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Berlin-Based Grand Pianoramax To Release Album Of Organic, Experimental Electronica
Pianist Leo Tardin, drummer Dom Burkhalter, poets Black Cracker, Mike Ladd collab on "Smooth Danger"
By Mi2N
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2011-03-05
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Winner of the inaugural Montreux Jazz Festival international piano solo competition, Swiss born, New York-bred keyboard visionary, Leo Tardin originally conceived Grand Pianoramax as a live keyboards and drums duo with occasional guest vocalists. Eventually adding a studio aspect to the plan, Grand Pianoramax released two critically praised albums generating over 40,000 iTunes downloads.

A major tour with jazz-funk legend Maceo Parker followed and now with drum modernist Dom Burkhalter and guests including tabla player Karsh Kale and spoken-word artists Black Cracker and Mike Ladd, Tardin is prepared to release the most ambitious Grand Pianoramax album to date, Smooth Danger (May 3rd, 2011 - ObliqSound).

The Berlin-based duo Grand Pianoramax takes a bold step into 21st century experimental electronica on Smooth Danger. Through a vociferous ingestion of culture that's reborn into the world as a masterful cut-and-pasted vision, Smooth Danger is a warped sonic affair devoid of borders and subversive in execution.

Partially recorded in Mumbai, India and largely influenced by the Berlin underground, the album's tweaked analog textures created with spindly keyboards, battered Wurlitzers, rewired Moogs, skewed grand pianos and a drum kit, along with the voices spoken-word artists Black Cracker and Mike Ladd, breathes new life into the morose melting pot of a generation that often just sits and stares.

Other Grand Pianoramax contributors throughout the years have included drummer Deantoni Parks (The Mars Volta, Meshell Ndegeocello), live drum'n'bass pioneer Jojo Mayer, and Adam Deitch (Talib Kweli, Pretty Lights). Vocalists have included underground hip-hop legends and poets including Mike Ladd, Black Cracker (Cocorosie), Invincible (Platinum Pied Pipers) and Mr. Lif.

Grand Pianoramax will make a US appearance at SXSW on March 18th, to be followed by a European tour featuring Black Cracker and a rare NYC appearance at Drom featuring Mike Ladd on May 11th. Smooth Danger is scheduled for release in the US on May 3rd via ObliqSound.


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