Born in 1943 in Mariestad (Sweden), resident since 1968 in Berlin, Sven Ake Johansson is a composer, poet and visual artist. He has initiated diverse projects, including ‘Die Harke und der Spaten’ and, in collaboration with Alexander von Schlippenbach, ‘Über Ursache und Wirkung der Meinungsverschiedenheiten beim Turmbau zu Babel’ (Hebbel Theater Berlin), has had numerous exhibitions, and has published several book and over fifty CDs and LPs. He has exerted major influence on the European free improvisation music scene and forged a European variation on free jazz in the 1960s, in collaboration with Alexander von Schlippenbach, Peter Kowald and Peter Brötzmann. Long years of collaboration with Alexander v. Schlippenbach, Rüdiger Carl, Hans Reichel, Dietmar Diesner, and Axel Dörner, occasional projects with Shelley Hirsch, Andrea Neumann, Manfred Schoof, Ludwig Gosewitz, Thomas Kapielski, Martin Kippenberger, Albert Oehlen, Heiner Goebbels or Blixa Bargeld, and engagements inter alia at Vienna’s Burgtheater have shaped his career. He is most renowned as a drum virtuoso but also sings and performs spoken word. He participated in the Zodiak Free Arts Lab from 1967–69.
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