Live 2023

Skin & Speech live004

Artist: Lukas Koenig

Title: Live at Xciting Festival 2023

Release: January 2024

Format: Digital download

All instruments played by Lukas König

Sound Engineering / Recording: Matski Aerts

Mastered by Alex Buess

At the 5th Xciting Festival the internationally acclaimed drummer Lukas König performed as Kœnig. Under this name he concentrates only on a single cymbal (brass plate) as a sound source, messes around with it and therefore discoveres new possibilities for sound developments. According to Kœnig, this reduction in means can be attributed to the loss of his rehearsal room and additionally to an acute lack of space, which is also connected to his constant commuting between New York and Vienna. The warehouse was converted into a quiet rehearsal room, where he explored his dexterity on the cymbal and its tonal characteristics using contact microphones and headphones, and perfected his technique to this end. The results can be heard on the release „Messing“ (Ventil Records) and now for the first time as a live recording.

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Xciting is a festival in Stuttgart, Germany, presenting a wide range of innovating creative artists organised and curated by Matski Aerts and Moritz Junkermann.