A trans-Alpine alliance of the highest order, Spècula records’ “Still Smiling” sees Blixa Bargeld join forces with Italian composer Teho Teardo.
They first met during the realization of Ingiuria, a theatre pièce, and right after that they collaborated on a song for a soundtrack, “A Quite Life”.
That song started the whole process of writing and producing an album together where songs and more experimental pieces could find a common ground.
Teho Teardo & Blixa Bargeld | Mi Scusi
The original use of strings: cello, violin, guitars, a full string quartet diverts the traditional perception of those classic instruments when they deal with electronics and the result is emotionally moving.
The album has been written and recorded between Berlin and Rome, it took nearly two years to be made, Teho and Blixa worked next to each other choosing carefully every sound, every word and silence.
Teho Teardo & Blixa Bargeld | Nocturnalie
There are 12 songs on Still Smiling, including a new version of A Quiet Life and a cover of Alone With The Moon by The Tiger Lilies. Amongst the collaborators there are The Balanescu Quartet and cellist Martina Bertoni.
The lyrics are visionary and sung in english, german and italian. Blixa reveals a really personal and intimate side to the listener this time. Still Smiling is an album whose special vision covers all the sky between Rome and Berlin, daytime and nocturnal.
Teho Teardo & Blixa Bargeld LIVE
Friday, 27 September 2013 | 20:00 CET
Volksbühne | Rosa-Luxemburg-Platz | 10178 Berlin/Mitte