To begin this evening, we should start by shattering certain preconceptions about how - for example - a piano or guitar should sound. English guitarist and composer Fred Frith, the focus of the first half of this two-part concert, has been active on the avant-garde music scene since the 1960s. It seems that even after a career spanning over four decades, he has still not run out of musical ideas. This devotee of free improvisation has explored every conceivable drawer in the spacious chest of ro...ck, jazz and classical music, thoroughly rearranging everything he has found in each. His urge to experiment drove him across the ocean in the late 1970s, where he formed bands and made recordings in a variety of formations with John Zorn, Bill Laswell, Fred Maher and others, before going on to compose music increasingly for theatre, film and dance productions. In the world of contemporary classical music, he has composed for the Ensemble Modern and the Arditti Quartet, among others. He comes to Hungary with a traditional rhythm section of drums and bass, but this shouldn't fool anyone. The impact will be far from ordinary.
In the second half, Düsseldorf-based musician Hauschka - or, to give him his real name, Volker Bertelmann - will dismantle not only our preconceptions but the piano itself. In its stead, he will build an instrument which, with the help of electronic signals and resonators, delayers, sound modulators and other tools, creates surprising and yet quickly familiar musical processes. Hauschka's unique works, which are multi-layered in both their effects and message, are difficult to compare to any other musical vision, although many may make out the silhouettes of Erik Satie, Henry Cowell or Aphex Twin on hearing them. Hauschka, however, could scarcely be a more striking 21st century artist. At this concert in the Palace of Arts, he will present material from his latest record Abandoned City, the product of a veritable volcano of energy that burst forth from the pianist on the birth of his son.
Presented by: Palace of Arts
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