AWK - Dell, Christopher




Klasse der Künste

Prof. Dr. phil.

Christopher Dell

* 17. September 1965 in Darmstadt

Ordentliches Mitglied seit 2017

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Musiker (Vibraphon), Komponist und Theoretiker


Prof. Dr. habil. Christopher Dell works as musician, theoretician and composer and in Berlin. Dell studied Philosophy, Music and Composition and holds a PhD in Organisation Psychology and a habilitation in cultural studies. Since 2000 Dell is head of the Institute for Improvisation Technology (ifit), Berlin. He currently holds a position as Professor for Urban Design Theory at the HafenCity University Hamburg. His teachings in Urban Desing Theory also include a.o. the University of Fine Arts Berlin, the Technical University Munich, Architectural Association London, University of the Witwatersrand Johannesburg and the Fine Arts Academy Arnhem. His Monographies include: “Prinzip Improvisation“, Köln 2002, „Improvisations on Urbanity“ Rotterdam 2009, „Tacit Urbanism“, Rotterdam 2009, „Replaycity“, Berlin 2011, „Die improvisierende Organisation“, Bielefeld 2012, „Ware:Wohnen!“, Berlin 2013 und „Das Urbane“, Berin 2014.

According to the "Reclam Jazzlexikon" Dell is one of Europe's leading vibraphonists. He has recorded numerous CD's and toured throughout Europe, Canada, China, USA, Japan, India, Africa and South America. His work as musician was honored with several awards e.g. the Downbeat Allstar Award, the Award of the "Deutsche Schallplattenkritik",  Finalist European Jazzcompetition Brussels, Jazzprize of the City of Frankfurt, Scholarship „International Summerclasses for New Music“ Darmstadt, the Compositionprize ERTA, the JazzArt-Award - Music of the 21st Century, the Musicprize of the City of Darmstadt, Finalist of the German Jazz Prize and a Grammy-Nomination.