Acme Studios — Urban Mäder

Supporting Artists since 1972

Urban Mäder

Landis & Gyr Stiftung Residency

Urban Mäder is a composer and improviser (piano, voice, melodica) based in Lucerne Switzerland. He develops projects in the field of sound art, often in collaboration with visual artists, with a focus on spatial or landscape-related compositions and performances. He also works as a Lecturer in improvisation and music didactics at the Lucerne University of Applied Sciences.

Urban’s projects include Klangtransit, World New Music Days 2004; Lauter Blech, Lucerne 2006; Zone Lido, Lucerne 2009 and Before the Day, New Music Rümlingen 2010. He is a co-founder of the Forum Neue Musik, Lucerne. He has received numerous composition commissions, various prizes and awards, including the Art and Culture Prize from the City of Lucerne in 2018.

Landis & Gyr Stiftung, Switzerland

The Landis & Gyr foundation awards studio scholarships to Swiss artists and cultural professionals in London, Budapest, Sofia and Zug. Its London-based residency partnership with Acme was established in 1987, and provides six month long work/live opportunities for ten Swiss artists per year. Artists are selected for the programme directly by Landis & Gyr Stiftung and must demonstrate a track record of achievement in their field. Over two hundred visual artists, curators, writers, musicians and composers have benefitted from the programme. Residencies are based in Stepney, E1 and are available to Swiss residents only

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