Irmin Schmidt - Nocturne (Live at Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival)
German keyboardist and composer, Irmin Schmidt, is best known as a founding member of the band Can. He presents: Nocturne (live at the Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival) comprised of three pieces performed live on a partly prepared piano, alongside additional pre-recorded soundscapes.
The live performance of Klavierstück II is a pensive improvisation using essential elements of the original piece. Nocturne starts with the ambient sounds whilst the piano seemingly melts into the soundscape and eventually grows into a long meditative piano solo. Yonder is a much more dramatic piece, dominated by the overwhelming sounds of church bells, a sort of “dies irai”, radical, emotional and fiercely poetic.
Format / 2 x LP, limited edition white etched pressing of 1000 copies
Label / Mute
Cat No / SPOON62
Genre / Electronic & Experimental
Release date / 29 May 2020