Biography : IRMIN SCHMIDT & KUMO

 

The Masters of Confusion project was born out of the studio work around Irmin Schmidt's fantasy opera Gormenghast when Kumo, a.k.a. producer, programmer and sound-designer Jono Podmore, was drafted in in 1997 on the recomendation of manager and impressario Jazz Summers to assist Schmidt with recording the work. The duo, who make an intense and unique form of music that feeds off their respective musical histories, first played live on the Can-Solo-Projects tour which marked the 30th anniversary of the group.
Schmidt's work with the seminal and highly repected Can is well documented but between 1957 and 1964, Schmidt studied piano and french horn, composition under Ligeti and Stockhausen alongside conducting with Istvan Kertesz amongst others. As a conductor he won several prestigious awards including the Folkwang Leistungs-Preis in 1963 and the 1st Prize at the Mozarteum Salzburg in 1964.

Between 1962 and 1969 Schmidt conducted numerous orchestras including Wiener Sinfoniker, Bochumer Sinfoniker, Radio-Sinfonie-Orchester Norddeutscher Rundfunk Hannover and the Dortmunder Ensemble für Neue Musik which he founded. Schmidt also gave numerous new music recitals and was amongst the first German pianists to interpret the work of John CageHis compositions Hexapussy and Ilgom were premiered in 1967 and 1968 by Radio Stuttgart. He worked as a musical director at the Stadttheater Aachen and taught Musicals and Chanson at the Bochum stage school. He also composed music for various film and theatre productions.
His post-Can work includes three solo albums, numerous film score commissions, the three CD anthology Soundtracks 1978-1993, the opera Gormenghast and Masters of Confusion with Kumo. Throughout this body of work, Schmidt continues his habit of making music that embraces all forms while sounding like nobody else.
The fantasy opera Gormenghast premiered in the Wuppertal Opera House in 1998 and ran for nine months.
Times critic Rodney Milnes wrote: "If Richard Strauss had written rock music, this is what it would have sounded like - gloriously, unashamedly lush." Excerpts were released as a CD in January 2000 (Spoon 44).
A new production of the fantasy opera Gormenghast is currently in preparation with a European tour starting in June 2004.
Gormenghast Performances in 2004
Initially 12 performances are scheduled.
2nd June 2004: PREMIERE
"Gebläsehalle" at Unesco World Hertitage Site Weltkulturerbe Völklinger Hütte
4., 6., 9., 11., 12. June 2004
a further 5 Performances at Völklinger Hütte
30. June, 1. & 2. July 2004
3 performances at Grand Théatre Luxembourg
October 2004 further performances scheduled in France and Belgium.
Touring
Stage management (assembly and disassembly, props etc) will be flexible enough to ensure that the opera can be performed in the future at any venues of a suitable size. The resumption of the production at other venues in 2005 and beyond has already been envisaged. Representatives of european venues, festivals and cultural institutions which are in the running to stage the piece in future will be invited to the performances.
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Tickets via:
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e-mail : info@musik-theater.de

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IRMIN SCHMIDT & KUMO - CONCERTLIST
BERLIN - COLUMBIAHALLE - Germany
HAMBURG - GROßE FREIHEIT - Germany
COLOGNE - PALLADIUM - Germany
FRANKFURT - JAHRHUNDERTHALLE - Germany
OSNABRÜCK - UNI - Germany
BAD MÜNSTER EIFEL - ASTROPEILER - Germany
KÖLN - POPKOMM - Kick-Zone-Festival Germany
DUBLIN - TRANSISSION FESTIVAL - Ireland
DEN HAAG - CROSSINGBORDER FESTIVAL - Netherland
LONDON - BARBICAN HALL - England
AMIENS - JAZZ - FESTIVAL - France
BARCELONA - SONAR - FESTIVAL - Spain
DÜSSELDORF - FESTIVAL ALTSTADTHERBST - Germany
LONDON , JAZZ-FESTIVAL Queen Elizabeth Hall - UK

Jono Podmore was born in Liverpool in 1965 and began to play violin at the age of 10. He left Liverpool to study electronic music at Middlesex University in 1983. By 1986 Podmore was composing music for theatre and TV (Eugene Ionesco´s Journeys Among The Dead and Stanley´s Vision for Channel 4) and together with Peter Hope released the album Dry Hip Rotation.
In 1987 Podmore joined The Corn Dollies as violinist and string arranger. Following the split-up of the band in 1990, he went to Japan to continue his studies in Karate. On returning to London he began working as an engineer, producer and string arranger with artists such as Jamiroquai, The Shamen, Jhelisa, Ian McCulloch, Robert Owens, D*Note, Republica, Sunship, A.P.E. and Kid Loops whilst continuing to compose and produce music for stage and screen.

In 1994, together with Mr. C (of The Shamen), he set up Watershed Studios and began to work with Plink Plonk Records. Podmore also started to compose and record under the name Kumo and founded 2 sister labels to Plink Plonk - Autoi (Drum 'n' Bass) and Psychomat (Abstract Beats/Trip Hop).

After a string of singles and remixes as Kumo, March 1997 saw the release of his first album Kaminari - to sigificant critical acclaim. A series of live dates and international DJ commitments followed, including the Essential Music Festival in Brighton, the Sonar festival in Barcelona, and the Graz Biennale in Austria. 1997 was also the year that Podmore moved temporarily to France to work with Irmin Schmidt on the Gormenghast project.
In 2000 he worked with Tim Simenon on a new Bomb the Bass album and with Jose Padilla (Cafe del Mar compiler and DJ) on the album Navigator (WEA). He also produced a number of tracks for Jaki Liebezeit's band Club Off Chaos. October 2000 saw the release of Kumo's 2nd album 1+1=1 on Spoon Records (Spoon 46) as part of the Can Connection Edition series.

In 2001 work began on the first Irmin Schmidt and Kumo album alongside extensive touring in Europe which included the Sonar festival and the London Jazz Festival. The album Masters of Confusion was released worldwide in September 2001 on Spoon/Mute records.
The same year they created a sound installation for the Barbican Centre as part of the Elektronik festival, held in October 2001. The installation is now available as a sonic experience for public spaces. The duo performed further concerts in 2002 including the Montreux Jazz Festival and tours in France and Italy.
Podmore worked on new projects in Germany, Switzerland and the U.K with B.J Cole, Tim Simenon and Jaki Liebezeit amongst others in 2002. A 12" single, Kumo and Friends, is currently available on Electric Tones Records.

2003 has seen Podmore working on the 5.1 Surround mixes of several Can tracks for inclusion on the Can DVD and on a new album with Irmin Schmidt.

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Irmin Schmidt & Kumo are managed by Hildegard Schmidt, who also runs Spoon records. She has been the manager of Can, their back catalogue and various solo projects since 1969.

Irmin & Hildegard have a daughter Sandra and live in Cologne and the South of France, where Irmin has his studio.
Sandra and Jono were married in 2001 and live with their daughter Lara in Cologne and London

www.spoonrecords.com/masters.html
e-mail : HildegardSchmidt@spoonrecords.com
e-mail : SandraPodmore@spoonrecords.com

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GENT , NOVEMBERFESTIVAL, - Belgium
ESSEN, NOVEMBERFESTIVAL - Folkweang - Germ.
s'HERTOGENBOSH, NOVEMBER FESTIVAL, Netherld.
NANTES - Festival OBIQUE LU NIGHTS -- France
BOURGES, PRIMTEMPS DE BOURGES , France
Cathédrale de Bourges
BOLOGNA - Link - Italy
TRIEST - Teatro Miela - Italy
MONTREUX - JAZZFESTIVAL - Switzerland
LILLE/TOURCOING, LE GRAND MIX, France
STRAßBOURG , FESTIVAL MUSICA, France
COLOGNE - CHRISTUSKIRCH - Germany

2nd. OCT. 2004 PARIS - LA VILLETTE
Cité de la Musique


 

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