“The Language of Music” by Mike Herting
“Music has been essential to every culture for thousands of years. Even in the driest of deserts, in the midst of nothing but sand and heat, people will find ways to make instruments and express themselves via music. Music is a part of the world wherever you go, and it is ever-changing. New sounds come and go. We shouldn’t cling to what lies behind us – but rather stick up for what is new.” – Mike Herting
Mike Herting is a veteran jazz pianist, composer and producer and an initiator of cross-cultural musical events. He is the founder of the Global Music Orchestra and has been interested in blending Jazz with Indian and African music for years. He started a concert series, Atelier des Cultures“, based in Cologne, and “Transcontinental Desert Honey” and “The Language of Music” are their first productions. He has composed music for numerous films, theater and radio play productions and was a curator for the Ruhrtriennale and has worked with musicians such as Charlie Mariano and Wolfgang Niedecken. He has also worked with the London Philharmonic Orchestra, Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen, WDR and NDR Bigbands, the WDR-Rundfunkorchester and the Bundesjazzorchester. Following tours in India and West Africa, in 2018 Mike Herting founded the concert series “Atelier des Cultures”.
The beautiful and complex compositions and improvisations you will hear are all about an intercontinental, transcultural exchange between musical traditions. The dedication to music is what drives and connects everything in this interplay and it is soothing and through provoking for any listener.
You can learn more at his website and blog here http://mikeherting.de/