PETER BRODERICK new album release on ERASED TAPES.

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1 May 2009, 17:35

Music for FALLING FROM TREES
by Peter Broderick

(Erased Tapes)

Peter Broderick is like the Swiss Army Knife of musicians; compact, elegant, multipurpose. What sets him apart is his restraint. With an arsenal of talents at his disposal, he prefers to reveal only one or two at a time. No wonder his latest work found a home with Erased Tapes...


Photo credit: Hanne Hvatttum

Born January 20, 1987, he grew up in a small town in Oregon. Coming from a musical family, he started violin lessons at age 7, and in high school became interested in all different kinds of instruments. He started to play piano, guitar, banjo, mandolin, musical saw, and anything else he could find. After high school he moved to Portland, OR, where he studied music theory and filmmaking. During this time he began to play in multiple bands around town, and was able to establish himself as a regular session musician at various recording studios for artists like M. Ward.

In late 2007 he was miraculously invited by some of his musical heroes, the Danish band Efterklang, to move to Copenhagen and join the live band. So he did, and since then he has toured with the band all around the world, playing hundreds of concerts, and opening many of them as a solo act.

Since this move he has released several solo recordings as well. Starting with a few primarily instrumental, piano-based releases in 2007, then branching out into a completely different world with the more folky ‘Home’ in late 2008, which has all but established Broderick as the young composer to watch – with critical acclaim from music magazines (NME/Mojo/Uncut) and broadsheet press alike. ‘A precociously talented, classically trained multi-instrumentalist’ – The Independent / ‘A songwriter of beguiling depth' #19 Album of 2008 – The Sunday Times

June 1st sees his first major release of 2009, ‘Music for Falling From Trees’, a 30-minute piece, in seven sections, created for a contemporary dance by London-based choreographer Adrienne Hart (Neon Productions). Adrienne was looking for a score of piano and strings, so he left the guitar and his voice aside and focused entirely on those two timbres. ‘I decided to take this literally and make a rule not to use any other instrument. In the script it called for the sound of a ticking clock. I made this sound by tapping on the body of the violin with my fingernails.’

The dance tells the story of a man in a psychiatric hospital, and his struggle to maintain his identity. The music is sometimes melancholic, sometimes playful, sometimes chaotic, but with the combination of piano and strings, full of beauty, reverence and awe.

About the dance première at The Place, London on January 21st, 2009:

‘Highly articulate… an ambitious piece and powerful in its content’ – Josephine Leask (The Guardian)
‘Both insightful and intelligent’ – Mina Vadon (The Place)

Official video trailer:


Peter will embark on an extensive European tour including festival appearances at Roskilde, Wireless and the Green Man Festival, starting early May with five shows in Ireland. ‘Music for Falling From Trees’ will already be available on tour and in the official Erased Tapes Online Store (http://store.erasedtapes.com) on Download & CD, which includes a free copy of the digital download compilation ‘Erased Tapes Collection I’.



IRELAND
01.05. CORK – Crane Lane Theater
02.05. KILKENNY – Rhythm & Roots Festival
03.05. KILKENNY – Rhythm & Roots Festival
04.05. DUBLIN – Whelans
04.09. PARTLAOISE – Electric Picnic Festival

GERMANY
05.05. MUENSTER – Gleiss 22
31.05. DUISBURG – Steinbruch
01.06. COLOGNE – Studio 672
02.06. DRESDEN – Societaetstheater
03.06. LEIPZIG – Black Box (Galerie für Zeitgenösissche Kunst)
04.06. BERLIN – Schokoladen

NETHERLANDS
06.05. DEN HAAG – Paard
06.06 UTRECHT – Ekko
07.06. AMSTERDAM – Paradiso

BELGIUM
07.05. LEUVEN – Stuk w/Finn.
08.05. BRUSSELS – La Confiserie

FRANCE
10.05. PARIS – Les Instants Chavires
11.05. PARIS – Nouveau Casino
12.05. RENNES – Clinique de la Sagesse
13.05. RENNES – L’ Antipode
14.05. TOULOUSE – Le Lieu Commun

SPAIN
15.05. BARCELONA - Apollo 2
16.05. ZARAGOZA – La Lata de Bombillas
17.05. CASTELLON – Veneno Stereo
18.05. VALLADOLID – Cafe Espana
22.05. VIGO – Sala Mondo
23.05. MADRID – Moby Dick
11.06. TARRAGONA – Gea Festival
13.06. A CORUNA – Playa Club

PORTUGAL
20.05. LISBON – Music Box
21.05. COIMBRA – Via Latina

ITALY
26.05. RAVENNA – Hana bi
27.05. MILAN – La Casa 139

SWITZERLAND
28.05. LUZERN – Treibhaus

DENMARK
04.07 ROSKILDE – Roskilde Festival

UNITED KINGDOM
05.07. LONDON – Wireless Festival
22.08. POWYS – Green Man Festival

{NOTE: Many thanks to Felix at Tout Partout for booking this mammoth of a tour. Oh and Peter – if you read this: this is insane! Please come home safely, buddy.}

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