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  • Hi there, dear listeners!

    I am very happy and excited to announce my new album called “The Book of Sounds” which will be released on the 2nd of August.
    It’s the first time I stepped out of the role of composer and took on someone else’s work: Hans Otte. His landmark work “The Book of Sounds/Das Buch der Klänge” – a 12-part piano cycle composed between 1979 and 1982 – has inspired me throughout my career.
    For this recording I have continued with my approach of working with a variety of different pianos, here I am performing on a Steinway Grand, a Yamaha Upright and a Yamaha CP-70 to bring out different aspects in the individual pieces.

    Parts 7-9 are out now, you can listen here and pre-save the album here. Enjoy!!

Releases

  • Carlos Cipa
    Ourselves, as we are [LP|CD|DIGITAL]
    Warner Classics, 24.02.2023 Buy here
    • Took 03:55
    • Between two strangers 04:38
    • Walk so silently 04:54
    • Unpredictable patterns 04:43
    • Ourselves, as we are 03:42
    • Face the sea 04:46
    • City waiting 04:29
    • Maintenance 06:00
    • Forgotten me 04:23
  • Carlos Cipa
    Redesigns [DIGITAL]
    Warner Classics, 03.02.2022 Buy here
    • Pagoda 03:02
    • Sonata Fragment 02:50
    • Affetuosos 03:38
    • Andantino 03:01
  • Carlos Cipa
    Munich Session [DIGITAL]
    Warner Classics , 14.05.2021 Listen here
    • Today and it's gone 04:18
    • Arkata 04:02
    • I wanted you to know 04:45
    • The place where they go 04:20
    • Remains 03:12
  • Carlos Cipa
    Correlations B-Sides (on Yamaha Upright, 1981) [DIGITAL]
    Warner Classics, 20.11.2020 Buy here
    • Dreamlessly (variation) 03:44
    • Surges (variation) 05:20
    • Playful (variation) 03:18
    • My fellow creatures 03:25
  • Carlos Cipa
    Correlations (on 11 pianos) [LP|CD|DIGITAL]
    Warner Classics, 11.09.2020 Buy here
    • Promenade I (on Blüthner Grand, 1935) 01:05
    • Dreamlessly (on Blüthner Grand, 1935) 05:28
    • Sable sonatina I (on Bechstein Grand, 1898) 01:35
    • Fantasia on Bach (on Steinway Grand, 1975) 02:55
    • Promenade II (on Collard & Collard, 1840) 01:44
    • Sitting at a dead piano, trying to find some notes that work 01:43
    • I wanted you to know (on Yamaha Upright, 1981) 04:33
    • We tell ourselves stories in order to listen (on Yamaha Upright, 1981) 06:27
    • Promenade III (on Yamaha Upright, 1981) 01:24
    • Untitled (on Fender Rhodes, 1976) 04:07
    • Surges (on Broadwood Grand, 1875) 07:32
    • Playful (on Pleyel Grand, 1834) 04:08
    • Sable sonatina II (on Bechstein Grand, 1898) 01:29
    • Stairwell, 11:30 p.m. (on Zierold Grand, 1900) 03:03
    • Promenade IV (on Pleyel Grand, 1834) 01:38
    • Forgotten in the attic (on Ritter Upright, 1920) 04:51
  • Runden
    Runden [LP|DIGITAL]
    Squama, 14.08.2020 Buy here
    • + 04:58
    • Am Rande 06:43
    • Mikado 04:58
    • Horch 02:16
    • Samt 06:38
    • Parallellen 04:59
    • Lasso 05:12
  • Carlos Cipa
    Retronyms B-Sides [DIGITAL]
    Warner Classics, 24.01.2020 Buy here
    • arkata 04:18
    • dark tree (Solo Piano Version) 04:34
    • senna's joy (Solo Piano Version) 06:16
  • Carlos Cipa
    Retronyms [LP|CD|DIGITAL]
    Warner Classics, 23.08.2019 Buy here
    • fanfare 00:52
    • senna's joy 12:55
    • mame 02:20
    • and she was 07:23
    • awbsmi 01:39
    • slide. 11:48
    • dark tree 06:33
    • paon 05:38
  • Carlos Cipa
    Sculptures [DIGITAL]
    2017 Buy here
    • The Place Where They Go 04:19
    • Fragile Window 04:58
    • Lilac Threads 03:23
    • Strana 03:24
    • And Gently Drops the Rain 06:05
    • For They Had Things To Say 04:58
    • Nowhere To Be Found 06:48
  • Carlos Cipa
    All Your Life You Walk [LP|CD|DIGITAL]
    Denovali Records, 2014 Buy here
    • Fragment #1 01:18
    • And gently drops the rain 04:30
    • Hang on to your lights 09:50
    • Secret longing 04:38
    • Fragment #2 01:23
    • For they had things to say 04:35
    • Needle in a doll 06:01
    • Fragment #3 01:21
    • A broken light for every heart 06:24
    • Fragment #4 01:30
    • Step out from time 05:20
    • Today and it's gone 04:31
    • Fragment #5 00:58
    • Nowhere to be found 06:03
    • Fragment #6 01:30
  • Carlos Cipa & Sophia Jani
    Relive [LP|CD|DIGITAL]
    Denovali Records, 2014 Buy here
    • Anouk's Dream 13:33
    • Whatever A Sun Will Always Sing 09:43
  • Carlos Cipa
    The Monarch and the Viceroy [LP|CD|DIGITAL]
    Denovali Records, 2012 Buy here
    • Perfect Circles
    • The Whole Truth 05:25
    • The Monarch and the Viceroy 06:48
    • Human Stain 02:39
    • Morning Love 02:42
    • In Place of Anger 04:58
    • Nocturne 02:04
    • Cold Night 03:53
    • Lost and Delirious 03:45
    • Lie With Me 05:59
    • Wide and Moving 04:47
    • The Dream 05:36

Sheet Music

  • Carlos Cipa
    Collected Piano Works [137 pages or PDF]
    Sheet Music Book, 2012-2022 Buy via email
    • Remains
    • My fellow creatures
    • Promenade
    • Dreamlessly
    • Fantasia on Bach
    • I wanted you to know
    • We tell ourselves stories in order to listen
    • Surges
    • Playful
    • Arkata
    • Senna’s joy
    • And she was
    • Dark tree
    • The place where they go
    • Fragile window
    • Lilac threads
    • Strana
    • And gently drops the rain
    • For they had things to say
    • Today and it’s gone
    • Step out from time
    • Nowhere to be found
    • The whole truth
    • Lie with me
  • Carlos Cipa
    The Monarch and the Viceroy [76 pages or PDF]
    Sheet Music Book, 2012 buy via email
    • Perfect Circles
    • The Whole Truth
    • The Monarch and The Viceroy
    • Human Stain
    • Morning Love
    • In Place of Anger
    • Nocturne
    • Cold Night
    • Lost and Delirious
    • Lie With Me
    • Wide and Moving
    • The Dream

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About

Carlos Cipa is a composer, pianist, and above all curious listener who has built bridges between different musical worlds. Having received classical training as a young child, in his teenage years he decided to take a seat behind the drum kit of hardcore bands instead of sitting in front of the piano. When he returned to his main instrument and started releasing his first solo albums in the early 2010s, his compositional approach as well as his unique playing were marked by the impressions that his musical detours through the worlds of rock, pop, jazz, and electronic music had left on him.

When Cipa started studying contemporary classical composition at the University of Music and Performing Arts in his home town Munich in 2014, he was already collaborating with a slew of different artists while also writing music for film, TV, dance, and theatre. He later used the entire studio as an instrument on his electro-acoustic 2019 album »Retronyms,« co-founded the genre-agnostic band Runden together with drummer Simon Popp and multi-instrumentalist Martin Brugger, and became one of the founders of the Munich-based Feet Become Ears concert series that commissions and highlights forward-thinking approaches to chamber music.

Around the same time, he started focussing on his main instrument again—or more precisely instruments, plural. As a composer-performer, he firmly integrates the different qualities of various pianos into his practice. For 2020’s »Correlations (on 11 pianos)« and 2023’s »Ourselves, as we are« as well as his interpretation of Hans Otte’s genre-defying »Book of Sounds« (Release: 2nd of August), Cipa worked with different instruments to write and perform his pieces in ways that were directly inspired by their acoustic specificities. His use of pianos from various eras with different intended purposes continuously expands his compositional possibilities, much like his manifold musical interests inform his distinct style.

Cipa has undergone several transformations in his artistic life, but his creative driving force has remained the same: boundless curiosity. Whether he travels through different genres or productively explores the unique qualities of instruments such as his Steinway piano or the curious Yamaha CP-70: To hear Cipa’s music is to listen to an artist looking for the previously unheard-of between the notes that he plays, the acoustic idiosyncrasies of his instruments, and his environment.

 

Concerts

2024

  • 23.06.24 Wolfenbüttel (de) - Prinzenpalais
  • 28.03.24 Hasselt (be) - ccha
  • 27.03.24 Leuven (be) - 30cc

2023

  • 12.11.23 Oldenburg (de) - Staatstheater
  • 09.11.23 London (uk) - St. Pancras Old Church
  • 02.11.23 Munich (de) - Kunstpavillion /w Mira Mann
  • 01.11.23 Munich (de) - Kunstpavillion /w Mira Mann
  • 28.05.23 Salderatzen/Wendland (de) - Ein Ding der Möglichkeit
  • 17.05.23 Darmstadt (de) - Orgelsaal
  • 04.05.23 Hamburg (de) - Resonanzraum
  • 02.05.23 Bruxelles (be) - Le Botanique
  • 05.04.23 Nottingham (uk) - Metronome
  • 02.04.23 Oss (nl) - De Groene Engel
  • 31.03.23 Berlin (de) - Konzerthaus
  • 29.03.23 Praha (cz) - Klementinum Mirror Chapel
  • 24.03.23 Leipzig (de) - Horns Erben
  • 21.03.23 Neunkirchen (de) - Reithalle
  • 20.03.23 Oberhausen (de) - Ebertbad
  • 19.03.23 Utrecht (nl) - TivolVredenburg

2022

  • 16.12.22 München (de) - Zirka
  • 28.10.22 Hamburg (de) - Klangmanufaktur
  • 28.05.22 Milano (it) - Piano City Festival

2021

  • 12.09.21 Lüdenscheid (de) - Kulturhaus
  • 11.09.21 Köln (de) - Ambient Festival
  • 21.08.21 Mülheim (de) - Theater an der Ruhr
  • 01.07.21 Berlin (de) - Silent Green

2020

  • 24.10.20 Landsberg a. Lech (de) - Stadttheater
  • 11.10.20 Berlin (de) - Volksbühne
  • 17.09.20 München (de) - Sommerbühne im Olympiastadion
  • 08.05.20 Facebook/Instagram/Youtube - Livingroom Livestream 19.00h
  • 24.04.20 Facebook/Instagram/Youtube - Livingroom Livestream 17.00h
  • 17.04.20 Facebook/Instagram/Youtube - Livingroom Livestream 17.00h
  • 10.04.20 Facebook/Instagram/Youtube - Livingroom Livestream 17.00h
  • 03.04.20 Facebook/Instagram/Youtube - Livingroom Livestream 17.00h
  • 27.03.20 Facebook/Instagram/Youtube - Livingroom Livestream 17.00h

2019

  • 22.11.19 Zurich (ch) - Exil
  • 21.11.19 Lucerne (ch) - Südpol
  • 20.11.19 Antwerpen (be) - Arenberg
  • 17.11.19 Leuven (be) - Artkom
  • 16.11.19 Hasselt (be) - CCHA
  • 15.11.19 Amsterdam (nl) - Sous 623
  • 09.11.19 Leipzig (de) - Horns Erben
  • 08.11.19 Praha (cz) - Palac Akropolis
  • 04.10.19 Dublin (ie) - Pavilion Theatre
  • 03.10.19 London (uk) - St. Pancras Old Church
  • 30.09.19 Cologne (de) - Wohngemeinschaft
  • 29.09.19 Den Haag (nl) - Paard
  • 28.09.19 Wiesbaden (de) - Museum
  • 27.09.19 Munich (de) - Ampere
  • 26.09.19 Vienna (at) - WAVES Vienna Festival
  • 25.09.19 Vienna (at) - Porgy & Bess
  • 23.09.19 Dresden (de) - Jazzclub Tonne
  • 21.09.19 Berlin (de) - Roter Salon
  • 20.09.19 Lund (se) - Kvarnen
  • 19.09.19 Hamburg (de) - Reeperbahn Festival
  • 17.09.19 Krün (de) - Schloss Elmau
  • 14.09.19 Kranj (si) - Pianopolis Festival
  • 05.05.19 Bruxelles (be) - Le Botanique
  • 14.04.19 Leipzig (de) - Neues Schauspiel
  • 12.04.19 Jena (de) - Trafo

2018

  • 23.06.18 Wolfenbüttel (de) - Prinzenpalais
  • 19.05.18 Olomouc (cz) - Jazz Tibet Club /w. Occupanther
  • 09.05.18 München (de) - Frameworks Festival /w. Occupanther
  • 22.04.18 Dresden (de) - Beatpol
  • 21.04.18 Kortrijk (be) - Night Air Festival
  • 13.04.18 Potsdam (de) - Q3 Ambientfest
  • 12.04.18 Hamburg (de) - Elbphilharmonie Großer Saal
  • 05.04.18 Dublin (ie) - Bello Bar /w. Occupanther
  • 31.03.18 Luxembourg (lu) - Brandbau
  • 16.02.18 Landsberg a. Lech (de) - Stadttheater /w. Occupanther
  • 10.02.18 Nürnberg (de) - Künstlerhaus /w. Occupanther
  • 07.02.18 Praha (cz) - Spectaculare Festival /w. Occupanther
  • 06.02.18 Praha (cz) - Specaculare Festival
  • 03.02.18 Münster (de) - Pianeo Festival /w. Ensemble

2017

  • 18.11.17 Berlin (de) - Silent Green /w. Ensemble
  • 20.10.17 Paris (fr) - Les trois baudets
  • 20.05.17 Graz (at) - Graz Museum
  • 22.04.17 Stade (de) - Hanse Song Festival
  • 29.03.17 Erlangen (de) - E-Werk
  • 14.01.17 Terracina (it) - Ribbon Club

2016

  • 13.12.16 Antwerpen (be) - De Roma
  • 12.12.16 Bruxelles (be) - Le Botanique
  • 11.12.16 Utrecht (nl) - Tivoli Vredenburg
  • 23.09.16 Hamburg (de) - Reeperbahn Festival
  • 22.09.16 Hamburg (de) - Resonanzraum
  • 18.06.16 München (de) - St. Maximilian Kirche
  • 11.06.16 Lichtensteig (ch) - Behind the Bush Prod.
  • 18.05.16 Hannover (de) - Kunstfestspiele Herrenhausen
  • 28.01.16 Köln (de) - Ambient Festival

2015

  • 21.11.15 Bochum (de) - Christuskirche
  • 20.11.15 Bielefeld (de) - Nummer Zu Platz
  • 19.11.15 Landau (de) - Universität Audimax
  • 29.10.15 Hamburg (de) - Golem
  • 28.10.15 Bremen (de) - Kito
  • 27.10.15 Rostock (de) - Barocksaal
  • 26.10.15 Berlin (de) - Roter Salon
  • 25.10.15 Dresden (de) - Scheune
  • 23.10.15 Bamberg (de) - ERBA-Campus
  • 22.10.15 Brno (cz) - Forum for architecture and media
  • 21.10.15 Olomouc (cz) - Jazz Tibet Club
  • 19.10.15 Budapest (hu) - Bakelit Multi Art Center
  • 18.10.15 Bratislava (sk) - Ateliere Babylon
  • 17.10.15 Kaltern (it) - Kaltern Pop Festival
  • 16.10.15 Pinswang (at) - Die Villa
  • 14.10.15 Lyon (fr) - Periscope
  • 12.10.15 Torino (it) - Superbudda
  • 11.10.15 Marostica (it) - Panic Jazz Club
  • 10.10.15 Luzern (ch) - Südpol
  • 09.10.15 Winterthur (ch) - Gaswerk
  • 08.10.15 München (de) - Milla
  • 04.10.15 Essen (de) - Weststadthalle
  • 19.09.15 Hannover (de) - Tastentage
  • 16.09.15 Hasselt (be) - Culturzentrum
  • 28.08.15 Torino (it) - Todays Festival
  • 15.08.15 Leuven (be) - Museum M
  • 26.07.15 Hamburg (de) - Symfotronik Festival
  • 23.05.15 Milano (it) - Piano City Milan
  • 15.05.15 Köln (de) - Stadtgarten
  • 13.05.15 Utrecht (nl) - Tivoli Vredenburg
  • 09.05.15 Landsberg (de) - Stadttheater
  • 08.05.15 Karlsruhe (de) - Jubez
  • 12.03.15 Leuven (be) - 30cc
  • 18.01.15 Bochum (de) - Christuskirche

2014

  • 20.12.14 London (uk) - Cafe Oto
  • 19.12.14 Manningtree (uk) - North House Gallery
  • 16.12.14 Bristol (uk) - Cube Cinema
  • 15.12.14 Leuven (be) - Huiskamer Concert
  • 14.12.14 Karlsruhe (de) - Jubez
  • 13.12.14 Berlin (de) - Grüner Salon
  • 12.12.14 Dresden (de) - Scheune
  • 11.12.14 Hannover (de) - Feinkost Lampe
  • 10.12.14 Münster (de) - Westfälisches Landesmuseum
  • 21.11.14 Utrecht (nl) - Le Guess Who? Festival
  • 06.09.14 Düsseldorf (de) - Weltkunstzimmer
  • 17.08.14 Hamburg (de) - Dockville Festival
  • 09.08.14 Haldern (de) - Haldern Pop Festival
  • 06.06.14 Praha (cz) - Palac Akropolis
  • 05.06.14 Budapest (hu) - Bakelit Multi Art Center
  • 04.06.14 Bratislava (sk) - Slovenského rozhlasu
  • 25.05.14 Genève (ch) - La Gavière
  • 05.04.14 Ventspils (lv) - Theatre "Juras Varti"
  • 04.04.14 Daugavpils (lv) - Rothko Art Centre
  • 03.04.14 Cesis (lv) - The Exhibition Hall
  • 30.03.14 Terracina (it) - Sala Valadier
  • 29.03.14 Roma (it) - Liberia del cinema
  • 28.03.14 Pescara (it) - Museo Laboratiorio
  • 26.03.14 Marostica (it) - Panic Jazz Club
  • 25.03.14 Milano (it) - 75 Beat
  • 26.01.14 Köln (de) - Ambient Festival

2013

  • 23.11.13 Darmstadt (de) - Centralstation
  • 12.10.13 Winterthur (ch) - Villa Sträuli
  • 10.10.13 Münster (de) - Black Box
  • 09.10.13 Berlin (de) - Tastenclub
  • 07.10.13 Bruxelles (be) - Ancienne Belgique
  • 04.10.13 Essen (de) - Weststadthalle
  • 01.06.13 Gdansk (pl) - Club Zak
  • 31.05.13 Olomouc (cz) - Jazz Tibet Club
  • 30.05.13 Praha (cz) - Palac Akropolis
  • 29.05.13 Budapest (hu) - Akvárium Klub
  • 28.05.13 Bratislava (sk) - Atelier Babylon
  • 26.05.13 Varano Borghi (it) - La Sauna Studio
  • 24.05.13 München (de) - Einstein Kultur
  • 21.04.13 London (uk) - Scala
  • 13.04.13 München (de) - Stadtmuseum
  • 05.04.13 Berlin (de) - Radialsystem V
  • 26.02.13 Nürnberg (de) - Neues Museum
  • 16.01.13 München (de) - Wohnzimmerkonzert

2012

  • 28.11.12 Freiburg (de) - galerie g19i
  • 27.11.12 Paris (fr) - L'Espace B
  • 26.11.12 Bruxelles (be) - Rue Forestière 20
  • 25.11.12 Münster (de) - Fachwerk
  • 24.11.12 Berlin (de) - Tiefgrund
  • 23.11.12 Praha (cz) - Café v lese
  • 22.11.12 Dresden (de) - Scheune
  • 20.11.12 Essen (de) - Weststadthalle
  • 19.11.12 Hamburg (de) - Westwerk
  • 18.11.12 München (de) - Gallerie Heitsch
  • 07.10.12 Essen (de) - Weststadthalle
  • 05.10.12 Nürnberg (de) - K4 Zentralcafé
  • 04.10.12 Dresden (de) - Beatpol
  • 03.10.12 Bratislava (sk) - U Ocka
  • 02.10.12 Budapest (hu) - Akvárium Klub
  • 01.10.12 Freising (de) - Abseits
  • 30.09.12 Liège (be) - Le Garage
  • 06.07.12 Landsberg a. Lech (de) - Stadttheater
  • 17.06.12 München (de) - Schlafwagengesellschaft
  • 11.05.12 Essen (de) - PACT Zollverein
  • 24.03.12 Stuttgart (de) - Juha West
  • 02.02.12 Berlin (de) - Schokoladen

2011

  • 05.10.11 Nürnberg (de) - Neues Museum
  • 02.10.11 Terneuzen (nl) - Vestzaktheater de Paerdestal
  • 26.07.11 München (de) - LMU
  • 09.02.11 München (de) - Kafe Kult
  • 18.01.11 Berlin (de) - Club Levée
  • 08.01.11 München (de) - Kafe Kult

2010

  • 12.12.10 München (de) - Kafe Kult

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