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To download: concert overview 02-06.2019

Friday, 05 April 2019, 8 p.m.

MUG - Munich Underground at Einstein Kultur

Mercury

Mercury

Lori Freedman, bass clarinette / CDN
Nicolas Caloia, bass / CDN
Photo: Jia Murphy

Mercury is a product of a long-time collaboration between two key figures of the improvisation scene of Montreal: Lori Freedman, clarinets, and Nicolas Caloia, doublebass.

After some 15 years of playing, recording, writing and talking together Mercury decided to develop a concert repertoire that reflects the ideas of  “open form” composition specific to the current approach in Montreal. With seamless welding of both written and improvised parts this singular sound comes from music that is dynamic and conversational in structure, rich with polyphonic and gestural elements. Each piece has its own particular playful quality and is animated by these two veteran musicians.

Performances of the duo include compositions by Earle Brown, John Cage, Cornelius Cardew, Christian Wolff, Malcolm Goldstein as well as own pieces and free improvisation.

Lori Freedman is one of the most important avant-garde musicians of her generation and her bass clarinet playing is unprecedented. Highlighted among her performances she has played wth Steve Lacy, Roscoe Mitchell, Misha Mengelberg, Joe McPhee, Toshimaru Nakamura, Rohan de Saram, John Butcher, Joëlle Léandre, George Lewis, Axel Dörner, Phil Minton, Frances-Marie Uitti and Richard Barrett. In 2006, with "Queen Mab" she was guest of Offene Ohren e.V. for the first time.

Nicolas Caloia, with his surprising and unique musical voice is an unparalleled force in the creative music scene. As bass player, composer, and bandleader Caloia’s music can be heard in ongoing collaborations with Tristan Honsinger, Joe McPhee, Matana Roberts, Malcolm Goldstein, Sam Shalabi, Jean Derome, Joshua Zubot, and Yves Charuest, and in past projects with Roscoe Mitchell, Marshall Allen, Steve Lacy, Hassan Hakmoun, William Parker, and Pandit Hariprasad Chaurasia.

Location: MUG - Munich Underground at Einstein Kultur
Entrance fee: 15 Euro, members of Offene Ohren e.V. 12 Euro

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Friday, 03 May 2019, 8 p.m.

MUG - Munich Underground at Einstein Kultur

Duo Joe McPhee & Paal Nilssen-Love

Duo Joe McPhee & Paal Nilssen-Love

Joe McPhee, reeds and brass / USA
Paal Nilssen-Love, drums / N

Selten wurde ein Gebläse-Schlagwerk – Duo so eingehend und sorgfältig auf Tonträgern dokumentiert wie das des Trompeters/Saxofonisten Joe McPhee und des Schlagzeugers Paal Nilssen-Love, unter anderem mit einer 7-CD Box: Candy.

Eine Kritik auf „freejazzblog.org“ schließt mit den Worten: Diese Musik ist jenseits von Schönheit, jenseits von Traurigkeit, jenseits von Worten. Jenseits! Alles was man darüber schreiben würde, könnte dieser Musik nicht gerecht werden.

Wir finden, eine bessere Art, unser Konzert Nummer 200 zu feiern, kann es nicht geben!

Joe McPhee ist Multi-Instrumentalist, Improvisator, Komponist und Konzeptionalist. Achtjährig begann er das Trompetenspiel, später, inspiriert durch Albert Ayler, griff er auch zum Saxofon und begann seine intensive Beschäftigung mit sowohl akustischer wie elektronischer Musik. Auf Clifford Thorntons Platte Freedom and Unity ist er erstmals als Sideman dokumentiert, bald darauf folgten zahlreiche Einspielungen auch als Leader.

Bestimmende Einflüsse für McPhees Entwicklung eigener Musiktheorien waren Pauline Oliveros’ “deep Listening” und Edward De Bonos “lateral Thinking” – Den disruptive Ansatz, sich einer Lösung bewusst aus ganz neuen Blickwinkeln anzunähern, übertrug er auf seine eigene Herangehensweise an kreative Improvisation.

Ein Ergebnis dieses lateralen Denkens war der provokative Prozess, der zu seinem Konzept der PO Music führte: “Es ist eine Hypothese des POsitiven, POetischen und (POssible) der Möglichkeiten, fixe, überkommene Ideen zu verlassen um Neue zu finden”.

Paal Nilssen-Love  ist laut downbeat (Dan Quelette 2002) "einer der innovativsten, dynamischsten und vielseitigen Schlagzeuger der aktuellen Szene".

Zu einem guten Teil ist dies seiner Arbeitsweise geschuldet: Er ist gleichzeitig in einer Vielzahl von Bands und Projekten aktiv, die als gemeinsamen Nenner jedoch immer ein hohes Energie- und Dynamik-Niveau aufweisen. Genannt seien hier stellvertretend The Thing, Territory Band, Atomic, Sten Sandell Trio und vor allem das Brötzmann Chicago Tentet, aber auch Duos mit Ken Vandermark, Mats Gustafsson oder Lasse Marhaug.

Die Basis wurde schon in seiner Jugendzeit gelegt. Er wuchs als Sohn eines Schlagzeugers und Jazzclub-Betreibers im norwegischen Stavanger auf und kam schon früh mit Saxofonist Frode Gjerstad in musikalischen Kontakt.

Location: MUG - Munich Underground at Einstein Kultur
Entrance fee: 15 Euro, members of Offene Ohren e.V. 12 Euro

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Friday, 10 May 2019, 8 p.m.

MUG - Munich Underground at Einstein Kultur

Zinc & Copper - plus

Zinc & Copper

Robin Hayward, tuba / GB
Hilary Jeffery, trombone / GB
Elena M. Kakaliagou, horn / GR
    plus Friedrich Glorian, percussion / D
Photo collage: © H. Schneider, H. Jeffery, H. Schneider

Zinc & Copper was founded by tuba player Robin Hayward in 2005. A trio of horn (Elena Margarita Kakaliagou), trombone (Hilary Jefferey) and tuba forms the basis for a variable ensemble of brass instruments, distinguished by its innovative and pioneering approach.

The development of microtonal valve systems enables unprecedented exploration of tuning systems on brass instruments, connecting both to western experimental music traditions and non-western traditions such as Maqam. Using distorted embouchure and experimental valve techniques, the instruments may be transformed into acoustic noise generators. Half-valve and muting techniques allow for an acoustic filtering of the tone, opening up a wide colour spectrum.

In the time of Giovanni Gabrieli, long before modern valved brass instruments were invented, the brass ensemble had equal standing to other chamber music ensembles. By researching alternative approaches towards playing, Zinc & Copper is exploring the potential of the medium in the 21st century.

It was in the late 1960´s when Friedrich Glorian started his career as a professional musician in the city of Ulm in southern Germany, playing the lead guitar with the krautrock band Prof. Wolfff, one of the first rock bands to use German lyrics.

After a two-year training at Joe Haider´s jazz school in Munich in the late seventies, he spent a lot of time in India to study North Indian vocal music and percussion.

In 2004 he founded the world music project setu.bandh, featuring musicians from India, Georgia, Hungary and Israel. Currently, he is busy composing new / experimental / electronic music for dance and multimedia productions and art installations.

Location: MUG - Munich Underground at Einstein Kultur
Entrance fee: 15 Euro, members of Offene Ohren e.V. 12 Euro

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Friday, 31 May 2019, 8 p.m.

KIM at Einstein Kultur

Capece - Dafeldecker DUO

Capece - Dafeldecker DUO

Lucio Capece, bass clarinette / AR
Werner Dafeldecker, double bass / AT
Photo left: © Kazimierz Ździebło

Lucio Capece and Werner Dafeldecker explore the overtone world of the two instruments as part of repetitive improvisation patterns. Symmetry, repetition and the resulting structures, as well as their manifestations are theme of the duo founded in 2010.

Minimal, often barely noticeable transformation of solitary material through subtle sonic changes illuminate the monolithic form of the acoustic pieces. The moments of material change are not exactly limited and appear volatile.

Werner Dafeldecker is an Austrian improvisation musician (guitar, double bass, electronics) and composer. He studied double bass at the Vienna Conservatory. Today he lives in Berlin. Werner Dafeldecker performed at the Wittener Tage für Neue Kammermusik, the Salzburg Festival, the Styrian Autumn Graz, the Total Music Meeting and the Berliner Festspiele as well as at festivals in North America, France and Australia.

Lucio Capece is an Argentinian-born musician based in Berlin since 2004. His installations include the use of noises and pitched sounds, with the intention of drawing attention to surrounding space and the perceptual experience. In groups, Capece plays electro-acoustically improvised music, with instruments of choice including the soprano saxophone, bass clarinet, and the Shruti Box.

During his younger years in Buenos Aires, Lucio Capece was classically trained in guitar and jazz, later coming to favour reed instruments and compose with groups like Avion Negro and Casual. His unconventional solo performance tools now include helium balloons, pendulums, synthesizers/noise-generators, and Ultra-Violet Lights.

As proclaimed in his interviews, he conceptualizes sound as “a living creature”, and his work tends to dig into the stages of its vibrational production, to spatial travel, and to perception.

Lucio Capece’s investigative spirit has led to longer-term projects: collaborating with Mika Vainio on the Trahnie release off Editions Mego, and a solo CD by the label Potlatch, called Zero plus Zero, which was four years in the making. He has performed with artists such as Radu Malfatti, Toshimaru Nakamura, Axel Dörner, Kevin Drumm, Rhodri Davies, Julia Eckhardt, Phill Niblock, Pauline Oliveros, and with the Q-O2 Ensemble, and tours internationally with invitations at festivals like Todays Art (The Hague),  Dis-Patch (Belgrade), Experimenta (Buenos Aires), All Ears (Oslo, Norway), and more.

Location: KIM - im Einstein Kultur
Entrance fee: 15 Euro, members of Offene Ohren e.V. 12 Euro

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