With his seventh album since he started his Ensemble du Verre in 2003 producer and multi instrumentalist Sonke Duwer is presenting his latest production Rooms. An album with a new musical direction yet quite typical E.D.V. coherent floating and featuring beautiful methaphorical lyrics enhancing E.D.V.'s stilistic and sonic spectrum. Next to three instrumental pieces six vocal tracks can be heard on Rooms. During a meeting in his Hamburg based Batterieraum studio Duwer tells us how his album came to life. Is there a basic idea for this record and what about the title Rooms For several years from time to time I wrote songs on my old piano but I never used them. Working on my previous albums I was interested in other ways to express myself so a lot of these piano compositions kind of landed in the drawer. But in the beginning of 2015 the time had come to generally create a new overall sound for E.D.V. so I went through the material and started working on these ideas some instrumentals and some real songs. This is my seventh album and from the beginning on I had a certain sound in my ear so while I developed the tracks I constantly wondered if what I was working on could fit into a very reduced piano based sound idea. Every new song simply got a number as a working title so the first song was called Rooms1 etc. It all started with the title Rooms. With every piece I tried to imagine what I would find in a particular room creating which kind of atmosphere could be the light the size or my perspective looking into it. Some rooms are no rooms in a usual sence i.e. a clearing in the woods or a fiew into a cardboard in all these spots I found inspirations for my music. Which role plays the piano in your music As a contrast to many of my old songs I composed all these nine pieces so that they can be performed live simply using piano and voice. The piano sound and the kind of harmonic structure was an essential factor and starting point for every song. In 2005 when I produced my Sing Me Something album I already worked with my piano and different ways to prepare it. Since I simply continued this working process in the last 11 years since Sing Me Something the character of this instrument is the key to all of the pieces on Rooms. And by the way this piano is my oldest instrument I got it from an old aunt of mine when I was 18.... For the recordings you didn't only play the piano parts but also the drums again. The drums is and will always be my instrument I am a passionate drummer. For my current tracks I wanted to produce very reduced beats quite minimalistic so I prepared my Gretsch Set from the 60ies to get a very distinct sound. And then I spent an awful lot of money on microphones and amps unfortunately ruining our family finances go ask my wife....but I wanted everything to be perfect! Since you started E.D.V. your music had always quite an electronic character. I was nominated for the Jazz Award Bremen for my way to blend electronics into Jazz. For Rooms I created sounds which add to the music without distracting from it. When the recordings were done all that mattered was to create a certain electronic layer adding some decent minimalistic depth to the written music. How did you find the different vocalists you worked with I ended up working with four not only very different voices but also very different personalities. First off all there was the song meaning lyrics music and arrangement. Then I started searching and contacting various people and each and every time it was very exciting for me to listen to my songs being interpreted by an other singer male or female. Before we worked on the tunes we always had a profound exchange about the songs and then we started recording and creating something together. Now I am truely happy and really proud to to be able to present those wonderful interpretations by Nora Becker JanPhilipp Kelber Luisa Woestmeyer and Ute Lorenzen on my album it truely is a very special feeling for my. Next to bassist Daniel Stritzke who you collaborated with you on your latest EP Melody we can hear Umut Abaci on the turntables how did that come about My son produces Hip Hop tracks and has been working with Umut for quite some time so it only felt right to ask if he was willing to experiment with me. During our two extremely creative sessions we found a way to put scratches into a completely new musical context. Scratching original material has been fascinating for me for years I had heard it from D'Angelo and was amazed by the concept. On Rooms I finally could do it myself. Due to the fact that there are all these digital options there is no need for a dubplate you can play with files and a digital DJ system to your heart's content.