The "Grand Orchestra" of Zeitkratzer and guests create a complex sound using an assembly of players with 40 winds, including bagpipes, developed by both Zeitkratzer and lay people, playing not only pure intensity but also dense and complex sound aggregates.
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Released in: Germany
"The score for Grand Orchestra has been developed for musicians, laymen, old people, children, adolescents, for anyone who likes to join in. Grand Orchestra is not for education. It's not about explaining, intellectual understanding or the training of cultural values; rather it's about having faith in the abilities and intuition of the players and their performance.
The musicians of Zeitkratzer and additional guests took over the voice-leading of the instrumental groups, distributed in the space and enabling their amplification. In this way it was possible to create not only pure intensity but also dense and complex sound aggregates, through the blurring of playing techniques inside the different instrumental groups.
Which orchestra is capable of playing such complex sounds as this group of forty wind players, chorally building a simultaneous crescendo of breaths? Who can play more ecstatically and wilder than a group of sixty musicians, playing against and doing their best to keep up with a Scottish bagpipe ensemble? It's precisely due to unclearly played single sounds, unfolding from an orchestra dominated by amateurs.
Unique sounds with a complex character that no professional orchestra could reproduce." -- Reinhold Friedl, from the liner notes.
"Zeitkratzer is sound made visible, tangible, bodily and a truly unforgettable corporal experience of live music. The physicality of sound is celebrated through extended instrumental techniques, mutual understanding and amplification of traditional instruments. A midpoint between instrumental and electronic music turns out to be more bizarre and surprising than either of these.
Zeitkratzer, founded in 1999, gathers nine musicians, light and sound engineers living in different European cities from Amsterdam to London to Oslo meeting for working phases in Berlin. They have performed critically acclaimed versions of classical music by composers such as Karlheinz Stockhausen, Helmut Lachenmann and James Tenney, aswell as orchestral versions of electronic/noise music by Whitehouse, Merzbow, John Duncan, Dror Feiler and Lou Reed's Metal Machine Music."-Tochnit AlephThe "Grand Orchestra" of Zeitkratzer and guests create a complex sound using an assembly of players with 40 winds, including bagpipes, developed by both Zeitkratzer and lay people, playing not only pure intensity but also dense and complex sound aggregates.
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"Reinhold Friedl, born 1964, lives in Berlin since 1987. He studied piano with Renate Werner, Alan Marks and Alexander von Schlippenbach, mathematics and musicology in Stuttgart and Berlin. As a performer, interpreter and composer, he has received various fellowships - Eurocréation Paris, the Rome Fellowship (Villa Serpentara) of the Berlin Academy of Arts, STEIM Amsterdam-, as well as various composition commissions. Reinhold Friedl has published articles in newpapers and professional journals and conducted a seminar on "Music and Mathematics" in the department of Mathematics at the Berlin Free University together with Prof. Behrends. He founded and directs the ensembles Piano-Inside-Out and ZEITKRATZER. Friedl has worked as a curator for the Podewil center for contemporary arts Berlin and directed the Off-ICMC (International Computer Music Conference) Berlin 2000. He has been invited to take part in the Jury of the Ars Electronica and Gulbenkian Foundation, Lisboa. As pianist and composer, he has worked with musicians and composers such as Lee Ranaldo (Sonic Youth), Phill Niblock, Helmut Oehring, Nicolas Collins, Lou Reed, MERZBOW a.k.a., Masami Akita, Radu Malfatti, Bernhard Guenter, Mario Bertoncini (nuova consonanza), Keiji Haino, and has made countless radio and CD recordings. Lately he realized the "spazialisation piano-project" at ZKM Karlsruhe and Asphodel Studios in San Francisco. The main focus of Reinhold Friedl's work is the inside-piano. He played all respective literature using inside-piano techniques and released several articles in this field."-Reinhold Friedl Website (http://www.reinhold-friedl.de/)
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Recorded at the Haus der Kulturen der Welt, in Berlin, Germany on August 21st, 2011, by Martin Wurmnest.
Celia Ilisch-alto saxophone
Diyar Elci-alto saxophone
Lucio Capese-alto saxophone
Gunther Haussknecht-bagpipes, director
Bernd Pommer-bass drum
Reinhold Friedl-piano, composer, director
Klaus Kurvers-double bass
Ulrich Philipp-double bass
Aniko Mey-tenor drum
Nathalie Wendzinski-tenor drum
The Berline Pipe Company-ensemble
Thai Tai Tran-flute
HildSofie Tafjord-French horn
Leyla Schlein-French horn
Martin Boo-French horn
k Niklas Henrik Tonnatt-French horn
Henry Binte-tenor horn
Maurice de Martin-percussion
Florian Wunsch-tenro saxophone
Ingrid Bulkowski-voice, bullhorn
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