Martin Kohlstedt is a German composer, pianist and producer which lives and works in Weimar and famous for his experimental piano and compositional style. Three years after Strom, he has announced the release of a new album called FLUR. Following his months in isolation due to the pandemic he was forced to go back to basics, locked down with only his piano, he started working on this solo piano album which will be out on November 27th.
The album’s title is a play on this newfound navigation through uncertainty. A specific forestry term, FLUR, is a corridor created through woodlands that’s critical for the maintenance of ecological processes including the movement of animals.
According to the press release, While confinement set the perfect conditions for Martin’s exploration, FLUR is anything but restrictive. A feeling of openness is exactly what connects the album’s tracks – rather than forcing listeners to choose between any given state, this music makes space for, it allows, the formulation of new answers. And that’s exactly Martin’s aim; to lift the restrictive boundaries of rational convictions and certainty to allow ambiguity, ”For me it’s very important to have doubt, not being entirely sure what you mean. One day you know it, and the next you don’t,” says the pianist, “It’s about the contrasts – the thing in between is the most important.”
Today we have the pleasure to share the live video, directed by Lena Tabea Matthias, of the special version of the immersive and delicate track “XEO“. It was played live during a travel trough denmark on Henne Beach on a Fender Rhodes. This one-take was filmed by Lena Tabea Matthias on an Iphone. He explains: “XEO is strong and valiant. It’s an inquiry, an exploration that runs through several moods like a stream traversing different landscapes. It dictates its own direction and doesn’t look back.”
Watch it below and check the tour dates.