An unlikely pairing, cellist Ulrike Brand is best known for her work with John Cage and Giacinto Scelsi, while Olaf Rupp is a regular contributor in a variety of setting in the European Free Improv scene; here they join for an album of free improvisation, finding shared and gripping language in creative and uncommon approaches to their strings.
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Label: Creative Sources
Catalog ID: cs368
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Packaging: Cardboard Gatefold
Recorded in Berlin, Germany, in 2015, by the artists.
Olaf Rupp-electric guitar
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1. Rotbuche 6:47
2. Wintersonnenwende 9:58
3. Labeling Approach 12:29
4. Quellmoor 10:28
5. Nachtaktiv 7:22
6. Moorkolk 12:15
7. Offenes Geleucht 10:16
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"Rupp's duo with German cellist Ulrike Brand is very different to Xenofox. The cello is often associated with acoustic, rather romantic music, while the electric guitar is the classic rock appendage - a feminine instrument against a symbol of machismo. Thankfully, Brandt and Rupp don't fall into these stereotypes. Brand is a well-known interpreter of contemporary classical music (she's edited books on John Cage and Giacinto Scelsi) and uses the full range of modern techniques, while Rupp barely uses guitar effects or rock chords, apart from on the opening "Rotbuche". In exploring their instruments' similarities in sound and color, switching roles, and in modulating and juxtaposing their material, the duo find a common language.
This is clearest in the last two pieces. In "Moorkolk", Rupp's guitar takes on the hue of a breathy reed instrument with Brand's cello providing high-pitched, barely audible notes. It's like the sound of marshland at night ("Moorkolk" is German for the water at the center of a marsh). A disturbing and intense piece of music. On "Offenes Geleucht" (Open Light) Rupp plays open notes against Brand's continuous vibrato bowing. Ideas echo and bounce between them.
[...] Shadowscores displays Rupp's versatility and is a fine example of musical empathy."-Martin Schray, The Free Jazz Collective
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• Show Bio for Ulrike Brand
"Ulrike Brand, born in Germany, was introduced to contemporary cello-playing by Siegfried Palm. At the Music-High-School of Cologne she studied with Peter Eötvös, Mauricio Kagel and the Amadeus String-Quartet.
Since 1985 she has partecipated as a soloist in the major festivals of contemporary music in Italy, Germany, Switzerland, France, Luxembourg, Greece, Slovacchia, Mexico, Russia and Uruguay. In 1986 she settled in Italy, where in 1987 she initiated the festival of the Quaderni Perugini di Musica Contemporanea, that she directed together with the artist Alfonso Fratteggiani Bianchi until 1997. In 2011 she moved to Berlin, where she actually lives and works.
She has worked closely with John Cage, as well she has commissioned and premiered works by several composers, among others: Christian Wolff, Barbara Monk-Feldman, Federico Incardona, Graciela Paraskevaidis, Samir Odeh-Tamimi, Joachim Heintz, Stefano Trevisi, Cheol-Ha Park, Karen Odrobna Gerardi, Steven M. Miller, Marcello Fera, Giulio Castagnoli, Giovanni Damiani, Marco Lombardi, Silvia Colasanti, Gerolamo Deraco, Federico Gardella, Enrico Correggia, Alessandra Ravera, Eckart Beinke, Gwyn Pritchard, Stefan Streich, Martin Daske, Rainer Rubbert, Charlotte Seither, Laurie Schwartz.
She realized radio broadcasting productions in Italy, Swiss, Germany, France, Uruguay and Norway. Since 2002 she has been Visiting Professor at the University of the Arts of Bremen (D). She has given lectures and masterclasses at the Escuela Universitaria de Musica di Montevideo (UY) as well as at the Universities of Bergen (NO), Oldenburg (D), College of Santa Fe (USA), Trinity Laban Conservatoire London (GB), John Cabot University Rome (I), Weissensee Kunsthochschule Berlin (D), Hochschule f. Musik, Theater und Medien Hannover (D) and the Music Conservatories of Perugia and Bolzano (I). For the Editor L'Epos (Palermo) Ulrike Brand has curated two volumes about the work of John Cage and Giacinto Scelsi.
Her focus is on multimedial projects between conceptual sound-exploring, improvisation and performance. In this context she is working with performers as well as with visual artists and choreographers.
In 2015 she received the Research Grant by Berliner Senat and in 2016 the Scholarship Künstlerhaus Wiepersdof by the Ministry of Cultural Affairs Brandenburg. Ulrike Brand lives in Berlin."-Ulrike Brand Website (http://www.ulrikebrand-cello.com/Vita_E.html)
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• Show Bio for Olaf Rupp
"Olaf Rupp (*1963) plays Improvised Music on the acoustic and electric guitar. The organic flow of his music is controlled neither by chance nor by dominant, wilful decisions. In his music he explores how more or less dense murmurations of notes (motion-clusters) can be perceived as one agglomerated sound in motion. This means that every note is a dot in a higher matrix and its colour is more important than the position of that note in any hierarchic classification system. So a sequence of notes creates a moving sound, not a melody. And the intrinsic colour of every note is more important than the melodic or harmonic burden which the listener may or may not put on it.
Besides many cooperations five solo albums are published so far on the labels FMP, GROB and GLIGG. Olaf Rupp has been touring in many countries and performed with extraordinary musicians such as Paul Lovens, Tristan Honsinger, Peter Brötzmann, Butch Morris, Lol Coxhill, John Zorn und Michael Wertmüller. Important groups are among others XENOFOX, his duo with Rudi Fischerlehner, a Duo with cello player Ulrike Brand, DIE DICKEN FINGER with Oli Steidle and Jan Roder (also a quartet with Peter Brötzmann) and WEIRD WEAPONS with Tony Buck and Joe Williamson."-Olaf Rupp Website (http://www.audiosemantics.de/info.html)
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