In the fall of 2010, filmmaker Michelle Ettlin joined Swiss musician Simon Berz and Dutch artist Kaspar Koenig came to New Orleans for an art project: building instruments from trash and inviting local musicians to improvise with them. The film Liquid Land uses these concerts, interviews with the musicians and scenes of New Orleans street life, rituals and celebrations to explore the confluence of creative music, the creative process and the creative energy that draws these musicians and keeps them in New Orleans in the wake of disaster.
After the experience of the 10x10=>11-project in New Orleans, documented in the film Liquid Land, Simon Berz wanted to continue the collaboration with the musicians that had been involved, wanting to capture some of the energy, joy, passion, integrity and madness, but also the social role of the music in New Orleans. Berz invited the musicians to the local Wunder studios to improvise and explore different sounds. He then went to on to combine these improvisations with field recordings and spoken words to create a cinematic audio experience which will be released on CD along with the DVD of the documentary.
released October 20, 2012
produced by Simon Berz
recorded by Thomas Wunder at Wunder Studios New Orleans,
mixed by Willy Strehler
simon berz (drums, diy instruments, electronics)
featuring Moose Jackson (spoken word), Aurora Nealand (sax, accordeon), Bhob Rainey (sax), Helen Gillet (cello), Dave Easley (pedal steel guitar), Justin Peake (drums, percussion), Jeff Albert (trombone), James Singleton (double bass), Dan Oestreicher (sax), Martin Krusche (sax), Brad Walker (sax, electronics)
Simon Berz is a drummer and a sound artist. For years he has developed his own instruments. Berz plays an electrified drum
set that he created using analog electronics and feedback in combination with elements from the natural world, such as stones and volcanic rock.
Berz performs solo, in improvised collaborations, and is also part of the groups Fell and Superterz....more