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Dafeldecker / Kurzmann / Tilbury / Wishart: Dafeldecker / Kurzmann / Tilbury / Wishart (Mikroton Recordings)

Bringing together members of AMM, Polwechsel, and Magic ID in an album that balances acoustic and electronic improvisation in an authoritative set of performances.

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Label: Mikroton Recordings
Catalog ID: mikroton cd 4
Squidco Product Code: 14346

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2009
Country: Russia
Packaging: Jewel Tray
Recorded live at Vienna and Wels/Austria in 2007 by Christoph Amann and Ollmann und Franz Prummer.


Wener Dafeldecker-electronics, bass

Christof Kurzmann-lloopp, clarinet

John Tilbury-piano

Stevie Wishart-hurdy gurdy

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track listing:

1. wien 1 6:43

2. wien 2 10:47

3. wien 3 3:15

4. wien 4 5:35

5. wien 5 8:57

6. wels 1 6:17

7. wels 2 7:42
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"Werner Dafeldecker and Christof Kurzmann are two distinguished and original voices of Austrian modern music.

Dafeldecker, a bassist, is known as a founder of improv group Polwechsel, which has released this summer a long awaited album "Field" on Hat Hut featuring pianist John Tilbury, an integral part of AMM and his solo album "Long Dead Machines I - IX" last year on Italian label Presto!?. Dafeldecker has composed numerous pieces for various classical ensembles. He also works with electronics and guitar, and runs the influential Durian label.

Kurzmann has been a prominent part and driving force of Vienna, Berlin and recently Buenos Aires scenes for two decades. He organized the phonoTAKTIK festival, helped to start famous Rhiz club in Vienna and ran the prestigious charhizma label. He also founded Extended Versions, Orchestra 33 1/3, Schnee, The Magic I.D. and The Year Of, which also features Dafeldecker, his longtime partner. Together they founded their "color", "Dafeldecker and Kurzmann meets" series in 1999, which is still active today.

While their first album (Dafeldecker/Kurzmann/Fennesz/O´Rourke/Drumm/Siewert - Orange/1999) at its time was called "the culminating point in electronic improvised music - a "supergroup" (Felix Klopotek/Spex) or "perhaps the best evidence of the good wrought by such combinations yet" (Other Music N.Y.), their follow up album (Dafeldecker/Kurzmann/Drumm/eRikm/Dieb13/Noetinger - Green 2003) demonstrated a development from basic electronic energy to the more (pre-)structured forms of improvisation.

With the release of the third album (Dafeldecker/Kurzmann/Tilbury/Wishart - Violet 2009) another 6 years have passed and what catches the eye and ear first is the shift from heavy use of electronic sound tools towards a more "acoustic" line up. With the musicianship of John Tilbury on piano and Stevie Wishart on hurdy gurdy, Dafeldecker and Kurzmann teamed up with two masters, equally virtuosos of their instruments. No wonder, the general mood of the quartet shifts to quite different horizons, while the openness and curiosity, that made their work so incomparably from the beginning, is still there.

The deceptively simple serial cover with only one change in color was designed by M. Fineder and V. Winkler for D+ and remixed by Marion Gerth."-Mikroton

Artist Biographies:

"Christof Kurzmann (vocals, lloopp, clarinet, alto sax), is an Austrian musician, performer, composer currently living in Buenos Aires. Beginning in 1994 he started his work in the field of experimental electronic music. Since that time Christof has collaborated with some of the most significant artists working in contemporary music and improvisation- including Toto Alvarez, Martin Brandlmayr, John Butcher, Eden Carrasco, Sebi Ciurcina, Werner Dafeldecker, Kai Fagaschinski, Fernanda Farrah, Bernhard Fleischmann, Michaela Grill, Margareth Kammerer, Leonel Kaplan, Bernhard Lang, Andrea Neumann, Fernando Perales, Eva Reiter, Marina Rosenfeld, Ursula Rucked, Burkhard Stangl, Michael Thieke, and Clayton Thomas- in groups such as El Infierno Musical, The Magic I.D., and Schee. During the course of his career, Christof has performed throughout Europe, Japan, North and South Amercia. He has also been a music curator since the mid 1980's, and in 1999 founded the record label, Charhizma, which has released more than 30 cds."

- (Ken Vandermark Website)

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"John Tilbury (born 1 February 1936) is a British pianist. He is considered one of the foremost interpreters of Morton Feldman's music, and since 1980 has been a member of the free improvisation group AMM.

Tilbury studied piano at the Royal College of Music with Arthur Alexander and James Gibb and also with Zbigniew Drzewiecki in Warsaw. 1968 he was the winner of the Gaudeamus competition in the Netherlands.

During the 1960s, Tilbury was closely associated with the composer Cornelius Cardew, whose music he has interpreted and recorded and a member of the Scratch Orchestra. His biography of Cardew, "Cornelius Cardew - A life unfinished" was published in 2008.

Tilbury has also recorded the works of Howard Skempton and John White, among many others, and has also performed adaptations of the radio plays of Samuel Beckett.

With guitarist AMM bandmate Keith Rowe's electroacoustic ensemble M.I.M.E.O., Tilbury recorded The Hands of Caravaggio, inspired by the painter's The Taking of Christ {1602). In this live performance, twelve of the members of M.I.M.E.O. were positioned around the piano in a deliberate echo of Christ's Last Supper. The thirteenth M.I.M.E.O. member (Cor Fuhler) is credited with "inside piano" as he interacted and interfered with Tilbury's playing by manipulating and damping the instrument's strings, essentially doing piano preparation in real time. Critic Brian Olewnick describes the album as "A staggering achievement, one is tempted to call The Hands of Caravaggio the first great piano concerto of the 21st century."

Another notable recent recording of Tilbury's was Duos for Doris (like The Hands of Caravaggio also on Erstwhile Records), a collaboration with Keith Rowe. It is widely considered a landmark recording in the genre of electroacoustic improvisation (or "EAI").

In 2013 he collaborated with artist Armando Lulaj in FIEND performance at the National Theatre of Tirana (Albania)."

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