The cellist Michael Bach enjoys an international career with concerts, CD recordings, radio and TV broadcastings. He provided numerous significant contributions to the art of playing the cello (including the book Fingerboards & Overtones). Since 1990 he has developed the curved bow (BACH.Bogen®) for string instruments which makes the simultaneous sounding of multiple strings possible. In 2001 he was invited by Mstislav Rostropovich to present the BACH.Bogen® in Paris. John Cage and Dieter Schnebel created compositions specifically for this curved bow, and they are dedicated to Michael Bach.
Hermann Kretzschmar studied with Bernhard Ebert in Hanover, where he completed his studies in 1985, and has performed as pianist with the Ensemble Modern since then. During the course of his career he has worked with a diverse range of contemporary composers, including John Cage, Karlheinz Stockhausen, György Kurtág and Frank Zappa. Kretzschmar is also an active composer whose recent commissions include music for festivals in Karlsruhe and Illingen, as well as several film scores. In 1994 he co-founded the production company HCD-productions which has released recordings of music by Paul Bowles and Howard Skempton.
Dieter SCHENBEL: "The Art of the Curved-Bow"
Mit Diesem Handen; 5 Inventionen; J.S. BACH: Cello Suite C-major. (mode 52)
John Cage: Number Pieces 3: One8 (mode 141)
Walter Zimmermann: The Echoing Green - Chamber Works 1986-89 (mode 150)