Katharina Ernst is a fine arts graduate who started playing the drums at age nine. Her mesmerizing solo drum performances reveal previously uncharted rhythmic layers.
Ernst’s artistic practice is richly varied, taking in various forms of performance, choreography, and visual art along the way. She unites abstract composition and polyrhythmic solo performance on her absorbing debut solo album, “Extrametric.” The record is the result of a long-lasting process of personal focus – the oldest rhythm on the record dates back a full 7 years – Katharina having dedicatedly refined her practice to focus on unusual structures and polymetric beats.
Alongside her drum set, Katharina employs various drum synthesizers, gongs, tam-tam, a myriad of small percussions, as well as an amplified kalimba via guitar effect pedals. She plays her music live, solo, and without the use of playback. The resulting breadth of sounds on display is bewildering for a solo drummer – distorted melodies weave their way around jagged snare drum hits, while vibrant tom fills scurry elsewhere around hefty blowouts of monstrous distortion.
This performance is presented in the framework of SHAPE (Sound, Heterogeneous Art and Performance in Europe)
Photo by Michael Breyer