Their work is unconventional and versatile. The German-American artist couple Danielle de Picciotto and Alexander Hacke are internationally known, Danielle as the founder of the Love Parade, Alexander since over 35 years for his work with the seminal Berlin group Einstürzende Neubauten and both together as members of the band "Crime & The City Solution". Since 2001 they have been creating interdisciplinary projects on stage, in theatres, museums and the Underground as a duo.
On May 9, 2016 their new album PERSEVERANTIA will be issued on Neubauten’s very own Label Potomak. Their last joint venture, the CD "Hitmans Heel" was released there in 2011 and a video to the track “Time Is Passing”, shot in Mexico under Danielles direction soon developed into a cult classic.
PERSEVERANTIA now means "endurance" or "persistence" and the artist couple, otherwise known for their adventurous lifetsyle and unusual experiments are obviously concerned with a different theme this time around.
Danielle de Picciotto and Alexander Hacke have been leading a nomadic life since 2010, with no permanent home and travelling from one city to the next. The reason for their restlessness is the overall gentrification, the annihilation of everything individual, the steadily rising cost of living and the relentless marketing and sellout of the arts by the mainstream entertainment industry.
"Artists need to find new ways of working now-a-days in order to upkeep integrity and autonomy. The old patterns no longer function.”
The uncompromising decision to abandon their home has since determined their work. Their search for external & internal clarity, researching archaic principles and philosophies has helped them master the rigors of the road. For the attentive listener "Perseverantia" reveals a treasure of their truisms. The album was recorded in the Californian Mojave desert and is mostly instrumental, with a few spoken-word lyrics by Danielle de Picciotto. Together with the throat-singing by Alexander Hacke, the purring and squeaking of the hurdy-gurdy and an ether-plucking harp, melancholic violin melodies and the hum and growl of bass and guitar, one is placed in an acoustic world of mysteries, which floats out of the loudspeakers like an epic movie, both disturbing and mesmerizing. "Perseverantia ad finem optatum" they sing in the title track, and is their main consequence of importance: To successfully achieve a positive goal, we need one thing above all: endurance. No matter how stony the road or wild the storm – we must continue following the path of our True Will.
Surrender is not an option – for none of us.