MITZLAFF completed his cello studies in the seventies at Tübingen
(Germany) with Professor Stefan Zarnescú. Since 1996 he lives at
Lisbon, Portugal, where he works as cellist and composer of contemporary
and experimental music, improvisation, free-jazz, conceptual composition
and sound-art. He collaborates with various artists in multidisciplinary
and electro-acoustic projects and he is member of the art-association
At the moment, he participates in music-projects like: the Duo Ulrich
Mitzlaff / Miguel Mira, with a new and very surprising CD “Cellos”
that was presented early springtime this year; Separados Frutos, an experimental
music and spoken word formation with Nuno Rebelo, Vera Mantero and Manuel
Guimarães; the Open Speech TRIO with Carlos Bechegas and Miguel
Feraso Cabral; the Duo Carlos “Zingaro” / Ulrich Mitzlaff
and the Fruit Music Quartet with Franziska Schroeder, Pedro Carneiro and
With Carlos “Zingaro” he was performing in many different
constellations and formations that had a significant impact on his playing.
The same is to say about his collaborations with Nuno Rebelo, Carlos Bechegas,
Miguel Mira and Carlos Santos.
He was interpreting the original music composed by Nuno Rebelo in 2001
for “como rebolar alegremente sobre um vazio interior”, choreography
by Vera Mantero for the Ballet Gulbenkian, and in 2003 for “Silicone
Não”, choreography by Paulo Ribeiro for the Companhia Paulo
Ribeiro. He was collaborating in 2000 and 2001 with Américo Rodrigues
in his multi-dimensional piece “…como um relâmpago…”.
He composed and presented live in 2008 the music for the choreography
created by Romulus Neagu “The Invisibility of the Small Perceptions”.
With Romulus Neagu he works also in the duo “ImproFormance”,
an instant dance-performance.
In 2008 he created and interpreted the music for the documentary film
by Miguel Clara Vasconcelos over the choreographic project of Romulus
Neagu “The Invisibility of the Small Perceptions”, and in
2009 he composed and interpreted the music for the dramatic short film
by Miguel Clara Vasconcelos “Pedrinez”. He interpreted the
original music written by Paulo Curado for the animation film “Cândido”
by “Zepe” – José Pedro Cavalheiro in 2007.
He participated in many international festivals like “Festival LEM
Primavera” (Barcelona 2009), “Festival Portugal and the World”
(Brussels 2007), “Metasonic LX” (Lisbon 2006), “Metasonic
III” (Lisbon 2010), “Festival Músicas do Mundo”
(Sines 2006), “Festival Alkantara” (Lisbon 2006), “Sonorities”
festival of contemporary music (Belfast, Northern Ireland 2005), “CAMP
03 - international festival for electronic music, sound art and visual
arts” (Tübingen, Germany 2003) and “CAMP 05” (Montemor-o-Novo
2005), “Encontros de Música Experimental- EME” (Setúbal
2000 and 2001), “Ó da Guarda” (Guarda 1999, 2005 and
2008) among many others.
He was playing in various concerts with Fried Dähn, Rodrigo Amado,
Emídio Buchinho, Reinhold Friedl, Vitor Joaquim, Thomas Maos, Stefano
de Bonis, Josep-Maria Balanyà, Bart Maris, Miguel Cardoso, Pedro
Lopes, Hernâni Faustino, Stefano Zorzanello, Gregg Moore, Liba Villavecchia,
Paulo Curado, Bertrand Gauguet, Miguel Leiria Pereira, Ernesto Rodrigues,
Mark Whitecage, Phill Niblock and many others. He worked in the duo I/O
with Carlos Santos (MAX/MSP) in the field of electro-acoustic improvisation
and he was collaborating with the Lisbon Improvisation Players of Rodrigo
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