Bowie,Berlin & Beyond

This latest project by the DSQ follows in the imaginary footsteps of David Bowie and his Berlin Years.

The music here explores and re-visits the period when Bowie experimented with the ambient world of Brian Eno, free improvisation, and the minimalist works of the classical composer, Philip Glass.

This album guides the listener on an inspirational sonic journey, mixing music and soundscapes from Bowie, Berlin & Beyond.

The British composer David Power writes:

'It was through Ziggy and his friends that I first heard Bowie's albums and these totally changed my view of him. In particular, the extended electronic instrumental tone poems he wrote (partly with Eno, during his Berlin period) made a very strong impression on me. As a 15 year old, I had never heard anything like these before. I wanted more.

I started by following up on Eno. As well as his own ambient albums, he had also persuaded his record company to let him set up his own label, Obscure Records, which he devoted largely to the English experimental school. It released recordings of works by Gavin Bryars, Michael Nyman, John White, John Cage and John Adams amongst others. Bowie and Eno had also drawn on the German Krautrock scene and I explored that too. A name that kept on coming up was Stockhausen.

For me this was my gateway into contemporary classical music. Fast forward a few decades and I am now running a small contemporary music festival in Lincolnshire, the Grimsby St Hughs Festival. It occurred to me that if Bowie and Eno's Berlin work could act as a gateway for me, maybe it could do so for others too. I got in touch with the Deltas and invited the quartet to present a concert of some arrangements of Bowie's instrumentals alongside music by Glass, Nyman and Bryars. The audience loved this Bowie inspired mix as the quartet totally embraced the essence of the music.

This concert was the start of a new journey culminating in this 2018 release on Trevor Taylor's eclectic FMR label - a label which very much mirrors the ethos of Eno's Obscure Records.

The Belize born British composer, Errollyn Wallen, said of her own Ensemble X that 'it didn't break down barriers because it didn't see any'. I hope this CD can be heard in the spirit of a remark such as that.'


Bowie, Berlin & Beyond

Bowie, Berlin & Beyond (2018)

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Bowie, Berlin & Beyond was a well-attended evening of minimalist music
Dorset Echo Nick Horton 05/02/2020

This album is cool. Seriously cool. My initial scepticism over how badly pop songs can translate to instrumental works disappeared within the first 18 seconds of listening to the opening track
Clarinet & Saxophone Neil Crossley 01/02/2020

...these artful and insightful expositions of Bowie, King Crimson and others should more than arouse the musical appetites of staunch prog rock enthusiasts and open-minded jazz devotees.
All about Jazz Glenn Astarita 13/11/2018

Punchy swagger, quirky solos and ambient drones.. tailor made for the harmonies of this saxophone quartet.. I really fell for this album
Bird is the Worm Dave Sumner 06/03/2018

Utilising Bowie & Eno as an aesthetic springboard, this programme is at at the intersection between popular, minimal and ambient genres.. with their rounded tone, the Deltas occupied every corner of the space while retaining impressive precision.
York Press Richard Powell 05/03/2018

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The Old Chapel

Bowie, Berlin & Beyond
Project Flicks
Doors/Bar at 19.00
20.00 start
Calstock Arts
The Old Chapel
Sand Lane
PL18 9QX
Calstock Arts

Festival of the Sky, Cleethorpes, North Lincs

Bowie & Dedicated /Flicks projects. Afternoon performance (time tbc). More info

Chapel FM Arts

& Project Flicks
Chapel FM Arts
York Road
, Leeds, Yorkshire
Chapel Arts FM website

The Bandstand Aldeburgh

Concerto Caltagirone - Martland Memorial

Cinema Politeama
Via Giardini Pubblici, 4,
95041 Caltagirone

Catania, Italy

Domeniche in Musica 2019 - Martland Memorial
Parrocchia Santi Pietro E Paolo
Via Siena, 1
95128 Catania

Dorchester Arts

Royal Northern College of Music

Saxophone Day, Royal Northern College of Music
Details on RNCM Website

Ushaw College, Durham

Single reed day hosted by Darlington Clarinet Ensemble

St. Saviourgate Unitarian Chapel, York

Composer Workshop at York St John University