Montreal, QC

Roedelius @ la Sala Rossa, 30 September

Joseph Sannicandro / September 29, 2011

Roedelius (de Cluster & Harmonia) + Hobo Expanding Cult Band + Andrea Young @la Sala Rossa | Friday 30 September | $13

photo courtesy of the artist
Suoni per il Popolo & Innovations en Concert presents Hans-Joachim Roedelius at La Sala Rossa, granting us a truly special opportunity to see a legend of electronic music on a rare North American tourSince forming the pioneering experimental group Kluster in 1969, along with Conrad Schnitzler and Dieter MoebiusRoedelius hasn’t stopped innovating.  Their improvisational synth music grew out of the spirit of the artistic movements of the post-war period, and was nourished by the soil of Berlin’s Zodiak club, making them pioneers of what would be called Kosmische (or cosmic) musik.  After Schnitzler left the group in ’71 to pursue his own solo work, Roedelius and Moebius continued making music together for almost 40 years, as the duo Cluster, the trio Harmonia (which added Michael Rother of Neu!) and later under their own surnames.  Both groups influenced, and later collaborated with, Brian Eno, contributing to his incorporation of synthesizers in David Bowie‘s Eno-produced Low and Heroes albums and arguably altering the course of anglo-pop music forever.   It may have been Eno who coined the term ambient music, but he certainly wasn’t the sound’s originator.  When we go back and listen to Kluster now, we may hear proto-industrial music, proto-noise, proto-drone.  Cluster and Harmonia pioneered ambient and art-rock, and later in their catalogue we witness important milestones in the development of electronic dance music and the Berlin sound.
Conrad Schnitzler passed away just last month, and I curated a Kosmische tribute in his honor for the podcast Post Rock Paper Scissors, a playlist that includes many appearances by Roedelius.  Last year Cluster disbanded, and Roedelius announced he would continue the project with Onnen Bock, re-christening the group yet again, this time as Qluster.  He also announced plans for the reissue of two of his solo albums and the release of a new one. His Montreal solo performance kicks off a North American tour, including stops at All Tomorrow’s Party in NJ, a show at Brooklyn’s excellent Littlefield’s and at the Mt. Tabor Theatre in Portland.  Not to be missed. Complete tour dates below.
9/30 Montreal, QC – La Sala Rossa
10/1 Asbury Park, NJ – All Tomorrow’s Parties (performing with Simeon of Silver Apples as ‘Silver Qluster’)
10/2 Brooklyn, NY – Roedelius Littlefield Performance + Art Space
10/4 Pittsburgh, PA – The Thunderbird Cafe
10/5 Richmond, VA – Strange Matter
10/7 Asheville, NC – The Grey Eagle
10/8 Atlanta, GA – The Eyedrum
10/9 Knoxville, TN – The Pilot Light
10/12 Washington, DC – Velvet Lounge
10/13 Philadelphia, PA – M. Room
10/15 Woodcliff Lake, NJ – 1000 Pulses
10/17 Toronto, ON – The Garrison
10/20 Cincinatti, OH – The Mockbee
10/23 Portland, OR – Mt. Tabor Theater
10/26 San Francisco, CA – Cafe Du Nord
10/27 Los Angeles, CA – The Echo
10/28-30 Asheville, NC – Moogfest

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