Hauschka aka Volker Bertelmann is an Oscar and Golden Globe nominated composer, songwriter and experimental musician known for his spellbinding live performances, who has brought exciting new perspectives to the piano. He released his eighth album What If on City Slang in March 2017.
In a break from his traditional methodology he created What If by programming parts for self-playing ‘player pianos’ (also known as pianolas), exploiting the speed at which they could play, manipulating the resulting sounds, and building layers to emphasise a composition’s metre.
To coincide with the record he will perform select shows with a triple piano set up and a specially designed visual environment created by digital artist Florence To.
Encompassing haunting melodies, mysterious sounds, pristine ambience, minimalism, frenetic buzz, vintage sci-fi echo, complex patterns and at times powerful propulsive rhythms What If crowns an extraordinary couple of years for Bertelmann. Since 2014’s Abandoned City he has released a collection of remixes and outtakes (A NDO C Y) as well as a live album (2.11.14). He’s also toured the world, contributed to dance performances – Swan of Tuonela‘found him reinterpreting Jean Sibelius’ tone poem alongside Samuli Kosminen and Markus Hohti for a ballet choreographed by Finnish circus performer Ville Walo – and worked with a variety of musicians and ensembles including the violinist Hilary Hahn with whom he recorded Silfra for Deutsche Gramaphon. His collaboration with Amsterdam’s Alma Quartet was performed as part of The New Romantics, a concert series he curated at 2016’s Schumannfest in Düsseldorf, while Lost, a piece written for acclaimed cellist Nicolas Altstaedt, receives its UK premiere at London’s Kings Place in the spring.
Furthermore, Bertelmann has found increasing amounts of work as a soundtrack composer, working on scores for a number of documentaries and feature films, not least James Franco’s adaptation of John Steinbeck’s In Dubious Battle and, alongside Dustin O’Halloran, Lion, for which he was nominated for an Oscar and Golden Globe.
|29/08/17||Hauschka in Aarhus, DK||Aarhus Festuge|
|13/09/17||Hauschka in Thessaloniki, GR||Reworks Festival|
|22/09/17||Hauschka in The Hague, NL||Today’s Art Festival|
|11/10/17||Hauschka in Kortrijk, BE||Schouwburg||Wilde Western @ Schouwburg|
|12/10/17||Hauschka in Hasselt, BE||CC Hasselt|