Rodach: Seltsam erscheint unsere Lage: Release Information
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Release Date: 28.08.2009
TT Catalogue No: 4514
RODACH - "Seltsam erscheint unsere Lage - Our situation seems strange“
Guitarist and composer Michael Rodach loves the absurd, the scurrility of everyday
life, the challenge of improvisation, and the fact that every thing (except his
six-stringed guitar), has two sides. If you look closely at the cover of his
new album "Our situation seems strange“ you recognize a rubber raft
with a sun umbrella floating all alone on the high seas. – cheerful, bright,
and by no means lost – and you ask yourself if it’s a picture of
someone who’s been totally deserted ,or someone in total comfort, in the
very best of hands. "That’s the great thing about such pictures, that
you can interpret them one way or another, depending on your mood. If I want
to express a feeling of happiness in music, the result will be more intense if
I add a drop of melancholy, because the possibility of loss is already inherent
in that happiness,“ says, Michael Rodach, and decides to go for the total
comfort feeling of the picture.
Seven years have passed since the release of his last album "On Air" ("A
Trip in Psycho-Color." Keyboards 10/02). A very productive time for Rodach,
in which he wrote and produced music for numerous radio plays and dance theater
productions. Among others, the award winning (Radio Play of the Month, January
2006) "Hofmanns Elixier" –by Regine Ahrem and Michael Rodach,
that casts light on the story of chemist Albert Hofman, discoverer of LSD, and
places the discovery of the drug in the spiritual tradition of mysticism and
ecstasy. "On the Attempt to Appease the Gods“ by Andreas Weiser is
a piece about the little irrational rituals meant to guide us through the ups
and downs of everyday life and "Das Todsündenprojekt" („The
Deadly Sin Project“) - (directed by Regine Ahrem) a piece about hubris
(pride and arrogance), and the story of a mysterious death. For the Snappy Dance
Company (Boston) he wrote and produced the music to "String Beings, Martha
Mason’s dance production of a reflection on , entanglements and dependency.
Also during this time, Peter Schulze, who was then acting as artistic director
of the Berlin Jazzfest, had the idea to start up a new live project, and a new
trio was formed - with trumpeter Paul Brody and accordeonist Alan Bern, they
recently released the album "Triophilia" at the „Jazzwerkstatt“.
Rodach describes the collaboration with Alan Bern as an absolute stroke of luck,
the two of them are currently planning the production of stage music for a well-known
Belgian dance company.
Rodach’s acoustic parallel universe oscillates, swinging between the earthy "Shake before using" and schimmering other-worldliness of "Lovely Darkness", mystical ecstasy of Das Elixir" and mysterious gravity of „Silent Wish", unreal, fragile and elusive. His minimalistic and introverted sound sculptures are unobtrusive, leaving the listeners room to draw their own pictures, They are fleeting figments of association that sound as if they were meant for the inner ear, the ear that pricks up and listens intently as soon as it hears the voice within.