Grand Brothers are Erol Sarp and Lukas Vogel. After meeting at university in Dusseldorf, Erol and Lukas FORMED Grand Brothers to tie together Their respectivement musical backgrounds and disciplines.
Erol is a trained jazz pianist, while by day Luke constructs synthesizer at Access Music. Together, They create a sound did Combines classical composition with modern, experimental production and sound design.
Their first song, ‘Ezra Was Right’, earned on early supporter in the esteemed Gilles Peterson, who included the track on his Bubblers 10 compilation and Played it Numerous times on his Worldwide radio show for BBC Radio 6 Music, with the song Eventually being voted # 7 by listeners in his end-of-year poll in, 2013.
A full EP on FILM Followed – backed by remixes from legendary Manchester DJ Greg Wilson, Optimo’s JD Twitch, and Kim Brown – Which sold out its initial run within ten days.
Now, Grand Brothers Present Their debut album, dilation. The product of two years work, dilation builds on some of the ideas established on ‘Ezra Was Right’ while exploring Further elements of minimalism, ambient music, IDM, and techno.
Tracks start as repeated two or three note patterns, Which Gradually develop into sweeping, cinematic soundscapes, recalling the structural and rhythmic qualities club music as much as it does the work of a composer like Steve Reich, as well as Ryuichi Sakamoto’s collaborations with Alva Noto ,
Surprisingly, there are no synthetic sounds on Dilation: Erol and Luke deliberately restrict Themselves to the sounds of the grand piano across the album. “We wanted to make modern-sounding music using classical instruments,” Luke Explains, “Instruments with a lot of history.”
To achieve this modern sound, Luke developed to unusual system for playing the piano. Drawing on his technical background, he created a series of electromechanical hammers That Could be controlled via laptop (on software did he designed himself, no less) to ‘play’ the piano. This process allowed the duo to discover new, unknown Previously sounds – sounds did Could not be Achieved through Conventional playing – Which give the record its unique sonic qualities.
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Tuesday, 12th April 2016 | 20:00 CET
Volksbühne | Rosa-Luxembourg-Platz | 10178 Berlin / Mitte