Andrea Neumann is a wonderfully explorative artist. After studying classical piano in Berlin she soon looked for new ways of creating new music with the piano as the starting point. Her exploration of the piano for new sound possibilities has led her to reduce the instrument to its strings, its resonance board and the cast-iron frame. Playing this unmounted ‘leftover’ of a piano, with the help of electronics to amplify and manipulate the sound, she has developed several of her own playing techniques, sounds, and ways for preparing the instrument. For reasons of weight, a lighter special instrument was crafted in 2000 according to the measurements of the original heavier inside piano (piano builder, Bernd Bittmann, Berlin). She has been significantly involved in the formation and development of the “echtzeitmusik” scene in Berlin, which borders on fields as varied as noise, electronica, contemporary composed music, performance, and sound art. She has co-organized “Labor Sonor,” a series for experimental music, film and performance in Berlin since 2000.
Andrea will take part in the Counterflows Residency and will be working at the CCA Creative Lab for a week with Adam Campbell. She will also perform a solo work on Sunday at Glad Café. Since its inception Counterflows has been supported by the Goethe Institut Glasgow. The Counterflows Residency is a collaboration developed between Goethe and Counterflows.