Andreas Kuehne is a Dutch drummer, instant composer and sound artist researching free improvisation in relation to radical digital culture and exploring the value of intuition, non-conformism and self-sufficiency through field improvisation and collaborations in film, design and fashion.
Currently finishing his master’s degree in music at ArtEZ University of Arts, Kuehne is part of several audiovisual duos and experimental bands and is the founder and curator of the interdisciplinary concert series RAMSES /MPRO in Amsterdam. Recent performances of his original compositions include Inversia Festival, Overkill Festival, State of Fashion Exhibition, NEXT GENERATION inJazz Festival, Muziekgebouw. Based in Amsterdam, Andreas is artist-in-residence at Splendor collective and Ramses Shaffy Huis and teaches drums at the Music in Education department of the Conservatorium van Amsterdam.
As a drummer, Kuehne performed in concert halls such as Het Koninklijk Concertgebouw, Paradiso, on Dutch national television show Podium Witteman, on NPO radio 4 and NTR NPO Radio 6. He did the sound recording for the documentary 'Area C, System D' by Polina Medvedeva. As a percussionist and board member of the Ricciotti Ensemble, he has played over 200 concerts and toured through Europe and Brazil.
The Informals / Неформалы
By Polina Medvedeva and Andreas Kuehne
The Informals / Неформалы is partly an autobiographical work, partly a universal statement on the notions of decentralisation, collectivism, and non-conformist ways of living in the digital age. Medvedeva and Kuehne research improvisational techniques in the medium of documentary. Their methodology resembles the patterns of the ‘digital natives’ of Murmansk. In order to escape the norms and social constructs of the North of Russia, young people in Murmansk gravitate to deserted spaces in their area, where they collectively improvise with space, adding a new layer to its genealogy. Medvedeva and Kuehne traveled back to the former military zone where Medvedeva was born and through documentation and field improvisation – much like the youths of the Murmansk region – temporarily transferred it into the present. The data they have collected is divided into elements and prepared for live triggering and processing. It resembles an audiovisual instrument which, when played by the artist duo, produces new unscripted versions with each live performance.
The piece has been commissioned by Sonic Acts and Inversia Festival, Murmansk as part of Re-Imagine Europe, co-funded by the Creative Europe programme of the European Union.
404: An Error Occured
By Benedikt Woeppel and Andreas Kuehne
In these audio-visual improvisations designer, moving image maker Benedikt Woeppel and composer, artist Andreas Kuehne intend to challenge the unconscious. At “404” the unconsciousness is represented by an archive of images, symbols and audio-samples, that refer to today’s digital media. By means of musical and virtual audio-visual instruments we select, manipulate and project the material of the archive in order to generate spontaneous and unpredictable scenarios. Visual world and soundscape emerges intuitively and manifest to ephemeral utopias and dystopias. The collaboration '404 - An error occurred', referring to the notification's appearance as a portal to the vaporous interconnectedness of internet, is an instant science fiction machine, which suggests possible realities from the unknown, immortal part of the world, from which everything mortal arises, before it collapses and returns to subconsciousness.
Lisa's Lense – Experimental interdisciplinary Electro Pop
By Luke Deane, Uldis Vitols, Andreas Kuehne
Andreas has played with Achim Kaufmann, Michael Moore, Raphael Vanoli, Anne la Berge, Oene van Geel, Wilbert de Joode, Jasper Stadhouders, Bram Stadhouders, Ab Baars, Michiel Braam, Mola Sylla, Ceumar Coelho, Ellen ten Damme, Ekaterina Levental, Marieke Jager and others.