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Backlash Music

BACKLASH is an independent record label for composed and improvised music based in Berlin. It was founded in 2018 by producer Johann Günther and pianist Mathias Halvorsen as a space for alternative and conceptually developed recordings. BACKLASH primarily operates in the sphere of classical, contemporary and improvised music, but also seeks to be a home for projects that identify with several or no one genre in particular.

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And check out the catalogue below.


Mythos is a new album by german jazz drummer Max Andrzejewski, combining both composed and improvised elements. Performed by a 12 piece ensemble, the music […]

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Music for Lokkur

The Lokkur Project has evolved through Berglind’s creative efforts over the last decade. At its core is Tómasdóttir’s instrument building, resulting in the invented historical […]

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Landscapes, Knives And Glue: Kid A Recycled

Wooden Elephant’s version of Radiohead’s Kid A owes more to Radiohead than just source material: as part of the London Contemporary Orchestra, Wooden Elephant’s composer/violist […]

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On Goldberg Variations

On their first album together, classical pianist Mathias Halvorsen and contemporary jazz percussionist Jan Martin Gismervik have built a musical world of surprising subtlety and […]

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Works For Piano & Clarinet

This release features the world premiere recording of David Geppert’s Sonata for Piano and Clarinet. Geppert (1921-2017) worked on his Clarinet Sonata, Op.72, for half-a-century: […]

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Ombre Nel Mattino Di Piero

The music of Salvatore Sciarrino is taking place along the edges between sound and silence, between noise and sound. The players who need to choose […]

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The Well-Prepared Piano, Vol. 1

In a new multi-release project from Backlash, pianist Mathias Halvorsen records J.S. Bach’s complete Well-Tempered Clavier on various prepared pianos. The instruments are developed in […]

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BACH 29-01-18

The idea for the album was taken from the long and exciting history of Artiom Shishkov with these Bach pieces. He learned the pieces from […]