Pantha du Prince

PopGun Presents

Pantha du Prince

Logan Takahashi, Aria Rostami

Mar 08

Doors: 8:00 pm / Show: 8:00 pm

Elsewhere - Hall

Brooklyn, NY

$20 / $25 / $30

This event is 16 and over

Pantha du Prince
Pantha du Prince
Hendrik Weber, better known as Pantha du Prince, Panthel or Glühen 4, was born in 1975 in Bad Wildungen, often referred to as the region's “Siberia”.Weber, already a successful composer, producer and concept artist, published his début album as Pantha du Prince entitled “nowhere”, in 2002. A few years later his first Studio album “Diamond Daze” (2004) appeared, followed by a Remix-12" (“Butterfly Girl Versions”, 2005), as well as new material (“Lichten/Walden”, 2006). His second studio album as Pantha du Prince was “This Bliss,” (2007), which generated great interest amongst the critics.In 2010 he presented his third album "Black Noise" on London's legendary Rough Trade Records. The label's founder Geoff Travis, personally introduced him to the English independent music institution, which has published many celebrated albums since its founding in the late 1970's. “Black Noise” with digitalised natural sounds and those of crackles and also bells, is already considered a classic of its genre. With this album, Weber won the critics prize at the distinguished German music awards “Echo” in Berlin in 2011.

As Pantha du Prince & The Bell Laboratory Weber was joined by the Norwegian composer Lars Petter Hagen, developing a modern musical piece in Oslo and Berlin in 2010. In “The Bell Laboratory“ Weber and Hagen investigate bells andmelodic percussion, both rhythmically and tonally, set in a percussion piece for a 64 bell carillon, accompanied by a six-person ensemble. The world première of this piece was celebratedenthusiastically in August 2011 at the Oya Festival in Oslo. In May 2012 Weber presented his new project “Ursprung”, created together with Stephan Abry (who played with the artist Kai Althoff in the Kraut-Elektronika-Group “Workshop”). A performance-group will be showing this live.With The Bell Laboratory, the album „Elements Of Light“was released in January 2013.

In addition Weber has composed remixes andarrangements for Depeche Mode, Animal Collective, Philipp Glass, Bloc Party,Hurts and Trentemöller.Weber's work has been shown at solo and group exhibitions in numerous institutions and galleries. As recently as September he caused for much interest and a great success as curator, with the exhibition “Kunst als Klang” in Galerie Vittorio Manalese (the young gallery belonging to Bruno Brunnet's Contemporary Fine Arts).
Logan Takahashi
Logan Takahashi
Like many classically trained musicians, Logan Takahashi didn’t take the techniques he learned at Oberlin Conservatory as gospel. He bent them until they broke, then reshaped all those errant rhythms, melodies, and timbres into an entirely new language while developing widescreen dance tracks in the Brooklyn duo Teengirl Fantasy. Over the past seven years, Takahashi and his former college-mate/fellow producer (Nick Weiss) have released acclaimed records on such respected labels as True Panther Sounds and R&S, collaborated with Kelela, Laurel Halo, and Panda Bear, and scored a Blade Runner-inspired Fashion Week collection for Opening Ceremony.

They’ve been very busy, in other words. So busy, in fact, that Takahashi just finished his first solo album. I started a lot of these tracks as a way to zoom in more closely on some of the musical ideas I was exploring with TGF. When you’re working collaboratively you have to let go a little bit to leave certain things open-ended, when

you’re working by yourself you take responsibility for every sound.

It’s hard not to notice every last detail with a template as tight as NoGeo; built on the minimal backbone of an Elektron Monomachine and named after the cross-cultural compositions of Ryuichi Sakamoto, the album is alien yet aliveborderless beats with real blood coursing through its veins. No wonder why one track (“Rekr”) explores the idea that computers are made with organic material like metal, crystals, and magnets.

“I’ve always been drawn to music that exists in grey areas,” says Takahashi. “From Japan’s Neo Geo genre in the late ‘80s to Brooklyn’s tabletop electronics scene in the early ‘00s, I’ve always been inspired by the notion of subverting vocabularies and creating new ones.”

With one record down and more new music on the way, you might need a translator to make sense of it all. Or you could just let the tracks speak for themselves. Takahashi certainly has.
Venue Information:
Elsewhere - Hall
599 Johnson Ave.
Brooklyn, NY, 11237