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Maarja Nuut & Ruum

Maarja Nuut & Ruum

Electronic Folk Vocal
15.12.2018

Kantine am Berghain

Maarja Nuut & Ruum

Maarja Nuut & Ruum

Electronic Folk Vocal
15.12.2018
Einlass
Konzertbeginn
:00 Uhr
:00 Uhr

Maarja Nuut ist sowohl als Solo-Künstlerin, wie auch mit ihrem momentanen Hauptprojekt Maarja Nuut & Ruum verfügbar.

Das estnische Duo Maarja Nuut & Ruum arbeitet in einer musikalischen Interzone; die tief verwurzelte, intuitive Weltanschauung vergangener Tage wird mit den hyper-mediatisierten Realitäten und scheinbar grenzenlosen technischen Möglichkeiten der Gegenwart und Zukunft verbunden.

Maarja Nuut verwendet Geige, Looper, Stimmexperimente und Keyboard, um den Moment festzuhalten, in dem unsere inneren Erzählungen von Intuition statt der Vernunft geleitet werden.

Ruum ist ein zeitgenössischer elektronischer Musiker, der Nuuts Melodien einen komplementären, wenn auch oft abstrakten Rahmen bietet. Seine Klanglandschaften mögen zunächst ein Gefühl von Struktur vermitteln, doch bei näherer Betrachtung zwingt die von ihm geschaffene Klanglandschaft den Zuhörer dazu, mysteriöse Nach- und Zwischenräume zu betrachten.

Maarja Nuut & Ruums Musik lädt uns zum Dialog ein - nicht, indem sie sich direkt an uns wenden, sondern indem wir durch ihre Musik in Metagespräche mit Elementen unseres physischen Ichs geleitet werden, die wir ansonsten vielleicht vergessen hätten. Es ist schwierig, den Weg zurück aus dem Klanglabyrinth zu finden, denn vielleicht mag der Gedanke für immer dort zu bleiben verlockend sein.

Das erste Album des Duos, Muunduja (Shifter), wird im Oktober 2018 auf dem britischen Label 130701 erscheinen.

Veranstaltungsort

Kantine am Berghain

Am Wriezener Bahnhof, 10243 Berlin

House Of Waters

House Of Waters

Jazz Worldmusic
02.03.2019

Quasimodo

House Of Waters

House Of Waters

Jazz Worldmusic
02.03.2019
Einlass
Konzertbeginn
20:00 Uhr
22:00 Uhr

“In today’s world, there are no musical boundaries,” says Max ZT of House of Waters, a trio that makes those words come alive as they incorporate elements of West-African, jazz, psychedelic, indie rock, classical and world music into their astonishingly unique sound.

Five years after their groundbreaking Revolution, House of Waters now returns with its eponymous follow-up. Featuring Max ZT on hammered dulcimer, Moto Fukushima on six-string bass, and newly added percussionist Argentinian-born Ignacio Rivas-Bixio rounds out the touring trio. The album also features virtuosic cellist Dave Eggar, flautist Sam Sadigursky and the singer Priya Darshini.

“Our music is a constant melting pot, which is so relevant to now,” says Max. “It’s like that last D’Angelo record or Kendrick’s Butterfly you know, that wasn’t just rap, or hip-hop, or jazz, or soul, but it had all of that. It’s an amorphous thing. It’s how the future is going to be.” Moto agrees: “We always just say what we do is ‘good music.’ If I need to say something to someone who’s never heard of us, I just say, ‘Please come to our show!”

House of Waters’ music is both complex and easy to enjoy, a musical exploration that invites listeners to open themselves to new sounds. One of those sounds is that of Max’s instrument, the hammered dulcimer, a percussion/stringed instrument that takes years of study and spans dozens of cultures around the globe. Most often associated with traditional American and Irish folk music, Max has taken the instrument in entirely new directions. “I’ve been playing it since I was 7,” says Max. “And my folks reminded me I first fell in love with it when I was 2: I saw it performed at an exhibit opening, walked up to it, sat underneath and just listened to it for hours.”

Moto had a similar experience with the 6-stringed bass and it has defined his life ever since. His study of Western Classical music, Japanese traditional music and the African inspired musical sensibilities of South America, coupled with his undeniable virtuosity, adds a breath-taking element to the group’s total sound. Max studied with traditional musicians in Senegal and continues to learn from Pandit Shivkumar Sharma, and like his rhythm section counterpart Moto Fukushima, Ignacio Rivas-Bixio is a Berklee College of Music graduate, and a much sought after percussionist on the genre bending world music and ‘new’ rock scene.

The album House of Waters marks the band’s first record for GroundUP, the artist-friendly label started by Snarky Puppy’s Michael League. “There was a lot of mutual respect and interest there,” says Max. “I think we bring something unique to their roster.” He laughs. “Not a lot of dulcimer trios out there.”

Their GroundUP debut is a broad, cinematic piece, ranging from the slow burn of “La Semana,” to the grand “Patience” and—a first for the band—a beautiful vocal assist by Priya Darshini on album standout “Hamza”

Moto picks “Francesco” as his favorite. “That song was my first time writing parts for classical music styles and instruments in the band,” he says. “And the song goes full arena rock at the end: I’m happy how we could connect delicate/complicated and hard/simple aspects with both organic and modern sound. Also, Max’s solo in the middle is killer.”

The album’s first available track, “17,” encapsulates the record’s complex nature. “It’s a time signature: 17/8,” says Max. “It’s definitely odd, but we played at this traditional folk festival and people lost their minds! It’s a pretty rockin’ loud, aggressive song in an odd meter that hasn’t really been heard in the West. It’s fun, fast energy, and it plays into our virtuosity.”

But to truly experience House of Waters, see them live. “It’s the benefit of this band’s versatility—we fit in so many different fields,” says Max. To that end, you might experience the band at any number of huge jazz or folk fests. Possibly at an Indian classical show. And maybe opening for the likes of Pt. Ravi Shankar, Snarky Puppy, Jimmy Cliff or the performing arts ensemble KODO.

With musical and cultural influences that stretch from India and Senegal through Ireland and the heart of New York City, you have, as one critic noted, “The most original band on the planet.”