GROUPSHOW at the Goethe-Institut Boston
Sunday, February 07, 2010

The Goethe-Institut Boston and Non-Event present
in collaboration with Basstown and the Together Festival


Goethe-Institut Boston
170 Beacon Street
Boston, MA 02116
8 p.m. / $10

GROUPSHOW is Jan Jelinek, Andrew Pekler, and Hanno Leichtmann.

These three Berlin-based electronic music producers, steeped in the formal language of minimalism, engage in a boundary-free collective improvisation that has its ancestors in both Fluxus and Krautrock. The group’s performances do not recreate previously rehearsed or recorded music. Instead they attempt to make an open-ended aesthetic process both audible and tangible.

JAN JELINEK has produced a eclectic body of work under a variety of different monikers. As Gramm, he explored the pulsating vibes of a minimal electronic sound and under the pseudonym Farben he reinterpreted soul and funk. His 2001 album Loop Finding Jazz Records, released on Scape, was the first to be released under the artist’s real name. At that time Jelinek was heavily influenced by jazz, which he stripped back into raw, skeletal loops, slowly building in layers. Still seeking new ways of sonic expression, he performs as a musician and DJ, as well as working as a producer and remixer. In the last few years Jelinek has intensified his collaborative efforts with other artists, including the Australian group Triosk.

ANDREW PEKLER was born in the USSR and spent his teen years in California before moving to Germany in the mid-90s. He has been making music under various names for a decade, first as Sad Rockets. As a solo artist he has produced albums for the labels Scape and Staubgold. His most recent record, Cue, was released by Kranky and explored the use of dense, overlapping loops to create textures that form the basis of a series of slowly building compositions.

HANNO LEICHTMANN currently has several musical and DJ projects. The most well known of these is Static, a solo effort that features guest appearances from members of To Rococo Rot, Lali Puna, and more. Two years ago he released Nuit du Plomb, a collection of swirling ambient soundscapes, which was his first album using his own name. Leichtmann also has vast experience in the free jazz scene, having performed with artists such as John Zorn, Toshi Nakamura, and The European String Quintet. He is also a member of the live band for electronic music legend, Pole, and composes music for theater and radio.