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Martin Kohlstedt

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Intuitively Martin Kohlstedt feels his way into this body of wood, felt hammers and steel strings. The young composer, who grew up in the forests of Thuringia, doesn’t just put on an anonymous fingerplay – he perpetually opens himself up with each and every moment, with every stroke of the keys.
It’s an attempt to create something close and personal beyond sophisticated classics or artificial pathos. The first captivating ideas are formed with the piano – but when space and audience require it he may electrify your mind with noise and bass or abruptly fall silent.
On November 17th his third album »Strom« will be released – a testament to his newly conceived identity and the next big step on Martin Kohlstedt's journey through the possibilities dwelling deep in his seemingly well-known instruments.
Twice already Martin Kohlstedt captured his musical understanding successfully in the studio: After the two closely connected piano albums Tag (2012) and Nacht (2014) their respective reinterpretations followed, featuring artist such as FM Belfast, Christian Löffler, Douglas Dare and Mathias Kaden in the form of two rework EPs.
Before pursuing his solo career Martin Kohlstedt was trained in jazz piano and also studied media arts at the Bauhaus University, Weimar. Furthermore he left a mark on electronic dance floors with Marbert Rocel and Karocel and up to this day he scores the works of international filmmakers or participates in the production of audio books and theatre plays.

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