Blume, Gernot

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Country: Bingen, Germany; USA

Studies: California Institute of the Arts (B.F.A., M.F.A.)


The German composer and multiinstrumentalist Gernot Blume fascinates with his exorbitant musical creativity: through the expressive breadth of his instrument array, including piano, harp, nyckelharpa, accordion, contrabass, sitar, surbahar, vibraphone, marimba, violin, guitar, mandolin, recorders, frame drums, tabla, gamelan, percussion, and voice, he combines improvisatory techniques of many cultures and his own compositions in a transcendental aesthetic with a global reach. Music of great complexity and beauty.

“Music that comes from the soul is not superfluous luxury, but a deeply rooted human need. Music points us toward the most basic questions of our existence: it comforts us, celebrates, prays, and breathes, music sings and cries, jubilates and gives thanks for the wonders of the world. Music, so understood, transcends boundaries. It searches for the most diverse timbres, influences, inspirations, styles, and instruments; it knows the traditions of the cultures of this world. This is the kind of chant I join in with my music.” Gernot Blume[1]

Works for Percussion

Flying Nowhere - Vibraphone; Piano
Shinkansen - Percussion; Trombone; Piano
Sprachlos - Mixed Chorus; Percussion
Why - Marimba Quartet