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With techno producer Henrik Schwarz and jazz pianist Bugge Wesseltoft, two extraordinary musicians, who are considered masters of innovative improvisation in each of their musical realms, return to the stage of UM:LAUT in September! For their new project „Scripted & Prepared Pianos“ the duo explores the tonal and rhythmical scopes of the piano, resulting in a unique electroacoustic sound between jazz, ambient and groovy electronica. While Schwarz uses a disklavier grand piano, the keys, hammers and pedals of which can be controlled via a specific software, thereby making complex rhythmic and harmonic structures possible which could never be played with the hands, Bugge Wesseltoft contributes melodies and musical themes with a second grand piano and a synthesizer. With the instruments getting prepared and manipulated, sounds are going through analogue and digital editing and alienation – an interplay in the experimental range between classical and electronic instrumentation, club and concert hall comes into being.

After an exclusive performance at Montreux Jazz Festival 2017, Schwarz and Wesseltoft present „Scripted & Prepared Pianos“ for the first time within the series of UM:LAUT at Radialsystem.

HENRIK SCHWARZ & BUGGE WESSELTOFT
Scripted & Prepared Pianos
08 & 09 September 2018 | 20:00 | Radialsystem

> Tickets are available now at Radialsystem’s box-office
> Online tickets (plus fees) are available here

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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 electronic music – 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. In recent years Schwarz dedicated himself to an increasing degree to his interest in jazz, improvisation and contemporary classic, thereby also releasing the album „Instruments“ as well as the LP „Scripted Orkestra“ with Metropole Orkest.

The Norwegian Bugge Wesseltoft is regarded as one of the most innovative jazz pianists of today. Since the 1990s, Wesseltoft has collaborated with numerous important figures of the Nordic and international jazz world like Jan Garbarek, Terje Rypdal, Jon Christensen, Nils Petter Molvaer, and Arild Andersen, as well as with stylistically quite different artists such as the drummer Billy Cobham, the Brazilian pop star Gilberto Gil or the techno legend Laurent Garnier. With his „New Conception of Jazz“ he aims at a synthesis of live electronics and the means of improvised jazz – his debut album of the same name, on which he integrates elements from deep house, ambient music, drum’n’bass as well as from soul and funk, is considered as ground-breaking since its release in 1996 until today. Wesseltoft has played on countless stages around the world and released more than 15 albums, just recently with the Norwegian classical violinist and viola player Henning Kraggerud and with the successful techno producer Henrik Schwarz and Dan Berglund, bassist of e.s.t. With his label Jazzland he has created a platform for the Norwegian scene with artistic freedom beyond mainstream.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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!

 

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.

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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!