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It is not the first time that Alexander Hacke and Danielle de Picciotto have performed at Dampfzentrale and they are always welcome guests. Hacke has been a member of Einstürzende Neubauten since 1980 and composes film soundtracks. The American-born artist Danielle de Picciotto founded the Love Parade together with Dr. Motte in 1989 and, as a musician, has long been a key figure in Berlin’s alternative music scene. The married couple, who have been living a nomadic life together for the last ten years, are now releasing «The Current», their most powerful album yet. The partly meditative, flowing sounds of their previous works have given way to a more rock-based urgency, without actually having changed the central elements of their music too much: Hurdy-gurdy and violin sounds, de Picciotto’s spoken lyrics, melancholic desert rock tunes, some epic guitar-playing, heavily percussive passages … it basically has it all, but with more energy and explosiveness than before.

We have finally been able to lure the Canadian musician Ian William Craig to Bern. The classically-trained vocalist was one of the first names assigned to the somewhat unloved genre term neo-classical. In contrast to the leading proponents of this artistic current, such as Nils Frahm, Hauschka, Ólafur Arnalds, Max Richter or Johán Johánsson, Craig takes a very experimental approach, using music cassettes and reel-to-reel tapes instead of computers, which gives his music a completely different aesthetic than that of the often sugar-coated productions of his fellow musicians. Craig’s voice is always the foundation upon which his musical works are based; sometimes crystal clear, almost operatic improvisations, but mostly as a barely recognisable background for his sound art. His live set-up consists of a reel-to-reel machine, cassette decks and a microphone. Hackedepicciotto refer to their music as Cinematic Drone and this term is just as fitting for Craig’s dreamlike mixture of organic drone-based music, ambient shoegaze and experimental dream pop.

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