Hamburg’s percussionist and dance music composer Sven Kacirek coined a new genre of electronic music that uses world music as one of the elements.
The Palmin Sessions and The Kenya Sessions mix live percussion, electronic sounds, digital programming and field recordings of folk music into smooth and atmospheric structures that resemble post-rock songs.[vimeo 102116649 w=620&h=300]
Kacirek played all the instruments on 2012’s Scarlet Pitch Dreams with little or no studio magic except for the widespread littering of found sounds. The choice of timbres (like the xylophone) and of hinted melodies (if not fully fledged refrains) shapes detached kitsch music that mocks neoclassical music and film soundtracks of the 1960s.
It is not quite the jovial postmodernist nostalgia of the Penguin Cafè Orchestra, but a more radical reconstruction and decontextualization of sonic stereotypes. Elsewhere Kacirek indulges in an original fusion of skittering African polyrhythms and jazz-rock.[vimeo 104183702 w=620&h=300]
Everybody knows the story of “The Nutcracker”. The music connected to this story by E.T.A. Hoffmann comes from Pjotr Iljitsch Tschaikowsky and became one of the most beloved pieces in ballet history.
Sven Kacirek reinterpreted the music with this question in mind: How would the work sound if it would be newly arranged – being influenced by the music that has been created since: twelve-tone, Miles Davis, John Cage, Kraftwerk, Aphex Twin? The result is a modern and rhythmically complex adventure.[vimeo 105450375 w=620&h=300]
Sven Kacirek is supported by Berlin resident, multi-instrumentalist and “ear worker” Frank Schültge Blumm aka F.S. Blumm (” ..the man makes some damn charming music” – pitchfork).
This event is presented by Digital in Berlin. Check out our Facebook page to win tickets.
Sven Kacirek plays „The Nutcracker Session“ + F.S. Blumm
Monday, 22nd December 2014 | 21:00 CET
Roter Salon in der Volksbühne | Rosa-Luxemburg-Platz | 10178 Berlin/Mitte