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The Ministry of Wolves — Music from Republik Der Wölfe

The Ministry of Wolves — Music from Republik Der Wölfe (March 10, 2014)

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Ξ♦Ξ  This international musical collective's members include Mick Harvey, Alexander Hacke, Paul Wallfisch, and Danielle de Picciotto.
DdP born: in Tacoma, Washington USA
λ   Studied music & art in NYC & Germany
λ   Works as interdisciplinary artist in the fields of art / film/ music/literature/performance
λ   Co–founder of Berlin "Loveparade"
λ   Has exhibited  at  Zoo London Art Fair (England), Berliner Liste Art Fair (Germany)
λ   Cooperation with German Cultural Goethe Institute in Hong Kong, Milan, Rome, Tokyo, Berlin, Prague, Sarajevo, Mexico City
Formed: 2013 in Dortmund, Germany
Location: Dortmund, Germany
Album release: March 10, 2014
Record Label: Mute
Duration:     57:22
01 The Gold Key     4:23 
02 Rumpelstiltskin     5:45 
03 The Frog Prince     5:01 
04 Cinderella     6:20 
05 Rapunzel (As Isadora Duncan)     4:10 
06 Hansel & Gretel     5:54 
07 Snow White (Heptagon)     3:48 
08 The Little Peasant     5:52 
09 Sleeping Beauty     5:38 
10 Iron Hans     3:49 
11 Little Red Riding Hood     4:32 
12 White Snake Waltz     2:10 
λ   Republic of Wolves, a musical theater piece based on Ann Sexton's adaptations of Grimm's Fairy Tales has been premiere in Dortmund, February 2014.
Ξ♦Ξ  Danielle DePicciotto Artwork, Autoharp, Design, Electronics, Glockenspiel, Group Member, Hurdygurdy, Layout, Violin, Vocals
Ξ♦Ξ  Barry Grint Mastering
Ξ♦Ξ  Alexander Hacke Banjo, Bass, Electronics, Group Member, Guitar (Electric), Mixing, Percussion, Vocals
Ξ♦Ξ  Mick Harvey Bass, Drums, Group Member, Guitar (Acoustic), Organ, Percussion, Piano, Vibraphone, Vocals
Ξ♦Ξ  The Ministry of Wolves Composer, Producer
Ξ♦Ξ  Martin Pierzchala Assistant
Ξ♦Ξ  Anne Sexton Lyricist
Ξ♦Ξ  Linda Gray Sexton Lyric Adaptations
Ξ♦Ξ  Paul Wallfisch Bass, Engineer, Glockenspiel, Group Member, Kalimba, Omnichord, Organ, Piano, Toy Piano, Vibraphone, Vocals
Ξ♦Ξ  Boris Wilsdorf Engineer
Review by Thom Jurek
Ξ♦Ξ  The Ministry of Wolves are a quartet including Mick Harvey, Alexander Hacke, artist/vocalist Danielle de Picciotto, and the Theater Dortmund's musical director, Paul Wallfisch. They came together for a musical theater piece directed by Claudia Bauer — also for Theater Dortmund — entitled Transformations, inspired by and deriving from poet Anne Sexton's collection of the same name. The poems were based on Brothers Grimm fairy tales. Hacke and de Picciotto are members of Crime & the City Solution, while he and Harvey were part of the band's 1980s lineup. She is also a former vocalist with Die Haut and a longtime contributor to Berlin's art and performance scenes. This music is perverse, Gothic, funny, nocturnal, and thoroughly engaging sonically and musically. These songs use and deviate from Sexton's texts as necessary to serve the songs. Track to track the contrast is often sharp and jarring. In "The Gold Key," de Picciotto is both witch and storyteller, delivering caution and invitation simultaneously amid harp, vibes, and electric guitars. The repetitive riff is enchanting, enhanced by a Gypsy–esque violin. "Rumplestiltskin" is angular crime jazz crossed with funky drums. Hacke's growling, snarling vocal takes the viewpoint of the subject. Electric guitars cut and streak, keyboards keen, and the narrative questions whether the voice we hear is really from outside or "the dopplegänger within you trying to get out...." It's perverse, edgy, delightful. In Harvey's darkly droning acoustic ballad "The Frog Prince," the creature is not the one from Disney, but a sinister creature who deserves to be — as the original tale relates — thrown across the room, against a wall. de Picciotto gently sings and narrates "Sleeping Beauty" — but with an edge — over a sparse, percussive industrial soundscape. "Cinderella" and "Rapunzel (As Isadora Duncan)" are original works (though their inspirations also derive from Sexton). The former commences as a skittering, frenetic waltz that slows to an ethereal, graceful elegance. The latter, with Hacke singing and speaking, uses a toy piano, syncopated drumming, and a mutant glam pop chorus. "Little Red Riding Hood" crosses the rumbling, almost unhinged sound of early Bad Seeds and middle-period Neubauten with noir–ish jazz piano and vibes, as Hacke delivers a slippery vocal worthy of Brecht. In essence, Music from Republik der Wölfe is not merely a theatrical retelling of the Grimm stories based on Sexton, but another interpretation that extends hers altogether. These wonderful songs also do service to the Brothers — who collected these tales from centuries-old folk sources — by reintroducing some of their menace and depravity, and revitalizing the pre–moral aspects stripped away by the 20th century's "evolving" arbiters of good taste. The subtitle of the theater piece was "A Fairytale Massacre with Live Music," and stands as more than appropriate here. This set is sly, funny, cunning, occasionally evil, and entertaining throughout. :: http://www.allmusic.com/
Website: http://www.danielledepicciotto.com/
Website: http://www.hacke.org/
Website: http://www.paulwallfisch.com/
Website: http://www.mickharvey.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Alexander-Hacke/146445656367
Birth name: Michael John Harvey
Born: 29 August 1958, Rochester, Victoria, Australia
Origin: Melbourne, Australia
Instruments: Vocals, guitar, bass, piano, organ, synthesizer, xylophone, glockenspiel, harmonica, drums, percussion
Notable instruments: Maton Wildcat, Guild Starfire IV
Birth name: Alexander von Borsig
Also known as: Alex Hacke
Born: 11 October 1965, Berlin, Germany
Instruments: Vocals, bass guitar, guitar
Private life:
λ   Alexander Hacke's first noteworthy girlfriend was Christiane F., who became famous with the internationally acclaimed movie and book Wir Kinder vom Bahnhof Zoo, a biography of her heroin addiction. They performed together in Europe and the US with their band Sentimentale Jugend and also appeared together in the movie Decoder in 1983.
λ   On the 3rd of October, 1989, Hacke's son Joshua was born in Berlin. His mother is Angela Mettbach, a Berlin nightlife figure who had a short–lived musical career with her band Octopussy.
λ   Hacke was briefly married to German actress and singer Meret Becker and was involved in her musical career. Becker guested on Einstürzende Neubauten's album Ende Neu. In 2006, Hacke married his longtime partner Danielle de Picciotto, an American Berlin–based multimedia artist who is known for having founded the Berlin Love Parade together with Dr Motte and for singing in the Band "Space Cowboys.

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