Lionel Williams, Jochen Arbeit (Einstuerzende Neubauten), Brian Mitchell & Valerie Renay (Noblesse Oblige)

Session 04
Mittwoch, 25. Januar 2012Wednesday, 25th of January 2012
Projekt Raum 19:00 - 00:00

Jochen Arbeit

Jochen Arbeit (1961) has been an active part of Teutonic experimental rock music in recent decades. In addition to playing with noise pioneers Einstürzende Neubauten and the mythical 80s Berlin band Die Haut, Arbeit also boasts a rich solo career. He has composed pieces for dance, film and theatre, worked with artistic activists such as AADK (Abraham Hurtado/Vania Rovisco), Supercosy Klangwerkstatt (Yuko Matsuyama, Kotomi Nishiwaki), Soundscapes (Live Improvisation Concert Series) and Aufladetechnische Konferenz (Paul Lemp, Mark Boombastik, Brian Mitchell). Arbeit’s sound installations and performances are infused with the spirit of the Punk and Dada movements.

Valerie Renay from Noblesse Oblige

Valerie Renay (1966) is the singer of the band Noblesse Oblige, which she formed in London together with the German producer Sebastian Lee Philipp. After establishing themselves as a staple of the electro underground, their third album Malady is a development into new worlds of sound. What is the sound of voodoo? Of soul electrification? Tropical meets tribal meets new wave theatricality, if you can imagine that. Valerie is also a trained actress, which becomes immediately apparent to those lucky enough to watch her perform.

Brian Mitchell

Originally from Kansas, Brian Mitchell moved to New York City in 2002. After a chance meeting one day, he found himself in regular company with none other than Ornette Coleman. Over the course of the three years Brian spent in New York, he and Coleman would meet regularly to play together or sometimes simply talk about music and life. It was around this time that Mitchell also began working with Lawrence “Butch” Morris, a composer whose use of conducting without sheet music or rehearsal, and also played with Kenny Wollenson (Tom Waits, John Zorn, Bill Frisell, Norah Jones), Meshell Ndegeocello, Greg Cohen (Tom Waits, Ornette Coleman) and Jojo Quo (Fela Kuti, Manu Dibango) in the five years he was there.

In May 2007, Brian headed for Berlin. He soon became heavily involved in the improvised music community leading to work with Brendan Dougherty, Guido Henneboehl, Tony Buck and Greg Haines.

His most recent projects include a duo with Jochen Arbeit (Einstürzende Neubauten) and a trio The Tulip Trees with fellow Berlin musicians Almut Kühne, and Els Vandeweyer. A new album with Jochen Arbeit, 3 Days will be coming out on Tetrahedron Records, winter 2010.

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