Image credits: Maximilian Koenig

Kai Schumacher / TRANCEFORMER

solo piano contemporary minimal music electronics

Kai Schumacher, piano

Original works by American composers meet original compositions, arrangements and pianistic ‘remixes’: With TRANCEFORMER, Kai Schumacher relies entirely on the concert grand piano as a fully analogue synthesiser and creates unusual soundscapes between drum machine and ‘wall of sound’ on what is probably the most classical of all instruments.

Permanent change becomes a musical constant, the inside of the grand piano a laboratory of ‘weird sounds’. With or without preparations: Schumacher plays a game with acoustic perception. Motifs circle around each other, shift against each other, fall into each other. The music remains in constant transformation, becomes fluid, develops its temporary form only in the subjective ears of the listener. In doing so, it draws a line to the psychedelic pull of American minimal music, whose protagonists paved the way for electronic club culture with their patterns and loops.

Is it classical, avant-garde, devotional? Or techno, trance and intoxication? In Kai Schumacher's current programme TRANCEFORMER, there is no or. You follow one heartbeat while listening, then another, constantly in the process of losing your own pulse and discovering others in the process.

Works by:
George Crumb, Philip Glass, Meredith Monk, Terry Riley, Kai Schumacher, Julia Wolfe, Moderat, The Prodigy

Total duration approx. 80 minutes


Floriane Schroetter

Booking Agent

Wenna Liu

Production Manager

The ACT Agency

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