SOL

SOL

The vibraphonist and composer, Pascal Schumacher has made a name for himself in a variety of collaborative endeavours. From quartets to symphonic orchestras, jazz tunes to classical chamber music, he has built a unique relationship with his instrument and has been relentless in assuring his position as a versatile and adventurous musician. Now he launches his first solo album, SOL via Neue Meister label. SOL captures Pascal’s newfound passion for solitude in all its magnetism. Yet, it remains true to a relationship’s main characteristic; intimacy.

First imagine empty space. Darkness, then a spark, a central light. A lone figure stands revealed by in a strange ambience of purple and blue and white. In front of him, the metallic edifice of a vibraphone. The figure bows, he gazes forward. When he strikes the bars with two blue-tipped mallets in each hand, the notes chime and ring out through the darkness like signals through the cosmos. Shimmering, the volume of the notes pulsates, dilating and swelling in darkness, twinkling and dissolving.

A revery is born of the otherworldly quality of the solo vibraphone, pulsating in space, with Pascal Schumacher caught in a hollow square of light, a lonesome figure behind a bank of instruments. There is in intimacy illuminated within the profound darkness circling around the central tableau puts you into a unique, personal one-to-one interaction. This isn’t just solo music because it is performed by one person, it is solo because it insists on a direct one-to-one intimacy with the listener. Other forms of music—terrace anthems, party hip-hop, funeral dirges—are experienced as a shared group activity, but this is intimate music that directs the listener to listen personally and intently.

There is a paradox in ‘solo listening’ and ‘solo playing’ as if there were just one of you—the paradox leads you to question what it means to be alone with music, or even what it means to be ‘alone together’ with another person, whether happily or in misery. Noone is ever really alone, yet we are all essentially solo artists. Significantly, solo is always solo plus something or someone else. Because, thankfully, we are never completely alone.

Booking Agents

Bookings Worldwide (Except for Territories Below)
Minnamurra Music Management & Agency
Minna Huuskonen
Phone: +358 44 0881232
Email: minna@minnamurra.fi
www.minnamurra.fi

Bookings for Belgium & Netherlands
Red Cat Artists
Kati Van de Velde
Phone: +32 9 235 16 56
Email: kati.vandevelde@redcatartists.com
www.redcatartists.com

Bookings for Switzerland
HOTELLOUNGE
Chris Burr
Phone: +49 1772756128
Email: chris@hotellounge.de

PR
Le Tigre Noir
Juste Survilaité
Phone: +49 (0) 30 285 019 27
Email: juste@letigrenoir.com
www.letigrenoir.com

Managament & Bookings for Luxembourg
Monday Night Productions
Raphael Junker, Managing Partner
Phone: +352 621 285 044
Email: rjunker@mondaynightproductions.com
www.mondaynightproductions.com

Upcoming Concerts

  • 29.03.2020
    SOL
    Hamburg, Germany TONALi SAAL

    Pascal Schumacher - vibraphone, glockenspiel, organelle

  • 04.04.2020
    SOL
    Ronquières, Belgium La Chapelle de Verre

    Pascal Schumacher - vibraphone, glockenspiel, organelle

  • 07.04.2020
    SOL
    Munich, Germany Schwere Reiter

    Pascal Schumacher - vibraphone, glockenspiel, organelle

  • 17.04.2020
    SOL
    Budapest, Hungary OPUS

    Pascal Schumacher - vibraphone, glockenspiel, organelle

  • 18.04.2020
    SOL
    Wien, Austria Porgy & Bess

    Pascal Schumacher - vibraphone, glockenspiel, organelle

  • 08.05.2020
    SOL
    Berlin, Germany X-Jazz

    Pascal Schumacher - vibraphone, glockenspiel, organelle

  • 09.05.2020
    SOL
    Trondheim, Norway Trondheim Jazz Festival

    Pascal Schumacher - vibraphone, glockenspiel, organelle

  • 14.05.2020
    SOL
    Paris, France La Marbrerie

    Pascal Schumacher - vibraphone, glockenspiel, organelle

  • 29.05.2020
    SOL
    Brussels, Belgium Flagey Studio 1

    Pascal Schumacher - vibraphone, glockenspiel, organelle

  • 09.10.2020
    SOL
    Mannheim, Germany Planetarium Space Nights

    Pascal Schumacher - Vibraphone, Glockenspiel, Organelle

Featured Video(s)

References

Musée Dräi Eechelen, Luxembourg (L)
Jazzkaar, Tallinn (EE)
Like A Jazz Machine, Dudelange (L)
Jazz & the City, Salzburg (A)
Sunnyside, Reims (F)
Nordsternturm, Gelsenkirchen (D)
Hemmersdorf Pop - Les Nuits, Hemmersdorf (D)

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