SIM
  • Max Ruf
  • Hayley Silverman
  • Erica Baum
  • åyr
  • Peter Wächtler
  • Juliette Blightman
  • Shahryar Nashat
  • Keren Cytter
  • Tomás Saraceno
  • Harm van den Dorpel
  • Andrea Romano
  • Motto Books
  • Patrizio Di Massimo
  • Martha Rosler
  • James Hoff
  • Thea Djordjadze, Andreas Reihse
  • Carlos Noronha Feio
  • Ian Cheng feat. Sean Manning
  • Martin Kohout aka fuc kyes ik no wka rate
  • BETZY BROMBERG, ROLAND DENNING, CLAIRE FONTAINE/ ZACHARY FORMWALT, HENRY HILLS, BEN VICKERS
  • Andreas Angelidakis
  • Christoph Cox
  • James Richards
  • Georgia Sagri
  • FEB in BERLIN

    Thea Djordjadze Untitled

    This list of music reporting on February in Berlin is kind of both,
    comfort for the mostly nasty weather in this month of transition
    as well as a longing and – even more – an anticipation of things to come,
    namely Spring.

    Should also do wonders on lazy Summer days,
    windy Fall walks and shady Winter evenings.

    (Thea Djordjadze, Andreas Reihse)

    MUSTAFA ZADEH
    Besides some rare concert snippets on YouTube, it was really difficult to find music of the amazing Vagif Mustafazadeh. His daughter managed to get more famous. Zadeh was a piano player who combined the rhythmic structures of jazz with the lyrical poetry of folkloristic tunes of his country and/ or classical/ romantic music. He died in 1979 only 39 years old, shortly after performing a concert. Finally here’s a website dedicated to Azerbaijani’s jazz. And you can at least listen to a couple of his compositions and his piano style (unfortunately badly programmed: click e.g. ENGLISH VERSION then in the left column: MUSIC)
    http://vagif.jazz.az/

    ANTON WEBERN
    Symphonie op.21- Pierre Boulez & London Symphony Orchestra
    Let’s get some 12-Ton in. Actually, we prefer Boulez as a conductor than as a composer.
    (click MUSIC in the lower row, then scroll to Op 21: Symphony (1927-28))
    http://www.antonwebern.com/

    JOHANN SEBASTIAN BACH
    Matthäus-Passion
    Arnold Schönberg Chor, Wiener Sängerknaben, Concentus musicus Wien, con: Nikolaus Harnoncourt (2000)
    The making of; but you can easily search-engine for more or – recommended – purchase the album, which is one of the most impressive recordings of one of Bach’s master pieces. Best of all: you don’t have to believe in something like god, to enjoy this.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EUJiEe7ItqY

    DMITRI SHOSTAKOVICH
    Chamber Symphony for Strings, Op. 110a-Largo
    We go for the largo, listen to it; then read some chapters in Solomon Volkov’s bio-pic Testimony.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lK5D9lMGVAI
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Testimony_(book)

    BEETHOVEN / SCHILLER
    Ode an die Freude
    A favourite of our son Nika; we have just chosen this most hilarious take (but Nika loves each and every version.)
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ORg2_TfQRDk

    SERGIJ RACHMANINOV
    Piano Concerto No. 2 in C minor, Op. 18
    Always add some Sviatoslav Richter to each and every playlist. Here, playing Rachmaninov’s masterpiece. Parts of this may sound familiar to your ears: All By Myself by Eric Carmen. All by myself – besides the music, you might say, which Carmen simply copied while quite relaxed, keeping all the author credits to himself. The shrouded in myth all-american idea of the self-made millionaire per exemplum, exactly the same procedure with his follow up million seller, Never Gonna Fall in Love Again. Never mind. But we prefer the original.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7AvRfs8IK_s

    WIM MERTENS
    No Plans No Projects
    Even though, over the years, he became a bit of the alternative-pain-in-the-aaa-Philip-Glass, his early stuff is a beauty; by the way: always add some Les Disques de Crepuscule to each and every playlist.
    http://zyeyeye.blogspot.de/2012/04/wim-mertens-no-plans-no-projects.html
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h9R1_6Va6Tg

    THE DURUTTI COLUMN
    Destroy She Said
    Vini Reilly, unfortunately suffers from some serious health problems these days – all support to him, buy his albums! Reilly is doing his thing for decades now. Destroy She Said is a very fine 1984ian example of his way of composing and playing the guitar. Also: always add some Factory to each and every playlist.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R44v8_9WAMM

    GYA KHANCHELI
    Finally, for a most placable congé. Some of Khancheli’s amazing film compositions on solo piano. Unfortunately there’s no edition available with his early film- and theater pieces; only awful kitschy re-renditions – Beware!!!
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2LVFYMQBdbc

    (Post-Soviet Union when Khancheli was free at last to compose the way he wanted, he exploded with colours and emotions, mostly of the darker and skewer side, embrassing and summarizing the last 3 centuries of human race, humanity and dis-humanity. Tough stuff! Well edited at ECM:
    http://www.ecmrecords.com

    Image: Thea Djordjadze, Untitled (c-print, 2013)