ARTISTS  |  HAUSCHKA
MEMBERS:  Volker Bertelmann

Hauschka is a composer, songwriter and experimental musician who has brought an exciting new perspective to the prepared piano. The prepared piano – a technique for getting new sounds from the acoustic keyboard by resting pieces of paper or drumsticks on the strings of the instrument - has been used for centuries, but Hauschka was unaware of the tradition when, at the dawn of the new millenium, he began exploring ways to get new sounds out of his Bechstein grand upright. “I wanted the sound of a hi-hat (cymbal) to add a percussive effect to a composition I was writing. I took foil from a Christmas cake and wrapped it around the strings [inside the piano]. From there, I was inspired to use other objects on the strings to get bass drum sounds, or tacks on the piano hammers to get the sound of a harpsichord. When I was playing techno music, I had samplers where you could get a different sound on every key. I thought it would be great to have that effect on an acoustic piano. I was not aware of John Cage (one of the first 20th century composers to use prepared piano) when I started searching for ways to alter the sound of the keyboard, but as I got more into prepared piano, I was influenced by Cage’s theories.”

 


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April 20, 2014San Francisco, CAYoshisBUY TICKETS
April 22, 2014Los Angeles, CAMasonic Lodge @ Hollywood ForeverBUY TICKETS
April 23, 2014La Jolla, CAThe Loft at UCSDBUY TICKETS
April 24, 2014Boulder, COBoulder TheaterBUY TICKETS
April 25, 2014New York, NYJoe's PubBUY TICKETS
April 26, 2014Boston, MACafe 939BUY TICKETS
April 27, 2014Philadelphia, PAFirst Unitarian ChurchBUY TICKETS
April 28, 2014Montreal, QCLa Sala RossaBUY TICKETS
May 9, 2014Bristol, UKColston Hall
May 10, 2014Leeds, UKHoward Assembly Room @ Leeds Grand TheatreBUY TICKETS
May 13, 2014Brighton, UKBrighton FestivalBUY TICKETS
May 14, 2014Reading, UKSouth Street ArtsBUY TICKETS
May 15, 2014Bristol, UKThe LanternBUY TICKETS
May 16, 2014Manchester, UKAnthony Burgess FoundationBUY TICKETS
May 18, 2014Athens, GRAthens Video Artw/ Rod McLaughlin
May 22, 2014Zagreb, CRTeatar & TD
May 24, 2014Brugge, BelgiumCactus ClubBUY TICKETS
May 25, 2014Dusseldorf, GermanySchumann FestivalBUY TICKETS
May 27, 2014Brooklyn, NYGlasslandsBUY TICKETS
May 29, 2014Chicago, ILMillenium Park
June 4, 2014Bratislava, SKAtelier Babylon
June 6, 2014Cork, IRETriskel ChristchurchBUY TICKETS
June 7, 2014Dublin, IRENational Concert Hall Dublin
June 10, 2014Danzig, PolandGdansk Dance Festival
June 12, 2014Moscow, RussiaMuzeon Park
July 12, 2014Cologne, GermanyCO Pop Festival
September 25, 2014London, UKUnion ChapelBUY TICKETS
September 25, 2014London, UKUnion ChapelBUY TICKETS