SO SNER is a duo which consists of Susanna Gartmayer and Stefan Schneider. They started their working relationship in 2015 around the Approximation Festival in Düsseldorf. Gartmayer’s bass clarinet polyphonies so impressed Schneider that he quickly suggested a collaboration. That same year, they began recording what was later to become their first album REIME in Kraftwerk’s former Kling Klang Studio, which in 2015 served as a community workspace and a concert venue. The second part of the album was recorded in the summer of 2020 in Düsseldorf at a church, whose interior wood paneling facilitated organic acoustics.
So Sner’s sound is equally oriented towards experiment and tradition, whose roots can be traced ́ back to the UK of the early 80s: an era in which post punk, jazz, avant-garde and polyrhythm were blended with the help of intellectualism and punk attitude in such a way that manifold sketches of possible music emerged which are only being colorized today.
STEFAN SCHNEIDER is a Düsseldorf based musician and producer who, since a little more than two decades, is one of the most original and prolifc voices in contemporary electronic music. SCHNEIDER is a founding member of Düsseldorfs electronic outfit KREIDLER (1994-99) and has also been a third of the internationally highly acclaimed trio TO ROCOCO ROT (1995-2014). During the past couple of years he has also collaborated and produced with a.o. Joachim Roedelius (Cluster), Arto Lindsay, Bill Wells, Dieter Moebius (Cluster), Klaus Dinger (NEU!), Sofia Jernberg, Koshiro Hino (YPY/GOAT), John McEntire (tortoise) and fine art superstar Katharina Grosse. Since 1994 concerts in EU, USA, Japan, Malaysia, Australia, China, Algeria, Kenya, Siberia.
On his fresh behind the ears label TAL, Schneider has recently released the music of kenyan folk singer OGOYA NENGO AND THE DODO WOMENS GROUP who have been on an extensive tour in Europe earlier this summer. TAL has also issued an OGOYA NENGO EP with remixes by the likes of ORSON, LENA WILLIKENS, TOLOUSE LOW TRAX and DON’T DJ. plus a reissue of the stunning 1982 album of NON BAND from Tokyo.
Based in Vienna / Austria, composer / improviser / performer – bass clarinet/contra alto clarinet. She works in the fields of “multi-ideomatic” improvisation, experimental rock, contemporary music and multi-media sound research. She is part of many ensembles for organized and improvised music and also plays solo concerts.
Miki Yui is an artist and musician from Tokyo, based in Düsseldorf/Germany. Since 1999 she creates sonic landscapes emerging out of delicate noises, samples, electronic sounds, and field recordings. Her unique minimalist and organic approach towards sound balances between subtle nuances, industrial hums and turbulent hooks. In her live concerts she invites listeners to take part in mesmerinzing in the acoustic spaces, rich of abstract and narrative sound circulation.
Her 7th solo album “APERIO!” is released from Hallow Ground in 2020. Her duo album with Asmus Tietchens released from TAL in 2021. She has also collaborated with Klaus Dinger (NEU!), Rolf Julius, Carl Stone.