FLUR Martin Kohlstedt
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- Martin Kohlstedt (b. 1988):
Info for FLUR
Martin Kohlstedt’s new album, FLUR is the German composer’s way forward in a time of no clear paths. To deliver its ten tracks, Martin turns inwards – not for answers, but rather, for a way of working with doubts and uncertainties themselves.
For those who have followed Martin Kohlstedt’s work, FLUR will feel like a breaking point. All the structures he has built and refined over the years – avant-garde arrangements and complex experimental systems – simply collapse. What’s left, however, is fundamental. Closer to his first solo piano albums TAG and NACHT, FLUR is still not a return to his roots entirely. With the album, Martin has created a new vocabulary and a fertile ground to build something anew, “this is the start of something for me,” says Martin Kohlstedt.
Martin Kohlstedt, piano
Intuitively Martin Kohlstedt feels his way through this body of wood, felt hammers and steel strings. The young composer, who grew up in the forests of Thuringia, doesn’t just put on an anonymous fingerplay - he perpetually opens himself up with each and every moment, with every stroke of the keys. An attempt to create something close and personal - beyond sophisticated classics or artificial pathos. Kohlstedt isn’t reenacting a play, he’s holding a musical conversation with his instruments. At times he might even lose his self-control and get carried away. Particularly in a concert setting, one might take note of this kind of aggressive straightforwardness, perhaps making him seem vulnerable. If you were standing off to the side, you could even find it cheesy. Nevertheless, the argumentation between character and piece is so fierce, that you just can’t get around it. Consider yourself lucky under these circumstances - because that’s exactly what Martin Kohlstedt needs, this soundbox, his audience.
This exchange was captured within his two albums “Nacht“ (2014) and “Tag“ (2012) (Night and Day respectively), published by himself. Besides solo performances, he is part of the electronica bands Marbert Rocel and Karocel and also melodizes motion pictures.
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