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Z2 Entertainment will present Hauschka to the Boulder Theater on April 24th, 2014. Tickets go on sale to the general public Friday, November 8th at 10:00 am for $18.00 general admission, $25.00 reserved and $35.00 gold circle.
What is prepared piano - one whose sound is altered by the insertion of alien objects between or upon its strings, hammers and dampers. LISTEN HERE to Hauschka at NPR studios.
The story behind Volker Bertelmann - known best these days as HAUSCHKA - is not necessarily what you'd expect. Although he is one of the most recognizable 21st Century proponents of what is known as prepared piano - one whose sound is altered by the insertion of alien objects between or upon its strings, hammers and dampers - he was barely aware of the champions of such a practice when he first began his experiments. Even John Cage was a largely unfamiliar name that fateful day when he sat in the studio of his friend Adam Fuest and, frustrated by the sounds he was making, starting placing random objects into the instrument. What's stranger still, one might think, is the fact that Bertelmann's first forays into the public world were with major label hip hop act God's Favourite Dog and a drum and bass quintet called Nonex. But, when you listen to his music closely, this perhaps makes more sense than you'd initially think: the sound of HAUSCHKA has always been both instinctive and fuelled by a love of rhythm. Bertelmann, you see, is clearly a man who knows his instrument - quite literally - inside out, and he's as unafraid of approaching it with a fresh sensibility as he is capable of drawing upon an unusually broad church of influences.
Almost two decades after he began his professional career rapping, Volker Bertelmann aka HAUSCHKA finds himself in the unusual position of being regularly compared to the likes of Eric Satie, John Cage and Steve Reich. (In 2011 he was invited by London's prestigious Barbican to perform as part of Reverbations, a festival celebrating the work and influence of the latter composer.) Always unpredictable, HAUSCHKA continues to offer only one certainty: that the next step he takes will no doubt be as unexpected as the direction from which he has come. come.