Background and activities


I am Deputy Head of Research at Department of Music, and professor of double bass, jazz and experimental music. I teach main instrument, ensemble and free improvisation at the jazz department, in addition to supervising master and PhD students.



Michael Francis Duch (1978) was born and raised in Trondheim, Norway, and plays the double bass.

Duch is a member of the steering committe of VIS - Nordic Journal for Artistic Research, a alumni member of the The Young Academy of Norway. 

He completed his project “Free Improvisation – Method and Genre” as research-fellow at the University of Trondheim (NTNU) late October 2010, where he has been doing research on Free Improvisation and the use of Improvisation in Experimental Music.

He has been involved in around 70 recordings released in various formats, and has played solo-concerts various places in Norway and Sweden, and also Reykjavik, Athens, Madrid, Vienna, Glasgow, Huddersfield and London. 

Michael Francis Duch plays in a trio with Rhodri Davies and John Tilbury, the improvquartet LEMUR with Bjørnar Habbestad, Hild Sofie Tafjord and Lene Grenager and various other constellations. Other collaborations include Pauline Oliveros, Mats Gustafsson, AMM, Christian Wolff, Tony Conrad, Joëlle Léandre, amongst others.



Scientific, academic and artistic work

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Journal publications

Artistic productions

  • Duch, Michael Francis. (2020) Arne Nordheim: Three Stanzas. Three Stanzas
  • Duch, Michael Francis; Wolff, Christian; Lewis, George. (2019) Lewis Wolff Duch. Lewis Wolff Duch
  • Duch, Michael Francis; Aarskog, Stig Førde. (2014) Bjørn Fongaard, musikk av. Sonater for ett instrument, opus 125, nr. 51/52. Concerto for Contr. basso and tape, oups 131, nr. 121.
  • Duch, Michael Francis; Grenager, Lene; Tafjord, Hild Sofie; Habbestad, Bjørnar. (2014) Critical Band (WP) A site-specific composition for 4 orchestral groups. null
  • Duch, Michael Francis. (2012) BBC Scottish Symphoni Orchestra: Cage at 100. null


  • Duch, Michael Francis. (2019) Performing Hanne Darboven's Opus 17a and long duration minimalist music. Norges musikkhøgskole. 2019. ISBN 9788278532706.
  • Habbestad, Bjørnar; Grenager, Lene; Duch, Michael Francis; Tafjord, Hild Sofie. (2013) Critical Band A site-specific compostition for 9-16 musicians. 2013. ISBN 9788299876537.

Part of book/report

  • Duch, Michael Francis; Habbestad, Bjørnar. (2015) Lemur in Rehearsal and Performance. vs. Interpretation: An Anthology on Improvisation, vol. 1.


  • Duch, Michael Francis; Alterhaug, Bjørn; Tilbury, John. (2010) Free Imrovisation - Method and Genre Artistic Research in Free Improvisation and Improvisation in Experimental Music / Michael Francis Duch. 2010.


  • Duch, Michael Francis; Habbestad, Bjørnar; Tafjord, Hild Sofie; Grenager, Lene. (2021) LEMUR: Collective Artistic Research within an Ensemble. European Platform for Artistic Research in Music EPARM 2021 . Association Européenne des Conservatoires, Académies de Mus.; London. 2021-03-18 - 2021-03-18.
  • Duch, Michael Francis. (2020) CalArts: Performer - Composer Forum. Gjesteforelesning . California Institute of the Arts; CalArts, Valencia, California. 2020-03-09 - 2020-03-09.
  • Duch, Michael Francis; Welsh, Jeremy. (2020) Hanne Darboven: Opus 17a. Doppelleben: Bildende Künstler*innen machen Musik [Kunstnerisk og museal presentasjon] . Die Kunst- und Ausstellungshalle der Bundesrepublik Deutschland; Bonn. 2020-06-23 - 2020-10-18.
  • Duch, Michael Francis. (2019) The Virtuoso Listener: On Spectral Music and Listening. Spectralisms 2019: International Conference – 2nd edition . IRCAM; IRCAM, Paris. 2019-06-12.
  • Duch, Michael Francis; Habbestad, Bjørnar; Grenager, Lene; Tafjord, Hild Sofie; Thuestad, Thorolf. (2018) Polytop - utstilling. Lydinstallasjon [Kunstnerisk og museal presentasjon] . Nasjonalmuseet -arkitektur; Oslo. 2018-01-20 - 2018-02-05.
  • Duch, Michael Francis; Welsh, Jeremy. (2018) MUMOK Doppelleben - Opus 17 a Darboven. MUMOK museum moderner kunst stiftung ludwig wien [Kunstnerisk og museal presentasjon] . MUMOK museum moderner kunst stiftung ludwig wien; Wien. 2018-06-23 - 2018-11-11.
  • Duch, Michael Francis; Tilbury, John; Davies, Rhodri. (2017) Cornelius Cardew: Works 1960-70 (vol II). +3db records, Bergen. 2017.
  • Duch, Michael Francis. (2015) Tomba Emanuelle - On spatiality and site-specific music. InTime Symposium . Coventry University; Coventry. 2015-10-25 - 2015-10-25.
  • Duch, Michael Francis. (2014) Tomba Emanuelle. SOFA Music, Oslo, Norway. 2014.