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Nausica

Edita Karkoschka
Vocals / Electronics / Piano

Tim Coehoorn
Guitar

Jannis Knüpfer
Drums

Pim Walter
Bass


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Named after the Hayao Miyazaki film Nausica of the Valley of the Wind, the multinational four piece band Nausica inhabits a music world as cinematic as its namesake. Over the past few years they have steadily crafted an arresting and meditative sound, sitting at the cutting-edge of pop music.

Frontwoman Edita Karkoschka’s operatic lead vocals carrying an emotive quality reminiscent of PJ Harvey while the colorful guitar-lines of Tim Coehoorn, driven by Haim-like shifts, transform their songs into explosive powerhouses. Haunted by melancholia, – the lush and playful bass of Pim Walter combined with the electronic and acoustic beats of Jannis Knüpfer, – served straight up, frame an ever-present sea of hypnotizing, positive vibrations.

I feel it in my chest, fresh air – a vagabonds’ precious heir are not only words of their song Heidi, but according to their frontwoman, also describe the direction they are heading. Their music is sweet, with an edgy undertow. An pulsing energy that invokes a constant urge to dance.

It should come as no surprise that the members of Nausica are as different as their influences. With members hailing from The Netherlands and Germany, the band has managed to not only survive but thrive with multiple cultural influences.

After a warm response to their last international press releasing, ‘The Molecules Fall Closer’ in 2014, the band will release a new EP this December including their brand-new single’s “Hey You” and “Okay”.

With the quartet’s love for visual experience, an ongoing collaboration with fashion designer and illustrator Sarah Knüpfer, began with the styling for their latest videos and has equally extended into their stage performances.

Reflecting Nausica’s international character, the band has toured throughout Germany, Italy, Belgium and Switzerland. In the Netherlands they’ve established a loyal fanbase after a string of high profile Dutch events including Valkhof Festival, Noorderzon Festival, Mañana Mañana and Le Mini Who. They’ve also supported Son Lux at the sold out performance in the MC Theater in Amsterdam, and Dutch band De Kift in Arnhem, and made a live appearance on Germany’s largest radio station, “1LIVE” and Dutch radio station “3FM”.

A string of tour dates are in the works, and will serve as an introduction to their upcoming full-length album and a freshly signed contract with European Booking Agency Toutpartout, – Nausica is taking their new musical output to a next level.

Okay
music video, release 29th of September 2017

Hey You
music video,release 18th of April 2017

Live at 3voor12 radio,
21st of Sept 2017

 

Heidi
lyrics (fragment), 2015

I feel it in my chest, fresh air
Vagabond’s precious heir
I feel my feet getting tired and old
Hopelessly lost and found

Bohemians drop out there
Underneath the diamond stair
Next to a steep drop,- the cliff edge
Bohemia’s restlessness

Your street, your carpet’s paved
New lemonades are washing your face
Peace portals wait online
Hopelessly lost and found

Bohemians drop out there
Underneath – fresh, fresh air
Next to a steep drop, the cliff edge
Bohemia’s restlessness

And when I go, I let go
And when I leave, I leave you
I wouldn’t dare to, I wouldn’t dare to
Salving your conscience

And when I leave, I leave you
And when I go, I let go
I couldn’t care less, salving your conscience
Bohemian’s restlessness

 

 

Koschka & Heimprofi

Edita Karkoschka
Vocals / Piano

Krista Burger
Visuals


TECHRIDER KOSCHKA & HEIMPROFI

PORTFOLIO KOSCHKA&HEIMPROFI 2015/2016

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Koschka & Heimprofi is a performance duo based in Arnhem (NL). Since September 2012, they have been working together and experimenting with the combination of live-cinema and music.

Their first project was called ‘Bestattung Heimkehr’: surrealistic stories about nostalgia, loss of home and the melancholic feeling attached to objects that where once so importaned. During a concert performed by Koschka, Heimprofi generated live-video images that were projected directly on Koschka as well as on the walls of the room. The live-video images came into existence by holding objects and images in front of the camera. The bounding element in this project was a book as in; diaries, photo albums, agenda’s, journals etc.. By leafing through the book – in front of the camera – during the performance the audience was taken on a visual journey that connected to Koschka’s stories. Every song was enveloped or supported by a small visual universe that came into existence during the song and collided again. This growing and colliding transported the feeling of movement, not being able to hold on: people observe – images of death – symbols of gathering – abandonment drenched in a strong will and hope.

Koschka’s songs and her lyrics are directly connected to her experience as a foreigner, being torn between two countries. This search for „Heimat“ is a driving force to write and tell her stories. On another level, an inter cultural dialogue starts with the two persons themselves as Krista and Edita both live(d) in foreign countries, from that aspect their personal and artistic development is mixed in terms of relation to place, space and identification. Combined with Burger’s interest in the build surrounding it is exactly this psychological relation to place and space that they want to examine further in their collaboration.

At the moment Koschka & Heimprofi are working on a new performance with the work title ‘Disorientate us for a while’. Imagine the universe as loaf of raisin bread rising in the oven. As the bread bakes, it’s stretching in all directions – like space does. But the raisins aren’t growing, they’re just getting carried away from each other as there’s more bread expanding around and between them. This contradiction of the understanding of our relation of space (it is space that is changing and not the physical us) is what they are focusing on by interviewing people who are living in completely different set-ups of reality and space, but who are connected to each other through the alienation of contemporary ways of socializing and their reality to death. On the basis of their personal stories of the perception of space, combined with research text on the psychological aspect of that we want to create a new performance that deals with sound and objects of a subjective perception of space. Currently they are part of the art-in-residence program 2016: Fill The Room currated by Mirka Farabegoli (art initiative Derde Wal).

Cast-Off Bits Of History lyrics (fragment)
Concrete buildings and piles of trash
You invited me
Flaking and fading and falling away
Like cast-of bits of memory

Hammer and sickle
This is where you hid the gold
Flaking and fading and falling away
Like cast-of bits of history

I will be your witness
Rising from the ruin
Urgently in need of
A deconstructed wisdom

Flaking and fading and falling away
Like cast-of bits of history


 

” . . . Die Protagonisten: Tinte und Büttenpapier, ein Spielzeughaus, Karton, eine Wunderkerze, Alufolie, Pflanzen, ausgeschnittene Papierfiguren und vieles mehr. Neben der Videokamera leistet ein guter alter Overhead-Projektor einen wichtigen Beitrag. Sich ausbreitende Tintenflecke bedrohen das Haus, eine Wunderkerze blitzt wie eine Sonne durch Karton, Pflanzen wachsen wie Scherenschnitte über die Projektionsfläche und die Wand des Raumes hinauf, der rote Kreis für Japan dehnt sich aus von Hand gemalt und taucht Edita in rotes Zauberlicht, während sie von Japan träumt. . . .”
Festival Schmiede, Salzburg Hallein 2012 (AT)

” . . . Die erste gemeinsame Performance der bildenden Künstlerin Krista Burger und der Sängerin und Pianistin Edith Karkoschka ist eine magisch-stimmungsvolle Live-Show. Während Edith Karkoschka mit Popsongs, gebrochenen Pianoklängen und Elektronika experimentiert, lässt sich Krista Burger von der Musik inspirieren und zeichnet assoziative Bilder, die auf die Bühne projiziert werden: so erscheinen Häuserfassaden, Regentropfen und Sonnenstrahlen, auf dem Rücken der Pianistin und Sängerin ranken sich Blumen empor, ein Gefecht von Linien und Netzen entsteht. Die Zuschauer erleben live, wie die mal elektronisch verstärkten, mal puren Klänge und die Live-Video- Projektionen sich gegenseitig beeinfussen. . .”
Helios Theater, Hamm 2012 (DE)

” . . . Koschka is one of them . . . she blends the hues : singing folk tunes with a loop station, marrying a fragile song to the distortion of her keyboard, her voice alternating between the softness of a little girl and the strength of a mum, taking the audience by the hand to make them explore what she managed to synthesize from her musical culture and experience of life. It is a travel through impressions and time. … Slow motion illustrations and sudden explosions of colours and textures gave the visual pace to the soundtrack of our evening. Drawings from Russian tales met Chinese shadow puppetry, PiYing. Welcome to their world. The rooms was a gum bubble and none could define its exact taste. The audience just held their breaths until the next song. . .”
Jérome Shélhôm Navet-Cintract, Tapis Noir Leipzig 2012 (DE)

. . .„Koschka und Heimprofi“ ist sie ganz besonders gefordert, denn ihre Partnerin Krista Burger arbeitet im Hintergrund. Burger steuert Live-Video-Projektionen bei, die von Ediths Gesang und Klavierspiel angeregt werden. Projiziert werden sie auf Ediths Rücken, auf das Klavier, an dem sie sitzt und in den Raum darüber. Die Musik beeinflusst die Projektionen, die Projektionen wiederum beeinflussen das Spiel, bei dem Edith auch elektronische Verzerrungen des Klaviers nutzt, die sie selbst steuern muss. . . „Krista benutzt bereits gedrehte Filme, die vom Laptop kommen“, sagt Edith. „Die vermischt sie mit Bildern, die sie live filmt; und dann benutzt sie auch noch den Overheadprojektor, auf dem sie zum Beispiel grafische Elemente einbringt.“ . . . ”
Interview Südkurier, Friedrichshafen 2012 (DE)

Koschka

Edita Karkoschka
Vocals / Piano


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timeless laconic piano-pop /neo-classical

is described as a tightrope walker, singing folk tunes with a loop station, marrying a fragile song to the distortion of her keyboard, a timeless and timely blend of laconic piano pop. Raised in Poland/Germany and based in Berlin (DE), KOSCHKA started out in 2012 as the solo project of singer and performer Edita Karkoschka. On the basis of the act and the absorption of music in experimental collaborations, she performed with live-cinema artist Krista Burger (NL) as ‚Koschka & Heimprofi’ in several European countries. Amongst others at the ‚Biennale Gelderland‘ in Nijmegen (NL) and as a support act for Son Lux (US).

Currently KOSCHKA is based in Berlin and working on her debut album which will contain careful selected and rearranged old classical German songs combined with some of her own. The first single “The Flood” will be released in 2017.

The Flood 
lyrics (fragment), 2016

I’d like to be the whirr of fans
Hanging above your head
Reminding – the scent of old air
oh my my, – you are pure

I guess I should have listened to the wind
Oh my,- you’re telling me now

We cannot change a day
We cannot change a day

Should I have known – I get hurt ?
You and me – we float
Should I’ve been falling for only the wind?
How can a heart know,- how can I take it off?

Cast Glass

 

 

 

live
2011-2014

Marco Mlynek
piano/ synth/composition

Marc Alberto
live electronics/EWI/sounddesign

Edita Karkoschka
voice

Iris van der Ende
harp

Max Hilpert
drums


„Cast Glass, an excellent young Dutch band that has mastered the art of low-key musicianship […] “ 

Volkskrant

Cast Glass is an art-pop band around composer Marco Mlynek and producer Marc Alberto and based in the Netherlands. Currently they’re working on new compositions from within a new formation.

In their debut release Cast Glass EP (rel. sept 2014), a collection of songs from 2011-2013 performed by a twelve-piece ensemble, Edita Karkoschka was the voice of the main band amongst Marco Mlynek (piano/ synth/composition), Marc Alberto (live electronics/EWI/sounddesign), Iris van der Ende (harp) and Max Hilpert (acoustic&electronical drums). The record resulted from a production process spanning that period, starting from arrangements of their songs for string-quartett and woodwinds. Produced and reworked by Marc Alberto into intricate concrete-like collages of live acoustic performances, quirky sounds and analog electronics. The dense production and orchestration does not serve technical display, it creates a stand-alone sound world that allows for new discoveries every re-listen. The child-like lyrics sung with soft vocal delivery that lights and opens up this world with a note of playfulness.

„[…]Cast Glass sings ingenious songs accompanied by extraordinary instrumentation of wind- controlled synthesizer, drums and harp.[…]“

NRC Next

Cast Glass – Ballroom (Official Music Video)
from Chris de Krijger on Vimeo.

Cast Glass – Grow Old With from Cast Glass on Vimeo.