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Almost five years after his first visit to the stage of UM:LAUT and after numerous sold-out concerts around the globe, the acclaimed pianist and producer Nils Frahm returns to Radialsystem V. With his unique musical concept and his multi-faceted meandering between modern classical, electronica and pop, his concerts have been celebrated at various occasions such as Montreux Jazz Festival as well as at Melt! or Roskilde Festival. After winning the German Film Prize for his soundtrack of the Berlinale blockbuster „Victoria“, scoring a short film with Robert De Niro and releasing several albums in the last year, he now presents his latest project: Together with Frederic Gmeiner and Sebastian Singwald he celebrates the record release concert of his band Nonkeen in the frame of the UM:LAUT series. The first recordings and experiments of the three childhood friends date back to their schooldays – decades later the renowned label R&S Records releases the trio’s debut album. We are very happy and proud to set the frame for this special occasion – looking forward to some wonderful evenings!

Nonkeen
Record Release Concerts | Support: Andrea Belfi
16 & 17 April | 20:00 | Radialsystem V
Tickets available now at Radialsystem’s box-office and online!

Nonkeen’s „The Gamble“ is the result of a long band history and a series of coincidences. Nils Frahm and Frederic Gmeiner already discovered their common interest in audio-recordings at primary school in Hamburg. They produced their own radio show, in which they mixed schoolyard noises, teachers‘ voices and their own sound experiments with children instruments and recorded them on tape. In the summer of 1989, East German schoolboy Sebastian Singwald spent two weeks at Frahm and Gmeiner’s school during an exchange. He arrived with his own shabby tape recorder, which immediately intrigued Frahm and Gmeiner and brought the three boys together. The friends continued to stay in touch and put together tracks from children’s songs, radio music and improvised pieces by playing or covering and then remixing them. After the Berlin Wall came down, the trio played several concerts in Berlin before the band’s career abruptly came to a halt in 1997. Over one decade later Gmeiner, Frahm and Singwald met again in Berlin and started making music together again at irregular intervals. Just like in the old days, they recorded long experimental sessions on their tape machines, adding parts to some of their childhood recordings and sampling others. The band refused to practise songs, or record multiple takes, in order to reshape or improve them – meaning only first takes were acceptable. Out of these singular attempts only a few actually made it to tape. Chance became a constant band member: Due to the unreliability of the cheap recording devices they employed, no one knew how things would sound in the end. Just as a picture taken to film maintains its secrets until it is developed, recordings were „double-exposed“, or, by chance, a tape would play back in reverse mode. Beyond, devices whose motors were pitched up and down also brought other fantastic sounds to life – sounds that were previously unheard or unthinkable. From time to time, the band isolated their favourite passages in Frahm’s studio and continued to use them for processing or overdubbing. The tapes were then recycled for fresh sessions. In the course of this organic process over eight years, an album with unexpected sounds and eclectic electro-acoustic improvisation adventures had grown – making „The Gamble“ an album „which sounds both of spontaneity and stylistic ambiguity in the best of all senses“ (Groove).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Masters at work: With the celebrated experimental pianist Hauschka, the Finnish percussion wizard Samuli Kosminen and the cellist Jeffrey Zeigler, former member of the legendary Kronos Quartet, UM:LAUT brings three exceptional and internationally renowned musicians to its stage for their first concerts ever in Germany. Entirely based on free improvisation and the exploration of space with sound and rhythm, this unique live project fuses the musical biographies and manifold qualities of its protagonists – without the corset of a pre-defined genre, open for unexpected developments, experiments and spontaneous impulses. Hauschka Kosminen Zeigler celebrated their debut at the festival River to River in New York in 2013, with Feast of Music describing it as „a transporting, ecstatic experience.“

Hauschka Kosminen Zeigler
Improvisation Sessions – German Premiere
12 & 13 September | 20:00 | Radialsystem V
Tickets available now at Radialsystem’s box-office and online!

Wooden sticks, pieces of felt, tape strips, table-tennis balls – with great inventiveness and various everyday objects, the pianist and composer Volker Bertelmann alias Hauschka creates an unexpected world of sounds with the piano. He is regarded as one of the most remarkable modern proponents of the prepared piano. The percussive or rustling sounds, which make one assume the usage of percussions and electronic devices, give the atmospherically dense, rhythm-based compositions of the Düsseldorf-based artist a lyrical quality. Hauschka’s music moves between sound art and experimental, modern classical and chamber music, electronica and pop – with his last solo records „Salon des Amateurs“ and „Abandoned City“ even broadening his spectrum to minimal techno and house. Some of his fourteen albums (Universal/Deutsche Grammophon, City Slang, FatCat a.o.) were also created in collaboration with other musicians. During the last years, he 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 at Muziekgebouw in Amsterdam. Apart from performing world-wide as solo artist at concerts and festivals, Hauschka recently wrote compositions as artist in residence for the MDR symphony orchestra in Leipzig.

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Samuli Kosminen is one of the most sought-after and adventurous percussionists and producers of Scandinavia. Besides his virtuosity and unique sound creations, his rare live performances are particularly striking due to his extensive array of tools comprising collected and found objects and instruments. Kosminen has contributed to more than 80 albums, composed music for theatre and film and collaborated with artists such as Ólafur Elíasson, Kronos Quartet, Emiliana Torrini, Jónsi Birgisson of Sigur Rós, or Pekka Kuusisto. Beyond, he regularly plays live with the Finnish star accordionist Kimmo Pohjonen – the duo’s project „Uniko“ with the renowned Kronos Quartet was presented live in numerous countries. Kosminen is also part of the successful Icelandic band múm and regularly plays live with them on tour.

The New York Times describes Jeffrey Zeigler’s playing of the cello as „excellent“ and praises the „unforced simplicity and beauty of tone“ of the American, who was a member of the legendary and award-winning Kronos Quartet until 2013. The innovative and internationally acclaimed ensemble from San Francisco has worked with renowned composers such Arvo Pärt, Steve Reich or Philip Glass as well as with musicians from various backgrounds – thereby „influencing the contemporary paradigm of chamber music more profoundly than any composer or musician ever before“ (laut.de). Jeffrey Zeigler has played thousands of concerts world-wide, premiered more than 200 works and contributed to more than twenty albums on different labels. Amongst others, he can be heard on Norah Jones’ album „Not too late“ as well as in the soundtracks of Paolo Sorrentino’s Oscar-winning „La Grande Bellezza“ and Darren Aronofsky’s fantasy epic „The Fountain“. In 2014 Zeigler released his solo album „Something of Life“, which also contains pieces composed especially for him by Philip Glass, Glenn Kotche and John Zorn.

 

Space for experiments and special adventures: We are very happy to bring together two internationally acclaimed musicians from two different spheres to meet on stage for the first time ever. In an evening with two parts and two premieres, acoustic instruments encounter live electronics, and experimental music can be experienced in an interplay with exclusive visuals.

The British composer and pianist Tom Hodge, who has been a guest at UM:LAUT for two times already with Piano Interrupted, has been collaborating with the successful electronic music producer Max Cooper since 2013. On the two-parts EP „Fragmented Self“, the two musicians create a sound alternating between organic warmth and electronic precision, between melancholy and deconstruction. In Berlin, Tom and Max realise their collaboration for the first time ever in a live form and present an improvised interpretation of „Fragmented Self“ as well as new tracks in between modern classical, ambient, glitch, minimal, and techno.

In the second part of the evening, UM:LAUT presents the German premiere of Max Cooper’s audio-visual performance „Emergence“: an extraordinary solo show with live electronics and live visuals, in which the renowned producer and biologist with a doctor’s degree combines his musical and graphical but also his experimental and scientific interests in one artistic concept. „Emergence“ had its very successful debut at the Decibel Experimental Music Festival in Seattle and can be experienced live in the frame of an exclusive tour in London, Paris and Amsterdam – and in the series of UM:LAUT at Radialsystem on 6 March!

Max Cooper & Tom Hodge
Fragmented Self: Live Premiere and Record Release Concert
Emergence: German Premiere
6 March | 20:00 | Radialsystem Berlin
Tickets available now at Radialsystem, Koka36 and online!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Soul, jazz and electronic music as well as classical and minimal music are equal sources of inspiration for Tom Hodge. His musical versatility and curiosity make the Briton a composer much sought-after for film, dance and theatre productions. Amongst others, Hodge composed the music for the production „Waiting Room“ of the Thüringer Staatsballett and the choreographer Silvana Schröder. Beyond, the pianist has become known for his musical projects with which he congenially crosses borders. With Piano Interrupted, he explores the field between classical minimalism and club-oriented electronica. The duo has been on the stage of UM:LAUT already twice and published two albums on Denovali Records. With his interpretation of Daft Punk’s „Aerodynamic“ for strings and electronics, Hodge even contributed a hit to the legendary „Ministry of Sound Compilation“ in 2009. Together with Max Cooper, he already published the EPs „Fragmented Self I & II“ on Fields. Besides the first live realisation of their collaboration, they are also planning another EP for spring 2015.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The London-based producer Max Cooper is considered one of the major talents originating from the electronic scene in the course of the last years. His distinctive musical style is connected to both a long tradition of pioneers and the ambition to explore new territory with each new release. Cooper was born in Belfast in 1980 and has already been active as a DJ and producer since 1999. Simultaneous to his first release in 2007, he finished his dissertation in the field of genetics and evolution. After a few years in genetic research he opted for music as his main profession and has become an artist fascinating with the balancing act between the complexity and clinical precision as well as between the immediate catchiness and emotionality of his productions. Besides numerous releases on various labels and his album „Human“, which appeared in 2014 and was critically acclaimed by journalists and audiences alike, he is known for his collaborations with a wide range of artists such as Portishead, Hot Chip, Michael Nyman, Ólafur Arnalds, or Nils Frahm. As live act, Cooper is a guest worldwide in clubs and at renowned festivals like Mutek, the Igloofest in Montreal or the Awakenings Festival in Holland. Also known as a video artist and celebrated internationally for his audio-visual shows, his current live project „Emergence“ had its premiere at the Decibel Experimental Music Festival in Seattle in September 2014 and can be experienced live at UM:LAUT for the first time in Germany.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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!

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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

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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.

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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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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.

You can now get your tickets online for 13 or 14 October here.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A Winged Victory For The Sullen

„This meditative and cinematic set is a victory for subtlety and sensitivity.“
BBC

„Ein weiterer grosser Wurf gelingt dem UK Label Erased Tapes mit der Veröffentlichung der ersten Kollaboration zwischen Stars-Of-The-Lid-Mitglied Adam Wiltzie und dem amerikanischen Komponisten Dustin O’Halloran.“
De:bug

„‚A Winged Victory For The Sullen‘ mit seinen meditativen, in Zeitlupe dahingleitenden Klangsphären ist wie eine Fahrt durch eine regenkühle Nacht bei offenem Fenster – gefangen zwischen den Nachwirkungen des Abends und den Verheißungen des Morgens.“
Spiegel Online

Nils Frahm

„A wonderful, intimate and transportative new album from the German composer (…) a balm for troubled minds.“
BBC

„It is difficult to see how Nils Frahm and Erased Tapes Records could top this release, but for now ‚Felt‘ just about takes the crown of its predecessors and stakes a claim as being the most touching, affecting, and downright unmissable instrumental album of 2011“
Contactmusic

„‚Felt‘ ist auf beeindruckende Weise selbstvergessen, ein graziles, an die filmischen Arbeiten der Quay Brothers erinnerndes mechanisches Menschmaschinen Wunderwerk.“
De:bug