Kai Schumacher © Marvin Boehm
12.10.2018 Fri
8.30 pm

Karten 14 € | ermäßigt 8 € Kombiticket Konzerte Freitag 25 € | ermäßigt 12 €


ID Festival: Piano Combo I - Transcriptions

Kai Schumacher

"Transcriptions" is reminiscent of a decade between Kurt Cobain, MTV and Techno, an homage to the pop culture identity of generation X. What is left from youth rebellion, from "Fuck you, I won't do what you tell me"? Folkwang alumnus Kai Schumacher answers this with an irony-free look at his own musical socialisation of the 90's and treats the heroes of his youth to a pianistic makeover. The concert piano thus turns, through the reworks of Rage Against The Machine, Nirvana or The Prodigy, into a four square metre sound monster, a mechanical effect processor or a percussion instrument. Meanwhile, there are extracts of some lyrical moments through the music of bands such as Slayer. You can find the combined ticket for Piano Combo I & II here: You can find the festival ticket here: Kai Schumacher delights in pushing the boundaries between classical and popular music while avoiding the well-worn cliché Crossover. Boasting an impressive pedigree, Kai studied at the renowned Folkwang University Essen with Prof. Till Engel, passing his Konzertexamen with distinction in 2009. On his current album "Beauty in simplicity" (2017) Kai Schumacher is combining original piano compositions with his own arrangements for "en-hanced piano". Including works from three centuries ranging from Erik Satie through Steve Reich to Moderat. Minimal Music meets its classical pioneers and descendants in Ambient, Techno and Post-Rock. Kai Schumacher also works as a producer, regularly appears as an orchestral soloist and has toured throughout Europe, Asia and North- and South-America .


  • Klavier: Kai Schumacher
  • Künstlerische Leitung ID Festival: Ohad Ben-Ari


Eine Veranstaltung des ID Festivals. In Kooperation mit dem Radialsystem, der WABE e. V. und dem English Theatre Berlin / International Performing Arts Center. Gefördert durch die Beauftragte der Bundesregierung für Kultur und Medien, die Szloma-Albam-Stiftung und die KigA - Kreuzberger Initiative gegen Antisemitismus.


Kai Schumacher © Marvin Boehm

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12.10. - 14.10.

ID Festival

Israeli German Festival

After successful past editions, ID Festival is taking place at Radialsystem for the fourth time, embracing a fresh start: a future-oriented "next generation" of artists is invited to explore the topic of Israel-Germany within new formats and forms. Some of this year's highlights include "Cinderella", a ballet-rendition of an opera by acclaimed 13-year-old composer Alma Deutscher, an alternative cabaret shabbat celebration complete with a buffet by Micki Weinberg, new formats from pianists Tamar Halperin, Kai Schumacher and Matan Porat - combined with light design, electronics or yoga, the debut performance of a documentary theater piece about Israeli life in Berlin, a new episode of the award winning SWR podcast "We Love Israel", as well as the exhibition "L'Chaim - To Life". Ancestry, tradition, identity, the future and cohabitation: since its formation, ID festival has been examining important topoi of the Israeli-German community through the lens of diverse artistic formats. The festival provides a forum for artists of Israeli descent living in Germany, while encouraging discussion, exchange and cooperation. Artistic director ID Festival: Ohad Ben-Ari You can book the festival ticket here: You'll find further information on the festival here: A production by ID Festival. In cooperation with Radialsystem, WABE e.V. and the English Theatre Berlin / International Performing Arts Center. Funded by the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media, Szloma-Albam-Stiftung and KIgA - The Kreuzberg Initiative against Anti-Semitism.