Frank Bretschneider (DE)
A superior craftsman of sound, Frank Bretschneider is a prolific composer who, of course, records with Berlin label Raster-Noton, but who also wears different masks-each one reflecting special aspects of his creativity. With one of his recent projects, Aerial Riverseries, on the Whatness record label (headed by Ekkehard Ehlers) within the framework of a series initiated by a meeting between a musician and visual artist, Bretschneider aligns a complementary musical excursion with aerial photographs of a river in Iceland, captured by internationally reputed artist Olafur Eliasson. His last disc, on Taylor Deupree's New York label 12K, ventures off in a completely different direction: melody and finesse take a lead step over rhythms and syncopation. For his return to Montreal, the German composer will be displaying his most recent sonic opus, Gold-a delicate arrangement of sycophant sounds and windswept melodies tinged with a touch of pop, all in true Raster-Noton style. It will all be accompanied by videos conceived specifically by the artist himself.