Beyond the geographically localised culture(s), which are adressed in training, consultancy & research, « culture » is also created, developed — and changes. In the tropics and in this country. It is fascinating to observe how young musicians in East Timor rediscover the old Kore-Metan music or how new dance & music traditions are formed at the Carambals in Paris, the TFF in Rudolstadt or the Boombals in Belgium. This invites to join the global concert.
First compositions and arrangements by Alexander Loch (1994) can be found on the CD Mein Begehr und Wille by the Cologne medieval ensemble OSWALD (named after the minnesinger « Oswald von Wolkenstein »). It is distributed by Verlag der Spielleute.
With SALUT! modern triangulations between folk, tango & improvisation are currently created on piano, hurdy-gurdy, clarinet and violin/cello. Highly danceable. The Demo-CD « Bewegungslust » is available on request.
Sylex & Balbatruc were two ambitious projects of the Paris phase. The CD « les trois premiers » is already sold out.
In the nineties there was an epoch of numerous performances in castles, palaces and at banquets. the German medieval scene associated the stage name « Alexandros of Antioch » with the crowds of spectators, learning the basic steps of the old dance « Traubentritt » …
ARS AUDIENDIARS AUDIENDI produced an intelligently designed CD with the saga of the Richmodis of Aducht — the woman who miraculously rose from the dead in the Middle Ages. The last track is th « Song of the Richmodis » — accompanied by my hurdy-gurdy and interpreted by Claudia Immer.
In the studio of Volker Bäcker (« the Satan of strings! ») a homage to the blind Irish harpist, TURLOUGH O’CAROLAN, was created in Cologne. During his lifetime he had written melodies that not only delighted the ears of the 18th century, but that are still perfectly suited for bordun instruments today.
In the 90s, hurdy-gurdy players from all over Germany joined together in the Ensemble SURRADIAL to form a kind of « hurdy-gurdy national orchestra » in order to take the musical range of the instrument to the extreme and combine it with elements of dance theatre. But distance killed the idealism… only occasional concert recordings remained.
More recent compositions by Alexander Loch are published in the series Modern-Trad by Verlag der Spielleute, including « Die grinsende Prinzessin » (Jig) Download, the « Katja Walzer » Download and « Blue Rose » Download.
„Pachetanique – 5er Walzer“
Komposition: Alexander Loch
Arrangement: Salut! (2015)
Deserteur — Walzer
Arrangement: Sylex (2011)
With the support of the GOETHE Institute, we organized a world music workshop in East Timor followed by a tour of JOSTAL and Asian artists.
The project is described in FOLKER. Polka-unter-Palmen
Since several years the private event « BONNER BOEUF » in the oldes house of Bonn (Kessenich) developed into a highly frequented exchange forum for contemporary folk music o in the area. Anyone who plays harp, accordion, bass, hurdy-gurdy, saxophone, cello, flute, bagpipes, etc. is always welcome! (Subscription on the private invitation list)
“ Tradition is the passing of fire, not the worship of ashes.” (cp. Jean Jaurès, Gustav Mahler et al.)