For years J. Peter Schwalm's compositions and productions have been impressive proof of the power of sound without words. More consistent than ever, on his record from 2018 „How We Fall“ (Rare Noise Records), he creates sound sculptures that transcend common categories. Their structures can take on rough or gently curved forms, unfold associative or contemplative effects, and may even make the listener shiver. Schwalm's feel for nuances, tension arcs and individual sounds is based on talent and many years of experience.
From 1998 onwards, J. Peter Schwalm worked continuously with Brian Eno.
Together they released the album „Drawn From Life“, wrote the soundtrack to Nicolas Winding Refn's feature film „Fear X“, gave celebrated concerts in Europe and Japan. Since 2006 Schwalm has been a regular guest at the Punktfestival in Kristiansand, Norway, where he distinguished himself and elsewhere as one of the few experienced live remixers, among others for members of the widely acclaimed Ensemble Modern. In spring 2016 Schwalm's album „The Beauty Of Disaster“ (Rare Noise Records) was released. Artistically, it revolved around a duality that shapes the visual arts and music as well as life itself: a certain melancholy that is always inherent in hope. The American PROG magazine praised:
"Schwalm's pieces are nuanced and orchestrally textured, with meticulously sculpted, cinematic sound design..." and igloomag.com summed up: "Precise, skilful production work originates a crystal clear sound that intensifies the emotional charms and atmospheric aura of the peculiar, eclectic musicianship."
The musician, born in Frankfurt am Main in 1970, had already distinguished himself through profound compositions and generally stood for rather dark facets of orchestral electronic music.
Since his collaboration with Brian Eno, which included a joint performance with Krautrock legend Holger Czukay, J. Peter Schwalm has composed for the Stuttgart Ballet, the Lyceum Theatre Sheffield, London, choreographer Hofesh Shechter and the series „Das Neue Werk“ des NDR. Since 2008 Schwalm has been playing with the style-shaping electric guitarist and sound developer Eivind Aarset from Oslo, who has long been just as much a reference point for him as London bassist Tim Harries. In 2013 Schwalm was invited to perform a specially developed project with these two long-term partners and other musicians at the 44th German Jazz Festival in Frankfurt. In the same year he was commissioned by the London ensemble „Icebreaker“ to develop a new piece from works by the electronic pioneers Kraftwerk. With „Kraftwerk Uncovered - A Future Past“, Icebreaker and Schwalm toured successfully through England and Ireland. In 2016, after the release of „The Beauty Of Disaster“, Schwalm produced the band Chat Noir. He realised a live installation at the „Frankfurter Kunstverein“ and presented an excerpt from his personal Bach adaptations at the „Alte Oper“ in Frankfurt. He has currently finished a radio play for the „Hessischer Rundfunk“, for which he is writing music and texts as well as directing.
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