Interview with

Catherine Lorent

Catherine Lorent studied painting, history and art history in the Sorbonne, Paris, and did a doctorate in history and art history. Her oeuvre consists of three sphreres: visual art, music and performance. In 2013 she represented Luxembourg at the 55thBiennale di Venezia. Her works deals with the baroque draft of the whole work of art, however, is considered also as a representative of the neo-pop. Gran Hornos is her multi-instrumental solo project, which last album Hymni 2015 appeared on a vinyl with eight piano pieces from the past decade. It was recorded, mixed, produced and mastered in Berlin in the sound studios of Martin J. Fiedler. Lorent bewitches the audience with her unusual multi-octave sub – Alto – voice that, with her unobtrusive – sexy dark timbre, invites the listeners to dreamy low-altitude flights -Complex polyphonic layers in the mountain pastures of the Alts.

Facts

1: I am writing these words while listening to music very loud and while it is snowing outside; it’s an album of Airiel called The Battle of Sealand

2: I feel addicted to music, sound and particular music instruments, playing them and arranging, bringing them into art pieces

3: This is a Live long journey: bringing together music and the visual arts; so glad to have these possibilities with Gran Horno, Relegation and Hertzangst

Questions

What is the biggest inspiration for your music?
Mostly boredom

How and when did you get into making music?
Since I was a child, I used to record sound on a ITT Cassette recorder, when I was feeling bored; in my teenage years I started learning piano and playing the electric guitar, the bass and singing in band s…

What are your 5 favorite albums of all time?
Too many but I try to ename – When we talk about albums and not about songs I’d like to list these few:
Mirand a Sex Garden – “Fairytales of Slavery”
Jeronimo and Creedence Clearwater Revival – “Spirit Orgazmus”
Slayer – “Seasons in the Abyss”
The left Banke Too – “The left Banke Too”
Golden Palominos – “Pure”
etc pp. David Bowie, “Low”
Black Sabbath, “Black Sabbath”

What do you associate with Berlin?
The bear

What’s your favorite place in your town?
Tegel (Airport + waters)

If there was no music in the world, what would you do instead?
Sail the boat around

What was the last record you bought?
“Endless” byWhite Cascade, “Repentless” by Slayer

Who would you most like to collaborate with?
Jaz Coleman

What was your best gig (as performer or spectator)?
As a performer I am not so sure which gig, Relegation at the Venice Biennale 2013, my last New Year Concert at WATT, Berlin, with Hertzangst at Ex n Pop 2013; as a spectator: Unforgettable were the Melvins at Volksbühne Berlin

How important is technology to your creative process?
It is important but it depends on what kind of technology. I am working a lot with electro magnetic fields, and I like shoegazing with analog guitar ‘contact-mines’ .

Do you have siblings and how do they feel about your career?
We are sharing our passion.

Our favourite: Reminiscences Censurees  | Herzangst |  Satan 

Link: Website | Soundcloud