Category Archives: Hinterlandt

HINTERLANDT: “The Stepping Stones of Life”

My first commissioned work as a composer, set to a poem by John Rantzen. It’s one long piece (17.46 minutes) describing an arch from the beginning of life to its end. Stream (free) / Download ($10) on Bandcamp.

Lyrics: John Rantzen | Music: Jochen Gutsch 

Musicians: 
Lara Goodridge – violin 
Monique Mezzatesta – viola 
Simeon Johnson – cello 
Nicole Smede – vocals 
Andy Rantzen – narrator 
Keyna Wilkins – flute 
Jochen Gutsch – guitar, trumpet, piano, vocals 

Recorded by Richard Belkner at Free Energy Device Studios in Sydney, June 2021. Mastered by Michael Lynch at Shoehorse Sound Studio. 

HINTERLANDT: The Church at Phoenix Central Park

On 25th of July 2021, Hinterlandt will present “Seven Tales” at The Church in Sydney, a new venue by the amazing Phoenix Central Park. It will be an intimate, all-acoustic chamber-style performance. Entry is free with registration. Please note the event was booked out within a few hours but there’s a waitlist.

Note: This concert was cancelled due to the current Sydney lockdown.

Photo: Ezekiel Rodofili

HINTERLANDT: Welcome Lara Goodridge

We welcome the wonderful Lara Goodridge to Hinterlandt. Lara is an amazing violinist and lovely human being. She’s well-known for her work in FourPlay String Quartet, Baby et Lulu, Miriam Lieberman Trio, collaborations with author Neil Gaiman, and many other projects. We’re excited about the first shows in this new line up:

Photo: Ezekiel Rodofili

HINTERLANDT: Press for “Seven Tales”

“Surprising poignancy and delightful black humour.” – Sydney Morning Herald

“Jochen Gutsch has crafted fictional lives and moments, all woven into his new song cycle to shed light on the human experience.” – in-depth interview in Tasmania’s CutCommon

“The dark humour of the seven tales is superbly captured by the musicians and arrangements. At times the strident strings punctuate and attack, other times they weep with melancholy, but invariably, they seize the mood.” – The Progressive Aspect

“An amazing, beautifully diverse and vividly eloquent album. The seven compositions move you though diverse scenes—vast landscapes or crammed rooms—with brilliant compositions and flawless execution” – Can This Even Be Called Music

“Mit einem kammermusikalischen Ensemble aus zwei Violinen, Cello sowie Gitarre beziehungsweise Trompete spielen Hinterlandt (neo-)klassische Weisen” – Betreutes Proggen

Three separate radio interviews about Seven Tales, The Tale of Vilma and The Tale of Jeff on SBS (Australian station but German language)

HINTERLANDT: New Album “Seven Tales”

The new Hinterlandt album Seven Tales is a song cycle I wrote to move the band’s progressive indie-chamber music into a more lyrical and poetic realm. Storytelling is key as seven fictional characters experience tragic anecdotes, beautifully brought to life by classically trained vocalist, Nicole Smede. The album is on Bandcamp and on all the usual digital platforms now.

Launch: Thursday 20th of August 2020 at Venue 505 in Sydney. 8.30pm show SOLD OUT. 6pm show added – some tickets left.

Musicians: Nicole Smede: Vocals, Monique Mezzatesta: Violin, Jara Stinson: Violin, Simeon Johnson: Cello, Jochen Gutsch: Trumpet, Guitar, Glockenspiel

Credits: Music and lyrics written by Jochen Gutsch. Recorded and mixed by Richard Belkner at Free Energy Device Studios in Sydney. Mastered by Michael Lynch at Shoehorse Studio. Artwork by Sam Harwood.

JOCHEN: New Website

Hello. It’s 2020 and I decided to set up a website under my own name, as a platform for my various creative undertakings. Current projects include HinterlandtNo MandateStill, Snob Club, and several others.

The Discography page shows some 35 or so albums I’ve made, the Dates page lists upcoming shows and has an incomplete list of 500 or so gigs I’ve played. Press has snippets of reviews, About has a basic bio. If any of this interests you please don’t hesitate to Contact me.

Not listed on this website are things I organise in my capacity as programmer for the Goethe-Institut in Australia, which has its own website.