May 4, 2012 21:30
Hauschka (Volker Bertelmann), prepared piano
Samuli Kosminen, drum
in collaboration with Musicus Concentus
Hauschka is the alias of Düsseldorf-based pianist and composer Volker Bertelmann. Having studied classical piano for ten years, his work is based upon an exploration of the possibilities of the ‘prepared’ piano. Creatively undermining the preconceived idea of the piano as a pure-toned, perfected instrument waiting for a gifted virtuoso to play on it, Hauschka instead modifies it by placing an assortment of material (gaffa tape, kitchen foil, felt wedges, bottle tops, ping pong balls, guitar string, etc) within its innards. What results are vivid, unconventional pieces made in a spirit of playful research-enthusiasm.
At Stazione Leopolda he plays together with Finnish drummer Samuli Kosminen, former member of Múm, one of the prominent band in today’s electronic music scene.