Gerhard Stäbler's music often breaks through the framework of the conventional by incorporating elements into his compositions that broaden the conventional performance situation (and thus a customary audience expectation), whether through gestures or movements in space, through light and scent design or through active involvement of the audience: it is always important to stimulate the imagination, to sensitize ears and other senses to new, unexpected processes of perception and thought.
The constant, deepening collaboration with artists from the fields of visual arts, video, literature and dance is therefore an essential characteristic of his work.
Stäbler is one of the outstanding composers of his generation: in the last decade, premieres and first performances have taken place in Argentina, Germany, Great Britain, Iceland, Japan, Korea, mid-May 2018 at the Theater Ulm (Dahinströmen, singing).
In the spring of 2018 Stäbler was in the USA for concerts and lectures in Texas and Illinois and as composer-in-residence of the Ragdale Foundation Chicago. In the fall he will be on a concert and lecture tour of several weeks in South Korea, Norway and England. In addition to premieres of various chamber music and choral works (including the second string quartet - - ] erzählen ...), Gerhard Stäbler will be represented at the 2019 Festival Eight Bridges of the Kölner Philharmonie with the premieres of HÖR-FLECKEN, a work with a large ensemble in Heumarkt subway station, and the orchestral version of DEN MÜLLFAHRERN VON SAN FRANCISCO with the WDR Orchestra.
In 2019 and 2020 he will spend a few months at the invitation of the Art Foundation in its artist residence in Istanbul. In May 2015, with the support of the Kunststiftung NRW, the first English-language book live / the opposite / daring about the compositional work of Gerhard Stäbler, edited by the American musicologist Paul Attinello, will be published.