As a record release concert for his new album Abandoned City on City Slang, Um:Laut and Digital in Berlin present a special performance by the master of prepared piano that is Hauschka. 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.
Hauschka | Noise Is Music
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.
Hauschka | Live improvisation
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.
presented by UM:LAUT & Digital in Berlin
Saturday, 22 March 2014 | 20:00 CET
Radialsystem V | Holzmarktstraße 33 | 10243 Berlin/Friedrichshain