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My Vinyl-Editions bring together a collection of recordings from the last 40 years. Combined in a new way, the result is fresh perspectives in terms of music and content. The retrospective is complemented by one or two new productions for the respective LP.
»LiederBooks« and »Haupt- und Nebenstücke« are published exclusively on vinyl. On the one hand to pay homage to the medium of musical socialisation, on the other hand to pick up the "musical" form of the LP, an album of two arcs of about 20 minutes each.
The series of »LiederBooks« brings compilations of songs, carols and chansons. Recorded over the last 40 years by various ensembles, the only thing they have in common is that they are sung by me.
Ballade von der sexuellen Hörigkeit
»Haupt- und Nebenstücke« is the instrumental counterpart to the »LiederBooks« and combines chamber music compositions – my own pieces are flanked by interpretations of pieces by other composers.
»LiederBook vol I« In addition to my own pieces there are interpretations of music by such diverse composers as Jack Bruce, Frank Zappa, Van Morrison, Ernst Gaida-Hartmann, Willie Nelson, Pink Floyd's David Gilmour and Roger Waters, as well as texts set to music by William Blake and Robert Gernhardt as well as settings of texts by the poets.
»LiederBook vol II« Besides own pieces there are interpretations of music by such diverse composers as Frank Zappa, Kurt Weill, Serge Gainsbourg, Jimi Hendrix and John Cale; and there is a version of a King Crimson classic reduced to vocals and casio.
»LiederBook vol III« In addition to my own pieces there are interpretations of music by such diverse composers as Annie Lennox, Kurt Weill and Willie Dixon, arrangements to anonymous 16th century melodies from France or the early blues as well as settings of texts by the poets William Blake, Pierre de Ronsard, Detlev von Liliencron, Robert Gernhardt and Joachim Ringelnatz.
»Haupt- und Nebenstücke vol I« I have been working with Alexei Aigui, my Moscow composer friend, since 1994. Together we play our versions of works by esteemed and influential colleagues: the Schönberg arrangement of a medieval minnelied, Kurt Weill's »Klops Lied« or »Mom&Dad« by Frank Zappa. My first arrangement of a Zappa piece is the Stravinsky homage »Igor's Boogie«. To Schönberg as well as J.S. Bach I refer in my composition »Quartet«, which is interpreted by the RUSSIAN-GERMAN COMPOSERS QUARTET. »Dhanno Ki Aankhon« is part of a film score by the innovative Indian composer Rahul Dev Burman. »Ryoan-ji« was composed in 2006 at the monastery of the same name in Kyoto and refers both to the Zen garden there and to John Cage. Japanese haiku (poems in seventeen syllables, divided into 5,7,5) form the shape of my cycle »As a landmark a tomato«. Seventeen miniatures developed from picture titles by Paul Klee. The Japan references are rounded off by Dave Brubeck's »Koto Song«.