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Grandbrothers

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GRANDBROTHERS are Erol Sarp and Lukas Vogel. After meeting at university in Dusseldorf, Erol and Lukas formed GRANDBROTHERS to tie together their respective musical backgrounds and disciplines: Erol is a trained jazz pianist, while by day Lukas constructs synthesizers at Access Music. Together, they create a sound that combines classical composition with modern, experimental production and sound design.

Their first song, ‘Ezra Was Right’, earned an early supporter in the esteemed 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.

Now, GRANDBROTHERS present their debut album, Dilation. The product of two years work, Dilation builds on some of the ideas established on ‘Ezra Was Right’ while exploring further elements of minimalism, ambient music, IDM, and techno. Tracks start as repeated two or three note patterns, which gradually develop into sweeping, cinematic soundscapes, recalling the structural and rhythmic qualities club music as much as it does the work of a composer like Steve Reich, as well as Ryuichi Sakamoto’s collaborations with Alva Noto. Surprisingly, there are no synthetic sounds on Dilation: Erol and Lukas deliberately restrict themselves to the sounds of the grand piano across the album. “We wanted to make modern-sounding music using classical instruments,” Lukas explains, “Instruments with a lot of history.” To achieve this modern sound, Lukas developed an unusual system for playing the piano. Drawing on his technical background, he created a series of electromechanical hammers that could be controlled via laptop (on software that he designed himself, no less) to ‘play’ the piano. This process allowed the duo to discover new, previously unknown sounds – sounds that couldn’t be achieved through conventional playing – which give the record its unique sonic qualities.

“‘Dilation’ is a physical term for expansion and widening,” Erol says, “We see the project as an experiment: how far you can go with a piano? How much you can get out of it, soundwise?”

With further manipulation using loops, effects, and amplification, Dilation is an album that covers an extraordinary range of sounds despite coming from such a small, unorthodox setup.

Classical, yet forward-thinking; expressive and emotional, yet with one foot on the dancefloor, Dilation is set to be an early highlight of 2015 and sure to put GRANDBROTHERS on the radar for the future.

Tour Dates

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Past Dates
Date City Venue
08.02.15
AT - Innsbruck Treibhaus
07.02.16
DE - Frankfurt Mousonturm
10.02.16
DE - Leipzig Horns Erben
11.02.16
DE - Hamburg Kampnagel
12.02.16
DE - Dresden Tonne
13.02.16
DE - Nürnberg Neues Museum
14.02.16
CH - Zürich Exil
15.02.16
CH - Baden Stanzerei
16.02.16
NL - Amsterdam Paradiso
18.02.16
DE - Köln Stadtgarten
19.02.16
DE - Erfurt Franz Mehlhose
22.02.16
PL-Warschau To Tu
27.02.16
UK - Manchester Burgess Foundation
28.02.16
UK - Bristol The Lantern
29.02.16
UK-Norwich Norwich Arts Centre
01.03.16
UK - London Vortex
02.03.16
CZ-Prag Palac Akropolis
03.03.16
CZ - Olmütz Jazz Tibet Club
12.04.16
DE - Berlin Volksbühne
17.04.16
FR - Paris La Gaite Lyrique
17.06.16 -
19.06.16
DE - Duisburg Traumzeit Festival
20.08.16
DE - Hamburg MS Dockville Festival
24.08.16
CH - Winterthur Winterthurer Musikfestwochen
03.09.16
DE - Neustadt a.Rbge. Schloss Landestrost
17.09.16
DE - Münster AV Picknick
21.09.16
IE - Dublin D-light Studios
22.09.16
UK - London Corsica Studios
27.10.16
DE - Düsseldorf New Fall Festival
28.10.16
DE - Stuttgart New Fall Festival
28.03.17
DE - Heidelberg "Off Spring"/Heidelberger Frühling
15.04.17
TR - Istanbul Babylon
27.05.17
GR - Athen Athen Jazz Festival
02.06.17
DE - Nürnberg cliest/ electronic classic session
09.06.17
DE - Radebeul Xjazz Radebeul Festival
Upcoming Dates
Date City Venue
25.08.17
DE - Berlin Pop-Kultur 2017
02.09.17
NL-Vlieland Into The Great Wide Open
12.10.17
DE - BE-Hasselt CCHA (Supporting: Hauschka)
21.10.17
NL - Amsterdam Live @ ADE
28.10.17
DE - München Manic Street Parade
05.11.17
PL - Warschau Bonobo
10.11.17
LU - Luxemburg Musique Volantes Festival
14.11.17
IT - Zibello Barezzi Festival
15.11.17
FR - Bordeaux Festival Esprit du Piano
19.11.17
NL - Utrecht Tivoli Vredenburg
21.11.17
UK - London Rich Mix
22.11.17
CH - Zürich Bogen F
23.11.17
CH - Yverdon Theatre Benno Besson
24.11.17
BE - Bruges Ryelandtzaal
25.11.17
IE - Dublin St. Stephen's Church
27.11.17
DE - Köln Club Bahnhof Ehrenfeld
30.11.17
AT - Wien Fluc
01.12.17
AT - Salzburg Dialoge
02.12.17
BE - Brüssel Flagey
03.12.17
DE - Frankfurt Mousonturm
15.12.17
DE - Hamburg Mojo

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