Julius Holtz is a Berlin based composer, musician and multidisciplinary artist. His work combines contemporary music composition, sound installation, video and performance. Through recontextualisation of aesthetic language of various formats and media, Holtz develops new fields of artistic experiments.
After receiving a Master of Arts degree in Sound Studies from the Berlin University of the Arts, Holtz became an active member of Berlin`s experimental music scene. He performed at venues such as Ausland Berlin, Quiet Cue and Acker Stadt Palast. As Klangregisseur Holtz has worked with choreographers Ian Kaler and Adam Linder. He is the author of multiple film scores for experimental films and big German cinema productions. His music has been released on experimental music labels and broadcasted on Deutschland Radio. Beyond his appearance in Germany Holtz `s work has been presented in a large amplitude of locations: From rural areas in Portugal and Alaska to festivals and institutions in the USA, Mexico, Argentina, Scandinavia and Europe. These include New Fest Filmfestival (Jay, New York, 2008), Haus der Kulturen der Welt (Transformationen, Berlin, 2009), Wet Sounds Festival (Paraconsistent Invention, London, 2011), Centro de Cultura Digital (Vakuum, Mexico City, 2014), Ultima Festival (Yuaríya Valcári with Marisol Jimenez, Oslo, 2016), Heroines of Sound (Yiríya áiteiyá with Ensemble Mosaik, Berlin 2017) and Nationalgalerie im Hamburger Bahnhof (Moriba lIlumine with Clair Tolan and Markus Hoffmann, Berlin 2017)
Duo ad.lib "Remix" from Julius Holtz on Vimeo. The composers performance duo "ad lib." (Julius Holtz, live electronics and Andreas Staffel, piano) transmits the Remix techniques into contemporary music. By means of fragmentation, adjustment of tempos, recontextualization and collages, compositions of contemporary instrumental and acousmatic music are remixed. REMIX creates a hybrid fusions of pieces - or contrasts works among each other. Julius Holtz and Andreas Staffel fuse the Remix starting from a combination of live-electronic music and instrumental piano performance.Funded by Initiative Neue Musik Berlin