In May 2010 Gronland Records will release a box including these three LP’s and an incredible batch of bonus material. Also this year will be the first live presentation of this music in more than 35 years. Michael Rother and Klaus Dinger first came to the public’s attention shredding Hendrix-toned riffs and pounding monotonous, tom-heavy beats in a particularly psychedelic 1971 version of Kraftwerk. The pair left after 6 months to form NEU! and took with them their tandem musical language that would go on to have a far-reaching influence.
Dinger’s propulsive beat is often cited as the quintessential motorik drumming, while Rother’s guitar playing made something new from a variety of influences: The timbres were of rock music, but the melodic sense was something else- the scales were bittersweet and very European, accompanied by a Middle-Eastern style open-string drone. The trio of Rother, Dinger, and producer Conny Plank created a cohesive universe where straightforward tones and melodies intermarried with heavily processed elements, where reality could turn itself inside-out or stretch out seemingly forever. Rother and Dinger parted ways after the third NEU! album. Rother concentrated on his collaboration with Cluster (Hans-Joachim Roedelius and Dieter Moebius) as Harmonia, and starting in 1977, released a series of solo records.
Dinger began a new project called La Dusseldorf. The pair regrouped in 1985/86 but were never able to complete another album to their mutual satisfaction. In 2008 Klaus Dinger passed away. Regarding the NEU! box set, Rother says: It was my aim to present Klaus Dinger´s musical strengths and visions just as much as my own ideas.
All during the emotional process of reworking our album Klaus was on my mind and I contemplated what he would think about my decisions. I was very relieved and moved to hear from his heir Miki Yui that she was pleased with the result presented with the album NEU! ´86." Inspired by revisiting these recordings, Rother has invited two musicians to visit the NEU! universe with him for a series of live performances: Steve Shelley and Aaron Mullan will perform a limited number of concerts this year as ‘Hallogallo 2010’. This group will perform NEU! music and selections from Rother’s work with Harmonia and his solo albums. Steve Shelley is best known for drumming in Sonic Youth since 1985.
He has also recorded or performed with The Fugs, Allen Ginsberg, Arto Lindsay, Loren Mazacane Connors, The High Confessions, Christina Rosenvinge, Richard Hell, Giant Sand, the Matt Zivich Trio, Ron Asheton, Townes Van Zandt, Cat Power, The Raincoats, Brigitte Fontaine, Robert Quine, Enrique Morente and many others. Aaron Mullan is ½ the guitars of Tall Firs. He has collaborated with Chris Corsano and The Matt Zivich Trio, amongst others. Tour dates Michael Rother / Hallogallo 2010 04 August 2010 - Maxwell´s, Hoboken, NJ - "Michael Rother and Freunde" 06 August 2010 - Lincoln Center Out of Doors, New York City, USA.
08 August 2010 - International House of Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA (USA) - Tickets. 15 August 2010 - Dockville Festival, Hamburg, Germany 17 August 2010 - The Edge Festival, Picture House, Edinburgh, Scotland (UK) 27 August 2010 - Polyforum Siqueiros, Mexico City, Mexiko (Infos: Arts&Crafts Mexico) 28 August 2010 - LARVA, Guadalajara, Mexico 04 September 2010 - ATP New York, Monticello, USA 07 September 2010 - Wexner Center for the Arts, Wexner, Columbus OH, USA 08 September 2010 - Lincoln Hall, Chicago, USA 10 September 2010 - MOCAD (Museum of Contemporary Arts Detroit), Detroit, USA 14 September 2010 - Kagelbanan, Stockholm, Schweden 15 September 2010 - KB - Kulturbolaget , Malmö, Schweden 17 September 2010 - Numusic Festival, Stavanger, Norway 19 September 2010 - Incubate Festival, Tilburg, Netherlands 21 September 2010 - Vooruit, Gent, Belgium 23 September 2010 - Admiralspalast, Berlin, Germany 21 October 2010 - Barbican, London, UK 24 October 2010 - Supersonic Festival, Birmingham, UK 12 November 2010 - Rolling Stone Weekender, Weissenhauser Strand, Germany 13 November 2010 - Gloria Theater, Cologne, Germany More news and tour dates will follow shortly. Agency contact: - USA: Eric Dimenstein / Ground Control Touring - Europe (ex GAS): Carlos van Hijfte, See/Hear Management - Germany/Austria/Switzerland: Yan Mangels / FKP Scorpio Read more on Last.fm. User-contributed text is available under the Creative Commons By-SA License; additional terms may apply..
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