While on tour in Kortrijk, Belgium, German prepared pianist Hauschka, aka Volker Bertelmann, performed in an “abandoned” gymnasium. The performance was recorded on iPhone and released on his Facebook page.
It sounds like this was not the only site specific performance done and recorded to a phone, as the post at his Facebook page says, “A complete documentary will follow.” You can imagine that the “abandoned gym” of the post and documentary is a project related to his latest LP, Abandoned City, in which each piece is named after a different abandoned city of the world.
Listen to Bertlmann discuss the project and how some the cities in the project were abandoned on WNYC’s New Sounds program.
Listen to Abandoned City: