Another dream lineup at Berghain this December with Fausts Hans Joachim Irmler performing twice both in his collaboration with former Can drummer and fellow Krautrock legend Jaki Liebezeit whos new album just came out on Irmlers own Klangbad label and again in another super-duo with Malaria! and oceanclub founder and monika enterprise label head Gudrun Gut, the two having recently released their collaborative album “500m” on Bureau-B. As if that wasnt enough, Jimi Tenor will present his new project “Tenors of Kalma” and autopilot Guido Möbius will deliver what promises to be a truly informed DJ set.
The Faust Studio is situated in a spacious factory building right on the bank of the Danube river. Here, 2670km past of the river’s mouth at the Black Sea, the current seems relatively weak, however past accounts of severe flooding are enough to dispel any doubts of its power. One can spend hours staring out from the studio’s wood-panelled windows at the current, pondering the fact that you never observe the same water twice. Jochen Irmler and Jaki Liebzeit met in the town of Scheer last July to prepare for an upcoming concert at the slaughterhouse in Sigmaringen as well as for a subsequent appearance in the Kammerspiele in Munich.
However, they quickly decided to stop rehearsing and instead record FLUT – an album that regroups six improvisations between organ and percussion. FLUT adds another chapter to Irmler’s collaborations, which aim to explore, whenever possible, the hidden potential that lies dormant in the clash between prepared organ and drums. The series includes previously-published collaborations with Gudrun Gut (programmed beats), with FM Einheit’s percussive bass-string playing, and with Christian Wolfarth’s uncategorizable drumming, pushing the limits of harmony and tuning to ever more complex results.
On “500m” the Krautrock-informed, epic willingness to explore on the part of Hans-Joachim Irmler (Faust), and the structured and technoid Berlin discipline of Gudrun Gut (Malaria, Mania D, Einstürzende Neubauten) are conjoined in glistening beauty, recorded at the Faust studio in Scheer in Autumn of 2013. “500m” is out now. The notion that Jochen Irmler and Gudrun Gut would one day merge the best of their two worlds was never quite to be expected. We hear Irmler’s meandering, wistfully psychedelic organ sound, seeming to come from a different era. A
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“Tenors of Kalma” is a new group that combines jazz with electronic pop music. Jimi Tenor voc, sax, keys, electronics Kalle Kalima gtr, electronics Joonas Riippa (drums). Jimi Tenor and Kalle Kalima have made music together for about 10 years and now they are breaking ground in a trio format with Joonas Riippa on drums. The music is dark and jazzy but danceable and suddenly you hear a hounting ballad. Moments later it could be inspired by Sun Ra meeting Kraftwerk.
Jimi Tenor has never settled for the traditional role of a pop artist. He is known as a musician whose work lies beyond current trends although he has written great hits like “Take me Baby”. He is at home in front of the crowd gone wild, wearing a glittering self-designed costume and a flowing cape, holding a noise-producing device the main components of which are walkman made in Hong Kong and an East-German bicycle dynamo.
Kalle Kalima is the ambassador of Finnish Jazz and Avantgarde music in Berlin. He mixes elements of jazz and rock in unique way. He has played a.o. with Jazzanova, Jason Moran, Jim Black, Greg Cohen, Anthony Braxton, Tony Allen, Leo Wadada Smith, Michael Wertmüller and Marc Ducret. Kalima is also known as a leader of highly acclaimed ensembles of his own: Klima Kalima (The Winner of the New German Jazz Prize 2008) and his solo performance Pentasonic. He won the Finnish “Grammy” for the best Jazz album with the group “K-18” in 2013. Joonas Riippa is one of the most important drummers in Finland today working with many renovated musicians like Mikko Innanen, Verneri Pohjola, Teemu Viinikainen, Seppo Kantonen and Joonatan Rautio.
Irmler & Liebezeit, Gut & Irmler, Tenors of Kalma LIVE
DJ Guido Möbius
Presented by CTM
Thursday 18th July 2014 | 21:00 CET
Berghain | Am Wriezener Bahnhof | 10243 Berlin/Kreuzberg