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  • Born: Düsseldorf, Germany
  • Years Active: 2000s
  • Website: http://hauschka-net.de
  • Recent Activity: 09.22.16 The premiere of my new piece 'Lost' & collab with Nicolas Altstaedt is on tomorrow at Viva Cello, Switzerland -… https://t.co/av48GdxbFw
  • Hauschka

  • Hauschka


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All Music Guide:

Hauschka (Volker Bertelmann) is an independent experimental musician based in Dusseldorf, Germany who is internationally recognized as a 21st century exponent of prepared piano technique, a tradition dating back to late 19th and early 20th century French composer Erik Satie. The piano is prepared when "preparations" (consisting of nearly any conceivably applicable object or material) are inserted between the strings or onto the hammers of the instrument; a wider application of the term takes in all manner of additional modifications that expand the sonic and operative possibilities of the piano. Hauschka has successfully combined the chamber music aspect of prepared piano (see composers Henry Cowell, John Cage, Christian Wolff, Max Richter, Maurice Delage, and Arvo Pärt) with pop, rock, and electronic sensibilities.

Hauschka's music might be said to reference (inadvertently perhaps) all of these aspects of the prepared piano equation, and he could even be regarded as a conceptual cousin of Denman Maroney, Erik Griswold, Sylvain Chaveau, and Anthony Pateras. His playfully repetitive constructs, which certainly reflect the influence of Satie, are also at times reminiscent of early keyboard works by Philip Glass or something from out of the minds of Terry Riley and Steve Reich. His best work suggests the achievements of Frank Pahl, Pascal Comelade, Yann Tiersen, and Henry Brant as well as the self-perpetuating modalities associated with gamelan. Hauschka, who with Luke Sutherland and Stefan Schneider is a member of Music A.M., has collaborated with Torsten Mauss to actuate the club/electronic duo Tonetraeger. Bertelmann often releases more than one Hauschka album a year, such as 2005's Substantial and Hauschka: The Prepared Piano and 2007's Versions of the Prepared Piano and Room to Expand. With 2008's Ferndorf, an homage to his hometown that featured a string duo, Bertelmann reached a new level of prominence; the Snowflakes and Carwrecks EP followed in 2009. Hauschka collaborated with San Francisco's Magik*Magik Orchestra on the following year's full-length Foriegn Landscapes, while 2011's Salon des Amateurs featured members of Calexico and mum. Bertelmann returned in 2012 with Silfra, a collaboration with violinist Hilary Hahn that was inspired by Iceland's Silfra rift. For his 2014 solo album Abandoned City, Hauschka used some of the world's most famous ghost towns as a metaphor for the "sense of hope and sadness" he feels when composing music.

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  • 09.22.16 The premiere of my new piece 'Lost' & collab with Nicolas Altstaedt is on tomorrow at Viva Cello, Switzerland -… https://t.co/av48GdxbFw
  • 09.22.16 RT @GSchirmer: 'Lost' - a new work by @hauschkamusic premieres on September 23 at the VivaCello Festival in Liestal, Switzerland https://t.…
  • 09.20.16 I took part in a @TIFF_NET panel discussing why music is so important in the world of film & its financing.… https://t.co/dJtRtfIcWi
  • 09.14.16 RT @SpectreVision_M: .@ColliderNews highlights @DustinOHalloran & @hauschkamusic's score for 'Lion' as a strong Oscar contender. https://t.…
  • 09.13.16 RT @DustinOHalloran: With director Garth Davis & @hauschkamusic... we are excited to have 'LION' released to the world soon! https://t.co/H…
  • 09.12.16 Garth Davis' 'Lion', a film scored by myself and @DustinOHalloran, received a standing ovation at @TIFF_NET! https://t.co/htQOgxmy87
  • 09.09.16 RT @SpectreVision_M: What a team! The SpectreVision Music family taking over Toronto for the 'Lion' premiere at @TIFF_NET. https://t.co/oXm…
  • 09.08.16 Just landed in Toronto! Excited to play @TheGarrisonTO this Sunday! https://t.co/hODh77CP4C https://t.co/LEWBuytEgM
  • 09.08.16 RT @wavelengthmusic: Excited to have @hauschkamusic in town to play WL this Sept 11 with Cares! Tix WILL sell fast, get em soon! https://t.…
  • 09.06.16 I was recently at the Venice Film Festival after-party for @JamesFrancoTV's #InDubiousBattle. It was great! https://t.co/UF0b6VVWlC
  • 09.05.16 I collaborated with the great @Michael__Mayer on his new album for @K7records. - https://t.co/FyFQ3fj5NE https://t.co/lSVtPKdUsI
  • 08.31.16 Watch the trailer for @JamesFrancoTV's 'In Dubious Battle', a film scored by myself. https://t.co/8uhzqKBBBl https://t.co/l70RvkOdk7