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Wir freuen uns auf die Zusammenarbeit mit dem Designer Tassilo von Grolman.

Bild: Tassilo von Grolman © Michael Erhart

Er ist einer der gefragtesten deutschen Designer – und seine Produkte sind allgegenwärtig: Tassilo von Grolman ist eine wahrhaftige Ikone seines Fachs. Die Entwürfe für verschiedene Hersteller wie Alfi, Spring Schweiz und mono sind legendär und folgen stets seinem Motto: „Einfach ist am schwersten”. Seine Konzeptionen stehen für eine klare Formgebung, eine gute Handhabbarkeit und die Liebe zum schlichten Design. Er steht damit in Tradition großer Namen wie Dieter Rams und Wilhelm Wagenfeld.

Nach einer Lehre zum Maschinenschlosser bei AEG Oldenburg und einem Maschinenbau-Studium in Lage/Lippe, erwarb er schließlich 1972 in Kassel das Diplom in Industriedesign an der damaligen Hochschule für Bildende Künste. Bereits drei Jahre später gründete Tassilo von Grolman sein eigenes Design-Büro in Frankfurt und startete seine Karriere in der nationalen und internationalen Designszene.

In den über 40 Jahren seiner Berufspraxis hat Tassilo von Grolman ein beeindruckendes Oeuvre erschaffen. Die Bandbreite seiner Entwürfe zeigt einen interdisziplinären Ansatz: Das Design ist Teil der Technik, die Technik wiederum auch Teil des Designs. Bestes Beispiel ist sein Gaszähler – eine Ingenieurleistung, feuerfest bis zu 700° Celsius – auf den sich selbst heutige Entwürfe berufen. Auch die geriffelten Thermoskannen für Alfi – „Achat“ und „Big Mama“ – bestechen nicht nur optisch, sondern überzeugen durch eine einzigartige Isolierleistung und das „AromaSafe-Prinzip“. Den endgültigen Durchbruch erreichte er aber mit einer „Teevolution“, seiner Teekanne „Mono Tea 1“: Er traf den Nerv der Zeit, kombinierte Glas mit Metall und fügte all dies zu einem ästhetischen Gesamtkunstwerk zusammen. Tassilo von Grolmans Teekanne wurde in viele Museen in die stetige Sammlung aufgenommen, u.a. im Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe Hamburg, das Museum für Angewandte Kunst Köln oder das Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City.

„Die Funktion ist nach wie vor für mich das Wichtigste überhaupt im Design. Ich will eine Teekanne haben, die funktioniert, die nicht kleckert. Das ist erst einmal die Voraussetzung. Dann kann ich sie sinnlich machen.“

Für seine Produkte erhielt Tassilo von Grolman zahlreiche nationale und internationale Auszeichnungen, darunter den Red Dot Design Award, den Good Design Award, ADC und den Busse Longlife Design Award. Eine besondere Beziehung pflegt er auch mit dem Deutschen Designer Club: 1989 gehörte er zu den Gründungsmitgliedern und ist heute noch als Ehrenpräsident aktiv.

Wir freuen uns, Tassilo von Grolmans neue und spektakuläre Designserie „TRIBUTE TO 100 YEARS OF BAUHAUS“ zu promoten. Diese ist eine regelrechte Hommage an die innovative Ära: Sein Professor, Herbert Oestreich, war Assistent vom Bauhaus-Schüler Wilhelm Wagenfeld. Von Grolman repräsentiert im Grunde die dritte Generation dieser Lehre.

Die neue Produktlinie wird im Rahmen der Messe Ambiente in Frankfurt am Main im Februar 2018 erstmals vorgestellt. Besonders raffiniert: Jedes Objekt der Serie trägt den Namen eines wichtigen Vertreters der Bauhaus-Bewegung, darunter der Original French Pull Kaffeebereiter „LÁSZLÓ“ oder die Zuckerdose „WALTER“ – Genuss im Stil der Klassischen Moderne. Zeitlos und geschmackvoll.

(Written on January 15, 2018 )

Leonie Rettig is one of the most interesting young pianists of her generation. The twenty-five-year-old pianist offers persuasive and profound interpretations of a wide variety of musical styles. Her extensive repertoire includes works ranging from Domenico Scarlatti to Henry Dutilleux, with the compositions of the Romantic era playing an integral role in her work.

»We experienced a creative miracle […]. Right from the first notes of Liszt’s B minor Sonata the audience was on the edge of their seats. It was as if Leonie Rettig began to read a long pianistic novel […].Following on from last year’s Liszt bicentenary, Leonie Rettig had delivered such an overwhelming masterpiece that it was some moments before the applause began. (Hannoversche Allgemeine Zeitung, 28.2.2013)

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Leonie Rettig has won several prizes at national competitions, the International Piano Competition Nikolaï Rubinstein in Paris at the tender age of 12, among others. She has played with the Nuremberg Symphony Orchestra, the Symphony Nova Scotia and at prestigious festivals like the Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival and the International Chamber Music festival at Viana do Castelo.

In the 2016/2017 season Leonie will make her Swedish debut with the Helsingborg Symphony Orchestra, performing Rachmaninov’s Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini. Further recitals will take her to the USA and Canada, as well as to Germany, Switzerland and Austria. WildKat PR looks very much forward to introducing Leonie to artist managers with the aim of securing a partnership.

(Written on August 12, 2016 )

After having previously worked with Kimiko Ishizaka on her Goldberg Variations project, WildKat PR are delighted to welcome back this talented pianist.

A gifted and obviously devoted Bachian” (James R. Oestreich, New York Times), Kimiko Ishizaka has composed her own completion to Bach’s unfinished masterpiece, Die Kunst der Fuge. In September Kimiko will be performing the London premiere at St. John’s Smith Square, with a pre-concert discussion of her completion with composer Robert Hugill.

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In 2012 Kimiko Ishizaka received worldwide attention and recognition for her innovative recording of Bach’s “Goldberg Variations”, a project that was financed by her fans using the crowdfunding website Kickstarter.com, and which Ishizaka released directly into the Public Domain in a desire to make Bach accessible to as many people as possible. As a result, her recording of the Goldberg Variations is the most visible recording of this work on the internet today.

A similar fan funding campaign led to her 2015 release of Bach’s “Well-Tempered Clavier” which has been praised by multiple reviewers as their favourite interpretation of the work ever. This album was also a great commercial success – a significant fact in the face of ever-declining record sales – having occupied the #1 sales position on both Amazon.com and Bandcamp.com upon its release.

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Kimiko Ishizaka attains her unique Bach style through meticulous coupling of articulation to fugal structure, complete abstinence of the sustaining pedal, and many hours of practice in total darkness. Kimiko is passionate about sharing personal and unique ideas and interpretations that are truly her own, consciously refraining from listening to other artists’ recordings.

Apart from her rigorous efforts towards interpreting the music of J.S. Bach, Kimiko is also passionate about the music of Frédérick Chopin, and about competitive weight lifting.

Keep up to date with news from the Kimiko through her websiteYouTube, Facebook and, as always, through the WildKat PR blog.

(Written on August 1, 2016 )

WildKat PR are excited to announce our new client BitterSuite!

“BitterSuite symphonies allow you to remain powerfully in the moment by teasing your senses in time with the music…This is a concert where you don’t just listen to the music – you taste it, smell it and feel it as well.” Lyndsey Winship, The Guardian

BitterSuite are exploring how to re-imagine the classical concert through the use of all of the senses. Inspired by graphic notation and synaesthesia, Creative Producer Stephanie Singer created the company to explore new ways of thinking about and approaching classical music. Their concerts are intimate: audience members are blindfolded and led by a performer through a personal multi-sensory experience.

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Collaboration is key to BitterSuite’s ethos – partnerships to date include creating a multi-sensory experience by and for deaf and blind audiences with Sense UK, and engaging vulnerable young people and disadvantaged communities through workshops using innovative sensory techniques. All their performances have sold out including venues such as Vaults in London, Wilderness 2015, Nesta’s Future Fest 2015, Arcola Theatre, Round House 2015 and Rich Mix London. Their next concert will be on 23rd July at The Other Art Fair in Bristol. Further performances will be at  Wilderness Festival, Old Truman Brewery London and Brooklyn Academy of Music.

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Keep up to date with news from BitterSuite through their websiteTwitter, Facebook, Instagram and, as always, through the WildKat PR blog.

(Written on June 20, 2016 )

We are excited to announce that Constella OperaBallet is returning to WildKat PR for their upcoming projects.

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For the past five years, the company, previously known as Constella Ballet & Orchestra, has brought to life adventurous and ground-breaking opera and ballet productions.

On 4th July 2016 the company will launch Constella OperaBallet, the world’s first company to synergize the power of opera and ballet through audacious collaborations. Inspired by talent, delight and fulfilment, Constella OperaBallet will bring together young participants and older generations to bridge the gap between established audiences and new ones.

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The launch will take place on 4th July 2016 at the Sadler’s Wells – Lilian Baylis Studio and will include personal announcements about artistic vision and upcoming projects.

The company’s first performances in its expanded form will take place at the 2016 Grimeborn Festival in August.

Keep up to date with news from Constella through their websiteTwitter, Facebook and, as always, through the WildKat PR blog.

(Written on June 9, 2016 )

WildKat PR are delighted to announce our new client Aleah Morrison-Basu!

Aleah is a multi-instrumentalist and composer with a unique approach to music which emerged from her many experiences and diverse background. Growing up speaking multiple languages, she has lived in various countries and travelled the world. She experiences a unique composing process due to her epilepsy and her deafness on one ear, which she saw as opportunities to approach music in a more visual and emotional way. She has been composing music for many years and is now releasing her debut album Evolving Reflections to be released on 8th July 2016.

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Aleah owns the award-winning music and sound studio Zelig Sound and so far has worked with clients including BBC, HBO, Harrods, as well as mobile network Three.

The album launch will take place on 8th July at the Rag Factory, with live performance, animation premieres and listening booths to experience how Aleah hears the music. RSVP on the Event!

Keep up to date with news from the Aleah through her websiteTwitter, Facebook and, as always, through the WildKat PR blog.

(Written on June 2, 2016 )

WildKat PR are excited to announce our new client – Neil Myers.

wildkat-pr-neil-myersNeil started playing guitar at a very young age but began to compose when he returned from a gap year in Canada at the age of 20. Fascinated by film music, he studied Music at Leeds College of Music and completed a Masters degree in Composing for Film & Television at the University of West London. Film music became his passion as he loves the challenge of interpreting what he sees in visual form to sound form. His most recent project was the soundtrack for the Formula 1 show which he composed for Channel 4. Previously he worked for Canon, Citroen, Play Station, Sky and many more.

To stay tuned, follow him on Facebook and Twitter, or check his Vimeo page. We are looking forward to working with Neil!

(Written on May 26, 2016 )

WildKat PR are delighted to announce our new client Live Music Now and their day of celebrations for their co-founder, Yehudi Menuhin, on his centenary on 22nd April.

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Live Music Now is a UK-wide music outreach and musicians development scheme. The charity was established by Yehudi Menuhin in 1977, inspired by the vision that by embracing the power of music to transform lives, musicians play a central part in a healthy society.

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In order to celebrate Yehudi Menuhin‘s birthday on 22 April, they are hosting a lot of interesting events, most notably the world premiere of The King, The Cat and The Fiddle. This is an adapted piece written by Menuhin himself. Live Music Nows mission is to bring inspirational experiences to even more people, all around the UK and beyond, which is why many events will happen in care homes, hospitals and special schools. Menuhin’s birthday will be a day to celebrate the healing power of music and its ability to transform lives.

Visit Live Music Now here to see the various and extraordinary event locations, such as National Showcaves, Snowdon Mountain Railway, Big Pit Coal Mine, Land Zoo, Sea Zoo, and many more.

Catch them on Facebook and Twitter for more information and updates.

(Written on April 19, 2016 )

For more than 200 years, the enigma of Domenico Zipoli’s music and extraordinary life lay forgotten: his scores so little played and difficult to locate, his Italian lineage and works virtually non-existent, even though streets are named after him in Bolivia and Paraguay.

The Imperfect Pearl is a music-drama celebrating the extraordinary life and music of one of the baroque era’s most overlooked and under-rated composers, Domenico Zipoli. The Baroque Brothers Grimm-style fairytale is an innovative project, which follows the journey of the seventeenth century composer from Rome to the rainforests of South America. The Imperfect Pearl or Perola Barroca (the derivation of the term baroque) describes the dissonances of Zipoli’s life and the Baroque music that drove him.

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WildKat PR is excited to be working with “phenomenal British pianist” (Guardian) Mark Latimer, executive producer Heulwen Phillips and director Emma Rivlin on their UK tour of The Imperfect Pearl. From May through to June 2015, the music-drama will visit rustic barns, country festivals and other unique performance spaces across the country, before the culmination of the tour in London.

Visit the website and Twitter to keep up to date with performances and news.

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(Written on March 19, 2015 )

As our New York office continues to expand, we are very happy to welcome London-born but NYC-based composer, guitarist and singer Danielle Eva Schwob as our newest client at WildKat PR. Described by Time Out NY as a “genre-bending, worldly musical chameleon”, Danielle has established a multi-faceted career that spans the worlds of contemporary classical, pop and film.

Danielle has made a name for herself as a “notable cross-genre composer” (The New Yorker) with “deep roots in rock music” (The New York Times). Her work has earned honours from the Aaron Copland Fun for Music, The American Composers Forum, Con Edison, ASCAP and BMI.  Also active as a guitarist, orchestrator and arranger, she has worked on projects with artists including Philip Glass and Tara Hugo, Ben Folds and The Pogues.  She also serves as Artistic Director of SYZYGY New Music, an award-winning cross-genre collective that promotes adventurous new music.

The world premiere of Danielle’s newest commission Three Self Portraits will take place at Brooklyn’s Roulette on 19th April 2015.  An introspective ‘triptych’ of solo pieces, the work is inspired by the self-portraits of David Hockney, Francis Bacon and Lucian Freud. Distinct in style but unified by the confident, melancholic undertone of their paintings, the three seminal English artists had a palpable influence on one another’s work, socializing frequently and often sitting for portrait sessions.

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Each solo movement functions as a ‘score’ to one of the paintings, mirroring its mood and style while reflecting the feelings of intimacy and intensity involved in crafting or viewing a self-portrait.   It is scored for solo violin, solo cello and solo piano and can be performed either as a multi-movement work or as three standalone solo pieces.

Some of New York’s most sought-after musicians in the new music scene will team together for the premiere: “One of the new stars of new music” (Los Angeles Times) Vicky Chow; Violinist Jennifer Choi, recognised for breaking the conventional boundaries of solo violin, chamber music and creative improvisation; and also “brilliantly assured” (Washington Post) cellist Michael Nicolas.

Three Self Portraits will appear alongside John Zorn’s first and latest piano trios Amour Fou and The Aristos. You can purchase your tickets here:

Visit Danielle’s website, Twitter and Facebook for updates on upcoming projects.

 

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(Written on March 18, 2015 )