Thomas Kessler

Thomas Kessler Group

Le Son des Couleurs

‍Sound ‍Architecture ‍| ‍Space ‍Jazz ‍| ‍Time ‍Design


‍Thomas ‍Kessler ‍is ‍a ‍composer, ‍producer, ‍sound ‍sculpturer ‍and ‍architect ‍from ‍Duesseldorf, ‍Germany.


‍In ‍his ‍late ‍teens ‍he ‍was ‍multiple-awarded ‍in ‍the ‍German ‍music ‍competition ‍‚Jugend ‍Jazzt‘.

‍His ‍1990 ‍debut ‍album ‍‚Thomas ‍Kessler ‍Group‘ ‍was ‍chosen ‍‚Perfect ‍CD ‍of ‍the ‍Month‘ ‍[stereoplay ‍magazine] ‍and ‍nominated ‍for ‍the ‍Prize ‍of ‍the ‍German ‍Record ‍Critics’ ‍Award, ‍followed ‍by ‍three ‍further, ‍worldwide ‍released ‍solo ‍albums.


‍During ‍the ‍Nineties ‍he ‍appeared ‍with ‍Berlin’s ‍DISSIDENTEN, ‍the ‍‚Godfathers ‍of ‍World ‍Beat‘ ‍[according ‍to ‍Rolling ‍Stone ‍Magazine], ‍on ‍their ‍European ‍festival ‍tours ‍(Glastonbury, ‍Roskilde, ‍Montreux, ‍Rome, ‍Budapest,…), ‍studio ‍and ‍live ‍albums. ‍


‍For ‍two ‍CD ‍recordings ‍and ‍numerous ‍concerts ‍Thomas ‍spent ‍the ‍first ‍decade ‍of ‍the ‍new ‍century ‍with ‍TRANCE ‍GROOVE, ‍a ‍Cologne-based ‍group ‍in ‍the ‍tradition ‍of ‍the ‍70’s ‍legendary ‍band ‍CAN.

‍He ‍was ‍invited ‍to ‍play ‍with ‍Jaki ‍Liebezeit’s ‍DRUMS ‍OFF ‍CHAOS, ‍recorded ‍with ‍NIGHTHAWKS ‍and ‍DEAD ‍GUITARS.


‍Thomas ‍worked ‍for ‍TRANCE ‍GROOVE, ‍GOLDMAN, ‍CRYSTIN, ‍Ulli ‍Boegerhausen, ‍Sungha ‍Jung, ‍and ‍Clive ‍Stevens ‍as ‍a ‍producer.

‍On ‍stage ‍he ‍appeared ‍with ‍Charlie ‍Mariano, ‍Mel ‍Collins, ‍Rosko ‍Gee, ‍Helmut ‍Zerlett, ‍and ‍many ‍others.


‍In ‍2008 ‍he ‍launchedLE ‍SON ‍DES ‍COULEURS, ‍a ‍stylish ‍Ambient ‍Music ‍project ‍dedicated ‍to ‍the ‍exploration ‍and ‍elaboration ‍of ‍the ‍phenomenon ‍of  colour-sound ‍synesthesia ‍and ‍association.


‍TK ‍runs ‍his ‍own ‍mixing ‍and ‍mastering ‍studio ‍in ‍Duesseldorf ‍and ‍is ‍currently ‍working ‍on ‍a ‍variety ‍of ‍projects ‍in ‍the ‍field ‍of ‍intuitively ‍composed ‍music. ‍aaa

‍Solo ‍Works

‍PIANO ‍DIARIES

‍2012 ‍tonwert

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‍THE ‍LIQUID ‍E.P.

‍2007 ‍peacelounge

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‍EGOLUTION ‍(EGO*)

‍(*1998)2005 ‍

‍peacelounge

‍peal ‍012

‍ON ‍EARTH

‍1995 ‍laika ‍records

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Thomas Kessler Group

‍UNTITLED

‍1992 ‍laika ‍records

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‍TK ‍GROUP

‍1990 ‍laika ‍records

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Addicted since 1962. 

TK’s life with music. 


Biography in reverse order: 



2019


2018

  • ITEMdigital, foundation of TK’s own record label
  • debut concert ‚loopSOCIETY‘
  • ,Le Son des Couleurs’  album release and multi media show at Muziek Biennale, D/NL


2017


2015


2014


2013


2012


2011


2010


2009 


2008 

  • Trance Groove album ,Orange'  (co-composer and musician)
  • Score music performances with Andy Warhol movie ,Chelsea Girls' [USA 1966], Cologne Müngersdorfer Stadion 
  • Formation of ,CFN Cloud Factory Network’, multimedia Deep House project with DJ Heli and Udo Hanten (†) [HAN10]
  • TKaudiotreatmentsSM [signature mastering] launched at newly built ‚p.fort base‘


2007


2006

  • Collaboration with Brazilian/French artist Luzia Simons, video installation ,Stockage 0'


2005 

  • ,Egolution', 3rd solo album, extended re-release of the 1998 album ‚Ego’ - Japan release, later worldwide


2003 ff


2002 ff

  • ,Trance Club’ sessions with Stefan Krachten  [The Unknown Cases, Trance Groove, Django Edwards], with Mel Collins [King Crimson], Rosko Gee [Can, Traffic] and many others...
  • Studio recordings with Wolfgang Fluer [YAMO, ex-Kraftwerk]
  • launch of  ‚p.fort base’ digital studio 


2000


1998

  • Ego': solo CD


1995

  • 'On Earth': first solo album, recorded at newly built hybrid analog/digital studio, worldwide release


1994 - 2001


1991


1986 - 94


1984-93

  • Peter Behrends School of Architecture Duesseldorf - studied Architecture and Interior Design, Award by the Federal Association of the German Cement Industry


1970 ff


1962

MANILA BAY SKETCHBOOK

2010

TK& …


Thomas Kessler performed / recorded with:



@TK GROUP

HARALD INGENHAG / WOLFGANG ‚BOLLE’ DIEKMANN

guests: FRANK KIRCHNER (†) / FRANK SICHMANN / VOLKER HEINZE / DAL MARTINO


@GOLDMAN

STEFAN KRACHTEN (†) / MEL COLLINS / HELMUT ZERLETT / KONSTANTIN WIENSTROER / JUERGEN DAHMEN / HELIAN SCHULTE (DJ HELI) / MARION RUBINA KLASK / ISIS ZERLETT / SIMON CAMATTA / JAN ROSENBERG / JAKI LIEBEZEIT (†) / ROSKO GEE / HANS PETER SALENTIN / MATTHIAS KEUL / TOBIAS KROEMER


@DISSIDENTEN

MARLON KLEIN / UVE MUELLRICH / FRIEDEMANN JOSCH / IZALINE CALISTER / NOUJOUM OUAZZA / MANICKAM YOGESWARAN / DRA DIARRA / CHARLIE MARIANO (†) / ROMAN BUNKA / MANOU GALLO / ROSANNA TAVARES (†) / TOMAS SAN MIGUEL / BAJKA / ANURADHA SHUKLA / DR. KRISHNA RAGHAVENDRA / GORDON SHERWOOD (†) / JOO KRAUS


@TRANCE GROOVE / TRANCE CLUB / FRÜHLING IN BRAZIERS

STEFAN KRACHTEN (†) / DAL MARTINO / HELMUT ZERLETT / JUERGEN DAHMEN / DJ HELI / BERND WINTERSCHLADEN / REINER WINTERSCHLADEN / SHELDON ‚KELLY‘ ANCEL (†) / SAMSON GASSAMA (†) / DOMINIK VON SENGER / JANA ZERLETT / ISIS ZERLETT / DIRK HERWEG / BERND RENN (†) / JOE KILLI / JAN TENGELER / ROSKO GEE / MARKUS WIENSTROER / REINER LINKE / HANS BÄÄR / RUEDIGER ELZE / DIRK RAULF / ERIC ZEILER / RALF AUSSEM


@INSTANT MUSIC BAND

REINER LINKE / OLE MUTH / BERND KEUL / MIKE JANSEN / ACHIM FINK / JUERGEN DAHMEN


@DRUMS OFF CHAOS

JAKI LIEBEZEIT (†) / REINER LINKE / MANOS TSANGARIS / MAF RETTER / OLEK GELBA


SPECIALS

CRYSTIN

ULLI BOEGERSHAUSEN / REINHOLD WESTERHEIDE

CLIVE STEVENS (†)

SUNGHA JUNG

RAZOOF

HEIN+KLEIN


MISCELLANEOUS 

WOLF-RUPRECHT SCHWARZBURGER / UFO WALTER / ANDY ZINGSEM / JOSEF KIRSCHGEN / UDO HANTEN [HAN10] (†) / LUCIAN ZÄYN / JAMES REYNOLDS / NICOLLE MEYER / GENTLEMAN / WOLFGANG FLUER / WAYNE BARTLETT (†) / NEIL CARTER / SUPPI HUHN / JOHANNES SEIDEMANN / ALI HAURAND (†) / MARKUS TUERK / CHRISTOPH BRANDENBURG / MARTIN BOZIO / KLAUS DILKRATH / SVEN HENRIK GAWRON / ANDREAS DOHMEN / LUTZ VERSTRAATEN

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