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t o r s t e n   p a p e n h e i m
*1980

the music of torsten papenheim is located somewhere between melody and noise - to be taken as either a combination or a counterpoint. his music can be heard on numerous records, he played concerts and festivals in germany, austria, poland, czech republic, belgium, the netherlands, finland and switzerland.

papenheim writes music for several ensembles and occasions. recent compositions are "nachtprogramm" for trombone, bass and piano (cologne 2017); "marg bar hichkas" for two pianos and three snare drums (berlin 2016);
“shudder studies” for solo guitar (hamburg 2015); “syntax zwei" for violoncello and bass (vienna 2013); “bt n rs” for french horn, guitar, harp and piano (helsinki 2013) and the chamber opera “schattenspiel” (berlin 2011). 

as a performing musician torsten papenheim is mainly active as soloist and with rant, his guitar&drums-duo with merle bennett. since 2003 rant explore the various possibilities of the duo: concrete statements and abstract sounds, exploding and imploding while never losing the thread. so far bennett and papenheim have performed numerous concerts in europe and released four albums. in 2013 their incidental music “uthlande” was premiered in berlin.

in 2009 papenheim released the highly praised cd “some of the things we could be” that features twelve original compositions performed by thirteen musicians. on stage these pieces are performed by his new quartet tru cargo service: alexander beierbach (ts), tp (g), berit jung (b) and karoline körbel (dr).

from 2004 to 2016 he was running the cd label schraum together with axel haller and merle bennett.