Q&A with Daniel Brandt

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With Spitalfields Music Festival 2017 just around the corner we’ve been catching up with the artists and ensembles involved to find out about what to expect at their performances and what inspires them to create.

Here’s composer and musician Daniel Brandt talking about his involvement in the festival…

How have you found working with André as a part of this festival?

It was a great experience to work with André and the ensemble and very fascinating to hear many elements of my music coming alive in a different way than they used to be originally. What I really appreciated was the spontaneous way the whole s t a r g a z e ensemble works together almost as an organism with everyone contributing with ideas and being very enthusiastic about the project.

What’s your involvement in the festival?

I am going to play an extended live set together with s t a r g a z e at Renegade New Classical.

It will consist of the songs of my first solo album which was released earlier this year on Erased Tapes. Normally I am performing the songs as a Trio with Pascal Bideau on guitar and Florian Juncker on trombone.

Now we have another 7 additional musicians on stage!

What can audiences expect from your performance in three words?

An extended, chamber music version of my regular live set which is still energetic and very rhythmic.

How do you define the music you create?

I’d rather not define my music myself as I am already creating it.
It should speak for itself and others are to judge.

Other than the event you’re involved in, which Spitalfields Music Festival event are you looking forward to the most?

I am looking forward to the Hyperchromatic Counterpoint event with James McVinnie performing movements from JS Bach’s Art of Fugue and Aart Strootman playing Steve Reich’s Electric Counterpoint.

Best gig you’ve ever seen?

Hard to pin down just one gig. My top 3 I can think of right now are Dean Blunt at Berghain Kantine, Berlin in 2013, Ensemble Modern & Steve Reich playing Steve Reich’s Music For 18 Musicians at Cologne Philharmonie in 2009 and Radiohead at Hurricane Festival in 2003.

Daniel Brandt will join s t a r g a z e to perform his Orchestral realisations from Eternal Something at Renegade New Classical on Wednesday 6 December, 8pm. Book Now!