Annette Gentz

Volker Bertelmann aka Hauschka

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Biography

The work of composer and pianist Volker Bertelmann aka Hauschka, residing in Düsseldorf, Germany, is currently being celebrated by the press and audiences worldwide.

Hauschka's preferred instrument is the piano, which he prepares meticulously with metal parts, foil and clamps, the objects causing rustling, metallic noises as he plays. Reminiscent of electronically generated sounds and cymbals, these sounds lend a lyrical quality to the already atmospherically dense compositions, which he bases on harmonic patterns. At times, he also performs accompanied by guest musicians, such as Hilary Hahn, Adam Butler (Vert), John Convertino (Calexico), Samuli Kosminen (múm) and Stefan Schneider (Mapstation, To Rococo Rot).

It excites Hauschka to find new musical expressions for each specific situation, which also applies to the work he does together with film and theater directors. Together with longterm partner Torsten G. Mauss, he composed the soundtrack for the highly praised Lars Henning Jung film Höhere Gewalt, which received double awards at the Max Ophüls Preis film festival in Saarbrücken, Germany, in 2008. Praia do Futuro, the film of award winning director Karim Aïnouz with a score by Hauschka premiered in the Competition programme at the Berlin International Film Festival 2014. His latest film scores include the music for Sönke Wortmann's film DEUTSCHLAND. DEIN SELBSTPORTRÄT as well as for the US productions Lion, directed by Garth Davis, and In Dubious Battle (director: James Franco). For their collaborative score for Lion, Volker Bertelmann and Dustin O'Halloran were nominated for the Golden Globe, for the BAFTA Award as well as for the Oscars 2017.

Working for the stage, Bertelmann has collaborated with dancer and choreographer Stephen Shropshire, whose dance piece Danceworkorange at the Augsburg Theater won high acclaim. His latest collaboration with Edivaldo Ernesto - an encounter of improvised music and dance - was initiated at Berlin's Radialsystem V and shown at EXIT festival in Créteil, France, Gdansk Dance Festival and at the ZKM in Karlsruhe. For the Ruhrfestpiele celebration of the European Capital of Culture 2010, Hauschka wrote the score for Heinrich von Kleist's Marquise von O. which was directed by Kevin Rittberger and subsequently performed at Schauspiel Frankfurt. Hauschka's latest composition for theatre could be heard in Sebastian Baumgarten's Ballad of the Flying Dutchman at Schauspielhaus Hamburg.

Germany’s oldest Radio Symphony Orchestra directed by Estonian-American conductor Kristjan Järvi, the MDR Symphony Orchestra, announced Hauschka as Artist in Residence for 2014/2015. Their first concert opened the 38th edition of the renowned Leipzig Jazz Festival, followed by the world premieres of Cascades and Drowning (with múm) - both performed at Gewandhaus Leipzig.

Discography

Solo

Here you can browse a selection of Hauschkas publications.

What If, 2017
City Slang, Temporary Residence

A NDO CY, 2015
Temporary Residence

Abandoned City, 2014
City Slang

Foreign Landscapes, 2010
Label: Fat Cat 

Snowflakes & Car Wrecks, 2009
Label: Fat Cat

Ferndorf, 2008
Label: Fat Cat

Room To Expand, 2007
Label: Fat Cat

Versions Of The Prepared Piano – Remixes, 2007
Various Artists
Label: Karaoke Kalk

The Prepared Piano, 2005
Label: Karaoke Kalk

Substantial, 2004
Label: Karaoke Kalk

Band

Tonetraeger: „Wortbrot“, 2007
OST: Hauschka & Torsten Mauss
Label: Strawberry Kills

Music A.M.: „Unwound From The Wood”, 2006
Production and Music: Hauschka, Luke Sutherland, Stefan Schneider
Label: Quatermass

Music A.M.: „My City Glittered Like A Breaking Wave”, 2005
Production and Music: Hauschka, Luke Sutherland, Stefan Schneider
Label: Quatermass

Music A.M.: „A Heart & Two Stars“, 2004
Production and Music: Hauschka, Luke Sutherland, Stefan Schneider
Label: Quatermass

Tonetraeger: „This Is Not Here“, 2004
Production and Music: Hauschka & Torsten Mauss
Label: Quatermass

Tonetraeger: „Spieleabend“, 2002
Production and Music: Hauschka & Torsten Mauss
Label: Spinner Ace Records

Orchestral Works

Materials, 2016
for prepared piano, percussion, string ensemble and tape
Commissioned by Folkwang Kammerorchester Essen

I Slag and Coke
II Phase Transition 1
III Octenol
IV Phase Transition 2
V Iron

World Premiere: 20 January 2017
Zeche Zollverein, Essen

Hauschka, prepared piano
Kai Angermann, percussion
WARPED TYPE - Andreas Huck, Roland Nebe, visuals
Folkwang Kammerorchester Essen
Johannes Klumpp, conductor



Orchestral pieces commissioned by mdr, Mitteldeutscher Rundfunk

Drowning, 2015
(múm and Hauschka)
7 separate pieces, each with a different orchestration:
I    - In Daylight (múm)
II   - In Rippling Ink (Hauschka)
III  - In a Bathtub on a Hilltop (múm)
IV  - In Your Flesh (Hauschka)
V   - In Anonymous Waves (múm)
VI  - In Hushed Decent (Hauschka)
VII - In Nightlight (múm)

World Premiere 27 June 2015
Gewandhaus Leipzig


Cascades, 2014
orchestral work in 3 movements, approx. 30 minutes
World Premiere 20 January 2015
Gewandhaus Leipzig


1. Loss (for large mixed choir)
2. From Ashes (for large orchestra)
3. Perspective (for large orchestra and mixed choir)

Hauschka: piano
MDR Radio Choir
MDR Symphony Orchestra
conductor: Kristjan Järvi

Children
World Premiere 11 September 2014
Jazzfest Leipzig
MDR Symphony Orchestra
conductor Kristjan Järvi


Madeira
World Premiere 11 September 2014
Jazzfest Leipzig
MDR Symphony Orchestra
conductor Kristjan Järvi


Penn Station
World Premiere 11 September 2014
Jazzfest Leipzig
MDR Symphony Orchestra
conductor Kristjan Järvi


Puppen
World Premiere 11 September 2014
Jazzfest Leipzig
MDR Symphony Orchestra
conductor Kristjan Järvi


Film

The Current War, 2017
Director: Alfonso Gomez-Rejon

Gunpowder
, 2017
Director: J Blakeson

Melrose
, 2017
Director: Edward Berger

Hotel Mumbai, 2017
Director:
Anthony Maras

AlphaGo, 2017
Director: Greg Kohs

Ashes in the Snow, 2017
Director:
Marius Markevicius

In Dubious Battle, 2016
Director: James Franco

Lion, 2016
Director: Garth Davis
Nominations "Best Original Score": Golden Globe, BAFTA Award, Oscar

Tausend Arten, den Regen zu beschreiben, 2016
Director: Isabel Prahl

Exodus - Where I Come From is Disappearing, 2016
Director: Hank Levine

DEUTSCHLAND. DEIN SELBSTPORTRÄT, 2015
Director: Sönke Wortmann

The Boy, 2015
Director: Craig MacNeill

Praia do Futuro, 2014
Director: Karim Aïnouz

Farewell, Herr Schwarz, 2014
Director: Yael Reuveny

Horses, 2013
Director: Stephanie Martin

Bliss, 2012
Director: Doris Dörrie

In Between a Kiss, 2009
Director: Reza Rameri

Morgenrot, 2009
Director: Jeff Desom

Höhere Gewalt, 2008
Director: Lars Henning Jung

Bloksky, 2008
Director: Jeff Desom,
Actor & Music: Hauschka
Award International Music Video Festival Museek, St. Petersburg

Wortbrot, 2007
Director: Estelle Klawitter
Film Score: Hauschka & Torsten Mauss

Vampyr – Der Traum des Allan Gray, 2007
Director: Carl Theodor Dreyer
Silent Film from 1932
Solo piano live accompaniment

Theatre

The Ballad of the Flying Dutchman, 2014
Director: Sebastian Baumgarten
based on Hauff, Heine, Hudtwalcker, Fitzball, Marryat and Wagner
Deutsches Schauspielhaus Hamburg

Puppen, 2011
Director: Kevin Rittberger
Music: Hauschka and Stefan Schneider
Düsseldorfer Schauspielhaus

Die Marquise von O., 2010
Director: Kevin Rittberger
Text: Heinrich von Kleist
Ruhrfestspiele Recklinghausen

Wagner-Hörschule, 2006
Director: Sebastian Baumgarten
Remix of Parsifal
Hebbel am Ufer, Berlin

Dance

A City Seeking its Bodies, 2015
Choreography: Alexandra Waierstall
Composition and piano: Hauschka
tanzhaus nrw

Hauschka & Edivaldo Ernesto:
An encounter of improvised music & dance, 2013
Piano and Electronics: Hauschka
Dance: Edivaldo Ernesto
Radialsystem V Berlin
EXIT Festival International, MAC Créteil (2014)
Gdansk Dance Festival 2014
ZKM Karlsruhe (2014)

DanceWork Orange, 2009
Choreography: Stephan Shropshire
Theater Augsburg

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ORCHESTRAL WORK

MATERIALS

Composed by Volker Bertelmann
Commissioned by Folkwang Kammerorchester Essen




Materials was commssioned by Folkwang Kammerorchester Essen and first performed on 20 January 2017 at Zeche Zollverein Essen as part of the "ExtraKlang" series.

The subject of the piece closely relates to the venue of the world premiere, a former coal mine. Materials is about steel, about its colours, its consistencies and its sound.


Materials
, 2016
for prepared piano, percussion, string ensemble and tape
Commissioned by Folkwang Kammerorchester Essen

I Slag and Coke
II Phase Transition 1
III Octenol
IV Phase Transition 2
V Iron

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World Premiere: 20 January 2017
Zeche Zollverein, Essen, Germany

Hauschka, prepared piano
Kai Angermann, percussion
WARPED TYPE - Andreas Huck, Roland Nebe, visuals
Folkwang Kammerorchester Essen
Johannes Klumpp, conductor

Further dates:
15 June 2017, Festspielhaus Hellerau w/ MDR Symphony Orchestra

13 July 2017, Neue Meister concert series w/ Deutsches Kammerorchester Berlin

ORCHESTRAL WORK

CASCADES

Composed by Volker Bertelmann
Commissioned by mdr, Mitteldeutscher Rundfunk





The fundamental, melancholic feeling of being in a state of floating, somewhere indefinable between loss and departure, was the subject of Hauschka's to date most comprehensive orchestra work "Cascades". Significantly, this triptych starts with the end. Loss, death, stand here at the beginning. The words "Nothing left. I lost everything." are spread by the choir in countless repetitions in a wide layer. For the middle part "From Ashes", the sound searcher Hauschka found an icily cold, crystal-clear string sound. The final movement "Perspective" for orchestra and choir is then anything but a celebratory symphonic finale. The music puts a question mark at the end of the optimistic words the text "Now, now future’s coming", the choir gets lost in unarticulated murmuring. "In this way 'perspective' is at the same time the start of loss", writes the composer. Beginning and end come together, another circle closes.

(Taken from a text on Hauschka’s orchestral work by music publicist Ilja Stephan, translation: Phil Cooksey)


CASCADES (2014, orchestral work in 3 movements)
World premiere: 20 January 2015, Gewandhaus Leipzig

1. Loss (for large mixed choir)
2. From Ashes (for large orchestra)
3. Perspective (for large orchestra and mixed choir)

Hauschka: piano
MDR Radio Choir
MDR Symphony Orchestra
Conductor: Kristjan Järvi