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Parak.eets (Ute Wassermann / Richard Scott / Emilio Gordoa): Natura Venomous (Creative Sources)

The trio of Richard Scott on modular synths, Emilio Gordoa on vibraphone & percussion, and Ute Wasserman on voice, in uniquely orchestrated free improvisations that focuses on sound interaction with detail and restraint, while still bringing a sense of wonder and exuberation.
 

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Ute Wassermann-voice, birdcalls

Richard Scott-modular synthesizer

Emilio Gordoa-vibraphone, percussion


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UPC: 5609063403435

Label: Creative Sources
Catalog ID: cs343
Squidco Product Code: 22053

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2015
Country: Portugal
Packaging: Cardboard Gatefold
Recorded in Berlin, Germany, on January 12th and 13th, 2015 by Richard Scott.

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"Formed in Berlin in 2014, Parak.eets is an unconventional experimental music ensemble comprising Ute Wassermann, Richard Scott and Emilio Gordoa - three highly singular voices from the thriving Berlin improvised music scene. The combination of analogue modular synthesizer, prepared vibraphone and extended vocal techniques makes the trio's sound unique.

Like many birds, all three musicians are natural mimics: Scott's analogue synthesizer often sounds like voice and percussion, Gordoa's vibraphone treatments and other percussion call to mind both voices and electronics, while Wassermann's hybrid instrument of voice with a variety of bird whistles blends so exactly with this sound world that it is sometimes a shock to remember that what we are hearing is a human voice. All three go beyond how their instruments normally sound into other worlds, populated by the multifarious sounds of other instruments, birds, mammals, insects and other organisms that are harder to identify.

One pleasure is that they often come together to form something like a composite sound environment; parallels with forest and jungles and other natural habitats seem inevitable and it is surprising when, out of this, highly virtuosic bursts of contemporary music announce themselves. The music morphs, forever changing its shapes and surfaces. It delights in the surprise of letting go of one moment in order to embrace the next. There is a sense of generosity in this music, an openness of all the musicians not only to each other but to the potential of sound in general. The trio is able to negotiate many twists and turns, continually open to new possibilities and combinations. If the overall sense is one of playful and joyful exploration, the listener is left in no doubt of the seriousness and musicality exerted in every moment.

Ute Wassermann
Ute Wassermann is known as a vocal soloist and composer/performer and for her extraordinary, many-voiced and extreme vocal sound-language, which she has brought into contemporary music in diverse ways. She defamiliarises the sound of her voice using bird call whistles, palate whistles, speaker objects or field recordings. A particular interest is the development of compositions for spaces with unusual acoustic qualities. She has performed as a vocal soloist in the area of contemporary and experimental music in festivals in Europe, Australia and Asia. She is an integral part of the Berlin and London experimental music scenes, performing regularly with ongoing collaborators like Speak Easy (with Phil Minton, Martin Blume and Thomas Lehn), John Russell, Alexander Kolkowski, Els Vandeweyer, Michael Vorfeld (percussion and lights), Birgit Ulher and others, and is a member of the Berlin-based composer/performer ensemble Les Femmes Savantes. She has given premieres of works composed specially for her voice, for example by Richard Barrett, Chaya Czernowin, Henning Christiansen, Hans-Joachim Hespos, Matthias Kaul, Michael Maierhof, Michael Finnissy, Cathy van Eck, Simon Steen-Andersen and Andrew Noble, as well as performances of works by Salvatore Sciarrino, John Cage and others.

Richard Scott
Richard Scott is a composer and free improvising musician working with analogue modular synthesizers and alternative controllers such as his own self-designed WiGI infra-red controller developed at STEIM, the Buchla Thunder and Buchla Lightning. He has been composing and performing improvised music for over 25 years, producing, performing and recording with artists such as Evan Parker, Twinkle³, Edward Barton, Clive Bell, Olaf Rupp, Robin Hayward, Richard Barrett, Gustavo Aguilar, David Ross, BARK! and Grutronic. He studied improvisation with John Stevens, saxophone with Elton Dean and Steve Lacy, Action Theater improvisation with Sten Rudstrom and electroacoustic composition with David Berezan and Ricardo Climent. His work has been featured on BBC Radio 3 and Radio 4, and at the International Computer Music Conference, London Jazz Festival, BEAM, Bratislava NEXT Festival of Advanced Music, SARC Sonorities Belfast, Berlin Interaktion Improvised Music Festival and MANTIS Electroacoustic Music Festival in Manchester. He was a long term artistic resident at STEIM in Amsterdam, a lecturer in music at Lancaster University and co-curator of two underground experimental improvised and electronic concert series in Berlin: AUXXX Berlin and Basic Electricity.

Emilio Gordoa
Emilio Gordoa is a Mexican musician, composer and vibraphonist who lives and works in Berlin and Mexico City. He is involved in numerous projects, including many related to experimental music, noise, free jazz, improvisation and contemporary music. He is redefining the vibraphone as a sound source, treating it with preparations and extended techniques, and is a busy composer as well, writing scores for a variety of ensembles, theatre and documentary films. His recent projects include SOEL electro-acoustic quartet, Mano Morta, LEEM and MOvE (with Adam Pultz Melbye, Dag Magnus Narvesen, Achim Kaufmann and Harri Sjöström). Emilio has worked and recorded with artists such as John Russell, Tristan Honsinger, German Bringas, Misha Marks, Tobi Delius, Liz Allbee, Remi Alvarez, Chris Cogburn, Clayton Thomas, Klaus Ku?rvers, Tony Buck, Alexander Bruck, Juan Garci?a, Bonnie Jones, Harri Sjo?stro?m, Frank Paul Schubert and Daniel Ott. He has performed at venues and festivals around Europe, including the Copenhagen Jazz Festival, Klangkunstprojekte in Leipzig, Art Sound Festival Berlin, CSW (Contemporary Art Museum of Warsaw) and Mopomoso at the Vortex in London."-Richard Scott Website



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Artist Biographies

"Ute Wassermann studied fine arts focusing on sound installations and performance at the University of Fine Arts of Hamburg. Among her teachers were Henning Christiansen and Allan Kaprow. She continued her studies in fine arts, music and singing at the University of California, San Diego. She was a fellow at Akademie Schloss Solitude in 1993-94 and at Civitella Ranieri in Italy in 2015.

Ute Wassermann has developed her own unique vocal techniques. She explores them in different forms such as voice performances, compositions, improvisations and installations. The human voice is extended in many different ways in her work and often plays with all kinds of other sound connotations. This also results in an extensive use of bird whistles, different kinds of resonating objects and prepared loudspeakers.

She is one of the founding members of the artists collective Les Femmes Savantes Other members of this Composer-Performer-Ensemble are Sabine Ercklentz, Andrea Neumann and Ana Maria Rodriguez. She also performs with Richard Scott and Emilio Gordoa in parak.eets and with her quartet speak easy (with Phil Minton, Thomas Lehn and Martin Blume)She also often plays as an Improvisationsduo with, for example, Aleksander Kolkowski, Rhodrie Davies, Joke Lanz, Birgit Ulher, Els Vandeweyer, Charlotte Hug, Richard Barrett und John Russel.

Ute Wassermann also performs compositions by others. She has interpreted works by Chaya Czernowin, Henning Christiansen, Hans Joachim Hespos, Salvatore Sciarrino, Luciano Berio, Simon Steen-Andersen, Matthias Kaul, Cathy van Eck, und Richard Barrett."

-Wikipedia (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ute_Wassermann)
7/10/2024

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"Dr. Richard Scott is a UK-born Berlin-based composer and free improvising musician working with analogue modular synthesizers and alternative controllers such as his own self-designed WiGi infra red controller developed at STEIM, the Buchla Thunder and Buchla Lightning. He has been composing and performing improvised music for over 25 years, recently performing and recording with artists such as Evan Parker, Shelley Hirsch, Sidsel Endreson, Twinkle³, Richard Barrett, Axel Doerner, Jon Rose, Clive Bell, Kazuhisa Uchihashi, Emilio Gordoa, Thomas Lehn, Frank Gratkowski, Michael Vorfeld, Ute Wassermann, Phil Marks, David Birchall, David Ross, Bark! and Grutronic amongst many others.

He studied improvisation with John Stevens, saxophone with Elton Dean and Steve Lacy, Action Theater improvisation with Sten Rudstrom and electroacoustic composition with David Berezan and Ricardo Climent.

His work has been featured on BBC Radio 3 and 4, International Computer Music Conference (Athens and Huddersfield) London Jazz Festival, BEAM, Bratislava NEXT Festival of Advanced Music, Konfrontationen, Austria, SARC Sonorities Belfast, International Festival for Artistic Innovation, Leeds, Berlin Interaktion Improvised Music Festival and MANTIS Electroacoustic Music Festival, Manchester. He was a long term artistic resident at STEIM in Amsterdam, sometimes a Lecturer and visiting professor at various Universities and co-curator of two important long-running "underground" concert series in Berlin: AUXXX Berlin and Basic Electricity.

In 1993 he was awarded a PhD from London University for his thesis on free improvisation. In 2010 he completed a MusM (distinction) in Electroacoustic Music Composition at NOVARS, Manchester University. He wrote extensively for Wire magazine, was administrator at the LMC (London Musician's Collective) and has been an active member of the improvising and electroacoustic communities in London, Manchester and Berlin."

-Richard Scott Website (http://richard-scott.net/about/)
7/10/2024

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"Emilio Gordoa is a Mexican composer and vibraphonist based in Berlin since 2012. He's involved in numerous projects including his work as a soloist and in collaboration with theater and dance. Emilio is specially focus in sound art, experimental music, noise, free jazz, improvisation and contemporary music.

He is redefining the vibraphone as a source, treating it with preparations and extended techniques, and is a busy composer as well, writing graphic scores for a variety of ensembles, large and small, for theater, documentary films and audiovisual.

Emilio studied music composition with Vincent Carver and Mario Lavista, and percussion with Raul Tudon. He has collaborated and performed with artist such as John Russell, Tristan Honsinger, Misha Marks, John Butcher, Axel Dörner, Tony Buck, Tobias Delius, Ignaz Schick, Klaus Kürvers, Alexander Bruck, Richard Scott, and Ute Wassermann."

-Creative Sources (http://creativesourcesrec.com/creative_artists.html)
7/10/2024

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Track Listing:



1. Aldefa 7:06

2. Cicuta 5:35

3. Abrus 3:05

4. Ricinus 3:15

5. Taxus 5:56

6. Hippomane 3:47

7. Datura 9:09

8. Atropa 6:59

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European Improvisation and Experimental Forms
Electro-Acoustic
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Unusual Vocal Forms
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