Martin Stauning (b. 1982)




The memory of things that never happened.
The futile repetitions of life imitating life.
Remnants of musical cohesion by way of fractured time and melody.
Recalcitrance versus resignation.

Often initiated by images and ideas of abandoned places or things no longer used for their original purpose, Martin Stauning’s work centers on sound itself rather than as a representation of abstract ideas. Material economy is a distinctive trait in his musical language. Poetic sincerity and the absurd exist alongside each other as part of the same overall musical expression.

Martin is also an active performer and has performed works by John Cage, Alvin Lucier, and Jeppe Ernst as well as his own works. In these solo sound performances he works with the physical manipulation of sound through bodily interaction with the surroundings.

Originally educated and worked as a dancer at The Royal Danish Ballet in Copenhagen, Martin Stauning is a graduate of The Royal Danish Academy of Music and a pupil of Hans Abrahamsen, Bent Sørensen and Niels Rosing-Schow. Martin has also served as the chairman of UNM Denmark, the Danish branch of the pan-Nordic annual festival for young sound artists, Young Nordic Music.

Martin is the recipient of grants from among others Margrethe Axelsson Legat, Robert Russel's Memorial Grant and an artists residency from Dansk Tennis Fond and Danish-American National Cultural Exchange (DANCE). Martin is the recipient of the Axel Borup-Jørgensen Composer Prize 2015, was awarded a Léonie Sonning Schoarship in 2016 and in 2016 Martin also received a grant from the Carl Nielsen and Anne Marie Carl-Nielsens Legat. 

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