The Austrian multidisciplinary artist WERNER PUNTIGAM is well known for his wide range of outstanding artistic projects off-mainstream:
music (composition & improvisation / trombone, conch shell, voice & noises), visual arts (photography, video & graphic-design) and interdisciplinary performances & audio-visual installations.
"Cliché terms such as 'ethno-music', 'crossover' or 'world music' fail if the versatile creative work of the trombonist, composer, visual artist, photographer, installation artist, arts communicator and border crosser between cultures and traditions, WERNER PUNTIGAM, need to get described. The intensity and the sustainability of his artistic bridge buildings and networks are convincing and human at the same time."
the jury resumed when they honoured him with the 'Upper Austrian Grand Award 2013 for Art in the context of Intercultural Dialogue'.
WP, the improvising and composing musician (trombone, conch shell, voice, noises), called "the alchemist of the sounds" in a review, has founded several groups with outstanding line-ups and unique sound conceptions, and performs live from solo up to orchestra size.
WP, the photographer, video artist and designer, creates numereous photo series (e.g. 'inter.views'), artistic documentaries of cultural events and works of graphic-design to order, and normally takes the responsibility for the artwork of his own
CD and multimedia productions.
WP, the interdisciplinary performer and artist, conceives and produces his own multimedia projects and interdisciplinary performance series (e.g. 'Triptychon') as well as space and sound installations.
Also cooperations with poetry, theater, dance, film, video and fine arts.
Collaborations with well known fellow artists such as Joey Baron, Tom Cora, Joe Bowie, Hank Roberts, Han Bennink, Joëlle Léandre, Jon Rose, Oliver Mtukudzi, Stewart Sukuma, Malangatana, Shih-Yang Lee, Rabito Arimoto, Sakaki Mango, Akemi Takeya, Marta Binneti, Mookwon Kim, Ewald Oberleitner, Gabriele Mirabassi, Franz Hautzinger, Hope Masike, Josef Haslinger or Henning Mankell. Various recordings, video, radio & TV productions. Several prizes and awards for music and visual artworks. Artistic activities, cooperations and presentations in half of Europe, in USA, Canada, Mozambique, South Africa, Tanzania, Zimbabwe, Swaziland, Algeria, South Korea, Taiwan, China, Singapore and Japan.
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all images © Werner Puntigam, except '1' by A. Kreuzberger, '2' by G. Gröger, '3' by S. Osaka, '4' by A. Karl / H. Pachlatko, '5' by Muzz Musicshot, '6' by A. Donev