Carsten Nicolai a.k.a Alva Noto
Carsten Nicolai is a german artist and musician based in berlin. for his musical outputs he uses the pseudonym Alva Noto. born 1965 in karl-marx-stadt, he is part of an artist generation that works intensively in the transitional area between music, art and science. with a strong adherence to reductionism, he leads his sound experiments into the field of electronic music creating his own code of signs, acoustics and visual symbols. together with Olaf Bender and frank bretschneider, he is co-founder of the label "raster-noton. archiv für ton und nichtton". diverse musical projects include remarkable collaborations with Ryuichi Sakamoto, Ryoji Ikeda (cyclo.), Blixa Bargeld or Mika Vainio. nicolai toured extensively as Alva Noto through europe, asia, south america and the US. among others, he performed at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Centre Pompidou in Paris and Tate Modern in London. most recently, Nicolai scored the music for Alejandro González Iñárritu’s newest film, "The Revenant", which has been nominated for a Golden Globe, BAFTA, and Critics Choice Award.
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