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The excellent trio of Maggie Nicols (voice), Caroline Kraabel (saxophone, voice) and Charlotte Hug (viola) record a set of improvisation just a month after performing at the Freedom of the City Festival.

Nicols, Maggie / Caroline Kraabel / Charlotte Hug

Nicols, Maggie / Caroline Kraabel / Charlotte Hug: Transitions (Emanem)
Label: Emanem    
Released in: Great Britain    

"A month after their amazing performance at the Freedom of the City Festival, this improvising trio returned to the Conway Hall to record some further distinctive music. Three strong individuals - Nicols (voice), Kraabel (alto saxophone & voice) and Hug (viola) - combine to make an exceptional trio."-Emanem

"Caroline Kraabel (born 1961 in Torrance, California) is a London-based American composer, improviser and saxophonist. She is known for her research into the implications of electricity related to recording, synthesis and amplification.

After living in Seattle, Kraabel moved to London while in her teenage years, at the end of the punk era.[1] There she took up the saxophone and became active in London's improvised music scene, eventually developing a style based on the physicality of the instrument, extended techniques and acoustics. She has performed solo and collaborated with John Edwards, Veryan Weston,[2] Charlotte Hug, Maggie Nicols,[3] Phil Hargreaves, and the London Improvisors Orchestra[4] among others. She has also organized and conducted pieces for Mass Producers-a 20-piece, all-female saxophone/voice orchestra[5] and for Saxophone Experimentals in Space-a 55-piece group of young saxophonists, as well as with her two children during walks through the streets of London.

Recordings include Transitions with Maggie Nichols and Charlotte Hug,[6] Five Shadows with Veryan Weston, Performances for Large Saxophone Ensemble 1 and 2 and Performances for Large Saxophone Ensemble 3 and 4 with Mass Producers and a solo work Now We Are One Two.

Caroline Kraabel has been hosting a weekly radio show on London's Resonance FM[7] and is the editor for the London Musicians Collective's magazine Resonance."

-Wikipedia (

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Product Information:

UPC: 5030243406821

Label: Emanem
Catalog ID: 4068
Squidco Product Code: 18379

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2002
Country: Great Britain
Packaging: Jewel tray, not sealed.
Recorded by Martin Davidson on June 4th, 2001 at Conway Hall.


Maggie Nicols-voice

Caroline Kraabel-alto saxophone, voice

Charlotte Hug-viola

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