The Goethe-Zentrum Hyderabad is all set to present Niels Klein’s quartet ‘Tubes & Wires’ on December 9, 2018. The concert is going to be one of the performances on a tour that spans India, Sri Lanka, and Pakistan.
Niels Klein’s quartet Tubes & Wires is not your everyday line-up. With Lars Duppler on e-piano and synthesisers, Hanno Busch on guitar and bass, Ralf Gessler on drums, and the bandleader on various clarinets, Klein presents forceful rock music that is played with the attitude of jazz musicians when it comes to instrumental technique. Saxophonist, clarinettist, and composer Klein named his band and new CD, ‘Tubes & Wires’, as a joke. ‘Tubes’ stands for the various clarinets that Klein plays and ‘Wires’ represents the many electronic, analogue and digital devices that connect with cables and drive his ‘effect clarinets’.
Klein’s Tubes & Wires quartet in fact sounds as if he, together with his band mates, transported Joe Zawinul’s motto for the 1970s group Weather Report, ‘We always solo, we never solo’, into the present for contemporary improvisers from Europe.
There are several reasons for the strangely diffuse sound of Tubes & Wires; since each musician in Klein’s quartet takes on different functions with their various instruments, it is easy to transcend stylistic borders, to stretch the improvisations beyond the limits of tonality and combine elements from the sound and groove into a collage made up of jazz, rock, pop, funk, and club culture. Generally, there aren’t any digital derivatives in use but real, analogue instruments.