All Rhine! With Hauschka

The podcast hosted by Mike Litt

Mike Litt in conversation with Hauschka

How are you, Düsseldorf?

Our All Rhine podcast for Culture in Times of Corona - now every week on Friday until further notice. What Mike Litt wants to know: How are the talk guests experiencing the surreal time of isolation? What projects are they working on anyway? And what do they miss most about Düsseldorf?
In Episode 8, Mike talks to Hauschka.

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Pianist and composer Volker Bertelmann, aka Hauschka, has lived in Düsseldorf since the early 1990s. As a musician, he is an international star. He first became known as the "king of the prepared piano". To do this, he manipulates the strings with objects such as corks and balls to create very special sounds. At his concerts all over the world, he always likes to talk about Düsseldorf. But that's not all: as a festival organizer, he brings international stars to Düsseldorf once a year - for the Approximation Festival.

In the meantime, Hauschka is primarily a composer of film music who is in demand worldwide - for major Hollywood productions as well as for Netflix series. Most recently, he has also composed for the ARD "Tatort" and for the feature film "Als Hitler das rosa Kaninchen stahl". He was nominated for an Oscar for his collaboration with composer Dustin O'Halloran on the score for Garth Davis' production of "Lion - The Long Way Home." His latest album "A Different Forest" was released in 2019.

On "Alle Rhein" he reveals why he - as a musician - actually feels like he's in quarantine all the time - because as a composer he spends a lot of time with himself. That's why Hauschka loves live performance without computers all the more. For him, concerts are encounters in which he seeks a connection with the audience by always telling people at the beginning what his very normal everyday life in Düsseldorf is like.

But also to make it clear to his guests that he doesn't live in Berlin, where many people think he is at home. He appreciates both the city feel and the village charm of Düsseldorf, thanks to the short distances. And this is also where he found his private and professional happiness - at the moment when he said to himself: "I'm ready for happiness to come to me!

Our host

Mike Litt was born in the US state of Virginia and lived in Bochum for many years. The globetrotter usually works in Cologne but lives with his family in the beautiful Düsseltal district of Düsseldorf. He is a radio presenter (1Live, WDR 2, DLF Nova), a DJ with Mayday festival experience and an author (‘The loneliest DJ in the world’). For our podcast, he holds fascinating conversations with other people from Düsseldorf’s cultural scene.

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