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About Kristina Kanders

Born in Cologne, Germany, Kristina began painting and playing music at age three. 1987 she went to New York to study music and arts (Bachelor of Fine Arts, Parsons School of Design, NYC; Master of Arts Degree, Queens College, NYC). She stayed there for almost 20 years, performing concerts worldwide and teaching 11 years at New School University. After returning to Cologne in 2005 Kristina produced several CDs and art/music videos under her own name. Exhibitions and concerts in Germany followed. Since 2012, the emphasis of Kristina’s work has shifted entirely to visual arts.  


2016    "Work & Women", annual exhibition, Women's Museum, Bonn G, C

            “Zack Zack”, Petersburger Raum für Kunst, Cologne, G

2015    Solo exhibition in her studio, Cologne, S

            Artvideo Koeln, Cologne

            Smartkunst.de online exhibition, G

            25. Art Fair - Women’s Museum, Bonn, G,C

2014    Exhibition in her studio, Cologne, S

2013    BB Bank, Cologne, S

2012    Her video “Human Rights” toured with CologneOFF VIII - Continental Drift Video

            Art Festival, around the world, i.e. festivals in Madrid, Buenos Aires, Mexico City,     

            Reykjavik, Phnom Penh, Newark, NJ and many more

            Lindenthaler Street Gallery, Cologne, G

            Kanzelei Spruhs, Cologne, S

2011    Lindenthaler Street Gallery, Cologne, G

2010    Exhibition and video installation “Say Something” Netzwerk Junge Kunst,

            Atelier Maas, Bad Honnef, G

2009    Composition for the short film “Global Vulva” of artist Myriam Thyes


            Vita Vitale, Rösrath, S

            Kunstpraxis Staab, Cologne, S

S - Solo exhibition, G - Group exhibition, C - Catalogue

Academic Education and Work Experience

2016               Two week intensive painting workshop European Art Academy Trier with

                       Rolf Viva

2013 - 2014    Intensive Study of painting at the Kölner Malschule, Cologne

1994 - 2005    Taught Brazilian Percussion, chart reading for drummers, ear training und

                       rhythmic analysis at the

                       Jazz and Contemporary Music Program, New School University, New York

2001 - 2005    Took courses in oil painting, life drawing, Photoshop at New School          

                       University, NY

1995 - 1997    Master of Arts Degree, Queens College, NY

1994 - 1995    Studied with Ron Carter at the graduate program at City College (CUNY),

                       New York

1988-1992      Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree, Parsons School of Design/New School

                       University, New York

Concert and Performance Experience (Excerpt)

2008 - 2012     Kristina Kanders, solo-, duo- and trio-concerts, like Jazz Festival Hilden,

                        Lange Nacht der Museen Aachen, Music Fair Frankfurt and many more

2010                Drum Solo for Hilty & Bosch and URBANATIX, Jahrhunderthalle, Bochum

2006 - 2010     Drums for Frank Köllges Adam Noidlt Missiles, Cologne

2009                Drums für Emiliana Torrini bei The Dome, Lanxess Arena, Cologne

2004                „India meets Jazz“ concert with David Liebman and

                        Dr. Karaikudi S. Subramanian at the IAJE Conference in New York

2003                Performances with Beatriz Azevedo; Titchie Sanabria, Townhall, New York;

                        concerts in Chennai, South India

1997 - 2002     Concerts with Cyro Baptista’s percussion show Beat the Donkey, with

                        special guests: John Zorn, Marc Ribot, David Brosa, Cibo Mato

1992 - 2002     Numerous concerts with my own percussion group Sambanditos,

                        performing original compositions and arrangements in and around

                        New York City, incl. Madison Square Garden, Lincoln Center,

                        Museum of Modern Art and many others

1996                Carnegie Hall concert with a percussion ensemble under my leadership

1992 - 1995     Percussion for the band Pizzicato Five.

                        Modern Drummer Festival '95: played and conducted Kenwood Dennard's

                        Meta Rhythmic Troupe

1984 - 1987     Co-founder of the first samba band of Cologne, Sambanditos, concerts at

                        Pori Jazz Festival, many concerts in and around Cologne

Discography and other recordings (Excerpt)

2014               Single Kristina Kanders “Recharge” (Youtube)

2012               Video Kristina Kanders “Mother” (Youtube)

2011               Videos Kristina Kanders “Human Rights”, “My Womb” und

                       “Happy Birthday” (Youtube)

2010               CD Kristina Kanders, “Say Something”, (Bernd Gast Musik), Cologne

                       Urbanatix - the Show, Jahrhunderthalle, Bochum  

                       Drum Track for Frank Schätzing, Cologne

                       Video “Say Something” (Youtube)

2009               Composed and produced music for the art video “Global Vulva”

                       by artist Myriam Thyes, Cologne and Düsseldorf

2009               The Dome 51 for RTL with Emiliana Torrini, "Jungle Drum", Cologne

2008               CD Kristina Kanders, “For All People”, (Bernd Gast Music), Cologne

2004               CD Brian Woodbury Variety Orchestra (Some Phil Records), NY

2002               CD Cyro Baptista Beat the Donkey (Tzadik Records), New York

2001               La Plaza TV Documentation Beat the Donkey for WBGH Public TV, Boston

1999               CD David Watson "Skirl" (Avant Records) with Beat the Donkey, New York

1996               Appearance in two US TV commercials for the producers of STOMP, NYC


1995               Meet the Composer grant for my composition “Partido Outro”


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