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Hot hands and ears to the ground w/ Bill Baird and others at Ausland / Saturday, 13.06.2015

“Hot hands and ears to the ground” is an evening of experimental sounds and performances with Pedro Lopes (turntable percussion, PT), Bill Baird (musician & writer US) and Stefan Brunner (guitar & electronics, AUS). This performance combines contemporary and improvised music, a live action public access television opera and collaborational performances.

Pedro Lopes is a resident musician in Berlin. Pedro makes of his instrument, the turntable, a vessel for an experimentation discourse, of analogue tone, often recurring to amplifiers, DIY pressed records, modified needles and percussive objects.

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Lopes will play a turntablism solo that lives in between the realm of freely improvised music, percussion sounds and DIY instruments – an acoustic/analog exploration of sounds that often sounds electronic, a way to re-think the role of the turntable as an instrument vs. music player device.

Bill Baird is a music composer, based in California. He makes music videos, television writing, teaches and explores the time of uncertainties. Known and revered for his twisted humor, eccentric pop melodies, and ramshackle analog flair, Baird typically chooses to produce his records as fast and loose as possible to optimize creative results.


Baird will stage together with local collaborators a television opera at Ausland: Mundus Novus is utilizing motion tracking, video score, specialization, a laptop ensemble, acoustic and electric instruments, a lengthy libretto, and a healthy dose of dream logic. The opera occurs within a nightmare being had by Amerigo Vespucci, famed Portuguese mapmaker and namesake of the North and South American continents.

Stefan Brunner aka The Hour of the Wolf, worked on stage either solo or in cooperation with artists such as Arto Lindsay in venues like the Angelica Festival Bologna, Signal and Noise Vancouver, Portikus Frankfurt, HBC Berlin, the Austrian EXPO Pavilion Shanghai.

Hour of the Wolf

With The Hour of the Wolf, the evening will vanish into the woods: it is an improvisational piece upon an associative score, created by Brunner. The piece is based on an associative “story”, divided into 8 chapters.

Brunner and Pedro Lopes reflect upon the structural text to generate an ever changing piece which, while being fully improvised, is still based on the solid foundation of a common storyline. Unlike most improvisational methodologies, the associative and structural aspects present in Hour of the Wolf allow for rapid intercuts between the musicians and a multi-layered dialog of emotions, sounds and images.

Hot hands and ears to the ground w/ Bill Baird, Pedro Lopes, Stefan Brunner

Saturday, 13 June 2015 | 20:00 CET
Ausland | Lychener Str. 60 | 10437 Berlin/Prenzlauer Berg

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