Markus Reuter (b.1972 in Lippstadt, Germany) is a composer, record producer, performing musician, educator and psychologist whose career has received international recognition.
Reuter played several instruments as a child and began composing at the age of thirteen. In his teens, Reuter studied music history, theory, and analysis with Karlheinz Straetmanns, a composer in the lineage of Harald Genzmer and Paul Hindemith. From 1991 to 1998 Reuter attended Robert Fripp’s Guitar Craft in which intensive courses in music combined with the philosophical teachings of J.G. Bennett and George Gurdjieff played an influential role. The latter’s work on movement, especially his Sacred Dances, had a lasting impact on Reuter’s development of a systematic playing technique for the Touch Guitar, the eight string electric guitar he has since adopted as his main instrument. Reuter went on to study Psychology at the University of Bielefeld while practicing instant composition with a system of out-of-synch looping devices – an approach that led to several critically acclaimed releases as a soloist and with the group Centrozoon – and free improvisation with Prof. Gerd Lisken’s Chaos Orchester Bielefeld. He further deepened his interest in permutation-based compositional principles during apprenticeships with Belgian composer Daniel Schell and Indian music scholar Ashok Pathak.
In TUNER, an ongoing collaboration with drummer Pat Mastelotto, Reuter has applied the generative harmonic designs used in Todmorden 513 to a rock context. In 2010, Markus joined Stick Men (with bassist Tony Levin and Mastelotto), with whom he has recorded and toured extensively on five continents.