THE LAB „What We Need“ – new album released today!

THE LAB „What We Need“ – new album released today!

New music for your lovely people! It’s release day today and I am happy to announce the latest album of THE LAB, called „What We Need“ is available now.

This seven-track album with 61 minutes playtime started as an experimental trio recording of Karlo Wenzel on trumpet, Sven Kosakowski on drums and me on keyboards and electronics. The recordings were edited and then sent to UK bassist Steve Lawson, who added low notes and some experimental sounds. Mostly he used the same intuitive approach, just playing along to the recording and adding what the music demanded. All recordings were edited, mixed and stirred around a little, and we finally had “What We Need”.

This album is another free add to the back-catalogue of my subscribers.

Thanks for your support, no matter if you are a subscriber, purchase the album, or just spread the word of the new release!
You will find “What We Need” at my BandCamp site:
https://mennigmann.bandcamp.com/album/what-we-need

"What We Need" album coverTHE LAB Manifest:

Create, innovate, collaborate, share.
Be yourself and let the music flow. Challenge yourself and create the unknown. Try to avoid musical habits. Improve yourself and play something new. Take risks, be prepared to fail, but always turn the mistake into something beautiful.

Make quick decisions. If something gets boring stop it or change it. Think process, not product. Give something away and tell a good story. Ignore the rules, but never play a note without a purpose. Play what you like to hear.

Be nice. Love. We are one.

Insight THE LAB – Documentary by Sven Kosakowski

A few month ago we had a creative day at THE LAB which my dear friend Sven also used to film some short impressions. Now he came up with this beautiful documentary. Camera, editing, cutting and production of this movie by Sven Kosakowski. Music by Sven Kosakowski & Marc Mennigmann.

 

Tears Of Gaia – new The Lab single feat. Jochen Schrumpf on guitar

Tears Of Gaia – new The Lab single feat. Jochen Schrumpf on guitar

We couldn’t wait to give you a preview of what we will release in a few weeks, so here is a first 11-minute track. The Lab session with Jochen Schrumpf was pure fun and inspiration. In the well-known “Lab” way of working, we started to play with each other without prior arrangements and set no limits to our creativity.

Caution! What you will hear is improvised music without any rules beyond the logic or inclination of the musicians involved. It may sound like fusion jazz, Avantgarde or noise to your ears, but listen deeper. There are stories hidden behind the curtain of your preception.

And why is this track named “Tears Of Gaia”?
According to the Gaia principle, living organisms interact with their inorganic surroundings on Earth to form a synergistic and self-regulating, complex system that helps to maintain and perpetuate the conditions for life on the planet. Look around. There is something wrong. Gaia is the ancestral mother of all life, the primal Mother Earth goddess. And it seems their children refuse the gift they were given.

The Lab personnel:
Sven Kosakowski – acoustic and electric drums
Marc Mennigmann – piano, keyboards, modular synths
Ana Orias Balderas – bass
Jochen Schrumpf – guitar

This track was recorded at “The Lab” in Dortmund, Germany
Edited by Sven Kosakowski & Marc Mennigmann
Mixed & mastered by Marc Mennigmann
Cover photo & design by Sven Kosakowski

You can listen to Tears Of Gaia on Bandcamp, just click here!

The Lab’s ”Tears Of Gaia” single cover

The Lab Prerelease – Tracks

The Lab Prerelease – Tracks

The Lab’s new, second album “Tracks” will be released on April 26, 2019. You can preorder now and receive two of the nine “tracks” on BandCamp immediately.
Our special thanks go to Axel Müller, Juan Dahmen and Shadi Al-housh for overdubbing our basic trio improvisations and adding so much wonderful music and depth to it.

The Lab Single Prerelease “Trinity Track”

The Lab Single Prerelease “Trinity Track”

To shorten your wait for our next album release called “Tracks”, here is a song in advance called “Trinity Track”, featuring Axel Müller on saxophone, Shadi Al-Housh on percussion and Juan Dahmen on additional drums. Sven, Ana and Marc improvised the basics of this song.

We posted this song to several services. Please pick the ones you prefer and follow us using this hyperfollow page. You can also find it on BandCamp as a free download.

Sven Kosakowski – acoustic and electric drums, percussion & shaker
Marc Mennigmann – piano, keyboards, modular synths
Ana Orias Balderas – bass
Axel Müller – saxophones
Juan Dahmen – additional drums
Shadi Al-Housh – darbuka, riq

Basic track recorded at “The Lab” in Dortmund, Germany
Additional recordings at several facilities all around the world.
Edited by Sven Kosakowski & Marc Mennigmann
Mixed & mastered by Marc Mennigmann