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münchner kammerspiele

2022 May

Eine lange Zeit in München mit zwei Premieren an den Kammerspielen geht für mich zuende. Anfang April hatte unser auf Texten von Alexander Kluge basierender Abend Wer Immer Hofft, Stirbt Singend Premiere (Regie: Jan-Christoph Gockel), nun folgte bereits am 14.5. Heilige Schrift I von Wolfram Lotz, in einer Mischung aus Installation, Hörspiel, Video und Performance (Regie: Falk Richter). Daten für beide Projekte finden sich auf der Website der Kammerspiele. Heilige Schrift I spielt en suite und ist nur in dieser Spielzeit zu erleben!

Filmmusik: Coltanfieber – Connecting People @ Max Ophüls Preis

2022 January

Letztes Jahr durfte ich die Filmmusik für diese großartige Dokumentation beisteuern, nun ist COLTANFIEBER endlich fertig und wird am 24. Januar 2022 beim Max Ophüls Preis in Saarbrücken im Rahmen des Wettbewerbs Dokumentarfilm gezeigt. Ich freue mich sehr auf diese Premiere. Die Arbeit an diesem Projekt war mir sehr wichtig, mit vielen der tollen Kolleg*innen verbindet mich eine langjährige Freundschaft und gemeinsame Arbeit am Theater. Regie hat Jan-Christoph Gockel geführt, gemeinsam mit TD Jack Mahamba Muhindo.

Yves Ndagano, ein ehemaliger Kindersoldat und Schürfer einer Coltan-Mine im Kongo, reist erstmals zurück an die Orte seiner Kindheit. Er möchte sich seiner traumatischen Geschichte an deren Originalschauplätzen wieder bemächtigen. Mit einer Holzpuppe als sein Stellvertreter kann er das Unsagbare ausdrücken. Ndagano begegnet seinen Entführern, trifft seine Familie, die ihn einst verstoßen hat, kehrt in die Mine zurück. Er versucht aufzudecken, in welchem Zusammenhang sein Schicksal mit dem globalen Rohstoffhandel steht.

Mehr über das Projekt hier.

Premiere: Heldenplatz @ Kammerspiele München

2021 December

Nach langer coronabedingter Verzögerung hat am 4. Dezember 2021 endlich unser HELDENPLATZ nach Thomas Bernhard Premiere an den Münchner Kammerspielen. Ein eindringlicher und wichtiger Abend, gerade in diesen Zeiten. Regie geführt hat Falk Richter, mehr Informationen zum Stück hier.

Premiere: ÖL! @ Schauspiel Frankfurt

2021 September

Endlich mal wieder eine richtige Premiere!
Am 16. September ist es in Frankfurt im Großen Haus des Schauspiel Frankfurt soweit:
ÖL! nach Upton Sinclair, Regie: Jan-Christoph Gockel

Mehr Infos hier.

Im Trailer sind auch ein paar Sounds aus dem Abend zu hören, hauptsächlich meine Version von VAMPIRE BLUES (Neil Young), arrangiert und produziert für die Stimme von Caroline Dietrich aka Vee Tracy.

new EP FUTURO out now

2021 May

I am proud and happy to present my new EP!
FUTURO is out 30 APRIL 2021 throguh TruthTable and available on all common platforms.

These tracks were recorded between spring and autumn 2020, i started work on the record straight after the release of MATTERS OF STABILITY. A lot of life and thoughts and reflections went into making it, and it means a lot to me now being able to share this music with all of you. I am super happy to have beautiful guests on board: my friend Maike Zazie played a bit of piano on Beach Wolf, up and coming producer Mea Lux from Italy lent his voice to White Nights and the first single Waterfalls features former Polarkreis 18 frontman and cinematic pop artist Felix Räuber on vocals. The fantastic artwork was once again created by Aina Riu and David Newman released the whole thing on his fantastic TruthTable label. i can’t thank everyone involved enough for making this possible.

You can check the EP out on Spotify HERE.

exhibition #100

2020 December

My track UNO has been released as part of the Exhibition #100 singles series through Audiobulb earlier this year. A dj-mix-style compilation version of the release is now available to stream and buy online. All tracks float into each other in what is a very trippy and exciting one and a half hour set of experimental electronics. See if you find UNO 😉

theater player: update

2020 November

Matthias Grübel – Theatermusik · THEATERMUSIKEN

new remix EP: VERSIONS OF STABILITY

2020 October

On 14 October 2020 my new Remix Ep VERSIONS OF STABILITY releases on TruthTable Records. Taking and reworking tracks off the MATTERS OF STABILITY EP, 5 lovely colleagues have lent their talents to this set of remixes: Calika, Build Buildings, Liebherr, Autistici and Neuro… No Neuro are part of this and shine a new light on the material, accross various electronic genres. Out now on all digital platforms! To purchase it directly and support the work of my great label, please had to the TruthTable bandcamp site.

Press Info:
Matters of Stability has morphed into Versions of Stability in Matthias Grübel’s latest outing. Working alongside a select group of peers he has had the opportunity to create a reimagined collection. Calika brings bass and accomplished electro-acoustic melodies and intricate beats to Neon Primavera. Build Buildings chops and glitches through Sad Dream #1 – each click and cut adding to the beautifully crafted ensemble. Liebherr ups the tempo with a serious four to the floor work. The remix grinds through Atlantika accompanied by sighs and intimate moans – building urgency and seeking its climax. Autistici and Neuro… No Neuro complete the EP with an other-worldly ambient dub offering. Stars Under The Snow includes whispered vocals and a diving submarine bass intertwined with field recordings and melancholy cello phrasing.

UNO on EXHIBITION #100 sampler

2020 September

My track UNO releases 20 SEP 2020 as part of Audiobulb Records fantastic anniversary sampler project EXHIBITION #100! This collection features 34 tracks of super inspiring experimental electronic music! UNO in its very first version was born as part of my theatre score for I AM EUROPE at Théâtre National de Strasbourg in 2019. When asked by David over at Audiobulb to contribute a piece in the spirit of this sampler i digged it up and reworked it into this final shape, a 4 minute piece of glitchy ambient electronika. The beautiful original artwork was created again by @aina_rv – and then set into the EXHIBITION #100 framework… Check out UNO now on my Spotify and all other digital outlets – to support this great label and buy the full compilation of singles please visit audiobulb.bandcamp.com

NEON PRIMAVERA live a la casa

2020 July

A few days before the release of MATTERS OF STABILITY, and still in the times of all those lockdown live-at-home gigs, i played and recorded a version of NEON PRIMAVERA, the opening track of the record live in my studio, for instagram etc. This video is about the guitar part, because it made me feel kind of good and at home, reintroducing my primary instrument into the sonic setup of something that is very much a contemporary electronic record. For all the gear nerds… I used my red Jagmaster, which goes through a Zvex Fuzz Factory, a Strymon Flint and an Earthquaker Devices Afterneath straight into Ableton Live.

new remix / featured on official spotify playlist

2020 May

Recently i produced a new remix for piano-poet Maike Zazie from Berlin. ERDBEBEN (Matthias Grübel Rework) is now out on 7K! Music and available through all digital platforms. Spotify included it on its official “Ambiente” playlist – how nice to be featured there among great artists like Nils Frahm, Jon Hopkins and others…

lockdown update / EP release ahead

2020 April

Spring is here! And we are getting quite close to the release of my new EP MATTERS OF STABILITY on TruthTable. 16 MAY 2020 is it!!! Five new tracks and a title that sounds more adequate than ever these days. And actually its first track is called NEON PRIMAVERA – and that‘s most definetely what i was looking for in this picture here, taken a few weeks back in the south by Aina Riu right before the lockdown… Oh, and you can pre-order (digital) the EP on Bandcamp, if you like. It is available here.

Now back in Berlin i try to use this quiet time in the studio, i am between projects anyways, but we will see what happens regarding the upcoming theatre projects, how and if they are going to happen. Meanwhile some great productions i was involved in over the past years have been selected for quarantine streaming now by the respective theatres or nachtkritik.de – our LJOD TRILOGIE even made it into the NY Times in these crazy times! One of my all-time favourites AM KÖNIGSWEG (Schauspielhaus Hamburg) will be screened 23/24 April on the theatre’s website, too. So stay for that, if you miss live theatre too much, video can at least bridge the time a bit…

Well, let’s see what comes out of all this. Yet what i can say for sure is that it will not be 5 years between solo EPs again this time… As the lockdown weeks pass by, i keep producing material for what will surely become my EP number 3, including a few special guest contributions… Very happy about that amidst all the chaos. Also just recently i produced a remix for my friend Maike Zazie, which will be out on K7! in a few weeks time, too. If you like, check back round here or on my instagram.