Friday, March 4, 2011

Berlin-based Grand Pianoramax to release album of experimental electronica May 3

Pianist Leo Tardin, drummer Dom Burkhalter, poets Black Cracker, Mike Ladd collab on “Smooth Danger”.


Leo Tardin and Dom Burkhalter of Grand Pianoramax. Photograph by Mali Lazell.



“Roulette” (feat. Black Cracker & Karsh Kale) is the first single from Smooth Danger by Grand Pianoramax


About Grand Pianoramax

“Intensely kinetic.” – Billboard.   “confident, carefree and elegant.” – XLR8R.   “…a lean, mean, future funk machine.” – Time Out London

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.

Leo Tardin of Grand Pianoramax is available for interviews.  Contact Josh Bloom at Fanatic for more information.


Grand Pianoramax
Smooth Danger
(ObliqSound – 5/3/2011)
Request: FULL LP

Track Listing:

01.  Infidel
02. Sleepwalk (feat. Black Cracker & Karsh Kale)
03. Smooth Danger
04. The Queen
05. Revolver
06. Roulette (feat. Black Cracker & Karsh Kale) (MP3)
07. Clairvoyance
08. Domestic Bliss (feat. Mike Ladd)
09. Midnight Morning
10. Diaspora


Grand Pianoramax Live (feat. Black Cracker)

03/18 Austin, TX @ Malaia Upstairs (300 E 6th St.) SXSW 2011
03/31 Cully, Switzerland @ Cully Jazz Festival w/ Anthony Joseph
04/01 Zurich, Switzerland @ Helsinki Club
04/02 Frankfurt, Germany @ Nachtleben
04/06 Munich, Germany @ Ampere
04/07 Mannheim, Germany @ Alte Feuerwache
04/08 Sion, Switzerland @ La Ferme Asile
04/09 La Chaux de Fond, Switzerland @ Bikini Test
04/10 Losone, Switzerland @ La Fabbrica
04/11 London, England @ Vortex Club w/ Mike Ladd
04/12 Rotterdam, Netherlands @ Heidegger
04/14 Paris, France @ Batofar
04/15 Cannes, France @ Festival Songe des Nuits Caree
05/03 Stans, Switzerland @ Stanser Musiktage
05/11 New York, NY @ Drom w/ Mike Ladd


Grand Pianoramax Links


Contact Josh Bloom at Fanatic Promotion

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