Goethe-Institut China presents:
“Still Smiling” by Teho Teardo & Blixa Bargeld

Organizer: Goethe-Institut China


Performers: Teho Teardo, Blixa Bargeld, Martina Bertoni (cellist), String Quartet with Aiys Song (cellist), Ma Xiaofei (violin player), Yang Wenhui (violin player) and Hao Jie (viola player)

“If you want, you can lose yourself in ‘Still Smiling’, in its pure beauty.“ (Björn Bischoff)


On April 1st, Teho Teardo & Blixa Bargeld,two artistic geniuses will bring their unique collaboration project “Still Smiling” live to Beijing, presented by the Goethe-Institut China.


The Italian composer Teho Teardo and Blixa Bargeld, leader of “Einstürzende Neubauten” and former “Bad Seeds” first met during the realization of “Ingiuria”, a theatre piece, and right after that they collaborated on a song for a soundtrack, “A Quiet Life”. That song started the whole process of writing and producing an album together where songs and more experimental pieces could find a common ground. The original use of strings: baritone guitars, cello, violin, guitars, a full string quartet diverts the traditional perception of those classic instruments when they deal with electronics, and the result is emotionally moving.


“Still Smiling” has been written, recorded and produced between Berlin and Rome, which took nearly two years. Teho and Blixa worked next to each other choosing carefully every sound, every word and silence. The lyrics are visionary and are sung in English, German and Italian. Many of the lyrical themes deal with trying to escape and deal with one’s past. This time, Blixa reveals a really personal and intimate side to the listener. His voice sounds very sincere and impassioned.


“Still Smiling is a playful, intelligent album, a series of personal and observational sketches of a disquieting world.” (Luke Turner)



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MV of “Mi Scusi”: http://v.youku.com/v_show/id_XNTQzOTY3MzM2.html




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