Brandt Brauer Frick Live + Ivan Smagghe DJ
After the triumphant double-date return to fabric from Chilean wunderkind Nicolas Jaar in July, London Electronic bring us the next insight of the series with Brandt Brauer Frick. Rising stars of a similar musical ilk, BBF tread the boards between acoustic techno and modern classical masterpieces with astonishing and breathtaking results.
Their approach is both unique and ambitious for a predominantly acoustic band, with their music taking on new dimensions when experienced live. The trio play solid, intense techno, but use neither decks nor machines: every sound is performed live, using drum pads and sampling keyboards.
Instead of using only the typical epic orchestra or piano sounds, we love to explore the dirty and percussive sides of those instruments, adapting techniques from composers like John Cage or Helmut Lachenmann Paul Frick.
Having recorded a new album with a 10-piece ensemble released in October this year, they went on to perform this publically at Bush Hall in May, which has garnered support from DJs as noteworthy as Gilles Peterson, who even brought them to the Maida Vale Studios for his Radio 1 show. This summer theyve shone bright at the Big Chill festival and the West Holt stage at Glastonbury as the ensemble, as well as performing as a trio in Glastonburys main Dance Tent with Bestival, Electric Picnic and further UK and European festivals still ahead of them.
Daniel Brandt and Jan Brauer first joined forces in school jazz ensembles, a musical relationship that was rekindled when the pair formed the jazz-influenced dance group Scott. Paul Frick was steeped in classical music from a young age, studying composition with Friedrich Goldmann at the Berlin University of the Arts and writing house tunes that sampled orchestral instrumentation. Having mutual admiration for each others music, the three finally met in 2008 and soon realised their shared passion for classical forms as an opportunity to work together. EPs for Tartelet Records and their self-founded imprints Doppelschall and The Gym ensued, with debut album You Make Me Real for !K7 serving as the culmination of the trios musical chemistry and theoretical approach.
Support on the night comes from the crme de la crme of Anglo- French dance music Ivan Smagghe. Hailing from the early days of the Parisian underground, both through his connection with the now defunct Rough Trade shop and his remix contributions on various labels, Ivan revisited music production in 2001 by launching his own Set imprint. He is a mixture of erudite connoisseurship, with strong leanings for anything obscure, rigid taste making and an overall attitude marked by the avant-gardes craving for anything remotely new.
Over the years, fabric has gained a reputation as a place where live electronic music comes to life. It seems only fitting then to experience the intricacies and organic clubs tunes of Brandt Brauer Frick in one of Londons most treasured nocturnal environments. London Electronics mid-week sessions are fast becoming one of fabrics staple nights, shining a new light on the institution.