KRAUTROCKLEGENDS TO PERFORMONEOFFLIVEAUDIOVISUALSHOW AT 175 YEAROLDBIRMINGHAMCONCERTHALL
8PM, TOWNHALL, BIRMINGHAM
THURSDAY 11 FEBRUARY
Uber-influential Krautrock legends Cluster will perform a one off live audio-visual show at Grade I listed Town Hall Birmingham on Thursday 11 February, offering avant garde fans a very rare chance to experience two of the world?s most important musical minds of the last 50 years in concert.
Hans Joachim Roedelius and Dieter Moebius, aka Cluster, helped to forge the sound of ?Krautrock? in the early 1970s alongside contemporaries Kraftwerk, Neu!, Tangerine Dream and Can, creating a template for ambient, techno and industrial electronica and other experimental music genres that followed.
In 1973 while most of Europe dealt with the fallout of the Swinging Sixties, Cluster had built a studio in rural Brandenburg to experiment with the dark language of factory machinery, producing early electronica.
Merging elements of progressive-rock, classical music and jazz with ?motorik? – a 4/4 rhythmic beat produced by a drum machine, synthesiser or tape loop to create ?kosmiche muzik? – Cluster would go on to re-form three times and produce 67 releases on 11 labels, including the seminal Zuckerzeit, 1977?s collaboration Cluster and Eno, Live in Vienna and 2009?s critically acclaimed album Qua.
Working with original band member and long term producer, engineer and friend, the late Konrad ?Conny? Plank, Cluster produced work which heavily influenced bands including PiL, The Rapture, The Horrors, David Bowie, original Ultravox! lead singer John Foxx and Alex Paterson of The Orb, and elements of the German duo?s work can be heard in dance-rock crossover artists such as The Rapture, Radiohead, LCD Soundsystem and more recently Delphic.
Musician, writer and rock historian Julian Cope placed three Cluster albums in his ?Krautrock Top Fifty? while The Wire magazine included Cluster’s self-titled debut album in their ?One Hundred Records That Set The World On Fire?.
Promoters Capsule – Lisa Meyer and Jenny Moore – celebrated 10 years of presenting groundbreaking art and music in Birmingham with a series of performances in December 2009 including Tunng, Six organs of Admittance, Lightning Dust and Bela Emerson at Town Hall Birmingham.
The duo are the exceptional sonic minds behind acclaimed annual Birmingham art and music gathering, Supersonic Festival, now in its seventh year, and present around 25 live events a year featuring some of the most exciting experimental acts from all corners of the globe alongside Birmingham artists.
Capsule are also curators of the unique cultural heritage project, Home of Metal, a celebration of the music that was created in the West Midlands, its legacy and influence across the world, and work closely with both the Sonar and SXSW international music festivals.
8PM, TOWNHALL, BIRMINGHAM
THURSDAY 11 FEBRUARY
Selected interviews available with:
Capsule – Lisa Meyer and Jenny Moore
Cluster – Hans Joachim Roedelius and Dieter Moebius
Capsule was founded out of a need to bring interesting non-mainstream music and art to Birmingham. In 1999 having an interest in non-mainstream culture and living in Birmingham meant having to make regular visits to London/Nottingham/Leeds etc. as none of these events were being brought to the city we lived in.
Lisa Meyer and Jenny Moore strove to turn this situation around and through making steady progress and building an organisation on a DIY and ethical basis they have succeeded in placing Birmingham firmly on the map for experimental/adventurous non-mainstream sonic/visual work.
Capsule are the brains behind the momentous cultural project Home Of Metal which aims to celebrate the innovators of the genre and those that continued to develop it: Black Sabbath, Led Zeppelin, Judas Priest, Napalm Death and Godflesh. Bringing people together to share their passion for the music by creating a digital archive, heritage tours, exhibitions and ultimately a permanent collection dedicated to telling the story of Metal and its unique birthplace.
Town Hall and Symphony Hall are managed together by Performances Birmingham Limited, a registered charity. Between them, the two halls present an exciting and varied programme of over 600 concerts and events a year, designed to appeal to people of all ages and backgrounds. Over 500,000 people visit Town Hall and Symphony Hall annually, and a thriving Education & Community department reaches a further 10,000 people of all ages.
Town Hall Birmingham re-opened in October 2007 following a £35m renovation funded by Birmingham City Council (£18.3m), Heritage Lottery Fund (£13.7m), European Regional Development Fund (£3m).
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Issue date: Tuesday 19 January 2010