Volker Bertelmann has momentarily put aside the different devices and objects he used to transform the sound of the piano strings to concentrate on the pure sound of the instrument itself. This was the starting point for the compositions in "A Different Forest", his first album on Sony Classical, which he will present live at SonarComplex. A work in which the experienced German musician (nominated for an Oscar in 2016 for the soundtrack of the film "Lion" directed by Garth Davis) tells us about his experience with nature as a basis and metaphor to understand how music is structured and what is the meaning of life. An ambitious objective that, however, is captured on the record in an deceptively simple way. By clearing the sonic and conceptual undergrowth, Hauschka arrives at a strikingly beautiful analogy for what all music stems from.
For years Bertelmann has been one of the masters of the prepared piano, a technique that consists of altering the sound of the instrument by placing all kinds of objects on the strings, or between them, or in other parts of the mechanism. The German musician has been working in this direction since 2005, when he published the second album under the name of Hauschka, entitled precisely "The Prepared Piano". From there he has explored the multiple possibilities of his discourse in a varied discography that includes solo albums and works in collaboration with musicians of very different styles and origins, such as Calexico, Tolouse Low Trax, Devendra Banhart, cellist Jeffery Zeigler (of the Kronos Quartet) and drummer Samuli Kosminen (of the Icelandic band múm), in addition to having been remixed by Matthew Herbert, Ricardo Villalobos and Alva Noto, among many others.