Category Archives: projects 2000-2009

Luca Nostro – literature inspired music

Luca Nostro wrote and recorded a fabulous album called Ulrich. it was inspired by robert musil’s novel “the man without qualities“.

I’m posting this because I think music is the best medium to coexist with any other artform. and it doesn’t matter if the music was there first or if it got “added” to an existing piece of art later on. read the novel (which by itself is excellent, by the way!) with luca’s music as the soundtrack and maybe you’ll get a different understanding of the book than without the music. it’s like looking at a painting through the eyes of a different person.

here are the details of the recording:

Ulrich is the debut contemporary jazz album of Luca Nostro NYC Unser Quartet, recorded in New York City with a private grant from Italy.

Luca Nostro lives in Rome and New York, where he teamed up with some of the most in demand players on the scene, Donny McCaslin (saxophone), Francois Moutin (acoustic bass) and Dan Weiss (drums).

The album consists of 8 original compositions, which are inspired by the novel

The Man Without Qualities by Robert Musil, whose main charachter is Ulrich, a man involved in an incomplete attempt to solve the juxtaposition of mathematics and mysticism.

Ten years ago Luca Nostro’s life, like the life of the book’s main character Ulrich, is charachterized by thought, not by action. Luca himself describes these times as his contemplative period.

Then, after editing a book and writing many articles about philosophy of music, Luca abandons Ulrich-habits and gets absorbed in the discipline of musical improvisation and in the world of sound.

Composing the 8 tracks of Ulrich, Luca takes a journey back to his contemplative period, gathering fragments along the way which would otherwise have been lost.

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ORkAaN Music – just another label in town?

I just went through a couple of things of my label ORkAaN Music+Art Productions to send a short info sheet to a possible promotion partner.

while sifting through things I found a long forgotton passage I wrote for the label’s catalogue back in 2007. I think it’s still fun to read and, most importantly, still true.

download ORkAaN Music cut-up

uptown and the bronx, riding the 1 train video, featuring frauviola

I think the best rappers are the new york city metro conductors. here’s a little video I shot and scored some music to. unfortunately, digital camera quality back then wasn’t what it is today. maybe if you watch it from far far away it’ll be a bit more focused…

I shot along the 1 train, and some sections feature the infamous coffeeshop hostess frau viola. the video was not shot in the bronx, as many assume, but in manhattan, where all the station entrances to the 1 line say “uptown and the bronx”, so when I thought about a title for the flick this came to mind. I guess if you read something a million times it sticks.

to me this little document brings up fond memories of a really good time in a great city. hope it makes you feel the same way.

kunst im karree, video installation of breakdown on paradise blvd.

breakdown on paradise blvd.

july 11th and 12th will be packed with open houses at over 120 artist spaces all over the schwabing area organized as kunst im karree.

of, course, I’m part of it. I thought this is the right moment to finally exhibit the infamous showdown in three acts called “breakdown on paradise blvd.”, a project I’ve done about 5 years ago and which has still not found it’s way through the main channel to you, my loyal tribe!

so there will be a video installation at Frau Viola, the most kickass coffeeshop and fleamarket paraphernalia store on the planet! the space will be designed by munich subulture artists and I will provide the music-visual video crazyness!

plus, on the 12th at 6pm I’ll perform live at my little studio, which is attached to the before mentioned most kickass coffeeshop and fleamarket paraphernalia store on the planet!

the video installation is in killing 5.1. surround sound. my sponsor for the project H-E-W (Home-Entertainment-World) will set up a world class sound system and blue ray player! thank you stefan bock from msm for hooking me up!

address of the exhibition:
Frau Viola, Occamstr.17, 80802 Munich, (U münchner freiheit)
Exhibition: 11/12 july 10am-8pm
Studio concert: 12 July, 6pm

see you all there!

New York Hip Hop – what you get video

this is a new york hip hop video to promote the album the change up, which we recorded in 2006/07 and which I produced.

Steve Blanco (who also shot this one) from insomnia creations shot it on practically no budget and a timeframe that would  make most moviepeople sick. thanks Steve!

hiphop from New York – promo video

this is a NYC hip hop promotion video of one of the artists on  my label and who’s first album I produced back in 2006/07. we recorded at quad studios in new york with Eric Jensen. got many  great beats from great people and made a lot of cool friends during the process.

making of “let’s get it on tonight” video

here’s a little video of me working in the studio for my band project ORkAaN ORkEstRA (lofish, new york city) a couple of years ago. I was working on the song let’s get it on tonight with a brooklyn rapper and singer Aafje. Steve Blanco from insomnia creations, who also did a promo and a music video for me, shot the video. the engineer is john hopkins.