Pass The Hat - Simon Berz+Helen Gillet+Klaas Hubner, film Liquid Land, and locals Horse Head

Lawrence Percolator

Another in the Pass The Hat series, potluck at 6pm music/film from 7-9ish at the Percolator, in the alley behind the Lawrence Arts Center with the green awnings. We pass the hat and you give as much as you can or maybe a little more. ;)

This time we host improvising/experimental artists from Switzerland, New Orleans and Germany as well as a new local ensemble named Horse Head.


Drums and Soundart

Simon Berz is a drummer and sound artist. Next to playing in different rock and punk bands, he was interested in improvised music early on. Since several years he develops his own instruments and searches for new possibilities of working with the drum set and percussion. He worked intensly on creating an electrified drumset, using analog electronics and feedbacks, as well as an amplified lithophon, built with stones he found in the Alps.
Simon is also the initiator of the artist platform BADABUM. Taking improvised music as a basis, the label brings together different artforms, from film and dance to performance and fine arts. Since it was founded in 2001, BADABUM has served as a platform for more than 100 musicians and artists from all over the world.
As a drummer and electronic musician, Simon Berz has toured solo and in different formations through Europe, USA, Japan and China. He creates music and soundscapes for theatre and film and recently composed and conducted a soundtrack to the silent film Metropolis for screenings in Switzerland and China.


When Swiss drummer and sound artist Simon Berz rode his bike across a field of stone in the French Alps, he was immediately taken by the sounds the stones produced. He took some of them home to create a lithophon, which he then amplified and manipulated with electronic effects. As he scratches and strokes them or uses different sticks and materials to hit them percussively, he creates a dense and unique performance. For installation purposes, he lets water drop from infusion bags in various speeds, creating a complex and meditative sound piece.


New orleans based cellist, singer, composer and improviser Helen Gillet grew up in Belgium, Singapore, Chicago and Wisconsin. Gillet has forged a path for the cello in the New Orleans music scene since her arrival in 2002. She has performed extensively across the United States and Western Europe. Beginning cello lessons at the age of nine, Gillet has taken her classical education all the way to a Master’s Degree (Beloit College ’00, Loyola University New Orleans ’04). Her training as an improviser began with North Indian Hindustani vocal ragas in 1998, which launched her into the worlds of free improvisation, jazz, funk, rock and French chansons. Gillet recently performed at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, Voodoo Festival, Copenhagen Jazz Festival and Hindsgavl Festival in Denmark, Mirano Oltre Festival in Italy and at the Kennedy Center Center in Washington D.C.


Klaas Hübner is an artist, performer, and improviser. Much of his work focuses on exploring sounds.
He studied sculpture at the School of Arts Berlin-Weissensee where he set up a small student sound lab. He is also known for his experimental music project Hiłot Lilanth.

Raised on a farm in north Germany Klaas Hübner currently resides in Berlin and is active in the experimental music and art community. He focuses on intermedia performance, installation and collaborative music ventures.
He has performed at several media art festivals and numerous galleries, improvised with musicians as Simon Berz, Toktek, Lu Krautman, Kaspar König, Adam Thomas, Andrea Lange, Michał Dudek, Benjamin Altermatt, Harmony Cheyenne Flynn Molina and Ayankoko. He gave Workshops in Berlin at the xxxx pickled feet, at the Digitalia Stetin and at the DIY Festival Zürich in Circuitbending and building of oscillators.
He also joined different theater projects and dancepieces with his music and installations.

A preview of the film Liquid Land is here

Two artists from Europe bring their art project to New Orleans, building instruments from trash and inviting local musicians. Liquid Land uses these concerts, interviews with the musicians and scenes of New Orleans street life, rituals and celebrations to explore the confluence of improvised music, the creative process and energy that draws these musicians and keeps them here in the wake of disaster.

The result is a documentary by Michelle Ettlin and a record by Simon Berz.

The DVD/CD will be available in January 2013 through the website.


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