Has anyone ever witnessed the birth of a language? Robyn Schulkowsky, the Gebrüder Teichmann (Teichmann Brothers) and Ramsha Shakeel invite you to do just that at their concerts in Berlin and Hamburg: join them on their quest for a new form of communication. Schulkowsky is one of the most renowned representatives of contemporary music. She has worked as a percussionist with the likes of John Cage and Morton Feldman, as well with classical ensembles and vanguard jazz artists. Brothers Andi und Hannes Teichmann have their roots in international club culture. It has not only taught them to think in structures and concepts, but also to see the connections between different traditions. Their instrumentarium is techno; their method, experimental; their goal, to discover what has never been heard before. Schulkowsky and the Teichmanns first collaborated at a concert in September 2017. Since then, the trio has intensified its electroacoustic dialogue, which at times is open to the impulses of other musicians and interaction with the audience.
In October and November 2019, at two extraordinary concerts, guitarist and computer musician Ramsha Shakeel will expand the vocabulary of Schulkowsky / Teichmann even further. The performances for Audiovisionen at Berlin’s Zwingli Church (Kulturraum Zwinglikirche) and at Hamburg´s Resonanzraum, “a room for radical resonance”, will be an encounter between three generations and three musical worlds: acoustics and improvisation, hardware electronics and sequencing, digital processes and synergism. It will result in a three-dimensional music that overcomes the “alongside-each-other” often noted in crossover projects. On equal footing, everything will be woven together and mutually defining.
Thus, Robyn Schulkowsky, the Gebrüder Teichmann and Ramsha Shakeel will be exploring a place for musical and social exchange that does without codes determined by a specific scene or genre. Closed spaces are opened and transcended. Systems are questioned in order to test new ones. Breaking parameters, such as the strict regime of meter, they transfer rhythm and sound to a free realm. And so a kind of music emerges that in a collective act discards false opposites: improvisation versus composition; concert hall versus club. It becomes previous while still remaining remarkably solid. The echo of respective experiences resonates, is reamplified and brought into harmony: New Music’s pioneering achievements, its democratization through techno and the radical contemporaneity of digital developments. Here the path is just as important as the goal. The process by which something evolves is an elementary component of experience and should at all times remain audible. Each concert is a next step, not an end in itself. And whoever is on hand becomes part of the development.
In the language of Schulkowsky / Teichmann, there is a name for this: Interdependencies. It has the ring of a musical adventure –one in which you can let yourself get unconditionally involved.
The project is funded by Musikfonds e.V. / Beauftragte der Bundesregierung für Kultur und Medien. Media Partners: Digital in Berlin, Ask Helmut, field notes.
Schulkowsky, Teichmann, Shakeel – Interdependencies
Thursday, 24th October 2019 | Doors 20:00 CET | Starts 20:30 CET
Kulturraum Zwingli Kirche e.V. | am Rudolfplatz | 10245 Berlin
Photo © Brenda Allamilla