Giving room for surprising sounds, special encounters, impulses and interactions:
We are very happy to invite The Group to the stage of UM:LAUT and welcome a unique collective of international musicians at Radialsystem on 13 December.

The project around Casper Clausen of the successful Danish indie band Efterklang, the British multi-instrumentralist Greg Haines, the drummer and producer Francesco Donadello, and the guitarist Martyn Heyne considers itself an open forum for creative processes and spontaneous musical exchange. For each concert, further musicians are being invited, with renowned artists such as Peter Broderick, André de Ridder, Dustin O’Halloran, Andrea Belfi, Anne Müller, or Jóhann Jóhannsson being regular guests of the ensemble. Without predetermination and defined boundaries, the shows of The Group bring together new ideas, different impulses and stylistic diversity – the musicians respond to each other, with each other, to the space, and to the audience. With every sound and every piece being created anew, the project gives an intimate insight into the spontaneous interaction and the collective composition process. Making use of their wide range of electronic and acoustic instruments, The Group create an extraordinary and intense live experience: improvised chamber pop between ambient, electronica, dub, experimental and krautrock.

We are pleased to announce some very special guests for The Group’s show on 13 December and to welcome Mads Brauer of Efterklang, Italian composer Andrea Belfi, our old friend Anne Müller, the great violinist Ayumi Paul and the brilliant viola player Shasta Ellenbogen on stage at Radialsystem! Stay tuned for more to come – and make sure to not miss this special evening. We hope to see you!

The Group | improvisation collective
Casper Clausen, Greg Haines, Francesco Donadello, Martyn Heyne and special guests
13 December | 20:00 | Radialsystem Berlin
Tickets available now at Radialsystem, Koka36 and online!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Casper Clausen is a founding member and the singer of the Danish band Efterklang, with which he has been on tour world-wide for more than ten years and released four studio albums until now (4AD, The Leaf Label). Together with Efterklang, he has been involved in concert projects with symphony orchestras and various film productions. Beyond, Casper Clausen is founding member and curator of the online radio The Lake.

The British composer and producer Greg Haines has already released four solo albums on Denovali Records. On his acclaimed album “Where We Were”, released in 2013, he moved away from his classically inspired chamber music and devoted himself to analogue synthesizers, percussions and atmospheric soundscapes. Besides his releases and solo concerts, he is involved in collaborations with numerous other musicians and artists such as the choreographer David Dawson, the Dutch National Ballett, the Royal Opera House, Peter Broderick, and The Alvaret Ensemble.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Italian drummer and producer Francesco Donadello regularly works with renowned musicians from various genres such as Modeselektor, Thom Yorke, A Winged Victory for the Sullen, Chilly Gonzales, Jóhann Jóhannsonn, or Mouse on Mars. As drummer, he was a member of the Italian post- and indie rock band Giardini di Mirò; for the last few years, he has become more and more interested in experimental music and modular synthesizers.

The guitarist and producer Martyn Heyne is a founding member of Trygghet and the Levenmuster Collective, with which he developed the album “Two View” as well as the DVD “Sensing City”. During the last few years, he has worked with the likes of Nils Frahm, The National, Orcas, Peter Broderick, and many more for recordings, concerts and at his Lichte Studio in Berlin. In 2011, he supported Nils Frahm with his solo show; recently, he was on tour with the Danish band Efterklang.


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Melodies, beats and the desire to surprise… We are happy and proud to welcome three outstanding and renowned artists for another special UM:LAUT event exploring the hybrid sphere between electronica and acoustic music!

With jazz pianist Bugge Wesseltoft, producer and composer Henrik Schwarz and the bassist Dan Berglund, three musicians, who are each considered masters of innovative improvisation in their individual fields, join forces in our series at Radialsystem on 2 November. With openness and curiosity the three of them create an electro-acoustic musical blend between jazz, funk, ambient and groovy house music. The Norwegian Bugge Wesseltoft, a pioneer in electronic jazz, and Dan Berglund, bassist for the legendary Esbjörn Svensson Trio, assume the lead for the melody while the electronica mastermind Henrik Schwarz captures the ideas and phrases, manipulating and alienating the sounds, providing the other two musicians with new impulses. It is the search for intersections and the spaces in between, the interaction in the experimental spectrum from classic to electronic instrumentation, between composition and improvisation, club and concert hall. In the series of UM:LAUT, the trio can be heard live for the first time in Berlin – their album “Trialogue” will be released in September by Universal Music.

We are looking forward and want to invite you to enjoy a unique live experience at the mighty hall of Radialsystem on 2 November!

Bugge Wesseltoft, Henrik Schwarz & Dan Berglund
Trialogue | Record Release Concert
2 November | 20:00 | Radialsystem Berlin
Tickets available now at Radialsystem, Koka36 or online!

The Norwegian Bugge Wesseltoft is considered the trailblazer of the young Nordic jazz generation and one of the most innovative jazz pianists of today. Since the 90′s, Wesseltoft has worked together with numerous stars from the Nordic and international jazz scene, such as Jan Garbarek, Terje Rypdal, Jon Christensen, and Arild Andersen but also with artists with completely different musical stylings such as the drummer Billy Cobham, the Brasilian popstar Gilberto Gil or techno legend Laurent Garnier. With his “New Conception of Jazz” he aspires to create a synthesis out of live electronica and elements of improvised jazz – his 1996 eponymous debut album, in which he integrates elements of deep house, ambient music, drum’n'bass, soul and funk into his mix, is still considered today as groundbreaking. With his label Jazzland he has created a platform for the Norwegian scene, which enables artistic freedom outside mainstream.

Henrik Schwarz is amongst the most sought-after producers of electronic dance music worldwide. His musical influences span from deep house and Detroit techno, all the way to hip hop and rare groove to jazz, soul and funk. Schwarz is considered one of the most multifaceted artists of the electronic scene – he has composed for film and ballet, and has released numerous albums and singles under various labels. For collaborations, productions and remixes he has worked together with the likes of Michael Jackson, Boy George, The Foals, Ane Brun, Raoul Midon, DJ Hell, Fritz Kalkbrenner and many more. For various projects he has been a guest on stages, in clubs and at renowned festivals all over the world.

The Swedish-born Dan Berglund is known worldwide as the bassist for the highly successful Esbjörn Svensson Trio (e.s.t.). Up until 2008, together with e.s.t., one of the most influential jazz bands of the last decade, he recorded numerous albums and performed in international tours and festivals. Apart from the characteristic warmth and the round and full tones of his playing, Berglund’s trademark consists of his use of countless effects. With his own band, Tonbruket founded in 2009, he created a distinct sound between jazz, psychedelic rock and neo-folk. The group’s debut album won a Swedish Grammy award.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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
Sankt Otten | Talvihorros | John Lemke

Tickets available now at Radialsystem, Koka36 and online!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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. With Sankt Otten, we are happy to announce another exciting Denovali act joining the line-up – we are looking forward to the duo’s atmospheric music with influences from ambient to trip hop to the 70s Berlin School sound. 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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Spring is coming… We are excited and looking forward to some great events in March and April!
Follow the links for further information and tickets:

Hauschka | Abandoned City | Record Release Concert
22 March | 20:00 | Radialsystem Berlin 

Hauschka & Edivaldo Ernesto | an encounter of improvised music & dance
01 & 02 April | 20:00 | Exit Festival Paris 

Denovali Swingfest | Murcof, Greg Haines, Piano Interrupted, Origamibiro
25 April | 18:30 | Radialsystem Berlin 

Denovali Swingfest | Brandt Brauer Frick, Oneohtrix Point Never, Skalpel and more
26 April | 17:30 | Radialsystem Berlin

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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. On top of that we are happy to add another dimension and premiere the “Abandoned City” live visuals by the great people of Warped Type!

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!

Hauschka | Abandoned City | Record Release Concert
22 March | 20:00 | Radialsystem Berlin
Tickets available now at Radialsystem, Koka36 or online!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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, Neon Dance 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!

The Intention | Neon Dance with Nils Frahm & Anne Müller
14 & 15 December | 20:00 | Radialsystem Berlin
Tickets available now at Radialsystem, Koka36 or online!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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!

UM:LAUT - Hauschka - Radialsystem - Prepared Piano - Berlin - Umlaut

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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.

UM:LAUT - Berlin - Edivaldo Ernesto - Radialsystem - Umlaut

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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.

Tickets for the performances on 17 & 18 August are available now!

UM:LAUT - Umlaut - Radialsystem - Konzert - Experimental - Berlin - concert - Denovali

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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)

Tickets for our special night within the Denovali Swingfest are selling fast – get yours here.

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).

For further information and tickets visit our friends at Denovali: http://denovali.com/swingfest

UM:LAUT - Umlaut - Radialsystem - Konzert - Experimental - Berlin - concert - Valgeir Sigurdsson - Bedroom Community

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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.

Swod - UM:LAUT - Umlaut - Radialsystem - Modern Classical - Piano - Experimental - Konzert - concert

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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.

 

Sven Kacirek - UM:LAUT - Umlaut - Radialsystem - Berlin - Konzert

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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.

Get your tickets now for this special double bill on 2 December at Radialsystem!