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Takase, Aki / Paul Ayumi : Hotel Zauberberg (Intakt)

"The project 'Hotel Zauberberg' arose out of pianist Aki Takase's and violinist Ayumi Paul's shared admiration for the writer Thomas Mann.It mostly consists of notated compositions, with some improvised parts as well.Aki Takase penned e...

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UPC: 7640120192440

Label: Intakt
Catalog ID: Intakt 244
Squidco Product Code: 24144

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2015
Country: Switzerland
Packaging: Jewel Case
Recorded January and May 2014


Aki Takase-piano

Ayumi Paul-violin

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track listing:

1. Ankunft 1:12

2. Der Schnee 3:47

3. Analyse 3:00

4. Was Ist Die Zeit? (1) 2:34

5. Hans 4:42

6. Ewigkeitssuppe 2:40

7. Eulenspiegel 2:47

8. Menuett, KV 1, G-Dur 2:54

9. Peerperkorn 2:07

10. Partita Nr. 3, BWV 1006, Preludio 3:50

11. Veranderung 2:12

12. Donnerschlag 6:20

13. Was Ist Die Zeit? (2) 1:49

14. Frau Chauchat 4:14

15. Vetter J. 2:16

16. Zauberlied 2:18

17. Was Ist Die Zeit? (3) 2:21

18. Finis Operis 1:26
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"The project 'Hotel Zauberberg' arose out of pianist Aki Takase's and violinist Ayumi Paul's shared admiration for the writer Thomas Mann.It mostly consists of notated compositions, with some improvised parts as well.Aki Takase penned eleven of the eighteen pieces; another five are collaborations with Ms. Paul.Additionally, there are adaptations of a Mozart Minuet and a Bach Partita.An avant-gardist drawing on tradition, Ms. Takase has never been shy of musical contacts that draw out her tendencies toward stylistic variety.As a pianist, she's got claws, finesse, and, most of all, a sense of humor.Aki Takase and Ayumi Paul's first collaboration combines a light-footed intelligence with a sense of the abysses of the 'Magic Mountain', which turns into a world-theatre of love, illness and death."-Intakt

Artist Biographies:

"Aki Takase ( ) (born January 26, 1948) is a Japanese jazz pianist and composer.

Takase was born in Osaka and started to play piano at age 3. Raised in Tokyo, Takase studied classical piano at Toho Gakuen School of Music. Starting in 1978, she performed and recorded in the US. Her collaborators included with Lester Bowie, Sheila Jordan, David Liebman, and John Zorn. Her first Euopean appearance was in 1981 at the Berlin Jazz Festival in Germany. She instantly became one of the most sought after musicians, who was touring constantly the main international jazzfestivals.

For many years, she has been working with her husband Alexander von Schlippenbach, as well as with Eugene Chadbourne, Han Bennink, Evan Parker, Paul Lovens, Fred Frith and others, and in duets with Maria Jo‹o, David Murray and Rudi Mahall.

In various projects, Takase has dealt with famous jazz musicians: Duke Ellington (1990), Thelonious Monk (1994), Eric Dolphy (1998), W.C. Handy (2002), Fats Waller (2004), and Ornette Coleman (2006).

In 2002, Takase recorded with writer Yoko Tawada. Takase had read some of Tawada's poems, and, as the writer reported, she "started composing melodies and settings for my texts. When we got together, I read my poems in the same way that I always read them out loud. Aki played, listened carefully to the poems, and started improvising." In later performances, Takase used more unconventional instruments when accompanying Tawada.

Since 1987, Takase has lived in Berlin."

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"Ayumi Paul is a Berlin-based violinist, composer, and artist who presents her work in concert halls as well as in spatial installations and performances for museums and galleries. Experimenting with multiple forms, she embodies a genre transcending practice while developing site-specific work and concert programs that engage philosophical, environmental and socio-political phenomena within a holistic context. In recent years she has focused on developing her practice by investigating the possibilities of installation and the aural environment.

Projects of the 2016/2017 season include the presentation of I HEAR LIGHT (sound installation/ performance) at Kunsthalle Osnabrück; "To the birds- Concerto di Natura" at Villa Lena (concert/installation) developed in collaboration with visual artist Sarah Illenberger; several solo recitals with works by Johann Sebastian Bach and new works written for her by Leonie Roessler, Elliott Sharp and Richard Reed Parry; and performances of "Solo for Ayumi" by Ari Benjamin Meyers at Esther Schipper Gallery. Works in progress include FORGIVENESS (co-direction/composition/performance) together with dancer Iyar Elezra and a commissioned work by composer Hanna Hartman.

In 2015, the critically acclaimed Hotel Zauberberg, a duo recording with world renowned jazz pianist Aki Takase, was released on INTAKT Records. She also founded Amaebi, a duo for violin and turntables with media artist Achim Mohné.

Ayumi Paul studied violin at Hochschule für Musik Hanns Eisler in Berlin and violin and voice at Indiana University. Her teachers have included Brigitte Schoen, Ursula and Werner Scholz, and Mauricio Fuks. In 2003 she made her solo debut at the Berlin Philharmonic and since played at halls including Barbican Hall London, Concertgebouw Amsterdam, Salle Pleyel Paris, Tonhalle Zürich; and festivals including Aldeburgh Festival, Bahrain Music Festival, Holland Festival, Nuits De Fourviere, Grec Festival De Barcelona, and Copenhagen Jazz Festival. Museums she performed at include the Neue Nationalgalerie Berlin, MAXXI Museum Rom, Blockhouse Gallery Tokyo and Herzliya Museum of Contemporary Art.

Ayumi Paul performs on a violin by Giovanni Baptiste Gabrielli from 1750."

-Ayumi Paul Website (

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