11.10.11 Brandt Brauer Frick @ The Satellite

The Satellite presents
1717 Silverlake Boulevard, Los Angeles, 90028

Brandt Brauer Frick have done it again. Last year, the German trio’s debut album, You Make Me Real, successfully fused techno and classical music. The two forms are so different – regimented rhythms and laptop production on the one hand, complex musical theory and virtuosity on the other – you’d be forgiven for thinking a true hybrid was impossible. But tracks such as “Bop”, a gently building pulse of shuffling polyrhythms, rich, resonant pianos and warm synth bass, saw them pull it off in some considerable style. You Make Me Real may have been built from classical sounds, but the result didn’t sound out of place in a minimal techno set.

Now Daniel Brandt, Jan Brauer and Paul Frick have taken their genre-defying experiment to the next level with the Brandt Brauer Frick Ensemble. They’ve ditched the computers they used to arrange You Make Me Real and expanded the band to a ten-piece so they can play handcrafted dance grooves completely live. Earlier this year at the Eurosonic conference in Holland, they recreated You Make Me Real on stage using 80 pages of sheet music per track. The result was compelling and unlike anything else. An appearance at Coachella in April kicked off a festival season that includes ensemble shows at Glastonbury, Sonar, North Sea Jazz and Haldern Pop.

The new album, Mr. Machine is recorded using the same handmade approach, using an opulent and unconventional instrumentation: violin, cello, harp, piano, trombone, tuba, timpani, marimba, vibraphone, drumset, various percussion and a Moog synthesizer. Mr. Machine sees the group reinterpret four tracks from ‘You Make Me Real’ — “Mi Corazon”, “Bop”, “You Make Me Real” and “Teufelsleiter.” There are also three cover versions — “Pretend’ by Emika”, “On Powdered Ground (Mixed Lines)” by Agnes Obel and “‘A 606 ‘n’ Rock ‘n’ Roll” by James Braun — although they’re so different they amount to new songs. And the completely new track “Mr. Machine” rounds things off. To record the album Daniel, Jan and Paul found the other ensemble members on the Berlin contemporary classical music scene. Most of them play in high-profile ensembles like Adapter, Kaleidoskop or Ensemble Modern, others in jazz bands like Formelwesen. On occasion, the Brandt Brauer Frick Ensemble also features Ninja Tune vocalist Emika — see the track “Pretend”.

The band will be coming over to the US for the release and performing iive in a stripped down version of the full ensemble. This is definitely a not to be missed performance!

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