Nafez Rerhuf
Fr, 18/10/2019, 19:30 Uhr

Georg Graewe

Mass und Ausmass

Georg Graewe performs Mass und Ausmass, for solo piano

"What distinguishes Graewe is his remarkable control, a focused urgency making his compositions/improvisations feel twice as dense. The way his hands tumble across the keys and over each other should make it inevitable that his fingers would get twisted up like Bugs Bunny playing Liszt, yet there is never a moment of anything other than perfect articulation. This is complemented/contrasted by an unusual rhythmic sense in some sections, almost a drunken lurch approaching proto-stride. And when he plays slow passages, the loveliness is highlighted by his seeming to wait until the absolute last possible millisecond to play a note." - Andrey Henkin, New York City Jazz Record, 2018

"Lyrisch verspielt, hochvirtuos, klangsensibel und klar strukturiert: Der Solo-Auftritt von Georg Graewe in Ludwigshafen zeigte eindrücklich die Ausnahmestellung des Pianisten, der in zwei Tagen seinen 60. Geburtstag feiert. Graewes musikalische Sprache hat die Jazzgeschichte von Jelly Roll Morton über Bill Evans bis hin zu Fred van Hove genauso absorbiert wie die Eleganz der französischen Klaviertradition oder die lakonische Prägnanz der Zweiten Wiener Schule." - Julia Neupert , SüdwestRundfunk (SWR), 2015

Pianist and composer.Georg Graewe began composing and performing professionally at the age of 15. He has since been leading a variety of ensembles, ranging from trio to chamber orchestra formats, which have involved some of the leading instrumentalists in contemporary music. His compositions, which include chamber music and works for full orchestra as well as scores for films, theater productions, radio drama, and video, have been performed and broadcast around the world.

Graewe has had a long-standing trio with cellist Ernst Reijseger and percussionist Gerry Hemingway since 1989 and has also performed and recorded with Anthony Braxton, Evan Parker, Dave Douglas, Phil Minton, Roscoe Mitchell, Barry Guy, Barre Phillips, Hamid Drake and John Butcher among many others.

Since 2000 he has also written three operas. Kopenhagen, his first, (based on the play by Michael Frayn) was produced by Oper Köln (Cologne Opera House) in 2003. His second opera Quicksilver, a commission by Semperoper Dresden, came out in November 2006, and the most recent, Barbara Strozzi oder die Avantgarde der Liebe, was staged by Theater Luzern/Switzerland in 2010 and Oper Bonn/Germany in 2011. His video cantata on Albert Einstein's travel diaries, alle kennen meine visage, was premiered at the Jewish Museum Berlin in September 2005.

Since 1999 Graewe has been associated with CNMAT (Center for New Music and Audio Technology) at UC Berkeley. From 2002 to 2007 he taught at Hochschule für Musik Hanns Eisler in Berlin. In 2010 he curated a series of 27 events that presented different aspects of resonance between music, poetry, visusal arts and science as part of the European Cultural Capital RUHR.2010. A catalogue plus DVD edition documenting this project has been published on the Random Acoustics label.

  • Bemerkungen zum Datum und Uhrzeit: Doors at 7:30 pm. Concert starts 8:30 pm.
  • KM28
  • Karl-Marx Str. 28, Berlin