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Kraftwerk at MOMA

February 19, 2012

Perhaps it’s time to take a little ride on the T.E.E. That’s right boys and girls. The Museum of Modern Art will host a Kraftwerk retrospective featuring LIVE performances by the band. It’s the first event of it’s kind in the history of MOMA. The band will give a series of eight performances, each devoted to one of its albums. The performances during “Kraftwerk-Retrospective 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8,” on consecutive evenings starting April 10, will not only feature tracks from one of Kraftwerk’s albums, but also other original compositions intended to showcase the group’s influence on contemporary culture. Projected images, including 3-D ones, will accompany the music. The albums will be performed in chronological order, one each night, starting with “Autobahn” from 1974 and working up through “Tour de France” from 2003.
Kraftwerk was formed by two music students, Ralf Hütter and Florian Schneider, in 1970, and its robotic, repetitive, all-electronic music influenced virtually every synthesizer band that followed. By the mid-1970s, the group had invented a new electronic music, integrating mechanized sounds from life. Its compositions weave beautiful melodies with multilingual vocals and robotic rhythms. The concerts will take place in the Donald B. and Catherine C. Marron Atrium; tickets are $25 and will go on sale at noon on Feb. 22. Of the band’s original lineup in the 1970s, only Mr. Hütter will perform at MoMA. You may purchase tickets here.

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