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Kleeb, Hildegard / Roland Dahinden / Alexandre Babel: Lines (ezz-thetics by Hat Hut Records Ltd)

The long-running duo since 1987 of spouses, pianist Hildegard Kleeb and trombonist Roland Dahinden, are joined by Swiss-born/ Berlin-based percussionist & vibraphonist Alexandre Babel for an album of interweaving and contrasting instrumental lines, blurring the boundaries between contemporary music and improvisation through exceptional mastery and dialog.
 

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Hildegard Kleeb-piano

Roland Dahinden-trombone

Alexandre Babel-percussion, vibraphone


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UPC: 752156100423

Label: ezz-thetics by Hat Hut Records Ltd
Catalog ID: ezz-thetics 1004
Squidco Product Code: 27402

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2019
Country: Switzerland
Packaging: Cardboard Gatefold
Recorded at Tonlabor AudioCue, in Berlin, Germany, on November 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th, 2018, by Rainer Robben.

Descriptions, Reviews, &c.

"Hildegard Kleeb comments that their concept of the trio is quite open - they're not aiming for a final definition, but for the beauty, power and creativity of possibility. Anthony Braxton's concept of things coming together by coincidence is a particular inspiration. Werner X. Uehlinger had the idea of grouping the takes in two lines, 1st and 2nd line, an organisation which the open, creative ears of listeners can play with. As the musicians say, "you may find contrast in the overall line or in the lines between the takes - may your mind fly".-Andy Hamilton



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Artist Biographies

"Hildegard Kleeb (1957 in Richenthal, Willisau District) is a Swiss pianist.

After her first piano and oboe lessons in music school in Zug, she studied piano under Cécile Hux and oboe under Hans-Martin Ulbrich at Zurich Music school from 1978 to 1982. She also studied later under Eric Gaudibert in Geneva, under Claude Helffer in Paris and under Jürg Wyttenbach at the City of Basel Music Academy. In 1990, she was a visiting scholar at the academy of plastic arts in Helsinki and from 1992 to 1995 at the Wesleyan University in Connecticut in the United States, where she also worked in Anthony Braxton ensemble in New York City and in Javanesian Gamelan orchester. She began to work there with Anthony Braxton, Alvin Lucier and Christian Wolff. She is married with the trombonist Roland Dahinden.

Kleeb is an international performer of 20th-century classical music and improvisator. She has performed in the following institutions and events: Archipel Festival Genève, Musikfestwochen Luzern, Donaueschingen Festival, Kunsthalle Basel, Knitting Factory NYC, Gesellschaft für akustische Lebenshilfe Kiel, Steirischer Herbst Graz, Bludenzer Tage für Neue Musik, Musiktage Rümlingen, Merkin Concert Hall NYC, Theater Casino Zug, Pori Art Museum, Concert Hall Göteborg, Crowell Concert Hall Wesleyan University Connecticut, The Kitchen NYC, Kunsthaus Zug, Kunstmuseum Cacéres E, Kunstmuseum Badajos E, Madrid Concert Hall, Ballhaus Berlin, Swiss Institut NYC, Kunstmuseum Boros, Yale University Gallery, Porgy & Bess Wien, Künstlerbegegnungen St.Lambrecht A, Museu Serralves Porto.

Kleeb has participated in the first performances of Peter Ablinger, Maria de Alvear, Anthony Braxton, John Cage, Roland Dahinden, Hauke Harder, Bernhard Lang, Alvin Lucier, James Tenney, Daniel Wolf and Christian Wolff.

Interdisciplinary collaboration with the visual artists like Stephane Brunner, Philippe Deléglise, Inge Dick, Daniela Keiser and Roman Singer.

Since 1987 duo with Roland Dahinden
Since 1992 trio Dahinden-Kleeb-Polisoidis
Since 2003 duo with Pelayo Fernandez Arrizabalaga"

-Wikipedia (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hildegard_Kleeb)
5/23/2024

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"Roland Dahinden (born 2 May 1962) is a Swiss trombonist and composer.

He was born in Zug, Switzerland. He studied the trombone and composition at Musikhochschule Graz with Erich Kleinschuster and Georg Friedrich Haas, at Scuola di Musica di Fiesole Florenz with Vinko Globokar). He earned an MA at Wesleyan University in Connecticut (1994), studying with Anthony Braxton, Alvin Lucier and a PhD at Birmingham University, England (2002), studying with Vic Hoyland. In 2003, he was awarded the "werkjahr" prize of the art council of the Canton of Zug, Switzerland.

He is married to the pianist Hildegard Kleeb, whom he has worked with as a duo since 1987. Since 1992 he has worked as a trio with violinist Dimitrios Polisoidis.

As a trombonist he spezializes in the performance of contemporary music and improvisation/jazz. He has given concerts throughout Europe, America and Asia. Composers such as Peter Ablinger, Maria de Alvear, Anthony Braxton, John Cage, Peter Hansen, Hauke Harder, Bernhard Lang, Joelle Léandre, Alvin Lucier, Chris Newman, Pauline Oliveros, Hans Otte, Lars Sandberg, Wolfgang von Schweinitz, Daniel Wolf and Christian Wolff have written especially for him. In 2005, the CD Silberen was picked as one of the 'Top Classical Albums of the Year 2004' by The New Yorker.

As a composer he collaborated with visual artists Guido Baselgia, Andreas Brandt, Stéphane Brunner, Daniel Buren, Rudolf de Crignis, Philippe Deléglise, Inge Dick, Rainer Grodnick, Sol LeWitt, Lisa Schiess, with the architects Morger & Degelo, and with the author Eugen Gomringer.

His exhibitions with sound installation and sculptors are shown in Europe and America."

-Wikipedia (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Roland_Dahinden)
5/23/2024

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"Alexandre Babel is a Swiss born and Berlin based drummer, percussionist, composer and improviser. He is involved in various contemporary contexts such as modern classical music, free improvisation, noise and performance art. Babel creates works that question the listenerŐs expectations towards conventional musical forms.

He performs as a solo artist and with groups through the five continents, in some of the leading venues and festivals of contemporary music. A member of the contemporary chamber music ensemble KNM-Berlin, his current projects include WZC with French composer Pierre Jodlowski, Fosil with the contrabass-clarinetist Theo Nabicht, Radial with the artist Mio Chareteau. Past and present collaborators include Keiji Haino, Sudden Infant, Buttercup Metal Polish, Aethenor, Musikfabrik. He is currently the artistic director of the swiss based percussion group Eklekto."

-Dumpf (https://dumpf.com/en/edition/alexandre-babel/)
5/23/2024

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Track Listing:



1. Riding On A Leaf 5:19

2. Primroses And Snow 3:42

3. Line Of White Thread 4:13

4. On A Long Thin Line 4:57

5. Songline 2:51

6. Into A Single Line 5:36

7. Squares And Trees 3:04

8. Over The Hill And Far 5:42

9. Squares And Birds 2:47

10. Ink On Paper 5:15

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Hat Art
Improvised Music
Jazz
Free Improvisation
European Improvisation, Composition and Experimental Forms
Saxophone & Drummer / Percussionist Duos
Duo Recordings
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