A video about the Baschet Brothers’ aluminum piano

Aluminum Piano concerts, part of Motor Cocktail from MCA Chicago on Vimeo.

Video produced by the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago, July 2011.


The Baschet Brothers’ aluminum piano in performace

Trio featuring Baschet piano from Hal Rammel on Vimeo.

Hal Rammel (aluminum piano), Eric Leonardson (springboard), and Ed Herrmann (instruments by Tom Nunn) in a trio performance at the MCA in Chicago, July 1, 2011. Video by Gina Litherland.

Penumbra Music CD reviewed on Touching Extremes

Visit Touching Extremes to ready Massimo Ricci’s recent review of Hal Rammel’s Midwest Disquiet: “While it must be stressed that all the pieces are completely improvised, thus resembling more a ‘collection of possibilities’ with several amusing deviations from any theoretical norm of ‘regular’ performance, the truth is that the organic qualities of the sounds are the very reason behind the sensation of ‘aural health’ that accompanies the listener along the whole disc. ”


Penumbra Music artists spinning at 78rpm

Chris Rosenau, Jon Mueller, and Hal Rammel will dj – at 78rpm – at The Hamilton (823 East Hamilton in Milwaukee) on Sunday, August 7, from 6 until 11 p.m. in an evening guaranteed to ‘brush off the dust” from classic and neo-classic cocktails – Bittercube – and Jon, Chris, and Hal’s unique collections of obscure 78rpm recordings.

The Baschet’s aluminum piano on view in Chicago

Hal Rammel (aluminum piano), Ed Herrmann (instruments by Tom Nunn), Eric Leonardson (springboard) perform as part of an opening celebration for the kinetic art exhibition Motor Cocktail at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago. Bernard and Francois Baschet’s aluminum piano – originally exhibited at the Museum of Modern Art in New York in 1965 and the Arts Club of Chicago in 1969 – has restored by the MCA for this exhibiton.

Hal Rammel performance in Milwaukee

Here’s an amplified palette solo by Hal Rammel recorded live at Woodland Pattern Book Center earlier this year:

Concerts & Events

On Friday, July 1st, Hal Rammel will perform on the Aluminum Piano of Francois and Bernard Baschet in a trio with Eric Leonardson and Ed Herrmann at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago. This performance is part of the opening celebration for Motor Cocktail: Sound and Movement in Art of the 1960s, an exhibiiton of kinetic sculpture at the MCA throughout the summer.

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