Jaki Liebezeit & Burnt Friedman (DE)

[NORTH AMERICAN EXCLUSIVE]

A meeting of two musical eclectics from different generations that was first featured at MUTEK in 2004 – to remarkable acclaim – and has never returned to North America since!

Jaki Liebezeit is a name that will be instantly familiar to anyone with a taste for classic krautrock. The drummer for seminal avant-garde rock group CAN, Liebezeit was an instrumental percussive force in revolutionizing the range of genres that could be shoehorned into rock music, ushering in elements of jazz, musique concrete, and early electronic music.

As for Burnt Friedman, he spent the 90s and 00s pursuing the same fusionist vision that Liebezeit trailblazed in the 60s and 70s, only with a greater emphasis on the digital aspect of the formula. Whether working with the Nu Dub Players or with Uwe Schmidt (AtomTM) as Flanger, Friedman excels at injecting jazz and dub tropes into electronics. On stage, this pair is perfectly matched in their will to improvise and push the boundaries of any genre.

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A/VISIONS 2: Split Personalities

Monument-National 28/05/2009

[NORTH AMERICAN EXCLUSIVE]

A meeting of two musical eclectics from different generations that was first featured at MUTEK in 2004 – to remarkable acclaim – and has never returned to North America since!

Jaki Liebezeit is a name that will be instantly familiar to anyone with a taste for classic krautrock. The drummer for seminal avant-garde rock group CAN, Liebezeit was an instrumental percussive force in revolutionizing the range of genres that could be shoehorned into rock music, ushering in elements of jazz, musique concrete, and early electronic music.

As for Burnt Friedman, he spent the 90s and 00s pursuing the same fusionist vision that Liebezeit trailblazed in the 60s and 70s, only with a greater emphasis on the digital aspect of the formula. Whether working with the Nu Dub Players or with Uwe Schmidt (AtomTM) as Flanger, Friedman excels at injecting jazz and dub tropes into electronics. On stage, this pair is perfectly matched in their will to improvise and push the boundaries of any genre.

FINALE SAT

Society for Arts and Technology [SAT] 07/06/2004

North American Debutfeat. Joseph Suchy and Robert NackenAn experimenter without restraint and expert in hybridizing genres, Burnt Friedman touches down at MUTEK with the legendary drummer from the group CAN, Jaki Liebezeit. The duo brings us a silky spectacle where fragility binds with tenacity. Seeing and hearing is the leitmotif of this performance, free of pretense. Witnessing Jaki Liebezeit play percussion is like attending a visual performance as much as a musical one. Behind his drums, he is a sight to behold, and his gestures offer a ballet upon which our eyes are permanently fixated. It's also imperative to listen to the way these performers fold together heterogeneous sounds and lose themselves in the performance. Burnt Friedman is in his own right a talented mixer; his compositions are a synthesis of global-hybrid-jazz-ethno-electro, all removed far from their contexts and masterfully twisted by removing all traces of immediate references. So blended is this ensemble, it is often difficult to know who is playing which instrument; the music remains under the veil of the musicians. It is impossible not to be moved by this magnificent quartet: Jaki Liebezeit on percussion, Burnt Friedman on keyboard and other digital instruments, the illustrious Joseph Suchy on guitar and Robert Nacken tackling sound effects and mixing.
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