How do you approach what we call music – for its creators, for its listeners, for its tangent society? Martin Kohlstedt, a composer and pianist in the maelstrom of contemporary experimental classical music searches and provides his own answers in form of improvisations, modular compositions and foremost in the embrace of intuitive emotion. Nothing must be forbidden in music if it was, in its core, born from irrevocable encounters – that is his credo.
The multi-part documentary dubbed »Strom« accompanies Martin Kohlstedt on his journeys. They lead him from his rustic thuringian home to the seemingly abstract musical cultures of Iran, the United States and Russia to circle around and ultimately arrive back at himself
.»Strom« – the german term for »stream« as well as »electricity« – is also the title of Martin Kohlstedts current album, is a reference to the amalgamation of instrumental corpora with an electrified world. But first and foremost the title is an hommage to the playful stre
By Patrick Richter
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