Michael Kiaer, a Danish-born sound artist and musician, has shaped his artistic trajectory through a dual cultural lens, blending influences from his Danish upbringing with the vibrant tapestry of New York City.
Graduating with a BFA in Jazz and Contemporary Music Performance from The New School University in 1992, Kiaer played a foundational role in the Nublu Orchestra under the direction of Lawrence “Butch” Morris. The Orchestra, active since 2003, toured European jazz festivals and continues occasional performances both in Europe and the United States.
In 2010, Kiaer founded “Heartbeat Sessions,” a group exploring the intersection of electronic music and free jazz through live improvisation. Regularly performing in the New York City area, particularly at Nublu in the East Village, the group has become a platform for avant-garde sonic exploration.
Venturing into sound art, Kiaer collaborated with visual artist Gül Kozacioglu on immersive installations such as “Stardust” (2017) and “I See You” (2022). The latter, presented at Yapekredi Bomontiada Gallery in Istanbul, received support from the Danish Ministry of Culture and the Danish Cultural Institute, showcasing the collaborative nature of Danish/Turkish cultural exchange.
Michael Kiaer’s current focus lies in the realm of sound design and art, exploring the integration of chance and improvisation into installations. Looking forward, he envisions expanding the international presence of his collaborative works.