Track Premiere: Philipp Rumsch Ensemble Performs “Part IV”

Today, and we have a track premiere from German composer, pianist, and sound designer Philipp Rumsch from his upcoming album Reflections, out on March 2nd.

On Reflections, Rumsch explores the use and gradual overlaying of repetitive structures of rhythms like patterns or grooves. Rumsch started from the idea of translating the sound language of Ambient, Minimal Music, and Pop into an orchestral format in an abstract way. In autumn 2015, he formed an ensemble in order to explore this kind of music with a compositional-conceptual approach, while integrating the idea of improvisation at the same time.

Of today’s track premiere, Rumsch says:

“Part IV” is characterized by its core components–two different drum patterns that each slowly morph from one state to another, and a short melodic phrase–which determine both form and material. Interrupted by a middle section, one can perceive two parts with several co-existing rhythmic layers and gradually evolving harmonic changes. The variation and treatment of the main phrase climaxes in a dense tutti before the piece is closed by a coda consisting of a processed choir.

Reflections is available for pre-order via the Denovali website.

About Phillip Rumsch

Philipp Rumsch, born in 1994, is a composer, pianist, and sound designer from Leipzig, Germany. He was a student at the secondary school “Clara Wieck,” with a special focus on music, and the “Robert Schumann Conservatory” between 2011 and 2013 and was trained in piano both in classical and popular music as well as in composition. A year later he was accepted in the junior development program at the Academy of Music and Theatre “Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy” in Leipzig. Since October 2013, Philipp has been studying jazz piano in Leipzig and spent two semesters studying Music Performance at the Rhythmic Music Conservatory in Copenhagen from 2016 to 2017. During his studies he specialized on the fields of composition and sound design/music production.

About the Phillip Rumsch Ensemble

Twelve musicians, who constitute the core of the Phillip Rumsch Ensemble, recorded reflections in October and December 2016, directed by Nico Teichmann in the Echolux Studios in Leipzig. All the members of the ensemble are based in the classic and jazz scenes of Leipzig, Berlin, Dresden and Weimar. Philipp Rumsch mixed and produced the recordings together with the producer duo Zodiaque. The final mastering was made by Rashad Becker.