Category Archives: Recordings

HINTERLANDT: Press for “Seven Tales”

“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 Tasmanian classical music mag 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.” – album review in 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” – album review in Can This Even Be Called Music

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

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.

STILL: Audio-Visual Project

STILL: Roster 100 Days 300x300

Still is an audio-visual project I did in response to the lock-down situation in March-June 2020. For 100 consecutive days I took a photo of the same patch of Sydney sky at 8am every morning.

Meanwhile I composed a soundtrack to match the meditative atmosphere of the photographic project. Built around the fixed parameters of pace and place, Still is a quiet invitation for reflection and contemplation.

The 100 photos can be viewed in this gallery.

The soundtrack has not been published yet.

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.