Apart from the familiar Residents the musical world knows about yet another analogy to Jerome David Salinger and Thomas Pynchon.
Since the end of the Seventies a mysterious songwriter, probably based in Houston, Texas, has been, in regular intervals, releasing highly interesting albums with idiosyncratic music.
The music is stylistically somewhere in-between folk and blues, without giving in too much to the laws of tonality that are being dictated by these genres.
Jandek on Corwood | Full Documentary
Having become famous by the pseudonym of JANDEK, this interpreter has managed for more than 25 years to keep his identity completely secret. Only in 2004 did he decide to appear in public at concerts from time to time.
By now we know at least that the man on the covers of his record releases is similar to the person who sometimes can be seen on stage as a solo artist, or more frequently in various trio combinations.
And there seem to be more and more indications that the singer and multi-instrumentalist could be a stock broker called STERLING RICHARD SMITH.
In his concert on 18 April at HAU, his first ever in Germany, this music-making mystery-monger should not have any problem putting together a programme for the whole evening: So far Jandek has released almost 70 albums on the label Corwood Industries.
Wednesday, 18 April 2012 | 20:00 CET
HAU 1 | Stresemannstr. 29 | 10963 Berlin/Kreuzberg