Weaving acoustic elements, storytelling vocals, and piano sounds into electronica and field recordings and thereby creating landscapes; traveling into Indie, Ambient, Trip-Hop, instrumental Modern Classical and beyond.
“Aerial Minds is a soundscape of captivating melodies and introspective lyrics that take you on a journey to explore your innermost feelings. Valeska writes deep reflective songs that cover the human condition with compassion and insight. She should be on your essential playlist and artist to watch list.“
Valeska is an indie musician/singer/composer, as well as a voice-over actress and a dedicated music coach. Born in East Berlin to actor Klaus-Peter Thiele and painter Rosemarie Rautenberg, she grew up living and breathing creativity and has followed that path throughout her life.
“Her music doesn’t follow any rules outside of her own inspiration, and so it happens that in the worlds she creates, the Cheshire Cat lives alongside the Steppenwolf.“ – Christian K.L. Fischer – SCHALL. Musikmagazin – Editor in Chief
Find out more in her biography, the interviews and get a musical overview of the different genres on Spotify:
“She sings her lyrics with such nuance and immersion you can literally feel Valeska’s soul and spirit wrap itself around you like a plush fleece blanket on a cold winter’s night.“ Read more: Tunedloud about “All Is Forgotten“
“You make gentle steps through a new landscape in which an echo of Kate Bush reverberates and you feel like you’re on a walk with Clannad.“ – Schall Magazine about “All Is Forgotten“
“The Forest Song sounds beautiful from the off – the track starts off with Valeska’s layered vocals creating the main instrumentation of the piece – it isn’t until about halfway through that the music itself starts, with a tribal drum beat adding to the folksy feel of the song more. There’s something very haunting about the track and it’s great to hear something a little different from the norm – check out The Forest Song below and see if you agree! – York Calling about “The Forest Song“
Neoclassical Piano Music – Songs For Piano, Wind & Water:
“The piano melody that delicately floats in this piece has such character and depth, it’s hard not to feel connected to such a moving piece. In the distance of the track are subtle textures and slight distortion, which only adds more value to this already stunning piece. I think any and all neo-classical fans can appreciate this minimalistic ep.“ Read more: Rural Sounds about “Berliner Morgen“
“Transience – with this track Rautenberg ventures into suspense mode with a piece that has a piano tone worthy of a film soundtrack. The sound is one of distance mixed with fragility and loneliness. The sound of the piano is not crisp which allows it to have a mysterious presence in the room. Electronics that share a similar quality join in the piece, giving it an almost orchestral touch – as if the result or effect of the music is greater than the sum of its parts.“ Read more: Drifting, Almost Falling.
“Rautenberg’s delicate minimalist approach and keen ear for tone & melody enables to her to recreate the enchantment of those morning walks and the full sense of peace & wonder they engendered.“ Read more: Stationary Travels about “Veins EP“
“The song is called “Infinite” and features poignant words spoken from behind a veil of ambient textures as a prelude to a ravishing passage of solo piano. It is both a soothing and touching piece of music clearly offered from an open heart.“ Read more : Stationary Travels about “Infinite“
Valeska’s Music In Movies, Art & Dance:
- The song ‚All Is Forgotten‘ is featured in the award winning documentary ‚You Bet I Dance‘.
- The song ‚Wandering‘ is featured in the first Virtual Reality phone booth in London.
- The songs ‚Berliner Morgen‘, Wandering & Blissful Naïveté were featured in the official Piano Day Playlist curated by Nils Frahm.
- The Tanz-Zentrale Leipzig has created two beautiful dance choreography – music videos for the songs ‚Your Dark And Tender Heart‘ & ‚Infinite‘.
In The Press (recent):
Ambient Channel – Blume Channel – Chill Out Deer Channel – Frisky Radio – Totoro Moon – Take A Trip (Trip-Hop Compilation) – The Moderns Ep. 50 – Trip Hop Nation Podcast – Female Pressure Podcast – The Prime Chronus Channel – Emerging Indie Bands – Hype Machine – Get In Her Ears on Hoxton Radio – Summer Triiangle – Storm Music – KMAH Radio – The Sound Blog – and more … Go here for more details: Valeska Rautenberg – News
- Christoph Sebastian Pabst & Valeska Rautenberg – Wonderland (Album 2021)
- Thomas Lemmer & Andreas Bach feat. Valeska Rautenberg – Along the 7 seas (Single 2021)
- We Are All Astronauts & Valeska Rautenberg – This Life & Expansion (The Visitors Ep – 2019)
- We Are All Astronauts & Valeska Rautenberg – Ether & Walls Crumble (The Machines – EP 2017)
- Georgi Gogow of ‘City’ , Rainer Rohloff & Valeska Rautenberg – O Tannenbaum, du trägst ein‘ grünen Zweig (2017)
- Valeska Rautenberg & Alpha Minus – Whale Song (2017)
- Spotify playlist of my past musical adventures
The Musical Future:
Four EPs representing the four elements will be released in the near future, starting with Aerial Minds (August 2018) that explores the element air, capturing the intangible and ethereal in its own very unique way.
The EPs are connected by their themes, but extend freely across genres.
There are more collaborations in the works with We Are All Astronauts, Thomas Lemmer & Andreas Bach, Lauge & Baba Gnohm and other wonderful artists from all over the world.
Valeska also wrote two instrumental, neoclassical EPs : Songs for Piano, Wind & Water – the first one called ‚Veins‘ was released in April 2019, the second one called ‚Into The Still White‘ was released in April 2020.
Songs that are alive and breathing. Songs that hold the wisdom of feelings. They know more than I do … join me on my journey!