Harmonious Thelonious

Düsseldorf, Germany



Stefan Schwander combines the reduced serial structures of American minimalist music with African rhythms and European sequencing. Without any ideological agenda, the Düsseldorf-based musician blends gripping harmonic and rhythmic patterns such as African, Latin American and Carribean rhythms as well as Moroccan trance music to create an entirely new kind of club music. He conjures up hypnotic voodoo atmospheres—danceable, challenging, and melodically playful.

Harmonious Thelonious translates this dream into a quaking dance monster whose home might be a techno club with an experimental sonic approach. The many voices speak together, propelling each other toward something that traverses traditional genre boundaries, creating a playful trance.