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News

  • My new album »Retronyms« is out now. Listen on all streaming platforms, get the LP or CD at the record dealer of your choice or order it here.

     

  • We have added more shows to the tour. Check the concert section of my website to get your tickets!

  • »and she was«, the second single off my new album »Retronyms« (23.08.19) is released on July 17th. You can listen to it on all streaming platforms via this link.

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    June 7th marks the release of my new piece »dark tree«, which is taken from  »Retronyms«, my upcoming album to be released on August 23rd. You can listen to it on all streaming platforms via this link.

Releases

  • 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]
    1631 Recordings, 2017 listen 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 & Occupanther
    Trow [DIGITAL]
    self-released, 2016 listen here
    • Trow 05:10
    • Araukarie 09:46
    • Branches 06:40
    • Mild Resonance 03:49
  • 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
    The Monarch and the Viceroy [76 pages or PDF]
    Sheet Music Book, 2012 buy here
    • 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

Videos

Projects

  • Film

    • Die Goldfische 2019

      Feature film directed by Alireza Golafshan

    • Lovers of the Night 2018

      Documentary directed by Anna Frances Ewert

    • Maalstrom 2018

      Documentary directed by Misja Pekel

    • 5vor12 2017

      TV Series (Arte/BR/KIKA) directed by Niklas Weise and Christoph Pilsl

    • Geschwister 2016

      Feature film (Arte/ZDF) directed by Markus Mörth

    • Fragmente einer Trauerarbeit 2016

      Documentary short directed by Patrick Holzapfel

    • Thumb 2016

      Short film directed by Moritz Binder

    • Es ist mehr ein Gefühl 2012

      Short film directed by Patrick Holzapfel

    • Phantasma - Die Macht der Träume 2011

      Short film directed by Anil Kizilbuga

    • Lebende Tote 2010

      Short film directed by Anil Kizilbuga

  • Dance

    • Loops, 13min. 2013

      Contemporary Dance Performance, choreography by Oliver Zahn, IWANSON International School of Contemporary Dance, Munich

  • Theatre

    • 4.48 Psychose 2013

      Play by Sarah Kane, directed by Levin Handschuh, Akademietheater, Munich

About

Carlos Cipa is a Munich-based composer and multi-instrumentalist. He has been classically trained on the piano and studied contemporary classical composition at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Munich. During his teenage years, he started playing the drums and gained experience as a member of various bands. Experimenting with different styles of music, he turned back to piano as his main instrument, facilitating him to find his way throughout composition and improvisation, before releasing his debut »The Monarch and the Viceroy« and his sophomore record »All your life you walk« on Denovali Records in 2012 and 2014.

»Retronyms« is Cipa’s third studio album. After his first two albums put a focus on the piano, Cipa exponentially expands his artistic approach as well as his colour palette on »Retronyms«. The eight pieces see Cipa bring together his background as a classically trained pianist and composer with his interest for pop music, jazz and electronic music in all its diverse facets. Each note on this album is meticulously thought through and yet »Retronyms« radiates with visceral liveliness.

Cipa invited musicians from vastly different backgrounds for the recording of »Retronyms« and combined highly modern digital studio technology with analogue hardware, blended brass and woodwinds or electric guitar with piano sounds and more. Cipa himself plays the piano and a variety of keyboard instruments like the celesta or the harmonium, Rhodes piano, Wurlitzer and analogue synthesizers. This surreally beautiful acoustic-electronic chamber music manages to preserve the originality of its acoustic elements and the authenticity of live performance at once. With pieces like the epic »senna’s joy«, »Retronyms« highlights the orchestral qualities that Cipa’s previous solo piano pieces so far have only hinted at.

»Retronyms« carries its title for a reason: a retronym is a subsequent name change that provides a new term for something old. One example would be the »acoustic guitar« that was renamed after the invention of the electric guitar. Retronyms are coined at the end of an exciting cultural or technological development, just like »Retronyms« marks a decisive turning point in Cipa’s development as a composer. Recently, he has dedicated himself to collaborative work with the composer Sophia Jani or the producer Martin Brugger a.k.a. Occupanther, provided music for film and TV as well as composing for classical ensembles and scoring dance and theatre performances. With over a hundred concerts all across Europe, Cipa has proven that his music can enthral the audiences of clubs or classical concert halls just as well as of those at big pop-music festivals like Haldern-Pop, MS Dockville and the Reeperbahn festival. All of this saw him sharing the stage with artists like Hauschka or Nils Frahm and breathing new life into Steve Reich’s »Six Pianos« at Hamburg’s Elbphilharmonie.

On »Retronyms« the composer, who will talk as passionately about different interpretations of Bach’s suites as about the entire Björk discography and who feels just as comfortable at a performance of minimal music as with Bowie’s »Heroes« on the turntable, has partially relinquished his compositional control. The album is a thoroughly composed work and, at the same time, the fruit of an occasionally even incidental productive cooperation throughout the recording sessions. For the opening piece »fanfare« for example, Cipa recorded snippets of his trombonists’ exercises and later condensed them through various processing methods into an avant-garde sound art miniature. Also »paon«, the last track, arose from a free improvisation between Cipa and trumpet player Matthias Lindermayr. Cipa creates an interplay between acoustic keyboard instruments, synthesizer soundscapes and digital production methods, but also between classical elements and pop music structures: the textures of »dark tree« open up a lot of room for Cipa’s piano playing to unfold and enter in a musical dialogue with jazzy trumpet melodies. A whole new sound is created, one that could not have possibly been conceived on a musical score. There were plenty of moments during the recording of »Retronyms« in which everything developed organically, in which classical musicians were encouraged to improvise or a jazz musician was playing at sight. On record, this results in a versatility that, in a playing time of about 49 minutes, integrates the suspended string textures of »awbsmi« just as seamlessly as the interwoven piano phrases on »and she was«.

Throughout »Retronyms« the acoustic engages in a dialogue with the electronic, the analogue with the digital, and improvisation with the art of composition. Over the course of eight pieces, the interaction between subtle repetition and high-contrast changes creates a constant tension that can be heard in every single detail of the complex arrangement of this album. White noise and ambient sounds draw the audience further into the vibrant recording situation and yet every note on this LP sits exactly where Cipa wanted it to be. Hence, »Retronyms« creates a unified whole out of utterly heterogeneous components. While the first piece is only 50 seconds short, the second one stretches out for almost 13 minutes. Even though a composition like »slide.« is based on a complex harmonic structure, the end result sounds light-hearted and catchy. One moment something might seem to evoke a certain mood, the next you can find it to express the sheer opposite. For it is an album in constant change – just like Carlos Cipa, who has radically expanded his compositional approach with »Retronyms«.

Concerts

  • 08.11.19 Praha (cz) - Palac Akropolis
  • 09.11.19 Leipzig (de) - Horns Erben buy tickets
  • 16.11.19 Hasselt (be) - CCHA
  • 17.11.19 Leuven (be) - Artkom
  • 20.11.19 Antwerpen (be) - Arenberg buy tickets
  • 21.11.19 Lucerne (ch) - Südpol buy tickets
  • 22.11.19 Zurich (ch) - Exil buy tickets
  • 29.03.20 Lüdenscheid (de) - Kulturhaus buy tickets

2019

  • 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 Ventspiel (lv) - Theatre "Juras Varti"
  • 05.06.14 Budapest (hu) - Bakelit Multi Art Center
  • 04.06.14 Bratislava (sk) - Slovenského rozhlasu
  • 25.05.14 Genève (ch) - La Gavière
  • 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 (sk) - 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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