In his new project CONFERENCE OF TREES, musician Hendrik Weber aka Pantha Du Prince explores communication between trees. Scientists have increasingly been confirming something that countless stories across cultures have described for millennia: trees can exchange information amongst themselves, even across long distances. Weber turns this cellular “conversation” into an artistic work that allows a sensual entry into this secretive phenomenon and combines music, visual poetry and speculative science. It also reaffirms his reputation as an extraordinary producer who, with his exceptional feeling for harmonies, manages to blend avant-garde music with electronic club sounds. In this case, the instruments were also partly made by the artist’s own hands and emerged from his intense interest in materials and a desire to determine the sound characteristics of various kinds of wood. He will be supported musically by a percussion ensemble composed of Håkon Stene and Bendik Hovik Kjeldsberg, who were also part of his last project, Pantha Du Prince & The Bell Laboratory, as well as by Manuel Chittka, drummer of the band Messer (who is also playing at the festival). The International Summer Festival is producing and presenting the premiere of this innovative concert format, which will afterwards be shown at London’s Barbican and the Munich Kammerspiele, among others.
Hendrik Weber: Electronics (Computer, Mixer, Effects), Plate Bells
Bendik Hovik Kjeldsberg: Vibraphon, Logs & Stones, Monochord
Håkon Stene: Marimba, 12-String Guitar, Log Drum, Monochord
Manuel Chittka: Tubular Bells, Frame Drum, Lunason, Cymbals, Logs
Friedrich Paravicini: Cello, Ondes Martenot, Monochord