After the successful first collaboration in the last year, Denovali and UM:LAUT once again team up to present renowned acts as well as young and upcoming representatives of experimental music at Radialsystem in April.
Far beyond musical mainstream, the independent label Denovali has made its mark in the last couple of years with unique and ambitious releases of numerous artists. Rather than publishing music easily assignable to prevalent genre classifications, the work of the label focuses on artists crossing musical boundaries in fields such as experimental, ambient, dark jazz, electronica, jazz as far as new and classical music. With a similarly diversified approach, Denovali has curated and organised the “Swingfest – Experimental Music Festival” in Essen, which has become famous all over Europe since its premiere in 2007. This year, the festival comes to Berlin and London already for the second time. We are happy to work together with the great people of Denovali again and present two days with numerous artists of the label’s roster as well as further international acts, thereby covering a wide range of experimental music.
Denovali Swingfest | 25 April | Radialsystem Berlin Murcof | Greg Haines | Piano Interrupted | Origamibiro
Denovali Swingfest | 26 April | Radialsystem Berlin Oneohtrix Point Never | Brandt Brauer Frick | Skalpel
Hidden Orchestra | Talvihorros | John Lemke
With Murcof, one of the pioneers of the avantgarde scene in Mexico can be experienced live on the first night – with his minimalist ambient which fuses drones, techno and classical music, he is considered “one of the most renowned producers of abstract electronic music” (Spex). The British composer and producer Greg Haines presents his acclaimed album “Where We Were”, on which he departs from his classically inspired chamber music and experiments with analogue synthesizers, percussions and atmospherical soundscapes. Having recently released their second album, Piano Interrupted, who celebrated their Germany debut on the stage of UM:LAUT in December 2012, explore the range between classical minimalism and clubby electronica with computer and piano. With Origamibiro, the audiovisual trio project around the musician and composer Tom Hill can be experienced live for the first time in Germany.
On the second night, Oneohtrix Point Never, an artist who released one of the most remarkable experimental electronic albums of the preceding year on the legendary label Warp with “R Plus Seven”, can be experienced live on stage. The American, whose sound installations were exhibited at New York’s MoMA and who recently created the music to Sofia Coppola’s film “The Bling Ring”, has become one of the stars of the international IDM scene with his abstract, unconventional and innovative sound. As hardly another formation, Brandt Brauer Frick stand for the fusion of danceable electronica and hand-made music. For their multilayered sound between techno and jazz, the Berliners do not only work with synthesizers and samplers but also with classical instruments like piano, violin, cello, trombone, tuba, and harp – the performances with their ten-person ensemble have been celebrated worldwide. At Swingfest Berlin, Brandt Brauer Frick return to their original core as trio with live drums and their deep, minimalist grooves. Ten years after their debut on the label Ninja Tune, the Polish nu jazz duo Skalpel presents one of their rare live sets at Radialsystem. For its second visit at UM:LAUT, the electronic jazz collective Hidden Orchestra is accompanied by the British video artist Lumen. Beyond this, the programme of the second night comprises Talvihorros‘ atmospherical soundscapes betweeen ambient and noise as well as the cinematic compositions of the Glasgow-based sound designer John Lemke.
Wooden sticks, pieces of felt, tape strips, table-tennis balls – with great inventiveness and various everyday objects, the successful pianist and composer Volker Bertelmann alias Hauschka creates an unexpected world of sounds with the piano. The resulting percussive or rustling sounds, which make one assume the usage of drums and electronic devices, give the atmospherically dense, rhythm-based compositions of the Düsseldorf-based musician a lyrical quality. After our two celebrated nights with the dancer Edivaldo Ernesto from the company of Sasha Waltz, Hauschka returns to the stage of UM:LAUT in March in order to present his new solo album “Abandoned City” for the first time. We are very much looking forward to another one of his unique performances – apart from the grand piano being transformed into a laboratory of sound, Hauschka’s “ensemble” is extended by two programmable player pianos for this special night at Radialsystem.
For “Abandoned City”, which will be released by the great label City Slang in March, he has drawn inspiration from ghost towns – around 2,500 of such abandoned places exist world-wide. It is the images and stories of these deserted settlements, in which the pianist has discovered moods which he knows from the process of concentrated artistic creativitiy. “Beauty, transitoriness, melancholy, and absurdity – in the abandoned places already reclaimed by nature, I encounter a metaphor for what happens inside of me.” After experimenting with beats and almost danceable rhythms on his last album, his new work both draws lines back to his earlier releases and explores new territory in the deeper layers of his sound creations.
Hauschka, who has recently recorded an album with the exceptional American violinist Hilary Hahn, composed music for Döris Dörrie’s film “Glück” and launched a new live project with the renowned Techno-DJ Henrik Schwarz in Amsterdam, is regarded as one of the most remarkable modern proponents of the prepared piano. With relatively simple means, he explores the tonal diversity of the keyboard instrument with metal pieces, foils and other objects placed inside the piano or attached to the strings. Since his initial solo improvisations, the classically trained pianist has continually developed, recording some of his fourteen albums with other musicians as well as integrating electronic elements in his works. Meanwhile, Hauschka is mentioned alongside composers such as Eric Satie or John Cage as well as contemporary musicians like Max Richter, Yann Tiersen or Nils Frahm. It is difficult to categorise Hauschka’s music as it moves between sound art and experimental, modern classical and chamber music, electronica and pop, with his last solo album broadening his spectrum to minimal techno and house. In March 2014 his new record “Abandoned City” will be released by the great City Slang label.
Another unique UM:LAUT experience to come – we are very proud to host Hauschka’s record release concert and hope to welcome you for a great night at Radialsystem!
On two nights in December, dance, live music and video encounter each other to create an extraordinary audio-visual feast! UM:LAUT presents the premiere of “The Intention”, a multimedia production conceived by the innovative London based performance collective Neon Dance. Produced by British choreographer Adrienne Hart, NeonDance have pulled together an exciting international team of collaborators including the amazing pianist and producer Nils Frahm and the cellist Anne Müller, set designers Nico de Rooij and Stuart Bailes as well as film maker Terry Braun. This will be the first time Nils Frahm and Anne Müller – critically acclaimed for their great collaborative record “7Fingers” fusing electronica, chamber music and minimal refernces – perform as a duo in Germany.
Neon Dance has been critically acclaimed for its innovative work fusing dance, live music and new media. Adrienne Hart’s choregraphy “The Intention” is inspired by the Argentinian author Adolfo Bioy Casraes’ science fiction novel “The Invention of Morel”, which was published in 1940. The novel tells the story of a man who, on his escape from justice, arrives on a lonely island where he encounters machine-driven, human holograms – a work about deep love, identity and the dream of everlasting happiness, in which Casares already anticipated the virtually created worlds of the present.
After releasing the acclaimed debut album “7Fingers” on Erased Tapes in 2010, Nils Frahm and Anne Müller have continued to develop their collaborative project between electronica, ambient, chamber music and minimal references while working on the soundtrack for “The Intention”. In unique sound experiments with classical and electronical elements, delicate melodies become interwoven with loops, glitches and samples. In the context of the series of UM:LAUT, the two musicians present their music for the first time live in Germany – embedded in the set design of and in combination with the premiere of Neon Dance’s new production “The Intention.”
We are very much looking forward to work with Adrienne Hart and the great people of Neon Dance and we are happy to present another exciting artistic dialogue between music, dance and video. Tickets for our two nights are now on sale – make sure to get yours. We would love to welcome you!
We are very happy and proud to present two special events in the series of UM:LAUT bringing together two of our favourite artists in Berlin: The internationally acclaimed pianist and composer Volker Bertelmann alias Hauschka meets the young Mozambican dancer Edivaldo Ernesto from the company of Sasha Waltz & Guests. In two nights, the two of them abandon the safety of composition and choreography, joining each other in an improvised interplay of sound and movement, entering an artistic dialogue without the corset of a predetermined course, open for unexpected developments, spontaneity and the impulses of each other. An encounter of two unique artists that can be experienced exclusively in the series of UM:LAUT on 17 and 18 August at Radialsystem!
Hauschka, who has recently recorded an album with the exceptional American violinist Hilary Hahn and composed music for the theatre installation “Puppen” at the Düsseldorf Schauspielhaus and Döris Dörrie’s film “Glück”, is regarded as one of the most remarkable modern proponents of the prepared piano. With relatively simple means, he explores the tonal diversity of the keyboard instrument with metal pieces, foils and other objects placed inside the piano or attached to the strings. The resulting percussive or rustling sounds, which make one assume the usage of percussions and electronic devices, give the atmospherically dense, rhythm-based compositions a lyrical quality. Since his initial solo improvisations, the classically trained pianist has continually developed, recording some of his fourteen albums with other musicians as well as integrating electronic elements in his works. Meanwhile, Hauschka is mentioned alongside composers such as Eric Satie or John Cage as well as contemporary musicians like Max Richter, Yann Tiersen or Nils Frahm. It’s difficult to categorise Hauschka’s music as it moves between sound art and experimental, modern classical and chamber music, electronica and pop, with his last solo album broadening his spectrum to minimal techno and house. We never missed his great performances in Berlin in the last couple of years, and we are very pleased to get the chance to work him.
Edivaldo Ernesto has collaborated with numerous artists and choreographers like David Zambrano, Mat Voorter, Robert Hilton, or Faustin Linyekula after having received traditional and classical dance trainings in Mozambique. Sasha Waltz engaged him for the first time for her project “Dialoge Freiburg” at e-Werk Freiburg in 2005. Since 2008 a constant member of the ensemble of Sasha Waltz & Guests, Edivaldo can be experienced in numerous productions of the company worldwide. With his unique and expressive style, he is considered one of the most remarkable and fascinating protagonists of the dance scene in Berlin. As his legendary duet with American percussionist Robyn Schulkowsky for the occasion of the 5th anniversary of Radialsystem illustrated, improvisation has remained his great passion. Together with the Cuban choreographer Judith Sánchez Ruíz, Edivaldo Ernesto has developed his project “There is a name for it”, premiering in Brussels in May 2013, as a director, sound designer and dancer. We love his style and expression as well as his winning and pleasant personality and are dead proud to present him in the context of UM:LAUT.
We are looking forward to a remarkable event in our little series and an exclusive and special get-together of two exceptional artists brought to you in cooperation with Annette Gentz Music Arts.
Far beyond musical mainstream, the independent label Denovali has made its mark in the last couple of years with unique and ambitious releases of numerous artists. Rather than publishing music easily assignable to prevalent genre classifications, the work of the label focuses on artists crossing musical boundaries in fields such as experimental, ambient, dark jazz, electronica, jazz as far as new and classical music. Reasons enough for us to join forces – we are proud to work together with the great people of Denovali for a special UM:LAUT night on 5 April.
With its unique and diversified approach, the label has curated and organised the “Denovali Swingfest – Experimental Music Festival” in Essen, which has become famous all over Europe since its premiere in 2007. This year, the festival will – for the first time – come to Berlin and London as well: At both events, various Denovali artists as well as other renowned international acts can be experienced and discovered. The first day of Swingfest Berlin will take place in the context of the series of UM:LAUT: The Kilimanjaro Darkjazz Ensemble with its unique mixture of jazz, cinematic, ambient and a pinch of trip hop, electronic jazz collective Hidden Orchestra from Edinburgh, the wonderful Bersarin Quartett as well as pianist and composer Carlos Cipa will perform in the course of a long night at Radialsystem.
“Image worlds from the independent music scene (…) Unconventional painters of sound between pop abstraction and modern classical. Young indie labels such as Denovali or Erased Tapes are (…) pioneers in this field.” (tip Berlin, 2012)
Day two of the first Berlin edition of the Swingfest takes place at the beautiful Passionskirche at Kreuzberg on 6 April and features great artists like Tim Hecker (CAN), Ulrich Schnauss (GER), Poppy Ackroyd (UK), Thomas Köner (FR), The Alvaret Ensemble (NL | UK) and Field Rotation (GER).
With Valgeir Sigurðsson, one of Iceland’s most renowned composers and producers will be the guest of UM:LAUT in February: On his new album “Architecture Of Loss”, which he originally developed as a soundtrack for Stephen Petronio’s ballett of the same name, he arranges a wide and engrossing world of sound where string formations and subtle piano patterns encounter minimal electronica. Sigurðsson, who has already worked as a producer for Björk, Sigur Rós, Ben Frost, Feist, or CocoRosie amongst others, experiments with diverse sounds and structures, plays with the possibilities of analogue and digital instrumentation, and creates both abstract and catchy sound patterns – an eclectic expedition between electronica and chamber music, ambient and post-folk, pop and new music.
Valgeir is both a successful composer, musician and sound engineer as well as one of the most renowned producers of the European indie music scene. In 1997, he founded the Greenhouse Studios, which have become one of the most important production studios for Icelandic as well as international musicians in the course of the last decade. He joined Björk for the Oscar-nominated soundtrack of Lars von Trier’s film “Dancer in the Dark” and contributed to several of Björk’s albums as a producer, sound engineer and beat programmer. Beyond this, he has collaborated with numerous artists such as Feist, Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy, Camille, CocoRosie, The Magic Numbers, múm, Jóhann Jóhannsson, or Hauschka. Together with Ben Frost and Nico Muhly, he founded the label Bedroom Community in 2006. Besides several compositions and collaborations, “Architecture Of Loss” is Valgeir Sigurðsson’s third solo album after the releases of “Ekvílibríum” and the soundtrack of the award-winning documentary “Dreamland”. We are proud to present one of his rare visits to Berlin in the course of his record release tour! At Radialsystem, Valgeir will be accompanied by viola player Liam Byrne.
The fact that film and theatre have had a formative influence on Oliver Doerell and Stephan Wöhrmann also applies to “Drei”, the third album of their common project Swod. While Wöhrmann’s piano playing produces atmospheric images on one’s inner eye, the subtle electronic sounds, percussions, field recordings and samples of the Belgian multi-instrumentalist Oliver Doerell complement the pieces, turning them into small soundtracks which evoke memories of half-forgotten films. With repetitive piano patterns which are only occasionally interrupted with simple melodies and chords, the two audio directors manage to create a distinctive atmosphere which is emphasised with subtle samples and a warm bass sound – thereby creating material for the cinema in one’s mind at its best.
Oliver Doerell and Stephan Wöhrmann first met in Berlin in 1991 and started collaborating by producing soundtracks for silent films. In 2004, they released “Gehen” as the first album of their common project Swod, followed by “Sekunden” in 2007 and “Drei” in 2011. Doerell plays the guitar, bass and various sorts of electronic instruments, with Wöhrmann joining him on piano and drums. Both of them have been active as composers for dance and film projects and have also been working as sound engineers. Stephan Wöhrmann is, for example, regularly touring with the internationally renowned choreographer Helena Waldmann. Besides his long-term collaboration with the dancer Modjgan Hashemian, Oliver Doerell forms part of diverse other band projects (Dictaphone, Raz Ohara and the odd orchestra, Cummi Flu). We are very happy to celebrate a slightly late release concert of one of our most loved records of last year!
Once again we are looking forward to present some exciting and unique contemporary musicians, who collide organic with synthetic, acoustic with digital – it would be our pleasure to welcome you on 25 February to enjoy another UM:LAUT double bill at the mighty hall of Radialsystem! You can now get your tickets online here.
About one year after our first UM:LAUT adventure, we are happy to celebrate with you and welcome two exciting acts at Radialsystem to present their work for the first time in Berlin.
Originally educated as a jazz drummer, Sven Kacirek has dedicated himself to the acoustic realisation of programmed drum’n'bass grooves, invented new drum concepts and integrated effects and loop stations into conventional drumming. In the pieces of the Hamburg-based composer and multi-instrumentalist, classic drumming can almost not be heard any more, as his drum kit has been replaced with tons of tiny things made out of paper, wood or glass to knock on, to hit or to scratch. His sound consists of more than just fancy beats: All the elements in a piece down to the melody are casually constructed from small percussive patterns which he arranges in layers. Although he does not use any synthesizers, the result sometimes appears so electronic that one might invent the somewhat self-contradictory label “acoustic electronica” for Sven Kacirek. Many of his ideas develop from live concerts, where he multiplies himself with samplers, calmly improvising and generating very elaborate structures. Apart from his career as solo musician, Sven works as composer for film, dance and ballet and has collaborated with directors and choreographers such as Dario Aguirre, Angela Guerreiro and Johnny Lloyd. For his record “The Kenya Sessions” which he recorded with Kenyan musicians, he received the “The German Record Critics’ Award” in 2011. With “Scarlet Pitch Dreams”, Sven Kacirek released his new album in April, thereby fusing his characteristic elements of marimbas and calimbas with timbals, cymbals and prepared piano into a unique mosaic. After playing numerous concerts with artists such as Hauschka, Jan Plewka or Jan Dvorak in Hamburg and New York, one of Germany’s most unique percussionists can now finally be experienced live in Berlin.
Piano Interrupted is the common project of the pianist Tom Hodge and the electronic musician Franz Kirmann. Equipped with computer and piano, the duo explores the range between classical minimalism and club-oriented electronica. Whereas Hodge’s piano playing is inspired by classical music and jazz, Kirmann has a passion for digitial deconstruction and deep dubstep tunes. The project was initiated by the English musician and film composer Hodge, who contributed a hit to the legendary “Ministry of Sound Compilation” with his interpretation of Daft Punk’s “Aerodynamic” for strings and electronics in 2009. By sampling the warm piano sounds live and completing them with characteristic glitches, clicks and sub-bass sounds, Franz Kirmann brings a major contribution to the sound of Piano Interrupted in that it constantly changes between organic warmth and electronic precision – in their live sets, this results in a unique fusion of analogue and digital improvisation. On Lobe Records and Photogram Recordings, Piano Interrupted already released two EPs praised by the press. The musicians have just recently completed their work on the film score “Papa Hédi” and will release their first album “Two By Four” – which was mastered by Nils Frahm – in the beginning of December. For their German premiere in the series of UM:LAUT Tom Hodge and Franz Kirmann will be accompanied by Greg Hall on cello and Eric Young on percussion.
We are very happy and proud to present two special nights within the Erased Tapes 5th Anniversary Tour at the mighty Radialsystem on 13 & 14 October! We’re looking forward to celebrating five years of fusing classical and electronic music with some of the label’s finest acts: Nils Frahm and A Winged Victory For The Sullen, who brought us a wonderful kick-off a year ago, as well as the renowned Icelandic composer Ólafur Arnalds and special guest Anne Müller.
Since its formation in 2007, Erased Tapes has become a meeting point and melting pot for innovative musicians. Deliberately positioned outside fleeting trends, the label has fostered and supported collaboration between artists who often fuse disparate musical forms and styles, rendering so-called genres like modern classical, post-rock and electronica redundant. We would love to congratulate one of our favourite labels and thank all the lovely people of the Erased Tapes family for five years of ambitious, distinctive and beautiful releases. Let’s celebrate!
We are especially delighted to welcome our dear friend Nils Frahm again. The works of the Berlin-based pianist and producer are characterised by high emotional density and a clearness of expression and form. After two internationally praised piano albums and his electronica project with Anne Müller, Nils Frahm presented his new album “Felt” in the series of UM:LAUT at the sold out Radialsystem in late 2011. Numerous tours and concerts in Europe, Japan and the US, some of them alongside other artists such as Peter Broderick, Seabear, Hauschka, or his Icelandic label-mate Ólafur Arnalds, have strengthened his reputation as an exceptional instrumentalist and fascinating live musician.
Since the release of his debut album “Eulogy For Evolution”, the 24-year old Icelandic multi-instrumentalist and producer Ólafur Arnalds lures fans of indie music to his world of electronic, classically arranged chamber music. As one of the first artists on Erased Tapes, he has created music which sounds inviting, passionate and catchy at once, thereby making the often self-contained world of classical music more accessible to new listeners. As his most recent work, Arnalds has released the soundtrack for Sam Levinson’s debut film “Another Happy Day”, starring Ellen Barkin and Demi Moore. On 13 & 14 October, Ólafur Arnalds will be accompanied by a string trio.
Not least after his album “Lumière” and his contribution to the soundtrack of Sofia Coppola’s film “Marie Antoinette”, the American pianist and film music composer Dustin O’Halloran is mentioned in the same breath as Max Richter, Hauschka, Jóhann Jóhannsson and other renowned representatives of the “modern piano”. With A Winged Victory For The Sullen, O’Halloran’s dreamy piano sounds encounter the electronic soundscapes of the ambient musician and founder of “Stars of the Lid” Adam Wiltzie, making harmonical and melancholical sound formations between chamber music, ambient, minimal and neo-folk come into being.
“I’ve always been most interested in a dialogue between two opposite poles, between traditional and contemporary, between digital and analogue. That cliff between electronic and acoustic, the pop and the classical world.” – that’s how Robert Raths, founder of Erased Tapes, puts it and that’s why UM:LAUT is the perfect match to bring this special birthday party to Berlin.
We are very much looking forward to some great nights in October and would love to welcome you at Radialsystem.
“Feathermagnetik is a majestic micro/macrocosm. – A shapeshifter who’s darkness is strewn
with glowing lights.”
With special regard to our interdisciplinary approach, we’re delighted to announce our next
UM:LAUT adventure with Icelandic composer and audio-visual artist Kira Kira. As a founding member of Kitchen Motors, a label and collective based on experiments in electronic music and arts, she continually breaks boundaries between forms and genres through a repertoire that includes work for theatre, film, dance and art installations – as well as playful multi-disciplinary productions. We are very happy that Kira Kira presents her third album “Feathermagnetik”, her first release with Morr Music’s sublabel “Sound Of A Handshake”, at Radialsystem in the series of UM:LAUT on 8 July. For the new record she has collaborated with a wild array of amazing musicians – among them Finnish percussion wizard and producer Samuli Kosminen and trumpeter Eiríkur Orri Ólafsson of the Icelandic band múm, bassist Borgar Magnason, an active force with the Bedroom Community label, as well as Finnish violin wonder Pekka Kuusisto – thereby creating fragile formations of music and playful sound collages between electronica, glitch and experimental.
For the record release concert at Radialsystem, Kira Kira is joined by Samuli Kosminen on custom-made percussion, trumpeter Eiríkur Orri Ólafsson and special guest Greg Cohen playing the double-bass – as well as by the Icelandic filmmaker Sara Gunnarsdóttir who provides the underlying visuals. Beforehand, sound explorer Samuli Kosminen, who is a member of the great band múm and has collaborated with Hauschka and Kronos Quartet, plays one of his rare special treat solo sets. We’re excited!
Beforehand we celebrate the German film premiere of Kira Kira’s first feature film as director and screenwriter “Grandma Lo-Fi: The Basement Tapes of Sigrídur Níelsdóttir”. The movie has recently been invited to New York’s Museum of Modern Art and is currently screened at numerous festivals world-wide. And to complete our lovely gathering we’ll have barbecue and drinks at the beautiful river terrace of Radialsystem.
UM:LAUT is a live platform for artists and labels availing themselves of various musical
traditions, realising ambitious and unique projects regardless of genre boundaries.
The series' focus lies on the experimental range between classical and electronic instrumentation, composition and improvisation, club and concert hall. Considering itself an open stage for cooperations between artists of different disciplines, UM:LAUT aims to present music in dialogue with other
art forms – music giving impulses to film, video, photography, installation, dance and