The pianists Ulrike Mai and Lutz Gerlach are known for their special concert programmes in which they combine classical tradition, jazz and contemporary sounds in a unique way. However, the two artists always discover largely unknown repertoire for their projects, such as compositions by Bauhaus master and painter Lyonel Feininger. Lutz Gerlach and Ulrike Mai live in the artists' village of Ahrenshoop on the Baltic Sea, which is not the only reason why the sea always plays a very special role in their concert programmes. For their latest CD "Auf Zeit gespielt" (Played for Time) the musicians made a wonderful discovery: In the middle of the 2nd Lockdown, when the duo's mood was pretty much at rock bottom, Ulrike Mai found the piano composition "So lach doch mal" (Have a laugh) by the great philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche. Together with a second composition by him, works and improvisations by Bach, Ernest Bloch and Lutz Gerlach resound, connecting past and present in a special way, united by the longing for the sea.
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