Serenus Zeitblom Oktett
Named after a character from the novel "Doktor Faustus" by Thomas Mann, the Serenus Zeitblom Octet works with compositions between chaos and structure, the fragmented and united, free improvisation and classical score. Music as a subconscious, "demonical territory" - as the Faustus- Novel states.
Founded in 2013 in Berlin by the composer, electric bass player and programmer Andreas Dzialocha, the Serenus Zeitblom Octet had its first premiere on 17th october 2013 in Berlin introducing the concept with his piece "Erster Teil – Zweiter Teil – Dritter Teil". Since then the octet opened up for other composers, leading into new collaborations with other ensembles of all genres or artists. For example with the icelandic composer and S.L.Á.T.U.R. member Gunnar Karel Másson, which will be premiered on 13th of september 2014 at Sonic Festival in Copenhagen.
The Serenus Zeitblom Octet consists of eight strong artists known from a large range of european free improvisation and jazz groups, contemporary written music ensembles or pop acts like Matthew Herbert, Bern Symphonieorchester, The Villagers, Käptn Peng und die Tentakel von Delphi, Andromeda Mega Express Orchestra, Stargaze with Andre de Ridder, Tula, Johann Johannsson, International Mahler Orchestra, Ensemble Kaleidoskop, The Notwist, Ken Vandermark and many more.
Aiming for a highly artificial but organic live and studio sound production aesthetic inspired by bands like Grizzly Bear, the Serenus Zeitblom Octet is accompanied by a ninth member, the "Klanggestalter". Every instrument is being amplified and processed by filters and live algorithms, neutralizing the difference of acoustic and electric instruments, resulting in a new type of "chamber- music"- less effectful but rather bringing the octet to some archaic and physical aspect of music : the absolute of an immersive spatial sound.
A first recording of the composition "Erster Teil – Zweiter Teil – Dritter Teil" with the Serenus Zeitblom Oktett is scheduled for 2014.