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!
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.
December 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.
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!
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….
October 1-2nd, 2016 at Funkhaus Nalepastraße, Berlin
“…So it’s basically ‘creator’s jail’…..but on a volunteer, not arrested, basis, and in the Michelberger. But still, they’re all kind of under ‘haus-arrest.’ And: forced to play. Not a bad idea! I’m liking this a lot. I’ve written a screenplay like this in the States where they book you into a hotel and don’t let you out until you’re done. Great room service, tho. Not as good as Alan, but still good. Kidding. Not about the screenplay. That actually happened.”
Dear everyone, thanks so much for your support, kind words, shared pictures and enthusiasm, celebrating David Bowie and his manifold music with us.
For all peeps in the UK, you can re-watch the concert via the BBC Online-stream, available until August 29th. You can also listen to the recordings only. For people in the rest of the world, it’s unfortunately a bit difficult for now. You can listen to the recordings, but not watch the whole concert. The YouTube- Channel of the Proms offers some videos:
November 18th and 19th 2016 United States Fitzgerald Theatre, St Paul/ Minneapolis (MIN) and Schofield Auditorium, Eau Claire (WIS)
On initiative of Liquid Music (a series of the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra), we started a Virtual Residency with the Minneapolis-based band Poliça, which you can follow via the Liquid Music Blog featuring interviews with Poliça and members of stargaze, videos and pictures from our first meet-ups with the band and updates on our steps towards the premiere of our collaboration in November 2016, making it possible clen max for stargaze to perform in the US for the very first time. So do keep track of our virtual residency with Polica, leading up to our US tour and debut in November, straight after that Paris gig!