Grandbrothers Announce February 2016 European Tour
Includes 3 UK Dates; London, Manchester, Bristol
Debut Album ‘Dilation’ Out Now On FiLM
“A sweeping, expressive piece of music” – DUMMY
“Spanning just over four minutes, the composition is led by cascading melodies – both from the piano and plucked strings – which weave together atop sparse layers of live percussion and subtle sound manipulation” – XLR8R
“we can only hope that the release lives up to the giddying, cinematic, heights established here” – BBC 6Music
Grandbrothers are excited to announce a 15-date European tour to take place next February, which sees them stopping in 3 UK cities (London, Bristol & Manchester) to share their unique brand of forward-thinking grand piano-led electronic music.
Grandbrothers are Erol Sarp and Lukas Vogel. After meeting at university in Dusseldorf, Erol and Lukas formed Grandbrothers in order to bring together their respective musical backgrounds and disciplines: Erol is a trained jazz pianist and Lukas constructs synthesizers. Together, they create a sound that combines classical composition with modern, experimental production and sound design.
Their first song, Ezra Was Right, found an early champion in Gilles Peterson, who included the track on his Bubblers 10 compilation and played it numerous times on his Worldwide radio show for BBC Radio 6 Music, with the song eventually being voted #7 by listeners in his end-of-year poll in 2013. A full EP on FILM followed – backed by remixes from legendary Manchester DJ Greg Wilson, Optimo’s JD Twitch, and Kim Brown – which sold out its initial run within ten days.
The duo’s debut album Dilation is a product of two years intensive work. Dilation builds on some of the early ideas established on Ezra Was Right while exploring further elements of minimalism, ambient music, IDM, and techno. Each of the duos new tracks expertly build into sweeping, cinematic soundscapes, recalling the structural and rhythmic qualities of club music as well as composers such as Steve Reich and Ryuichi Sakamoto’s collaborations with Alva Noto.
Classical, yet forward-thinking; expressive and emotional; Dilation was an early highlight of 2015 and sure to put Grandbrothers on the radar for the future.
Describing their live set up, the band explain:
“We use a system of self-built hammers that trigger all parts (metal, wood, strings) of the grand piano in order to create all the sounds you hear including percussions. On stage that looks like an open heart surgery on the grand piano with a lot of cables attached.” You can see more in their video for ‘Arctica‘ here.
07.02.2016 Frankfurt, Mousonturm
08.02.2016 Innsbruck (AT), Treibhaus
10.02.2016 Leipzig, Horns Erben
11.02.2016 Hamburg, Kampnagel
12.02.2016 Dresden, Tonne
13.02.2016 Nürnberg, Neues Museum
14.02.2016 Zürich (CH), Exil
15.02.2016 Baden (CH), Stanzerei
16.02.2016 Amsterdam (NL), Paradiso
18.02.2016 Köln, Stadtgarten
19.02.2016 Erfurt, Franz Mehlhose
21.02.2016 Berlin, Volksbühne
27.02.2016 Manchester (UK), Burgess Foundation
28.02.2016 Bristol (UK), The Lantern
01.03.2016 London (UK), Vortex