Silvan Strauß is a Hamburg-based drummer and producer; a musical traveler between all the grooves, spirits and sounds that embody freedom, joy and peace!
He sees himself and his drums as a connecting link in the various artistic constellations he‘s a part of and he provides that connection with a lot of positive energy and deep grooves.
In his own compositions, improvisations and productions as well as with his main project TOYTOY he is inspired by the enormous musical palette of hiphop culture and all the different styles we associate with the word jazz.
(b. 1980, Jaffa), artist (MFA – Sandberg Instituut, Amsterdam; BFA – Bezalel Academy for art and design, Jerusalem), art-therapist (MAAT – The Kibbutzim College, Tel Aviv) and translator. Currently lives and works in Jaffa. As an artist, Alter explores the seams and fringes of society and civility, through the prism of contemporary material culture and the economy of waste – and while taking into account the imminent human failure, and pending apocalyptic future. Alter’s work has been exhibited throughout Europe and in Israel.
I strive to produce an intimate interaction.
I take inspiration from the dynamics of such conversations with close friends, where one can touch on the most painful subjects, and then burst out laughing at them, where nothing is tabu. I spread over many mediums and produce works at a fast pace and in large quantities. Shifting between the variety of mediums is for me like a possessed little girl wallowing in an amusement park, being under the spell of insatiable craving to swallow everything; exercising her freedom, or rather trying to fill a bottomless hole. It is a place where the only certainty is irrationality. A surreal place. My creative process is playful, intuitive, seemingly arbitrary. I move between intuition and conceptual polish, between the popular and the esoteric. I draw materials from the narrative of my life – where there is always a relationship with a missing factor. I juxtapose bits of my own identity with symbols and stories containing a cultural and historical charge. I strip them from their skin, mix them, and turn them into a testimony of my being an absorbing, creative human being, who just happens to be alive in a certain moment in time.