Inventive performance on Gurs camp to debut at Stanford

“The Gurs Zyklus,” a musical performance-art piece created by composer/sound sculptor/inventor Trimpin — in collaboration with director Rinde Eckert — will make its world premiere 8 p.m. Saturday, May 14 at Stanford’s Memorial Auditorium. Part multimedia performance and part installation, the Stanford Lively Arts event will be the culmination of a yearlong Stanford residency by Trimpin, who has designed and built the work’s sound sculptures in partnership with students at Stanford’s Center for Computer Research in Music and Acoustics.

“The Gurs Zyklus” (“Gurs Cycle”) is designed to draw audiences through the history and landscape of Gurs, an internment camp that during the Nazi era housed Jews deported from Efringen-Kirchen, the German town where Trimpin grew up in the 1950s.

Trimpin will lead a free stage tour of the musical instruments in his work at noon Friday, May 13 on the Memorial Auditorium stage. For videos of Trimpin’s past work, interviews and links to more Trimpin information online visit