Nite Jewel, Dntel, others to honor Kraftwerk, 'German cosmic music'
Fans of Krautrock and early German synth music take note: Los Angeles producer-songwriter Nite Jewel will team up with Peanut Butter Wolf, Dntel, Daedalus, Carlos Nino, White Magic and others for a night celebrating the "German cosmic music" of Popol Vuh, Manuel Gottsching and Kraftwerk at the Ford Amphitheatre on June 1, opening the outdoor theater's summer season.
Co-sponsored by the Goethe-Institut and the nonprofit online radio station and DJ collective dublab, the evening, called "Krautrock Classics: A Night of German Cosmic Music," will feature a full performance of "Computer World," Kraftwerk's 1981 masterpiece, by Ramona Gonzales, a.k.a. Nite Jewel. She'll team with Stones Throw Records founder/DJ Peanut Butter Wolf, Nedelle Torissi of Cryptacize and others to play, among others, "Pocket Calculator," "Numbers" and "Home Computer," early synth songs that became templates of a style and foretold the rise of techno.
As well, producer-DJ Nino, co-founder of Build an Ark and a member of the dublab collective, will collaborate with Gaby Hernandez, Dexter Story and others to rework the music of drone rock legends Popol Vuh. And L.A. group the Pharoahs and guests will perform an excerpt from former Ash Ra Temple guitarist Manuel Gottsching's first solo album, "E2-E4."
The evening comes in the wake of last month's performances by Kraftwerk of its recorded works at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City, where tickets were snatched up in hours.
Tickets for the cosmic evening are available through the Ford Amphitheatre.
-- Randall Roberts
Photo: Kraftwerk performs during a retrospective at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City on April 10, 2012. Credit: Mike Coppola/Getty Images.