is a composer, sound artist, vocalist, performer, and stage director. His work explores the connections between voice and action, music and language, and deals with the interpenetration of sound and space.
He has been member of the Maulwerker since his collaboration with Dieter Schnebel began in 1987. As an interpreter of New Vocal Music and Theater, he has performed in numerous premieres of works by Schnebel, Demierre, Mello, Nishikaze, Schedl, ter Schiphorst, and many others all over the world.
Since 1983, Kesten has written compositions for various ensembles, soloists and situations and presented solo work as composer-performer (voice and actions); with commissions from Berlin, New York, Switzerland, etc. His compositions have been presented throughout Europe as well as in North and South America, Lebanon and Japan. Composer-in-residence at Villa Aurora Los Angeles; teaching positions, guest seminars and lectures in the US, Germany, Austria, Israel.
As a stage director, he has directed works by Cage, Jürg Frey, Tom Johnson, Kagel, Schnebel, Sciarrino, and others in Berlin (festival MaerzMusik), Theatre Bielefeld, Festspielhaus Hellerau, Switzerland, Greece, the UK and Brazil.