About: Lilienweiss are Thorsten Scheerer (electric guitar and bass, piano) and Dorothea Herrmann (clarinets, piano). Together they create software enhanced new music. The main target of all Lilienweiss works is to emphasize musical aspects that cannot be heard without the help of software tools. Special sound characteristics of traditional acoustic and electric instruments are being isolated and re-used like musical patterns with tonal structures of their own within the music – e. g. partial tones, harmonics, noise, and even hiss. So the music of Lilienweiss gets a specific sound character that leads to a unique electroacoustic experience.
Quote: "... (the music) moves into a variety of styles that range from post-rock dither to neo-chamberism with a
remarkable seamlessness. This is probably some of the most progressive Progressive music I've heard in a while, in terms of both conceptualisation and scope. And
while it doesn't really have anything to do with pop structuring, it definitely feels rock based and has a very approachable surface. Cool." Byron Coley in The Wire, United Kingdom, April 2007
Quote: "Bolstering their already considerable musical abilities, Scheerer and Herrmann exploit their instruments' sonic potential
with software tools that allow the clarinet to mimic a chorus of screeching golems ... It's the ruminative compositions – equally rooted in experimental and
classical music – and the explorative interplay between Scheerer's bass patterns and Herrmann's assertive woodwind playing that impresses most ..." textura, Canada, April 2007
Quote: "Lilienweiss are Thorsten Scheerer and Dorothea Herrmann and the set-up clarinet, bass, guitar and software enhancement
suggests music that is highly acoustic and it is. However, Lilienweiss are not opting for the sweet sounds rather their music is cinematic and gloomy soundscapes
dominate the sonic picture all to great effect." Electronic Desert, Sweden, Summer 2007
VERS. 1.3: In 2007 the piece "Ach, Gott! (Variation)" featuring the voice of Kurt von SuSo was part of the final selection of the VERS. 1.3 Contest For Electronic Music In The Church and had its world premiere during the VERS. 1.3 ceremony at the Stiftskirche Stuttgart, Germany, on June 15th 2007. VERS. 1.3 was supported by the Evangelic Church In Württemberg and other cultural institutions of the county of Baden-Württemberg, Germany.
VERS. 1.5: In 2009 the piece "In Death's Bonds (In Todesbanden) 1.0" won the VERS. 1.5 Award For Electronic Music In The Church and had its world premiere during the VERS. 1.5 ceremony at the Stiftskirche Stuttgart, Germany, on June 12th 2009. VERS. 1.5 was supported by the Evangelic Church In Württemberg and other cultural institutions of the county of Baden-Württemberg, Germany.
Dorothea Herrmann: She lives and works in Mainz, Germany. She studied orchestra music at the Akademie fuer Tonkunst (Heinz Hepp, RSO Frankfurt), Darmstadt, music teacher at the University of Mainz, and music presentation at the Hochschule fuer Musik, Detmold.
Countless concert activities with orchestras across Europe since 1988, e. g. under the direction of Wolfgang Hofmann, Wolfgang Gueller, Linda Horowitz and Sergei Celibidache (courses); she worked as a chamber musician with Manfred Reichert (Ensemble fuer Neue Musik), Manehem Pressler (course), Martin Kuerschner (Days for New Music, Darmstadt), at the Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival - and many other festivals.
Her freelance activities as a solo artist include numerous studio productions and performances as well as own compositions.
Dorothea Herrmann teaches clarinet at the Peter Cornelius Conservatory in Mainz. She is member of the fgnm (Frankfurt Society for New Music) and GNM (Society for New Music).
Thorsten Scheerer: He started to play classical guitar at the age of 12, moved forward to lessons in composing and electric guitar playing at the age of 16 (Mannheim School of Weird Guitar Playing).
Finally he gigged with a variety of bands of all styles of music from jazz to pop to hard and heavy, too.
He studied history of art with a main focus on digital art in Heidelberg and Berlin, Germany.
World wide premieres and world premieres with Lilienweiss e. g. in North America, Argentina, Germany, and Serbia. Thorsten Scheerer's first solo album was released in 2010 (Cathedral Transmissions, UK).
He currently is senior manager in the financial services sector at a world leading IT consulting company, while continuously going on with composing, producing, and publishing all sorts of music. He lives and works in Frankfurt and Mannheim, Germany.
Fan Mail: "Die Intensität und Wärme der Instrumente vermischt mit moderner Elektronik schafft einen spannenden Bogen zu Stockhausen und Steve Reich."
Fan Mail: "Let me congratulate for your music! The songs are very unique, and the sounds are simply great! Keep this good work up!"
Fan Mail: "A number of influences come together in these works: 'classical' lyricism, edgy jazz guitar, minimalist leanings and the transformative quality of the electronics."
Fan Mail: "This is a very interesting and innovative sound. Quite brilliant."
Fan Mail: "I want to comment how much I enjoy listening to, and absorbing your music. I have just listened some more, and loved every minute of it ... the composition, the arrangement, the playing and last but not least the overall indefinable 'buzz'."
Fan Mail: "Beautiful sonic combinations with the clarinet."
Fan Mail: "Eure Musik begeistert mich. Berührt sehr tief und intensiv."
Fan Mail: "Your work continues to shape a multitude of rooms in different ways. Always stunning. Much success to you. It's truly a joy to listen to your work!!!"
Fan Mail: "Ui ui ... ziemlich gut!!!"
Lilienweiss | Musette Variation 1.0 In Three Mvmts.:
[p] 2014 by office4music.com, Austria original CD release 2008 by formstreng.net, Germany
Listed in amazon.de's top 10 of the most popular new classical music releases in October 2011, Mannheim Electronique features the new "Etude Electronique" series, the award winning piece "In Death's Bonds 1.0", and the New York world premiere "Musette Variation ..."!
The "Seasons-Cycle" – previously only available in United Kingdom (and finally sold out) – is included in full length, too. The album cover shows a painting by artist Sandip Shah.
The album features 13 of Lilienweiss's most wanted pieces from the early beginnings in 2003 to the latest successes. It also includes all tracks from the
very first Lilienweiss EP Silent Night: Issued in 2007 by the British label october man recordings, Silent Night sold out within a few weeks only,
featuring Lilienweiss classics like "Sensi" and "Morgen kommt". Now all these pieces have been remastered and reissued!
textura magazine says: "Lilienweiss's Reloaded and Remastered offers listeners unfamiliar with the group's previous releases – Silent Night (October Man, 2007), Zwitschern-Zyklus
(formstreng .net, 2008), Musette Variation 1.0 in drei Sätzen (formstreng.net, 2008), and Seasons (October Man, 2008) – the perfect opportunity to hear the
distinctive electro-acoustic sounds Dorothea Herrmann (clarinet) and Thorsten Scheerer (electric guitar, electric bass, software) have been releasing since 2003.
Progressive and challenging yet also organic and accessible, the fifty-minute collection not only includes all of Silent Night and the twenty-minute Musette
Variation 1.0 but also the very first Lilienweiss production, the previously-unreleased 2003 'Prinzessin 3.3'.
Drawing upon experimental and classical music traditions, the group builds its bold neo-chamber sound around the 'lead' playing of Herrmann (who teaches clarinet
at the Peter Cornelius Conservatory in Mainz and performs as a solo artist, among other things) and the electro-acoustic sculpting of Scheerer (also an account
manager for a company in the banking sector, the composer lives and works in Mannheim and Frankfurt, Germany). Following the spooky nachtmusik of 'Sensi 1.3', the
collection moves on to 'Fieberfeucht 2.1' where the clarinet's clear and piercing notes push up against a torrent of white electronic noise. Positioned at the
album's center, the five-part 'Musette Variation 1.0' nudges the Lilienweiss sound into slightly different territory with accordionist Marion Schauble and
Herrmann, abetted by Scheerer's software manipulations, emulating a small chamber orchestra. The absence of guitar and bass gives the work a slightly more
'classical' feel, even if the compositional style remains firmly within the Lilienweiss tradition. Applying his tools almost subliminally, Scheerer uses the
software to duplicate the instruments rather than generate noise interventions, making the resultant sound of 'Musette Variation 1.0' as pure a re-presentation of
Lilienweiss's sound as has been heard (and a far cry from the stabbing metal guitar theatrics that soil the thankfully brief 'Rectified 4.4' that follows). In
'Stille Nacht 2.2', Herrmann's clarinet appears amidst a nightmarish mass of software-generated noise-drone textures, and the album even includes the group's
idiosyn-cratic stab at a blues vamp ('Morgen kommt 1.2')." Canada, August 2009
Lilienweiss | Zwitschern-Zyklus:
[p] 2008 by office4music.com, Austria
world premiere: "Stadt im Fluss", culture festival of the city of Esslingen, Esslingen am Neckar, Germany, September 14th - 15th 2007
textura magazine says: "No group sounds quite like Lilienweiss and it's not only
because of the group's unusual software-enhanced clarinets-electronics mix. The five compositions comprising Zwitschern-Zyklus ('Twitter Cycle') also reveal
German duo Dorothea Herrmann (clarinets) and Thorsten Scheerer (electric guitar and bass) to be provocative composers. A given piece typically presents a
swirling backdrop on top of which Herrmann and Scheerer weave multi-directional melodic strands. In 'Zwitschern 1', synthetic droplets offer a pitter-pattering
background for a small clarinet army, while crystalline tones form a distinctive backdrop in 'Zwitschern 2'. The clarinet's titular twitter is again spotlighted
in 'Zwitschern 4', this time augmented by angular guitar stabs and undulating electronic treatments. Even more unusual is the closing piece, 'Ach, Gott! (Tu se'
morta) ' which adds Bach organ fragments to the sonic mix. Herrmann is an especially versatile player and her staccato flutters and swooping lines help make
Zwitschern-Zyklus a remarkable collection..." Canada, January 2008
Lilienweiss | Live In New York w/ Hettie Barnhill:
60x60 Dance 2008 live performance of "Musette Variation 1.0 For 60 Seconds" on the World Financial Center Winter
Garden's stage, New York, USA (November 14th 2008, world premiere). Event organization by Vox Novus, choreography by Hettie Barnhill.
Music composed by Lilienweiss (Thorsten Scheerer and Dorothea Herrmann) and Marion Schäuble, arranged and produced by Thorsten Scheerer.
60x60 Dance 2008 DVD & CD Releases:
limited private stock DVD
Lilienweiss live mit Hettie Barnhill: Das Video aus New York – 60 Sekunden live im World Financial Center Winter Garden, [p] by formstreng.net, DE, 2010 (out of stock)
Lilienweiss: Musette Variation 1.0 in drei Sätzen, [p] by formstreng.net, DE, 2008 (out of stock)
Lilienweiss | Complete List of Shows:
October 6th 2011
Image & Resonance - Cycle of Sonic Art: "Seasons" (feat. videos by Simona Galeckaité; Hall of Cultural Space Los Gallegos of Mar del Plata, Argentina, presented by the Foundation Destellos)
March 28th 2011
"Seasons" (feat. videos by Simona Galeckaité; Peter Cornelius Conservatory, Mainz, Germany)
May 30th 2010
60x60 Dance – Order of Magnitude: "Musette Variation 1.0 for 60 Seconds" (FOFA Gallery, Concordia University, Montreal, Quebec, Canada)
June 12th 2009
Vers. 1.5: "In Todesbanden 1.0" awards ceremony and world premiere (Stiftskirche, Stuttgart, Germany)
April 17th 2009
60x60: "Musette Variation 1.0 for 60 Seconds" (NonSequitur, The Good Shepherd Center, Seattle, Washington, USA)
April 2nd 2009
60x60: "Musette Variation 1.0 for 60 Seconds" (Brookes Oxford's Sonic Art Festival, Oxford, Great Britain)
March 11th 2009
60x60: "Musette Variation 1.0 for 60 Seconds" (Earfest, Stony Brook University, New York, New York, USA)
January 22nd 2009
60x60: "Musette Variation 1.0 for 60 Seconds" (Bowling Green State University, Bowling Green, Ohio, USA)
December 25th - 28th 2008
Art of Sounds Festival 2008: "Seasons: The New Year 1.2, Springtime 1.0" (feat. videos by Simona Galeckaité; Guarnerius – The Center of Arts, Belgrade, Serbia)
November 21st 2008
60x60: "Musette Variation 1.0 for 60 Seconds" (California State University, University Music Center, Cole Conservatory of Music, Long Beach, California, USA)
November 14th 2008
60x60 Dance: "Musette Variation 1.0 for 60 Seconds" world premiere (feat. a dance choreography by Hettie Barnhill; World Financial Center Winter Garden, New York, New York, USA)
September 26th 2008
Lange Nacht der Musen - Long Night of The Muses: "Seasons" world premiere (feat. videos by Simona Galeckaité; bKI, Darmstadt, Germany)
January 13th 2008
"The New Year 1.2" world premiere (Michaelis church, Sprendlingen, Germany)
October 5th 2007
Network Concert (Hessian Ministry Of Science And Art, Wiesbaden, Germany)
September 14th - 15th 2007
Stadt im Fluss, culture festival of the city of Esslingen: "Twitter Cycle" world premiere (feat. videos by Zelsyus; Esslingen am Neckar, Germany)
June 15th 2007
After Show Concert (Kulturwohnzimmer, Ludwigsburg, Germany)
June 15th 2007
Vers. 1.3: "Ach, Gott! (Variation)" world premiere (feat. the voice of Kurt von SuSo; Stiftskirche, Stuttgart, Germany)
Lilienweiss | CD, DVD & Streaming Releases:
Lilienweiss: The "Best Of" Selection
Zwitschern 2.2; Roboter (feat. Kurt von SuSo); Stille Nacht 2.2; In Todesbanden 1.0; Sensi 1.3; Night Piece 1.1 (Movement 1); Musette Variation 1.0 (Movement 1)
[p] by formstreng.net, DE, 2015 (exclusively via SoundCloud, streaming release)
Lilienweiss live mit Hettie Barnhill: Das Video aus New York – 60 Sekunden live im World Financial Center Winter Garden
Musette Variation 1.0 For 60 Seconds (60x60)
(Performed live at the World Financial Center Winter Garden (New York, USA) on November 14th 2008.)
[p] by formstreng.net, DE, 2010 (DVD release, out of stock)
Lilienweiss: In Todesbanden 1.0
In Todesbanden 1.0
(Vers. 1.5 – award for electronic music in the church, world premiere: Stiftskirche Stuttgart (Germany), June 12th 2009.)
[p] by formstreng.net, DE, 2009 (CD release, out of stock)