Hauschka aka Volker Bertelmann is a composer, songwriter and experimental musician known for his spellbinding live performances who has brought exciting new perspectives to the piano. He releases his eighth album What If on City Slang on 31 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/light environment.
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. 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 has been nominated for a Golden Globe.
|31/03/17||Hauschka in Tallinn, EE||Tallinn Music Week|
|01/04/17||Hauschka in London, UK||Kings Place||With Nicolas Alstaedt|
|07/04/17||Hauschka in Brussels, BE||Ancienne Belgique||BRDCST|
|20/04/17||Hauschka in Ljubljana, SI||Kino Šiška|
|29/04/17||Hauschka in Gijon, ES||LEV Festival|
|09/05/17||Hauschka in Bucharest, RO||Radio Hall|
|30/05/17||Hauschka in London, UK||Village Underground|
|01/06/17||Hauschka in Gdansk, PL||Shakespeare Theatre|
|05/08/17||Hauschka in Oxfordshire, UK||Wilderness Festival|