicians. He is the co-founder, co-artistic of the New York-based ensemble PinkNoise, with whom he performs on his live- computer instrument and has worked in close collaboration on many projects. His music has also been performed by new music groups such as the ensemble mosaik, the modern art ensemble and the S.E.M. Ensemble. He has studied composition with Mauro Lanza at the UdK Berlin and jazz vibraphone with David Friedman at the Jazz-Institute Berlin.