Media Release 6 March 2014
German techno minimalist Pantha du Prince brings Elements of Light to the National Concert Hall with The Bell Laboratory
Hendrik Weber, better known as Pantha du Prince, is a German techno minimalist whose latest collaboration with the Oslo music collective The Bell Laboratory entitled ‘Elements of Light’ will be played out at the National Concert Hall, Wednesday 26 March as part of the Perspectives Series 2014.
The ambitious project, released in January 2013, is a symphony for electronics, percussion and bell carillon, a three-tonne instrument comprising 50 bronze bells. It is a single continuous work, although it has been broken down into five tracks named for elements of light: “Wave,” “Particle,” Photon,” “Spectral Split” and “Quantum.”
The symphony is a fusion of electronic music and classical composition, and draws on house and minimalism, jazz and new music, gamelan and western sacred music. Influences include John Cage, Iannis Xenakis, Steve Reich, LaMonte Young and Moondog.
When asked if there was anything he wanted listeners to take away from 'Elements of Light,' Weber said, "It was intended to be listened to in one piece — no single tracks, but one musical development — and I'd like it myself to be received that way, more like a DJ mix."
Over the course of three albums (Diamond Daze, The Bliss and Black Noise)—and as an in-demand re-mixer of artists ranging from Animal Collective to, most recently, Philip Glass— Pantha Du Prince has been celebrated for pushing the envelope of electronic music.
His previous album This Bliss, which is a bitter sweet take on techno, appealed to both dance-floors and living rooms alike and was hugely successful. As a result he has recently been remixing tracks for amongst others; Depeche Mode, Animal Collective, Bloc Party, Phantom/Ghost, The Long Blondes and several underground house acts.
Pantha du Prince performs as part of the National Concert Hall’s Perspective Series 2014, supported by Independent Newspapers and Today FM.
Upcoming concerts as part of Perspectives 2014 include: The Wayne Shorter Quartet (14 June), Clint Mansell and his band together with pianist Carly Paradis and the Sonus Quartet (12 October), Brad Mehldau, piano and Chris Thile of Punch Brothers (9 November) and Megafaun and Fight the Big Bull present Sounds of the South featuring Justin Vernon and Frazey Ford (13 December).
For further information please contact: Sinead Doyle, Marketing & PR Manager, National Concert Hall, Earlsfort Terrace, Dublin 2. Tel: 01 417 00 57/ 087 1775334