Simon Bahr studied composition with Michael Edwards and Dietrich Hahne as well as musicology and philosophy in Essen and Bonn. He currently continues his studies in composition with Brigitta Muntendorf in Cologne. In addition, he participated in courses by Mark Applebaum, Franck Bedrossian, Ann Cleare, George E. Lewis, Misato Mochizuki, Alwynne Pritchard and Matthew Shlomowitz. His music was played at ZKM Karlsruhe, Philharmonie Essen, Academy of Arts Berlin, Crossroads Festival Salzburg and Novalis Festival Osijek, amongst other venues. He was awarded the Bernd Alois Zimmermann scholarship by the city of Cologne in 2022.
While and besides composing he busies himself with sonorous and non-sonorous findings from the internet, singing computers and the loudspeaker as cult object. Deterministic algorithmic processes as well as glitch are central to his practice. He tries to always put abstract structures in the service of clear musical ideas. The laptop is his most important composition tool. With it he also occasionally improvises alone and in groups, e. g. at NOW!-Festival in Essen and at domicil in Dortmund.
composer and musician
based in Cologne, Germany