SOUNDWALK COLLECTIVE is an international art and genre-bending music group based between New York City and Berlin. Founded by Stephan Crasneanscki, including members Simone Merli, and Kamran Sadeghi, they formed in Manhattan to create concept albums, sound installations and live performances.
The Collective’s approach to composition combines anthropology, ethnography, non-linear narrative, psycho-geography, the observation of nature, and explorations in recording and synthesis. The source material of their works is always linked to specific locations, natural or artificial, and requires long periods of investigative travel and field work.
Along the years, they performed live, among other spaces and festivals, at Opéra de Lyon, CTM Festival, KW Institute of Contemporary Art, Arma 17, Barbican Centre, Berghain, Centre Georges Pompidou, Florence Gould Hall, Mobile Art by Zaha Hadid in Hong Kong, Tokyo, New York; MUDAM, MuCEM, Museo Madre, National Museum of Singapore, New Museum, Palazzo Reale in Milan, La Triennale, Radialsystem V, documenta14 in Athens and Kassel.
They had solo exhibitions at the Rubin Museum of Art in New York, the District Six Museum in Cape Town, »Capo d’Arte«, Gagliano del Capo (Lecce, Italy), and in New York’s Times Square, where in April 2016 they mounted »JUNGLE-IZED«, a large participative audio-visual installation.
»Killer Road«, their homage to musician and singer Nico, authored with Patti Smith and Jesse Paris Smith, was performed live in 2014 in Berlin, London, and New York, anticipating the release of the eponymous record.
In 2015 they performed the opening night of the CTM Festival in Berlin hosting American iconic photographer Nan Goldin on-stage for the first time, in a revisitation of David Wojnarowicz’s thought-provoking writings ‘Close To the Knives: A Memoir Of Disintegration’.
The same year they published »What We Leave Behind«, a radio artwork featuring unreleased fragments from the tape archives of Jean-Luc Godard, and won the Silver Prize at the International Radio Awards, in a co-production with Deutschlandradio.
In 2016, for »Before Music There Is Blood«, their mini-album featuring a rework by Max Loderbauer, they have collaborated with some of the world’s most prestigious music conservatories—including Shanghai’s Conservatory of Music (China), The N. A. Rimsky-Korsakov Saint Petersburg State Conservatory (Russia), and the Conservatorio di Musica S. Pietro A Majella in Napoli (Italy). The trio recorded conservatoire students practicing and rehearsing, capturing the sounds out of context and reworking them into a suite of four productions. “Soundwalk Collective’s devil is forever in the detail, making what was evidently hours of painstaking work seem quite natural and otherworldly”. Boomkat
In June 2017 they composed the music for the latest creation of Sasha Waltz »Kreatur«, which saw its world premiere at Radialsystem V in Berlin. The composition uses recordings from inside various factories and iconic re-appropriated buildings; landmarks of 20th century architecture embodying power, control and mass production.
Their latest body of work »Transmissions«, is published as a numbered edition box of 4x 12′′LP, and featured as part of documenta14 in Athens and Kassel.
Soundwalk Collective is currently collaborating with Patti Smith towards the making of two albums, respectively titled: »Illuminations« – featuring text from Arthur Rimbaud alongside Sufi rituals from Harar; and »The Peyote Dance« – featuring text from Antonin Artaud over the period he spent with the Raramuri Indians of the Sierra Tarahumara in northern Mexico.
Their latest radio artwork »Illuminations« released in February 2018, features Patti Smith, Abel Ferrara, Mulatu Astatke, Gudrun Gut, Hanns Zischler, Charlotte Rampling, Melvil Paupaud, Alain Sancerni and the Sufi group of Sheik Ibrahim.
They have recently co-founded The Analogue Foundation, together with Grammy awarded producer Russell Elevado, and the innovative Japanese transducer company Audio-Technica.
SOUNDWALK COLLECTIVE is open to commissioned work.
Photo by Hadley Hudson