On DIVEN, the latest album by Hans Unstern, there are countersexual love songs, multispecies time-meditations and the outrageous poetry of the experiential spaces of unassimilated bodies. Made for the big stage, Hans Unstern's lyrics oscillate between modern fairy tales, criticism of the myth of the binary gender system and of their own working conditions in capitalism, and more. Since the album, The Great Hans Unstern Swindle, a good 10 years ago, Hans Unstern and Simon Bauer have been building experimental harps in their underground workshop. Most recently the electro-acoustic V-Harp, consisting of 8 different sounding modules, which create all the sounds of this concert. Musically, DIVEN moves between lyrical softness and punk moments, from pompous slide harp clouds to improvised free sequences.
HANS UNSTERN is a multitude that makes songs, lyrics, musical instruments, performances and theater and as such addresses questions of authorship, gender and constant (musical) transformation. The debut album Kratz Dich Raus was released in 2010. In 2012, the poetry collection Hanky Panky Know How was published by Merve Verlag in Berlin, as well as the second studio album The Great Hans Unstern Swindle, which was developed together with producer Nackt. For the following concert tour, Hans Unstern developed and built six harps and other stringed instruments together with Simon Bauer. In 2016, the BOIBAND was formed in collaboration with Tucké Royale and Black Cracker. In 2020, Hans Unstern has released DIVEN, their third studio album.
SIMON BAUER studied double bass at the Hanns Eisler Academy of Music in Berlin and now lives as a freelance musician and composer. He is a regular member of various ensembles. He designed and built the instruments for Hans Unstern's stage program Der große Hans-Unstern-Schwindel. Bauer has worked as a musician and composer for Theater Konstellationen, Bottlefed Ensemble, Reut Shemesh Dance Company and Overhead Project. He performed as co-writer of the dance piece Maquillage, created in collaboration with Vincent Bozek and Orlando Rodriguez, at the 2014 Madrid International Dance Festival. The Virgins Voice and The Boy who Cries Wolf (choreography: Reut Shemesh) were nominated for the Cologne Dance Prize in 2014, as was Leviah in 2016.
Artistic Direction, Performance Hans Unstern, Simon Bauer Sound Tilman Hopf Light Catalina Fernandez Tour Management, Roadie Louis Krüger
A production of Hans Unstern. The guest performance is supported within the frame of Leisure & Pleasure, supported by the Capital Cultural Fund. Media partners: Arts of the Working Class, Berlin Art Link, Kulturplakatierung, Missy Magazine, Rausgegangen, tip Berlin, taz.die tageszeitung.