Presenting an organic take on digital music, 12-piece ensemble Icebreaker performs music from its Kraftwerk Uncovered project, plus new arrangements of music by Scott Walker, Anna Meredith and Steve Martland.
Managing to channel the spirit of the originals whilst twisting them into new shapes, in the first half of the concert the ensemble’s reworkings of pieces by Walker, Meredith and Martland (including the live premiere of Walker’s Epizootics!) draw out the layers and textures of each piece, a chance to hear the harmonic beauty of the originals in even greater detail.
In the second half, Icebreaker is joined by Brian Eno collaborator J Peter Schwalm to perform pieces from their Kraftwerk Uncovered project. Backed by stark black and white visuals, pulsing electronics are reimagined on guitars, percussion, keyboards and brass, revealing a more human side to the German electronic pioneers’s machine music.