Andrea Neumann

Posted on October 8, 2008



Born 1968 in Freiburg, grew up in Hamburg. Piano lessons since 1974. Studied piano at “Hochschule der Kunste” in Berlin. Since 1996 primarily active as improviser and composer in the areas of experimental and new music.

In the process of exploring the piano for new sound possibilities, she has reduced the instrument to strings, resonance board and metal frame. With the help of electronics to manipulate and amplify the sounds (sometimes to make parts of the sound audible which are inaudible without amplification), she has developed numerous new playing techniques, sounds, and ways of preparing the dismantled instrument. Because the original inside piano is very heavy, a piano builder (Bernd Bittmann, Berlin) constructed a new and lighter one for her.

She has worked intensively in the crossover area between composition and improvisation, and in the field between electronic and handmade sounds, with Berlin musicians such as Annette Krebs, Ignaz Schick, Axel Dörner, Robin Hayward, Sabine Ercklentz and Burkhard Beins and with most prominent improvisors from all over the world. She has composed for inside piano for interdisciplinary projects including film, dance, performance, etc. Concerts and performances in Germany, Europe, USA and Japan.

Discography:

Andrea Neumann, Sophie Agnel, Bertrand Gauget: Spiral Inputs (Another Timbre, 2011)

Sabine Ercklentz & Andrea Neumann: LAlienation (Herbal International, 2010)

Berlin- Buenos Aires Quintet: Berlin- Buenos Aires Quintet (L’Innomable, 2010)

Andrea Neumann: Pappelallee  5 (absinthRecords, 2009)

Andrea Neumann & Ivan Palacky: Pappeltalks  (Uceroz, 2009)

Phosphor: II  (Potlatch, 2009)

Various Artists: Improvised Music from Japan EXTRA 2006 Special Berlin Issue (IMJ, 2007)

Hitfeld: Hitfeld  (Hibari Music, 2006)

Mark Wastell: Caressed On The Brow By Unseen Hands  (L’Innomable, 2006)

Various Artists: Neue Musik in Deutschland 1950- 2000  (Deutscher Musikrat, 2005)

Various Artists: Insight (Xing Wu, 2004)

Andrea Neumann/ Michael Renkel/ Olaf Rupp/ Serge Baghdassarians: Berlin Strings (absinthRecords, 2003)

Andrea Neumann & Sabine Ercklentz: Oberflächenspannung (Charhizma, 2003)

No Spaghetti Edition: Real Time Satellite Data  (Sofa, 2003)

THE BSC: Good  (GROB, 2003)

Various Artists: Labor CD (Charhizma, 2003)

Andrea Neumann & Burkhard Beins: Lidingo (Erstwhile, 2003)

Tetuzi Akiyama & Toshimaru Nakamura: Meetings At Offsite Vol. 2 (Improvised Music from Japan, 2003)

Phosphor: Phosphor  (Potlatch, 2002)

Andrea Neumann, Axel Dörner, Greg Kelley, Bhob Rainey: Thanx Cash  (Sedimental, 2004)

Ensemble Cathode: Ensemble Cathode (Improvised Music from Japan, 2002)

Andrea Neumann, Kaffe Matthews, Sachiko M: In Case of Fire Take the Stairs (Improvised Music from Japan, 2002)

Otomo Yoshihide & Masahiko Shimada: My Dear Mummy  (Charhizma, 2002)

Andrea Neumann: Innenklavier (A Bruit Secret, 2002)

Andrea Neumann, Axel Dörner, Sven-Åke Johansson: Barcelona Series  (Hat Hut, 2001)

Andrea Neumann & Ignatz Schick: Petit Pale  (Zarek, 2001)

Andrea Neumann & Toshimaru Nakamura. Aton  (Rossbin, 2001)

Andrea Neumann & Annette Krebs: Rotophormen  (Charhizma, 2001)

Various Artists: Mottomo Otomo  (Trost, 2000)

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