Jaki Liebezeit is a drummer best known as a founding member of Can, who has been called “one of the few drummers to convincingly meld the funky and the cerebral“. In the mid-1960s, he was part of Manfred Schoof’s quintet, who were early exponents of European free jazz. He subsequently moved towards the new possibilities being opened by psychedelic music as a member of Can. His drumming was prominent in the band’s sound, particularly in his much-admired contribution to the side-long “Halleluhwah” on Tago Mago.
Liebezeit is best known for his exceptional “metronome” style of playing; other members of Can have suggested that he sounds as though he is “half-man, half machine“. Liebezeit provided drums, in his patented “Motorik beat”, for Michael Rother’s late-1970s solo albums. In 1980, he became a member of Phantomband and has formed drum ensembles such as Drums off Chaos and Club off Chaos.
Later he recorded with numerous musicians, such as Jah Wobble and Philip Jeck, with whom he produced an album for Jah Wobble’s 30 Hertz Records, and has contributed drums and percussion to many albums as a guest throughout the years, such as the Depeche Mode album Ultra and Brian Eno’s album Before and After Science. Recently, he has worked with Burnt Friedman on the Secret Rhythms albums and with Schiller on the Atemlos album.
How do you squeeze the life and achievements of someone like Hans-Jochim Irmler, a pioneer of krautrock, electronic music and sound experiments into a few lines? Born in 1950, Hans-Joachim Irmler began experimenting with sound-generating technology at a very early age. As a teenager, he built his first organ. In 1969, he moved to Hamburg, where he studied art and worked for television. There, he was drawn into a collective of musicians and filmmakers. Out of this loose group, a band crystallized which would become known as Faust – a band which subsequently became known to people with an interest in avantgarde music all around the world.
On their eponymous debut in 1971 (pressed on clear vinyl and housed in a transparent cover), one can hear familiar sounds augmented with electronically generated and distorted ones, which made Faust into probably the most far-out album ever released on a major label. This musical and technological transmutation has become the leitmotiv of Irmler’s aesthetic. He always worked with self-built or heavily customized equipment.
After he recorded and released his first solo-album Lifelike in 2003, Irmler has embarked on a long series of improvisations and collaborations with other musicians, among them musician, composer and multimedia artist Alfred 23 Harth, the percussionist Z’ev, drummers Christian Wolfarth and Lucas Niggly, Hans Reichel and trumpeter Franz Hautzinger among others.
Theo Altenberg is a professional fine artist, filmmaker, actor, performance artist, musician and author. From 1973 to 1990 he was member of the AAO commune which was founded by Viennese Actionist Otto Muehl. He initiated among others the Archive of Viennese Actionism and the Atelier del Sur El Cabrito on La Gomera. Today he lives in Berlin and on the coast of the Baltic Sea.
Existenz Palast Opening w/ Jaki Liebezeit, Hans-Joachim Irmler, Theo Altenberg
Thursday, 03 September 2015 | 20:00
Volksbühne | Rosa-Luxemburg-Platz | 10178 Berlin/Mitte