Composer, songwriter and experimental musician Hauschka aka Volker Bertelmann is back in North America starting today, kicking off his run of North American live dates in Austin TX at the Belmont. He brings his prepared piano – a technique for getting new sounds from the acoustic keyboard by resting pieces of paper or drumsticks on the strings of the instrument – and will be highlighting material from his latest album Abandoned City, out now on Temporary Residence Ltd./City Slang. He will be playing San Francisco, Los Angeles, Philadelphia, and New York among other cities.
About the new album, Bertelmann says “Every song tells the stories of the people who once lived in these cities and left behind their dreams in the hope that they’d find happiness in a new place. The changes they went through represent the changes everyone goes through, the diverse events that happen everyday to bring you to that delicate state of feeling happiness and sadness at the same time.” The compositions on Abandoned Cityawaken the loneliness and unattainable romance of timeless, unfamiliar places, with cinematic melodies full of resonant overtones, bright cheerful keyboard patterns and dark percussive touches.
HAUSCHKA LIVE DATES – 2014:
Apr 18 Belmont Austin, TX
Apr 20 Yoshi’s San Francisco San Francisco, CA
Apr 22 KCRW Morning Becomes Eclectic Los Angeles, CA
Apr 22 Masonic Lodge (Presented by 89.9 KCRW) Los Angeles, CA
Apr 23 The Loft at UCSD (Presented by Artpower!) San Diego, CA
Apr 24 Boulder Theater Boulder, CO
Apr 25 Joe’s Pub New York, NY
Apr 26 Cafe 939 Boston, MA
Apr 27 First Unitarian Church Philadelphia, PA
Apr 28 La Sala Rossa Montreal, Canada
May 10 Howard Assembly Room @ Leeds Grand Theatre Leeds, United Kingdom
May 13 Brighton Festival Brighton, United Kingdom
May 14 South Street Arts Reading, United Kingdom
May 15 The Lantern Bristol, United Kingdom
May 16 Anthony Burgess Foundation Manchester, United Kingdom
May 22 Zedno Uho Zagreb, Croatia
May 24 Cactus Club Brugge, Belgium
May 25 Schumann Festival Dusseldorf, Germany
May 27 Glasslands Brooklyn, NY
May 29 Millenium Park Chicago, IL
Out now on Temporary Residence Ltd.