2 SECOND MANUAL (2019)
Akiko Ahrendt – violin | Dirk Rothbrust – percussion | Tim Hachen – Skateboard | Janosch Pugnaghi – Skateboard | Marcel Weber – Skateboard |Joan Lennard Schubert – sound projection| Lea Letzel – concept
Skateboarders experience urban architecture in a special way. Doing so, they involuntarily transform different surface structures into sound and rhythm. Indoor skateboarding halls accentuate this musical aspect further, especially when the functional noises of the skaters’ tricks are combined with a percussion setup constructed specifically for the performance situation, and with a violin as an instrumental counterpart of the wooden ramps with their amplified resonance. The skaters’ park becomes stage, auditorium and instrument, all rolled into one.
ON @ ACHT BRÜCKEN, May 9th 2019.
Together with the cultural scientist Dr. Konstantin Butz I initiated an introduction to the project, that was held during the „lunch“ format of the festival in the Cologne philharmonic concert hall. We talked about the relationship of Skateboarding, Sounds and Architecture and touched upon all the big questions such as the role of the composer as author or subculture / mainstream and the structural similarities of skateboarding and the independent arts.
For more information, you can listen to the following features on the project here:
Daniel Ziemann for WDR Tonart:
Leonie Reineke für Deutschlandfunk Kultur:
All images were taking during the rehearsals by Frederike Wetzels.