Now I’m a Plant
NEW! cd released June 11 2019
album cd including remixes by Pyrolator and Inthegardenofbeauty
Release CONCERTS! in Austria/Germany, June 2019
Vienna, Kramladen / Wow! Signal, June 11 2019
Graz, Cafe Wolf, June 13 2019
Moosburg, Jazzclub Hirsch, June 15 2019
Now I'm a Plant
"This album conveys such a beautiful atmosphere – and for me its
purist combination of piano, electronic sounds and voice is phenomenally successful."
Kurt Dahlke / "Pyrolator"
Following directly on the premiere of her music theatre "The Mark on the Wall" – based on the short story of the same name by Virginia Woolf – Stepha Schweiger has now recorded and released poems by Katherine Mansfield in their first-ever musical setting.
This unique album was produced by Hanno Leichtmann. He has enriched the piano and voice recordings with electronic sounds, basses and loops, while completely renouncing drums.
The title song "Now I'm a Plant" is included in an instrumental and a sung version. The pianist Stepha Schweiger sings about plant worlds and wandering around as insects fly through the air.
Wolfgang Spelmans - responsible for the visual concept - is crafting the album’s atmospheric mood and feel with a uniform consistency from the cover through to the video.
The songs float and soar intrinsically, revealing ever-new musical routes as they do so. And the sounds stream into our minds like reveries, bearing us away to a nocturnal cosmos, embedded in a pillowy sanctuary: With the congenial musical adaptation and the words of a great poet joining the listeners on their journey.
Katherine Mansfield left behind truly fascinating texts, with most of them not intended for publication. Such as poems that reminisce about her childhood in New Zealand, and broach the subjects of dream, sound, nature, myths, fulfilment and loss. As to be found in "Why Love is Blind": "The cupid child, tired of the winter days, wept and lamented for the skies of blue, until, foolish child, he cried his eyes away, and violets grew."
Piece by piece, assemblies of text and sounds are constructed: hallucinatory, compelling and concrete. With this new masterpiece now waiting to be discovered by her audiences, as Stepha Schweiger astounds and amazes them over and over.