Producer Henrik Schwarz Releases New Album Instruments Available April 14, 2015



Featuring Acoustic Chamber Music Arrangements Of His Electronic Dance Music Hits

NEW YORK, March 30, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — “What’s left of my music if I have it played by classical musicians and omit the most important element, the beats?”  This question was the starting point for Instruments, the new album from Henrik Schwarz, the internationally celebrated producer, composer and performer of electronic dance music (EDM).  Available April 14 via Sony Classical, the album features six acoustic chamber music arrangements of his electronic dance hits, plus an original composition.

Four years have passed now since the Berlin musician and producer was first invited to have a selection of his house tracks played by an orchestra. Now, the Tokyo Secret Orchestra has recorded seven pieces arranged for chamber orchestra that are reminiscent of the minimalism of Steve Reich and Michael Nyman.

The last ten years have seen quite a few classical performances of electronic club music. Many of these were in the “classic rock” tradition of the 1970’s, when symphony orchestras played the pop hits of the day. “In most cases, electronic beats were then mixed into the orchestral arrangements, but I always found that a bit half-hearted,” says Schwarz. He wasn’t interested in so-called crossover; what interested him was what happens when club music is transferred to a body of classical instruments. “I wanted to see whether this music still means anything when you take away all the synthetic sounds and the beats.” This prompted Schwarz to experiment with the scores, working together with arranger Johannes Brecht and various ensembles, without any computer sounds or acoustic percussion instruments that supply a rhythm in 4/4 time.

For more than a decade, Henrik Schwarz, 42, has been one of the best-respected house producers and a sought-after remixer working with artists like Steve Wonder, Mary J. Blige, Ane Brun and Coldplay. In recent years, Schwarz has worked on a number of cross-genre projects: writing the music for a silent film, working with the Berlin State Ballet and painter Norbert Bisky, recording with leading jazzmen Bugge Wesseltoft and Dan Berglund, and performing concerts with pianist Nik Bartsch. In addition, the arrangements on Instruments have been performed by different orchestras in some of Europe’s best-known concert venues, such as Berlin’s Kammermusiksaal, the Amsterdam Concertgebouw or the Tonhalle in Zurich.

The breakthrough came for Schwarz personally with a performance by 27 young Japanese musicians under conductor Emi Akiyama: they appeared in a Buddhist temple in 2013 under the name Tokyo Secret Orchestra. “Suddenly I heard my own music with different ears. Classical music makes completely different demands on the players from a house track. In house music it’s the precision timing that creates the groove, but an orchestra is not used to playing like a machine. However, in Tokyo, I had the feeling that the musicians managed to penetrate to the music’s core.”

The recordings made in Japan supplied the source material for Instruments. Included are acoustic chamber music arrangements of Schwarz’s EDM hits like the 2006 remix of “Wamims” and “Walk Music,” which he has used as an opener for his live sets, plus one new composition “In Bjorndal.”

All the pieces have been arranged for a complete body of strings (violins, violas, cellos and double bass). The strings are joined by low woodwind (bass flute, bass clarinet and bassoon), which not only supply individual timbres, but are also a source of rhythm like a vibraphone, a percussion instrument that is also a part of the new arrangements. In this context, the focus is on the magic and the magnetic power of minimalism, something that American composer Steve Reich used to influence the pop and techno scene with his cleverly interlocking rhythmic chains.

Right at the outset of “Walk Music,” there is a magical combination of single, lyrical notes from the strings and mysterious vibraphone figures in the background. The following track, “Marvin,” literally sprouts from a single note that is constantly repeated. Here, the bass flute, the viola and the cello evolve a rhythmic energy whose slightly burlesque tone is initially reminiscent of the neo-classicism of Stravinsky – at least until the orchestra strikes up a groove in several parts.

Nor is this by any means the only reference to the great classical masters: inconspicuous reminiscences of this kind are cunningly sprinkled in at liberty. The piece “In Bjorndal” radiates a curious and seductive melancholy magic that could almost be a tribute to Arnold Schonberg and his prismatic style. For “Leave My Head Alone Brain Seven,” arranger Johannes Brecht added to the ensemble a bassett horn, a member of the clarinet family that Mozart was particularly fond of. In “I Exist Because Of You” the cello sometimes plays the so-called ‘Bartok pizzicati’ that go back to the Hungarian composer: the cellist twangs the string and then lets it spring back against the fingerboard.

The harmonies and sounds of the original tracks are played here by the strings and also a number of woodwind instruments, among which the bass clarinet has the starring role. Time and time again, production techniques from electronic music such as loops or low-cuts are transformed into orchestral arrangements, with frequencies being muffled over the space of several bars (e.g. in “Leave My Head Alone Brain Seven”). The result is a new kind of music played on classical instruments. A music that doesn’t deny its roots in the club world and could only be created on the computer; a music that manages to transport the energy of electronic dance music to the classical concert hall – with the bass drum only present in the listener’s head.

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Track listing
1. Walk Music Four
2. Marvin Two
3. Leave My Head Alone Brain Seven
4. In Bjorndal
5. Cloud Three
6. Wamims
7. I Exist Because of You Two
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For more than a decade, Henrik Schwarz has been one of the most-respected House music producers and sought-after remixer, working with Mary J. Blige, Ane Brun and Coldplay to name a few. Recently, he has worked on an increasing number of cross-genre projects, writing the music for a silent film, working with the Berlin State Ballet and recording with leading jazzmen Bugge Wesseltoft and Dan Berglund. For the last two years, Schwarz worked on developing an innovative approach to transfer his personal aesthetics of modern techno productions into acoustic chamber music.

Instruments, Schwarz's new album, features six of his electronic dance music hits and one new composition arranged for classical instruments. The songs were recorded strictly acoustic, without the backbone of any electronic instruments, making the pureness and elegance of wood, brass, strings and percussion transporting. Schwarz's long-time set-opener, Walk Music, offers a magical combination of single, lyrical notes from the strings and mysterious vibraphone in the background. "Marvin" literally sprouts from a single note that is constantly repeated while the bass flute, viola and cello evolve with a rhythmic energy. The new composition, "In Björndal," radiates a curious and seductive melancholy magic. The result is a new kind of music that manages to transfer the energy of electronic dance music to the Classical concert hall with the bass drum only present in the listener's head.
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VAN HALEN To Tour North America Summer/Fall 2015



- VAN HALEN to Perform March 30 on Hollywood Boulevard for Jimmy Kimmel Live in Rare Television Concert Appearance -

- Songs from the Concert to Air March 30 and March 31 -

LOS ANGELES, March 24, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — In celebration of a 2015 Summer/Fall North American tour, VAN HALEN will perform a special concert for Jimmy Kimmel Live March 30 on Hollywood Boulevard. Featuring some of the band’s essential rock ‘n’ roll classics, the concert will be broadcast over two nights, March 30 and March 31, on the late night talk show and marks VAN HALEN‘s first U.S. television performance with original lead singer David Lee Roth. Jimmy Kimmel Live airs weeknights at 11:35 p.m. / 10:35 p.m. Central Time on ABC.

VAN HALEN is touring North America beginning July 5 in Seattle, Washington at the White River Amphitheatre, with concerts scheduled through Oct. 2 in Los Angeles, California at the legendary Hollywood Bowl. Special guest Kenny Wayne Shepherd Band will support all dates along the tour. Tickets for the Live Nation-promoted tour go on sale beginning April 4 at and, with special pre-sale information being announced locally. A complete list of tour dates can be found below.

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The special Hollywood Boulevard concert will be a hit-heavy set of songs featured on TOKYO DOME LIVE IN CONCERT, the first-ever live album to feature original singer David Lee Roth. Recorded on June 21, 2013 in Tokyo, Japan, TOKYO DOME LIVE IN CONCERT includes 23 songs, spanning all seven of the band’s albums with Roth. It is being released as a double CD, four-LP set on 180-gram vinyl and digitally beginning March 31,

2015. Fans who pre-order TOKYO DOME LIVE IN CONCERT before its March 31 release date through Amazon and digitally at iTunes will instantly receive downloads of Panama,” “Runnin’ With The Devil,” “Jump” and “Hot For Teacher.”

Also being released beginning March 31 are remastered versions of Van Halen and 1984, with remastered versions of Diver Down, Women and Children First, Van Halen II and Fair Warning due out later this spring. Each album has been cut straight from the quarter-inch tapes for CD, 180-gram vinyl and for the digital version by mastering engineer Chris Bellman, who remastered the original albums for Bernie Grundman Studios, Hollywood, CA. These albums are being released beginning March 31, with pre-orders available now through Amazon and iTunes.

Jimmy Kimmel Live is broadcast in 720 Progressive (720P), ABC’s selected HDTV format. Jimmy Kimmel and Jill Leiderman serve as executive producers. Jason Schrift, Douglas DeLuca and Erin Irwin serve as co-executive producers. Emmy Award®-winning Jimmy Kimmel Live is shot live in front of a studio audience and produced by Jackhole Industries in association with ABC Studios. (CLOSED-CAPTIONED)

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Formed in Los Angeles in 1974, VAN HALEN changed the rock and roll landscape forever with the release of their self-titled, 1978 debut album and subsequently produced a repertoire of hits that remain some of the strongest and most influential rock songs ever written that fans will admire for decades to come. With more than 75 million albums sold worldwide, and more No. 1 hits on the Billboard Mainstream Rock chart than any other artist, the band’s record of achievement is hard to top. The eponymous debut album and 1984 were both certified Diamond, for U.S. sales in excess of 10 million, placing them on an elite short list of double RIAA-certified Diamond Award honorees. VAN HALEN was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2007.

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All dates, cities and venues subject to change.

Sunday, July 5

Seattle, WA

White River Amphitheatre

Tuesday, July 7

Portland, OR

Amphitheater Northwest

Thursday, July 9

Concord, CA

Concord Pavilion

Saturday, July 11

San Bernardino, CA

San Manuel Amphitheater

Tuesday, July 14

Irvine, CA

Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre

Thursday, July 16

Mountain View, CA

Shoreline Amphitheatre

Saturday, July 18

Salt Lake City, UT

USANA Amphitheatre

Monday, July 20

Morrison, CO

Red Rocks Amphitheatre

Wednesday, July 22

Kansas City, MO

Cricket Wireless Amphitheater

Friday, July 24

Chicago, IL

First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre

Sunday, July 26

St. Louis, MO

Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre

Tuesday, July 28

Pittsburgh, PA

First Niagara Pavilion

Thursday, July 30

Bangor, ME

Darling’s Waterfront Pavilion

Saturday, August 1

Boston, MA

Xfinity Center

Monday, August 3

Cleveland, OH

Blossom Music Center

Wednesday, August 5

London, ON

Western Fair District

Friday, August 7

Toronto, ON

Molson Canadian Amphitheatre

Sunday, August 9

Holmdel, NJ

PNC Bank Arts Center

Tuesday, August 11

Hartford, CT

Xfinity Center

Thursday, August 13

Wantagh, NY

Nikon At Jones Beach Theater

Sunday, August 23

Hershey, PA

Hershey Park

Tuesday, August 25

Darien Center, NY

Darien Lake Performing Arts Center

Thursday, August 27

Camden, NJ

Susquehanna Bank Center

Saturday, August 29

Washington, D.C.

Jiffy Lube Live

Monday, August 31

Cincinnati, OH

Riverbend Music Center

Wednesday, September 2

Indianapolis, IN

Klipsch Music Center

Friday, September 4

Detroit, MI

DTE Energy Music Theatre

Sunday, September 6

Bethel, NY

Bethel Woods Center for the Arts

Wednesday, September 9

Raleigh, NC

Walnut Creek Amphitheater

Friday, September 11

Charlotte, NC

PNC Music Pavilion

Sunday, September 13

Tampa, FL

MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amphitheatre

Tuesday, September 15

West Palm Beach, FL

Coral Sky Amphitheatre

Thursday, September 17

Birmingham, AL

Oak Mountain Amphitheatre

Monday, September 21

Austin, TX

Austin360 Amphitheater

Wednesday, September 23

Dallas, TX

Gexa Energy Pavilion

Friday, September 25

Houston, TX

Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion

Monday, September 28

Phoenix, AZ

Ak-Chin Pavilion

Wednesday, September 30

San Diego, CA

Sleep Train Amphitheatre

Friday, October 2

Los Angeles, CA

Hollywood Bowl


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Van Halen presents its first-ever live album to feature original singer David Lee Roth. Recorded on June 21, 2013 at the famed Tokyo Dome in Tokyo, Japan, TOKYO DOME LIVE IN CONCERT includes 23 songs, spanning all seven of the band s albums with Roth.

TOKYO DOME LIVE IN CONCERT features an electrifying performance by singer David Lee Roth, guitarist Eddie Van Halen, drummer Alex Van Halen, and bassist Wolfgang Van Halen. Mixed by award-winning engineer and mixer Bob Clearmountain (Rolling Stones, Bruce Springsteen, Roxy Music, Nine Inch Nails, and many more), and mastered by Chris Bellman, the album features such classic anthems as "Dance The Night Away, " "Beautiful Girls, " "And The Cradle Will Rock..." "Unchained, " and "Everybody Wants Some!! " as well as blistering versions of "Tattoo, " "She s The Woman, " and "China Town" from the group s studio album, A Different Kind of Truth.
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