Arts & Culture

You Don't Have to be into Classical Music

By Anand Balasubrahmanyan March 24, 2010


Fans of Phillip Glass-y film scores should head over to the Tripledoor tonight for Hauschka, a Dusseldorf based master of the prepared piano. Hauschka approaches the piano like John Cage, placing screws, pieces of rubber and other objects between the piano's strings adding offbeat percussive jangles to his mini-suites. This might sound academic but really it's some of the most emotional music around: beneath mournful cellos, Hauschka's piano meditates like only a piano can, tugging at you with deep bass keys and smattered half chords.

You don't have to be into classical music to get into Hauschka (in fact I'm sure most classical fans would brush him off as pop), his songs forgo prickly "This is Art" moments for crowd pleasing melodies. “Sweet Spring Comes,” for example, plays like an alternate dimension version of the Charlie Brown Christmas soundtrack, showcasing the warmth of Hauschka's keys. The song lilts and sways, creating an accessible whimsy that is not at all pandering.

And if we're lucky he'll play selections from his 2008 highpoint, Ferndorf. The songs are quiet

reflections made for movie epiphanies. The lead track, “Blue Bicycle,” pairs Hauschka's piano with strings and tape manipulation. The song doesn't move so much as reveal itself. As it repeats, small details magnify, and by the end it's as if you have intimate knowledge of every gear in an immaculate machine.

Hauschka plays the Triple Door tonight, March 24
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