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Harnik, Elisabeth / Michael Zerang: Dream Disobedience (Not Two)

The extended and absorbing live performance between Austrian pianist Elisabeth Harnik and Chicago drummer Michael Zerang at Španski Borci,in Ljubljana, Slovenia in 2019 begins in restful interaction, Harnik often inside the piano and Zerang scraping and coaxing sound, building to a disruptive dream of intense interaction that ends in a turbulent awakening.
 

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Elisabeth Harnik-piano

Michael Zerang-drums


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UPC: 5906395187683

Label: Not Two
Catalog ID: MW 1008
Squidco Product Code: 29994

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2021
Country: Poland
Packaging: Cardboard Gatefold
Recorded live iat Španski Borci,in Ljubljana, Slovenia on March 23rd, 2019, by Iztok Zupan.

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"On Dream Disobedience American drummer Michael Zerang and Austrian pianist Elisabeth Harnik head way out left field, treating their instruments as noise generators in a duet captured live at the Sound Disobedience Festival, in the Slovenian capital Ljubljana, in March 2019.

Zerang may be best known as a member of Peter Brötzmann's Chicago Tentet and one third of Joe McPhee's Survival Unit III, but he also plays with the likes of Ed Wilkerson, Hamid Drake and Steve Swell. He has appeared with Harnik previously, in the company of Dave Rempis on Wistfully (Aerophonic Records, 2016) and Live At Tube's (Not Two, 2020), actually recorded the day before this date. Harnik has also made a name for herself alongside Rempis' erstwhile employer Ken Vandermark in the DEK Trio, as well as in a duo with bassist Joëlle Léandre.

While many free improv encounters begin with the gradual accumulation of small sounds, it is often what happens next that is most interesting. The trajectory here is an unusual one. Early on, Zerang avoids struck resonance, while it is Harnik who is much more likely to hit the repeated patterns, whether on the innards or less often on the keys themselves. Their dialogue is one founded on exchanges of texture, starting with a chorus of dampened Morse code pecks, sighs, and mutters which evinces close listening in the attentiveness to placement, volume and pace.

The set moves forward in steps variously characterised by strummed strings against galumphing moans, a sequence of tremolos against unearthly hums, and eerie shimmer against carefully modulated drum strokes. It is not until almost the halfway point in the 35-minute performance that Zerang's full kit joins with Harnik's post-Cecil Taylor vernacular in a headlong dash. Such animation assumes even greater impact in the context of what has gone before.

But it does not last. After six minutes they once more revert to a hushed discourse: rubber-band twangs against metallic rattling, glinting tinkles against bell-like ringing, and rippling swirls against rasping stridulation. Another burst of fast scuttling keyboard work, embellished with chiming overtones, terminates in a cymbal flourish, the end of a session of dream-like ambience in which the fine detail may be even better appreciated through headphones."-John Sharpe, All About Jazz


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Artist Biographies

"Elisabeth Harnik, free-lance composer and pianist, was born 1970 in Graz and lives in Gams (County of Styria/Austria). She studied classical piano and later - with Beat Furrer - composition at what is now the Univer sity of Music and Performing Arts, Graz.

The "repertoire" and it's extensions in composition and improvisation is her central focus. Harnik works within an electro-acoustic inspired sound-world, using unique preparations and extended techniques.

Performances include: Easterfestival Graz 2002, Hörfest Graz 2003/04/05, Styrian Chamber Music Festival 2003, Klangmühle Orth an der Donau 2005, Munich Ope ra Festival 2006, Mozart- Year Vienna 2006, Paul Hofhaimer Musiktage 2006, Composers' Forum Mittersill 2008, Haydn Year 2009, Festival 4020 Linz 2009, Sou ndings Festival London 2010, Opera Graz, Musikprotokoll/Steirischer Herbst 2011, E_MAY Festival Vienna 2011/2012, Klangspuren Schwaz 2012, Transart Festiv al Bozen 2012, Wien Modern 2013, Estonian Harpsichord Society Festival 2014, A udio ArtFestival Pula 2014 a.o.

She has worked with renowned artists and ensembles such as the Ensemble Zeitfluss Graz, the Ensemble 09 Linz, the Ensemble MusikFabri kSüd, the Radio Symphony Orchestra Vienna, the Klangforum Vienna, the Ensemb le "die reihe" Vienna, the Ensemble Kontrapunkte Vienna, the ensemble Reconsil Vienna, the Ensemble PHACE Vienna, the Ensemble Platypus Vienna, the Hay dn-Trio-Eisenstadt, the Trio AMOS Vienna, the Trio EIS Vienna, the Thürmchen Ens emble Cologne, the Fidelio Trio London, the Cantus Ensemble Zagreb, the Ensemble mise-en New York and various national and international soloists.

She received a great number of rewards and prizes, most recently she was Artist in Residence at the OMI International Arts Center New York 2010 and Composer in Residence 2013 at the IZZM in Ossiach/Austria. In addition to her work as composer she appears as improvisator at various national and international festivals such as the V:NM-Festival, the Ulrichsberger Kaleidophon, the Nickelsdorfer Konfrontationen, the Artacts Festival St. Johann, the Music Unlimited Festival Wels, the Soundgrube Vienna, the Comprovise Festival Cologne, the Beethoven Fest Bonn, the A L'ARME! Festival Ber lin, the Jazz & More Festival Sibiu, the Alpenglow Festival London, the All Ears Festival Oslo, the Umbrella Music Festival Chicago, the Okka Fest Milwaukee, the Musi cacoustica Beijing, the SoundOut Festival Canberra/AUS a.o."

-Elisabeth Harnik Website (http://elisabeth-harnik.at/wp-content/uploads/2015/02/Elisabeth-Harnik_Bio-English.pdf)
5/23/2024

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"Michael Zerang was born in Chicago, Illinois, and is a first-generation American of Assyrian decent. He has been a professional musician, composer, and producer since 1976, focusing extensively on improvised music, free jazz, contemporary composition, puppet theater, experimental theater, and international musical forms.

Michael has collaborated with contemporary theater, dance, and other multidisciplinary forms and has received three Joseph Jefferson Awards for Original Music Composition in Theater, in collaboration with Redmoon Theater, in 1996, 1998, and 2000.

As a percussionist and composer, Michael has over eighty titles in his discography and has toured nationally and internationally to 34 countries since 1981, and works with and ever-widening pool of collaborators.

Michael founded and was the artistic director of the Link's Hall Performance Series in Chicago from 1985-1989 where he produced over 300 concerts of jazz, traditional ethnic folk music, electronic music, and other forms of forward thinking music. Michael has been a Board Member of Links Hall Since 1989. He continued to produce concerts at Cafe Urbus Orbis from 1994-1996, and at his own space, The Candlestick Maker in Chicago's Albany Park neighborhood, from 2001 - 2005.

Michael has taught as a guest artist at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago in performance technique, sound design, and sound/music as it relates to puppetry; rhythmic analysis for dancers at The Dance Center of Columbia College, Northwestern University, and MoMing Dance and Arts Center; courses in Composer/Choreographer Collaborations at Northwestern University; music to children at The Jane Adams Hull House.

Michael currently tours and holds workshops in improvisational music, and teaches private lessons in rhythmic analysis, music composition, and percussion technique.

-Michael Zerang Website (http://www.michaelzerang.com/)
5/23/2024

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1. Dream Disobedience 35:15

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