Concerts, discussions and party
- Michael Rother (presents the music of NEU!, Harmonia & solo pieces)
- Stabil Elite (live)
- Esclé (DJ set)
- Dirk Wagner (DJ lecture)
14 December 2013, MK, Maximilianstraße 26, 80539 München, 20 H
Discussions on the topic:
“Krautrock, a movement that really wasn’t one, changed Pop forever”
with Michael Rother (NEU!, Harmonia), Stabil Elite (Italic) Carl-Ludwig Reichert (Bayerischer Rundfunk), Upstart aka Peter Wacha (Rote Sonne/Disco B/Optimal Records), Dirk Wagner (Süddeutsche Zeitung)
Moderation: Tobias Staab
“Krautrock” is designated by English music journalists as the secret German revolution, which went almost unnoticed in the late 60s and early 70s. What began as an experiment with novel, often electronically generated soundscapes, machine- style rhythms and free improvisation, became the foundation for the diverse musical culture of the present. Even then, the controversial term referred not only to a genre, but a variety of styles staked out from free jazz electronica, ambient, psychedelic rock, world music and prepared the ground for new music disciplines such as Punk, Ambient, Disco, Synth Pop, Wave, Techno, House.
The opening night of the concert and discourse series: KRAUT & DRASTIK, starts with performance of Michael Rother of NEU! and HARMONIA accompanied on the drums by HANS LAMPE (LA DÜSSELDORF), the sound that many fans probably connect best with Krautrock. After Michael Rother had left KRAFTWERK in the early seventies, he and Klaus Dinger, founded the band NEU! whose slick guitar minimalism, combined with dry drum loops, introduced into the rock music a new reduced elegance and at the same time the foundation of punk („Hero” on the album Neu! 75, set the aesthetics for the Sex Pistols), and also its ambience. Especially, Rother’s collaboration with the band Cluster that merged together to the HARMONIA project, presented the course for new atmospheric soundscapes that more and more emancipated classical song structures. Not without a reason HARMONIA once was called “the most important rock band in the world” by the ambient pope Brian Eno. But also drummer HANS LAMPE, set with LA DÜSSELDORF, new standards, since this band, emerged from NEU! and envisaged with their flat keyboard aesthetics what synth-pop did in the eighties.
The second band of the evening, STABIL ELITE, creates a direct connection to the present. Hardly any another band these days, picks up the Düsseldorf tradition between NEU! and KRAFTWERK so casually without getting into discourse. The experiment Kraut-gesture is taken over, but clearly speaks of a presence that punk, new wave and the meteoric rise of electronic pop music has witnessed. In the SPEX, it is summarized as a “provocative mixture of supercool intellectuality and groove, from Avant-garde Détachement and dance of spirit and body”. Perhaps the most refreshing, what currently Germany’s Pop has to offer.
Finally, Esclé from Leipzig explores the vast cosmos of Krautrock and everything that followed, with a DJ set which must be danced to.
The opening night of KRAUT & DRASTIK series is initiated with a vinyl lecture (SZ-journalist Dirk Wagner presents the world most important Krautrock records), and a discussion with musicians of that era and today, concert promoters and music journalists discussing the effects of Krautrock on the present.
Conception, planning and implementation by Tobias Staab and Simon Clement. Kraut und Drastik is a production of the Münchner Kammerspiele. Supported by: Goethe-Institute and Zündfunk (Bayern 2)