Seattle, WA

Trimpin is a German-born composer and sound artist who has lived and worked in Seattle since 1979. His sound sculptures, installations and set designs have been commissioned by artists as diverse as Merce Cunningham, Samuel Beckett and the Kronos Quartet. These works have been exhibited locally, nationally and internationally at spaces including the Yerba Buena Center in San Francisco, Circulo De Bellas Artes in Madrid and the LOGOS Foundation in Ghent. Trimpin’s awards include the MacArthur Foundation’s ”Genius Award” and a Guggenheim Fellowship, as well as residencies at numerous art centers, universities and colonies.

The Gurs Zyklus


Artist Bio

The Gurs Zyklus is an installation and performance inspired by the fate of Jews in the German town where Trimpin was born. Begun as a correspondence with victims’ families, the project is being developed through several residencies at colleges and universities in the U.S. and Europe. The final work will be presented in galleries and museums, with singers performing a song cycle set to choreography inside Trimpin’s sound sculptures. The Gurs Zyklus is planned for flexibility in staging at different sized venues and environments, both indoors and out.

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