Artifier expands the creative horizons of music management, connecting the dots between genres and styles. We offer individually tailored support systems and consultation for artists and event promoters who are striving for a place in the new musical cosmos that doesn’t care for separation between the worlds of Classical, Pop, Electronical and Jazz music.
Janus Rasmussen turned to music as a creative outlet early on. Growing up in the remote Faroe Islands, he would listen to every single record he could get his hands on to study and determine his preferred genre. Soon enough, he was learning how to play the guitar and crafting his own sound and style through electronic music.
Today, Rasmussen works alongside acclaimed pianist and producer Ólafur Arnalds as one-half of the duo KIASMOS, with whom he has toured extensively performing at some of the most esteemed festivals around the world. He is also one of the masterminds behind the electro-pop outfit Bloodgroup.
Currently residing and working in Reykjavik, Janus Rasmussen released his his debut solo album Vín in 2019, which explores new sound-worlds within the realm of experimental minimal techno. He is currently working on a new album for Spring 21.
Kai Schumacher delights in pushing the boundaries between classical and popular music while avoiding the wellworn clichés “Crossover.” Boasting an impressive pedigree, he has been constantly experimenting and combining seemingly incompatible elements with surprising results. His solo performances are acts of pure musical – and stylistic – alchemy, serving up heady mixes of Dadaism and Dancefloor, Avantgarde and Pop culture – sometimes all at once! When not engaged in genre-defying pursuits, Kai Schumacher‘s repertoire focuses on American piano music of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries.
His current album „Rausch” (Neue Meister) is the first album exclusively to feature his own compositions. Schumacher abstains from using overdubs; in fact, no electronics are used at all. Instead, he employs his own form of “prepared piano”, manipulating the instrument’s mechanism and strings to produce an unusual array of sounds.
Gisbert zu Knyphausen & Kai Schumacher - Lass irre Hunde heulen
Kai Schumacher regularly invites big names of the German music business to the Mercatorhalle concert hall in his hometown of Duisburg in order to interpret old and new works with him. His latest collaboration sees him translating the well-tempered pathos of Franz Schubert into the 21st century with the singer-songwriter Gisbert zu Knyphausen from Hamburg. From “Winterreise”, completed in 1827, to the collection of songs “Schwanengesang”, the two delve into the extensive oeuvre of “the 19th century’s first singer-songwriter” and engage the spirit of his weltschmerz, which has lost none of its stirring power, in an introspective dialog. Schumacher’s instrumental Schubert arrangements for piano and string quartet make their way into the program, as do Gisbert zu Knyphausen’s original songs – a journey through 200 years of German songwriting tradition.
Arden creates sensual, spheric soundstructures. With her instrument the harp, her ethereal vocals and minimalistic electronic sounds she explores a musical world between chamber pop, neoclassical music and ambient soundscapes. She uses loops, layers, works the harp with mallets, modifies it with paper, chains and all kinds of mufflers and spans a sky of elysian choirs above it. The result is a sound experience that gently embraces you.
Carlos Cipa is a Munich-based composer and pianist. He has been classically trained on the piano and studied contemporary classical composition at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Munich. During his teenage years, he started playing drums and gained experience as a member of various bands. Experimenting with different styles of music, he turned back to the piano as his main instrument, facilitating him to find his way throughout composition and improvisation, before releasing his debut »The Monarch and the Viceroy« and sophomore record »All your life you walk« on Denovali Records in 2012 and 2014. In 2019, Cipa released »Retronyms«, his third studio album that expanded his artistic approach as well as his colour palette, bringing together his background as a classically trained pianist and composer with his interest for pop, jazz and electronic music in all its diverse facets. His new album »Correlations (on 11 Pianos)« is yet again a return to the piano.
Small Friendly Giant – The Band surrounding the swedish-german Singer/Composer ANNA LUCA combines the simplicity of scandinavian folk music with the liberty of modern Jazz. In her lyrics and compositions Anna Luca is looking for freedom as well as her own roots, creating inner images yet letting the listener have his own associations at the same time.
Lyric poetry meets rhythmics – Pianist Roman Babik, who is a winner of the Montreux Jazz Competition, and Anna Luca have been friends and collaborators since they met at musical college in Arnheim. Bass player Sebastian Räther has worked with Angelika Niescier and Nils Wogram; with his very special sound and expressive playing he is one of the foundations of the quartet. Last but not not least Yonga Sun on drums is a soundfreak, who knows how to give room to fragile melodies and give a foundation with calm depths.
On the lookout for roots and a home the SMALL FRIENDLY GIANT travels with his four companions – a very commited community. Sounding delicate and playful at one moment, expressive and intense at the next, they always know how to stay grounded.
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