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„Unschuld, die kleine Veronika“ at filmfestival cinema ritrovato
This wonderful and very highly decorated festival has a history of inviting the best piano players and orchesters wordlwide to play with the shown silent films. So it was a special honor being the first guitarist and singer, using also preparations on my guitar to accompany this last silent film that was shot in austria in 1930. I was invited by Karl Wratschko to break the ice for experimental music and silent film on the wonderful Piazetta Pasolini. The film was shown for the first time on the newly restored 35 mm version. The protector was a machine built in the 1920´s working with old carbon lamps. So it was a smoking and hissing „machine performance“ with wonderful warm light in the projection. Open air with about 500 people watching and listening.
picture from the evening of the projection:
This project was also made possible by the clutural forum Milano and the BKA. Many thanks !
the piazetta during the projection
the wonderful projector from the 1920´2
I am very happy to announce my invitation to the great festival “Cinema Ritrovato” in Bologna ! This is a festival with a great reputation and history. Most of the live music is done by piano players. So this will be a fine experiment to take this into an experimental direction as well. I will play live to the silent movie “Unschuld die kleine Veronika”(1930) by Robert Land. This will take place in a beautiful outdoor plaza – Piazzetta Pasolini. There is seats for 400 people, its open air, and I am loving it already. So if you are close by any means, please stop by !
it looks like this:
Also I wanna mention that we had a very fine and touching premiere of out new piece “Die andere Hälfte des Himmels at Kunsthaus Nexus in Saalfeld. The audience was very attentive, the crew of the nexus very supportive to our work. We will now start a little touring with it. fixed are the 9th and the 10th of June in salzburg – please check out the live section. For the fall there a re a few different locations in planning, around Salzburg, but also at the Völkerkundemuseum Wien, in Graz at Theater am Bahnhof and a few others.
We got a great preview in the Salzburger Nachrichten and now the ORF national Television wants to make a broadcast around the piece, and Barbaras Grandfather´s story.
Here is a glimpse of the premiere:
After working with this very funny and inspiring team on INVIDIA der böse Blick for 8 weeks, our premiere went very well. The audience was very responive, and we had lots of fun performing our new work. The media has covered it also in a numerous ways – please check out those articles(in german)
One of the reasons to do a piece without words was to tour with it internationally. So please stay tune for more dates to come.
I am I am very happy to announce the launch of my project „Silent Films with live music“ on my homepage. I have been enjoying playing to silent movies for over ten years now. I always play 100% live, with my live loops, prepared guitars, voice and different simple effects I use. Only at the performance of „Woman in the moon“ – because of its duration 2 hours an 50 minutes – I used some playback tracks that I could fade in and out if wanted. These events took play in the Czech Republic in a summer school of film festival in Uherske Radice, Viennale Filmfestival in Vienna, the Theatermuseum, Metro Kino and other fine places. I mostly do these films as a soloist but also teamed up with Martin Brandlmayr on drums for „Die Puppe“ by Ernst Lubitsch.
Again and again I am stunned how beautiful and with how much care some of those great silent films are done. Especially the handcolourated versions look amazing if projected with the right machines. The colours glow in a totally magic and unseen way.
Also new in the Work section under „Theater“ is „Out there is a Field“ w. Barbara Kraus, and the „Opera of Entropy“. This project might be seen again in a different kind of performance at the Donaufestival or Wien Modern. Please stay tuned for more.
I wanted to share with you a beautiful new but really old instrument I had the luck to meet with and engange in a permanent relationship for now. A 120 year old viennese Kontraguitar. It is a very rare one with 12 chromatic basses. That´s very unusual and I have to see if it is possible to make it work in real life – since 12 basses are really a lot to get organized with. Mr. Witzmann restored the few fine cracks it had beautifully, and his wife restrung the whole thing ! I am waiting for a custom made bag, so I can take it with me to rehearsals and concerts. Jorge Sanchez-Chiong who I worked with on the “Opera of Entropy” already showed his interest to make a new piece of music together, and I am exited to start. So stay tuned :-) !
Frau im Mond / Florian Horath Ensemble Gut Oggau/Opera of Entropy/Wortstadtnächte
The life music to the silent movie(2h 50 min.!) „Woman in the moon“ in Uhersce Radice was really a highlight for me. If you are around next year I recommend you visit this great festival in July 2017! Very nice people, great cinemas and films.
Gut Oggau with florian horwath was also very special. They make this great demeter organic wine, that is sold only in selected places around the world. The reinvited the enselbe for the next years “10 years of Gut Oggau” celebration – so please stay tuned for that. The fall keeps me busy as well with more exiting projects. The „opera of entropy“ had it´s premiere on Tuesday August 30th. Please check ou the live section for more infos about that. Also the „Wiener Wortstätten“ a very special writers room, asked me to join them for their festival at the end of september. It´s called „Wortstattnächte“. Those will be five „one time events“. One is called „Dramas for sleeping“ where you meet at midnight, and every visitor gehts a bed and a personal reader, who wispers some of the greatest dramaturgic writings in your ear until you fall asleep, all acompanied by acoustik KMET Music:-) You can find more infos to these events in the live or project section of my website.
In the beginning of this year, especially after I was asked to create music for “Unterwerfung” only a week before the premiere, I formed the wish that projects would spread out a little more. Two month later, there is dates and projects lined up until may 2017. About the others I wrote in the last post, and after that I will cooperate again with the wonderful OFF theater. Create something new for Grischka Voss´s newest peices that will evolve around the topic of “enviousness”. And after that there will be a new cooperation a Duo, one Performer, one muisician only, with the topic “Heimat/Home” that is so viral right now. So I am very exited by this new situation, and I will write again about this and see If I really like it better to plan ahead so far.
I am very exited to announce two new collaborations.
Barbara Kraus, with whom I worked with in “shared spaces” invited me to develop a musical score to her new piece “Das Denken zum Tanzen bringen”. This will be an advancement of her work “philosophy onstage”. We will perform this at Tanzquartier Wien on june 2nd, 3rd and 4th !
Furthermore Jorge Sánchez-Chiong asked me to develope a part in “ENTROPY” which he launched together with Thomas Jelinek. This is a fantastic pool of scientists, videoartists, musicans, mathematicians who are developing an opera around this exiting and infinite topic. This will be part of “Musiktheatertage Wien 2016”, the premier around August 27th 2016. More Infos to come soon.
The Bernhard Ensemble and myself are in the final stage of putting together their latest piece KZ.IMAGINAIRE. Rehearsals are lots of fun, and scene after scene comes along. The music is a wild mixture of live played and live looped songs, structures, prepared guitars and snare drum. For the first time I also use prepared arrangements for some of the songs and scenes. So my studio and the rehearsal room is full of different devices I borrowed from friends and I am still pondering which ones i will use. Please check out the “concerts” section for the upcoming shows of this piece. The premiere will be on October 28th.
I am happy to continue working on my new Solo album. New & fresh songs are arriving during summertime. The topics are still meandering around the topic of consumptions, capitalism, love and fear :-)
Also I am very happy to say that I met up twice with fabulous Marie Thérése Escribano.
She came up to me after a show of “drei sekunden”. We are talking about a Duo Programme called “verbotene Lieder”, that might debut at theater Drachengasse in 2016 !
Meanwhile I am trying not to forget the wonderful sound of the waves and the sea.
On Monday we had our first rehearsal for the new Theaterpiece with the Aktionstheater-ensemble. I am very happy to announce the two fabulous musicians who are on board. Bernhard Breuer on drums and Jakob Schneidewind on bass. In the ensemble Hubert Wild is part of the acting crew; He also works as a countertenor and bariton. I am looking forward to work with him a lot. Spinning many ideas already. The first talks about the piece were quite promising! it´s going to be a very intense piece of work, dealing with different facettes of the apocalypse. Stay tuned, and if you have a chance, reserve tickets at Bregenzer Frühling fast ! We will play RIOT DANCER in vienna in fall or winter 2015.
“Tiger” is a new song that´s gonna be part of my new upcoming KMET album. This was a life show at the Fine Art Gallery. I play in front of pictures that where part of the “young photographers” exhibition. The audience was great and I had lots of fun playing for them.
Thanks Maximilian Röhrle for filming.
Very exited – I am gonna be part of the new piece of the Aktionstheaterensemble. The piece is calles Riot Dancer, and it will have it´s premiere on may 8th! Also part of the great festival “Bregezer Frühling” it will take place at the Bregenzer Festspielhaus. It´s going to be a bif team of actors, and three to four muisicians. I am very exited to write the music for it.
The “GUTER WELTUNTERGANG” performance went really well. I enjoyed playing it a lot. Hopefully I can do this again in a different setting in the near futre – stay tuned! Michael Holzer of 8660 was there too – with his camera. And so I have a great new live picture, that now also serves well as a new picture on youtube, twitter and alike. Here it is.
I am currently working on a new full lenght KMET solo album. Its was clear this one would be defined by the lyrics. This time around I want them to be “lighter”, more concrete, closer connected to my current life. Although this does not mean it is not gonna be all autobiographical, no worries.
I also decided I want to use less instruments. Create more sounds and textures out of less.
So far I have only used one steelstring guitar, voices, and some beatboxing and prepared guitars. But it´s all kind of close. No snare drum or bass guitars or fender rhodes were used so far.
As of now there are songs and instrumentals called:
So I need a few more, and then they need to be instrumented and arranged. But its going good, and I think I can finish it pretty soon.
P.S.: My desktop is totally empty, and I have a new screensaver, which I drew, when I was three :-)
this is my very first post on my brandnew, cozy, clear website, made with the truly artistic forces of 8660!
So the very first post – a happy musician writing here! Since I receive almost no advertising through the postal service, it´s mostly bills I get in my mailbox at home. So I was really thrilled when I opened a letter on Dezember 28th, and saw that I will receive a composers working grant in 2015 from the BM:UKK. It´s for ongoing and upcoming theater and filmmusic.
So I am sailing into the new year with strong winds….