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We’re pleased to announce the release of the first single Curious and accompanying video on October 12 – by renowned pianist and Oscar-nominated film composer Hauschka (Volker Bertelmann). The single Curious offers the first glimpse of his upcoming album A Different Forest in which he does away with his customary instrumental preparations to return to the pure piano. The first single heralds the central themes of the album: The experience of nature as the basis for Hauschka’s understanding of life and the composition of music. For him, the concept of nature is epitomised by the image of a forest.

“In A Different Forest, I’m focusing on the forest as a natural environment and contrast to the urban everyday life; to my surroundings. Where do I want to live and work? What surroundings do I need in order to feel fulfilled? By examining these questions I always come back to nature. How often have I gone for a walk and finished on the crest of a hill or mountain top, and found a new perspective on things. It’s quite a moving experience. The experience of the sublime. Realising that everything has been there for such a long time and will continue to exist, yet in contrast, our human existence is reduced to but a fraction of the earth’s history.”  The forest is also a symbol of change for Hauschka. Here people can find themselves again and feel surrounded by, as well as a part of, a unified whole.

The music video for Curious, directed by English film-maker Robert Petit, portrays a main protagonist whose curiosity is piqued when she hears evocative yet unexplained music from afar. Escaping her surrounds, her resulting quest takes her through the moonlit forest to the source of the music. Watch below. Click here to listen, download or stream, “Curious.”