With techno producer Henrik Schwarz and jazz pianist Bugge Wesseltoft, two extraordinary musicians, who are considered masters of innovative improvisation in each of their musical realms, return to the stage of UM:LAUT in September. For their new project “Scripted & Prepared Pianos” the duo explores the tonal and rhythmical scopes of the piano, resulting in a unique electroacoustic sound between jazz, ambient and groovy electronica. While Schwarz uses a disklavier grand piano, the keys, hammers and pedals of which can be controlled via a specific software, thereby making complex rhythmic and harmonic structures possible which could never be played with the hands, Bugge Wesseltoft contributes melodies and musical themes with a second grand piano and a synthesizer. With the instruments getting prepared and manipulated, sounds are going through analogue and digital editing and alienation – an interplay in the experimental range between classical and electronic instrumentation, club and concert hall comes into being. After an exclusive performance at Montreux Jazz Festival 2017, Schwarz and Wesseltoft present “Scripted & Prepared Pianos” on the occassion of the release of the EP of the same name for the first time within the series of UM:LAUT at RADAISLYSTEM V.
Henrik Schwarz is amongst the most sought-after producers of electronic dance music worldwide. His musical influences span from deep house and Detroit techno, all the way to hip hop and rare groove to jazz, soul and funk. Schwarz is considered one of the most multifaceted artists of electronic music – he has composed for film and ballet, and has released numerous albums and singles under various labels. For collaborations, productions and remixes he has worked together with the likes of Michael Jackson, Boy George, The Foals, Ane Brun, Raoul Midon, DJ Hell, Fritz Kalkbrenner and many more. For various projects he has been a guest on stages, in clubs and at renowned festivals all over the world. In recent years Schwarz dedicated himself to an increasing degree to his interest in jazz, improvisation and contemporary classic, thereby also releasing the album “Instruments” as well as the LP “Scripted Orkestra” with Metropole Orkest.
The Norwegian Bugge Wesseltoft is regarded as one of the most innovative jazz pianists of today. Since the 1990s, Wesseltoft has collaborated with numerous important figures of the Nordic and international jazz world like Jan Garbarek, Terje Rypdal, Jon Christensen, Nils Petter Molvaer, and Arild Andersen, as well as with stylistically quite different artists such as the drummer Billy Cobham, the Brazilian pop star Gilberto Gil or the techno legend Laurent Garnier. With his “New Conception of Jazz” he aims at a synthesis of live electronics and the means of improvised jazz – his debut album of the same name, on which he integrates elements from deep house, ambient music, drum’n’bass as well as from soul and funk, is considered as ground-breaking since its release in 1996 until today. Wesseltoft has played on countless stages around the world and released more than 15 albums, just recently with the Norwegian classical violinist and viola player Henning Kraggerud and with the successful techno producer Henrik Schwarz and Dan Berglund, bassist of e.s.t. With his label Jazzland he has created a platform for the Norwegian scene with artistic freedom beyond mainstream.
UM:LAUT is a live platform for artists and labels availing themselves of various musical traditions, realising ambitious and unique projects regardless of genre boundaries. The focus of the series, which is curated by Ben Czernek and Hannes Frey, lies on the experimental range between classical and electronic instrumentation, composition and improvisation, club and concert hall. Considering itself an open stage for cooperations between artists of different disciplines, UM:LAUT aims to present music in dialogue with other art forms – music giving impulses to film, video, photography, installation, dance and performance.
UM:LAUT – Henrik Schwarz & Bugge Wesseltoft at Radialsystem
Saturday, 8th + Sunday, 9th September 2018 | Doors 19:00 CET | Starts 20:00 CET
Radialsystem | Holzmarktstr. 33 | 10243 Berlin