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Class of ’67

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PHILHARMONIE DE PARIS, SUNDAY OCTOBER 22nd, 17:00

s t a r g a z e  is incredibly honoured to be back at Philharmonie de Paris in October 2017. After playing our debut on a double-bill with Matmos as well as Chassol, we now created our solo-set to honour the Class of ’67: The Beatles with their ground-breaking concept album Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, Beach BoysPet Sounds and The Smile Sessions as well as two composers that seem to be far away but yet are closely connected to the sound-explorations of our favourite boybands: We gonna premiere Stockhausen‘s Stop & Start in Paris and we’ll present Berio‘s Folk Songs, Michelle and O King featuring the beautiful voice of Katherine Manley.

More infos and tickets here!

spitting chamber music

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spitting chamber music – a project circling around the power of spoken words and how hip-hop/ rap – artists are approaching political, philosophical or social topics. Inspired by one of the most well-known and legendary collectives – Wu-Tang Clan and their album Chamber Music, we developed new material based on snippets, ideas and songs of our featured artists, creating a new sound and exploring the possibilities and borders of our acoustic, mostly classical instruments joining forces with samples and beats.

Think “hip-hop unplugged” meets chamber music. 

Our featured artists were Käptn Peng from Berlin and powerful wonder-woman Malikah, the queen of Arabic hip-hop, Inna Modja from Mali, who impressed us a lot with her newest album Hotel Bamako and lastly, we’ve also just added Naeem to our list, who performs as Spank Rock and who we got to know at Michelberger Music in 2016. He just released a single with our friends from Polica, check it out here

The project was funded by the German Federal Cultural Foundation and developed in a collaboration with Kunstfestspiele Herrenhausen and Cologne’s Acht-Brücken- Festival, and next to perform in Cologne and Hannover, we were also part of X-Jazz Berlin.

NDR Kultur was so kind to videotape the complete concert in Hannover and here are some video-snippets we love a lot!

YouTube:
s t a r g a z e  – spitting chamber music:  Käptn Peng –  His Name Shall Be Peng // Happy Tune : https://youtu.be/4QcN-zGX7yw
s t a r g a z e  – spitting chamber music: Malikah – Bel Zaleh // Kalimah
s t a r g a z e  – spitting chamber music: Malikah – Holla
s t a r g a z e  – spitting chamber music: Spank Rock – Messiaen
s t a r g a z e  – spitting chamber music: Spank Rock – Black Midi Suite, Part 5
s t a r g a z e  – spitting chamber music:  Inna Modja – Kuma
s t a r g a z e  – spitting chamber music:  Inna Modja – Water
s t a r g a z e  – spitting chamber music: Inna Modja – I Rise

 

 

Sónar Festival – Sampler Sèries

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June 18th 2017 – L’Auditori Barcelona.

As part of the collaboration between Barcelona’s Auditori and Sónar Festival, stargaze will perform the Spanish premiere of Death Speaks by David Lang and we are very honoured to be joined by Nico Muhly on the piano, part of the original line-up (next to Bryce Dessner, Owen Pallett and Shara Worden). Death Speaks revolves around and lends a voice to death in five long compositions that dilute the boundary between pop and contemporary music and is based on Lieder by Franz Schubert. Lang’s work does not escape the darkness of death, yet somehow manages to endow it with a strange intimacy and extraordinary beauty.

Next to Death Speaks, we will perform a couple of more compositions, so details will follow!

Get more information and your tickets here or here and check out Nora Fischer’s performance of Death Speaks on youtube.

 

 

Musica Nova Festival Helsinki

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February 5th 2017 at G Live Lab in Helsinki, Finland.

s t a r g a z e’ Boards Of Canada project is based on their seminal HI Scores EP which was recently re-released, and acknowledges the layered orchestrations of the originals, reimagining the colours stemming mostly from the band’s legendary arsenal of analogue synths by instrumental, semi-accoustic means. Since Boards Of Canada have abandoned the realm of live performance some time ago, stargaze have decided to humbly step into that void, as a hommage but also in order to create a live-set valid in its own righ. This special performance at Musical Nova will be a collaboration between stargaze and drummer Teppo Mäkynen at G Live Lab.

For our Finnish Debut we are over the moon to also feature two compositions of Qasim Naqvi, drummer of the amazing Dawn of Midi – their concerts took our breaths several times already. Qasim is a talented composer, too! We will not only perform his Preamble but also premiere a new composition commissioned by us.

Find your tickets here and see you soon in Helsinki.

 

Alien Disko 2016

14606516_1108903462520140_1646991571257857213_nDecember 2nd 2016 at Kammerspiele München, Munich (DE)

Alien Disko is a two-days festival curated by The Notwist featuring musicians from the versatile music scene of Munich and a colourful range of guests such as the Sun Ra Arkestra and Dawn of Midi (one of our favourite bands!). We are very happy to be part of the weekend as well, finally performing our arrangements of Hi Scores in full. Andi and Karl-Ivar of The Notwist will join us on stage, too!

Our Boards Of Canada project is based on their seminal Hi Scores EP which was recently re-released, and acknowledges the layered orchestrations of the originals, reimagining the colours stemming mostly from the band’s legendary arsenal of analoge synths by instrumental, semi-accoustic means. Since Boards Of Canada have abandoned the realm of live performance some time ago, stargaze have decided to humbly step into that void, as a homage but also in order to create a live-set valid in its own right.

Come join the party and get your tickets here.

 

November Music 2016

November 10th at Verkadefabriek in Den Bosch (NL)

November Music in Den Bosch is one of the largest Dutch festivals for exciting new music. For ages already they follow their own unique approach to curate their festival and we have been curious about it for a long time. The festival made it possible for stargaze’s own Aart Strootman and Morris Kliphuis to compose two new compositions for the collective’s line-up. Both compositions will feature unexpected elements and electronic. We are also very happy to finally perform Deerhoof Chamber Variations by Greg Saunier (Deerhoof) again. And if this wouldn’t be enough, Greg decided to write us a second composition!

Get your tickets and more info here.

Watch our video for Data here (part of Deerhoof Chamber Variations EP).

 

stargaze by Emanuel Florakis
stargaze by Emanuel Florakis

Kaltern Pop 2016

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October 13,14,15 at Kaltern am See (IT)

Joining the second edition of Kaltern Pop Festival, stargaze is happy to present a new collaboration with Robert Gwisdek alias Käptn Peng. Together with him and his drummer Pete, we gonna find out how to merge philosophical texts, spoken words, self-made percussion and classical instruments. Things will be a bit quieter for us at this year’s festival, as we will mainly focus on the new project, but who knows, you might catch us on other stages as well….