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Vytas Brenner: Venezuelan pioneer of progressive music.

I’m Feeling….
Vytas Brenner
Grabado en Campo Alegre, Caracas, Venezuela
Felipe Rengifo, Eliazar Yanes, H Hernandez, Colette Dozzier….
Ingeniero de sonido: Jimmy Kovacs

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Vytas Brenner was born in Tübingen, Germany. Like many Europeans on the wake of World War II, his family migrated to Venezuela in 1949 when he was 2 years old. His mother, Margarita Brenner, was an Opera singer.

Brenner began his musical studies in Caracas at the “Colegio Emil Friedman” school, a prestigious institution heavily oriented toward musical education. When he was 12 years old he moved to Italy and then to Spain, where he became part of various music groups, such as “Brenner’s Folk”, “Los Pic-Nic” (featuring a female singer, Jeanette). At 21 years old, Vytas moved to Tennessee to study at the University of Tennessee’s Music Conservatory, where he was a pupil of David Van Vactor. Later, at college in Nashville, Vytas took post-graduate courses in Electronic music with Professor Gilbert Trythall[1], and graduated with honors in 1972. In 1971 he started a duo named “Vitas & Mafe” with Venezuelan singer María Fernanda Márquez.

In 1972 Brenner formed his own band, “La Ofrenda” (The Offering) and recorded 5 very successful LPs until 1979. With “Ofrenda” he started his pioneer work with compositions for combinations of electric and electronic instruments (synthesizers) with acoustic instruments and piano; and blending Progressive-Symphonic Rock, Latin rhythms, and Venezuelan traditional themes, with astounding results.

Brenner recorded several remarkable LPs, each one a breakthrough, as he was in fact developing a new genre in giant leaps. En 1982 a somewhat reunited “Ofrenda” performed at the “Teatro de Bellas Artes de Maracaibo”, but was coldly received by the public, followed by strong press criticism. In 1989 the Venezuela Symphony Orchestra performed his work “Oro Negro” (“Black Gold”) at the Caracas’ famed Teatro Teresa Carreño. In 1989 he released the CD album entitled “Amazonia”. He was commissioned to compose works for “Viajando con Polar”, a series of short documentaries about Venezuela’s regions, depicting their beautiful landscapes and rich folklore. He created music for various films, such as “Adiós Alicia”, “Se llamaba SN”, and playwright Román Chalbaud’s “Carmen la que contaba 16 años”. All the while, Brenner was a very successful studio musician, composing and performing in countless radio jingles, TV commercials and presidential campaigns. At the international level, his old and rare vinyl records sell for between U.S. $70 to $220.

Brenner died March 18, 2004 of a heart attack in Salzburg, Austria at the age of 57, while recording music for an upcoming CD.

Walls: Burnt Sienna

WALLS are a band from London made up of members Sam Willis (of ALLEZ-ALLEZ) and Alessio Natalizia (of BANJO OR FREAKOUT). Originally from Manchester, but based in London since ’96, Willis has long been an admirer of the Cologne sound, instilling his productions (and dj mixes for the influential podcast series located at http://www.allez-allez.co.uk) with the euphoric, pop sensibilities and deep grooves that are a KOMPAKT hallmark. Natalizia hails from Vasto, Italy but relocated to London in 2008 to pursue his musical dreams – driven by the wild guitar of This Heat and propulsive rhythms of Can as well as Burial’s inner city atmospherics and soul. The pair met in 2009 while ALLEZ-ALLEZ were remixing BANJO OR FREAKOUT’s “Mr. No”, they quickly realized that the natural combination of Alessio’s and guitar play and haunting vocals together with Willis’ emotive synth lines and sample manipulation magic was a match made in heaven. Having already applied their unique sonic touch on remixes for THE FIELD’s ‘Leave It’ and PANTHA DU PRINCE’s future anthem ‘Stick To My Side feat. Panda Bear’ the pair’s self titled debut is out on Kompakt.