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On the heels of their recent signing with Deutsche Grammophon — Texan ensemble Balmorhea make their long-awaited return to Berlin for a special concert at Silent Green.
Known for their stark-yet-vibrant portraits of emotional landscapes, Balmorhea are coming off a lively 2022 that saw an EP dedicated to Harold Budd, a feature-length concert documentary filmed in Marfa, a deluxe reissue of their DG debut ‘The Wind,’ and newly commissioned works for Nils Frahm’s Piano Day, Brian Eno’s Earth Percent, and Randall Poster’s Birdsong Project. This special live presentation will be among the ensemble’s first performances since 2018.
Balmorhea defies easy compartmentalization, spanning genres while resonating with a vast, worldwide listenership. Performing to audiences from Mexico City to China, Istanbul to Italy; they’ve played in everything from gothic cathedrals to rock clubs, renowned art museums and respected venues like Berlin’s Funkhaus and Bozar in Brussels. They’ve shared stages with neoclassical pianists Nils Frahm and Dustin O’Halloran, experimental artists Oneohtrix Point Never and Grouper, to rock acts such as Efterklang and Sonic Youth’s Thurston Moore. Their diverse perspective and expansive range—“both restorative and disquieting…” (The Atlantic)—make Balmorhea essential listening for those seeking to engage with sincerity and an open heart in life’s fragility; in ways both painful and beautiful.