Karl Records: hÄK/Danzeisen & Martina Bertoni
The 2nd of 4 monthly Karlrecords concerts at Arkaoda presents sets by hÄK/Danzeisen and Martina Bertoni
hÄK/Danzeisen: electronics/ synthesizer & drums
Martina Bertoni: electronics, cello
hÄK / Danzeisen
One must imagine hÄK / Danzeisen as a man-machine apparatus. A collection of cables, resonating bodies and restless limbs that together question all routines. Who overthrow conventional role of instruments and explore the possibilities of a new sound language.
Bernd Norbert Würtz alias hÄK operates modular synthesizers, self-soldered circuits and control knobs. Philipp Danzeisen plays a drum kit enhanced with triggers and sensors. These two poles are connected to an interdependent whole in which a constant musical dialogue takes place. The dependencies within this system have been meticulously defined by hÄK /Danzeisen: Drum rolls and sound modulations are interconnected in such a way that there is no contradiction between the strict technological structure and the creative outburst that is possible at any time.
What drives hÄK / Danzeisen is the basic idea that the contrast between acoustic drums and synthetically produced sounds must be overcome in order to create a new experience. Würtz, Danzeisen and their combined instrumentation simultaneously rub up against the same edges,finding a single, piercing voice.
Ideal manifestations of this approach are the duo’s live performances: raw energy that oscillates as precisely as it surprises between drones, abstraction and noise attacks, driven by an impudent take on jazz. Constantly oscillating between the registers of „composed“ and
„improvised“, each performance by hÄK / Danzeisen ultimately becomes one of a kind.
The debut album by hÄK / Danzeisen will be released in spring 2023 on Karlrecords.
MARTINA BERTONI is a Berlin based cellist and composer. She started playing the cello at a very
young age. Classically trained, Bertoni‘s career soon developed around experimental and film
music, where her cello has been featured in numerous records, soundtracks for awarded movies, TV series and collaborations.
The core of her solo work is based on deconstructing the relationship with her own instrument by
combining acoustic sound, repetition, analog and digital synthesis. After the EPs „In A Paradise You Would Be Happy“ (2018) and „The Green EP“ (2019) she released her critically acclaimed full length album „All The Ghosts Are Gone“ with the Reykjavík based label Falk in january 2020.
BERTONI's album „Music For Empty Flats“ for Karlrecords was voted one of the ten best drone albums of 2021 by Acloserlisten.com.
Her new upcoming album Hypnagogia will be released on 20.01.2023 on Karlrecords.