German duo Grandbrothers find harmony between contemporary classical piano and electronica.
Pianist Erol Sarp and engineer-software designer Luka Vogel met as students in Düsseldorf and started the Grandbrothers project (photo Tonje Thilesen). The pair cite the likes of John Cage as an influence. Indeed, Sarp likes to quote the American composer’s famous line: “I can't understand why people are frightened of new ideas. I'm frightened of the old ones.”
Sarp plays piano while Vogel live-samples his partner’s notes and triggers further effects with the aid of homemade apparatus that physically manipulate the piano’s strings and body. The result, as witnessed on new album “Open” has been described as “open heart surgery on a grand.”
Support comes from Luxembourg vibraphonist, pianist and drummer Jérôme Klein’s KLEIN project.