Erol Sarp and Lukas Vogel met nearly a decade ago while studying audio and video engineering in Düsseldorf. Conceiving a project that would draw on Sarp’s piano skills while also providing a piano part for Vogel through bespoke programming and mechanical apparatus, Grandbrothers was formed. The duo became known for their ‘four-handed’ approach, merging emotion and a melodic sensibility with smart engineering. Equally suited to concert performances and stand-up gig venues, the duo began touring extensively across Europe, selling out clubs and philharmonic halls alike.
Grandbrothers brought their vision to life with debut album Dilation in 2015, followed by the majestic Open; a swirling fusion of electronica and classical piano, which was released on City Slang in 2017. These days, with the pair no longer both residing in Düsseldorf, they have forged a new remote working relationship that involves a lot of back and forth and more time spent on developing ideas and producing.
Forthcoming third LP, All The Unknown, maps out a wide-open soundworld of compositional possibilities for pianist Sarp and producer / electronic engineer Vogel, who have been putting their modern and unique electronic spin on prepared piano since first forming in 2012. Forgoing the need to play every single note live, this new album sees the pair juxtapose the old and new once again, venturing further into the electronic cosmos armed with a grand piano, self-built computer-controlled mechanics, and a new sense of latitude.
Tickets £20 + venue levy + bf
11-17 Stoke Newington Rd, London, N16 8BH