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Hupata! (Rave / Warelis / Tuan Ku): Microclimates [CASSETTE w/ DOWNLOAD] (Astral Spirits)

Three improvisers from three different parts of the world working together in Amsterdam — Ada Rave from Argentina on tenor saxophone & clarinet, Marta Warelis from Poland on piano, Yung-Tuan Ku from Taiwan on percussion — in free collective works from pointillistic to chamber approaches, with a sense of humor and shared creative aesthetic.

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Label: Astral Spirits
Catalog ID: AS137_CAS
Squidco Product Code: 29688

Condition: New
Released: 2020
Country: USA
Packaging: Cassette
Recorded at at Splendor, in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, on January 10th 2018, by Marc Schots.


Ada Rave-tenor saxophone, clarinet

Marta Warelis-piano

Yung-Tuan Ku-percussion

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"Ada Rave: Saxophonist, improviser and composer, was born in Chubut (Argentina) in 1974. She began her musical development in 2000 in the Buenos Aires jazz scene. Her musical interests are jazz, free improvisation and composition. She works on her own projects and also collaborates with other musician's - performing in several places around Argentina. Since 2013 she has been based in Amsterdam where she performs with several musicians in the Netherlands and Europe. She continues researching her personal approach to the sound and interaction with other musicians as well as the environment, expanding her passion for the free improvisation.

She is currently involved in the following musical projects:

- new rumors & other noises with Raoul Van Der Weide (contrabass) and Nico Chientaroli (piano)

- Wilbert De Joode (contrabass) and Nicola Hein (guitar)

- Kaja Draksler (piano, composition), Laura Polence and Bjork Nielsdottir (voices), Ab Baars (cl, sax), George Dumitriu (violin, viola), Lennart Heyndels (contrabass), Onno Govaert (drums)

- Felicity Provan (trumpet, composition), Han Buhrs (voice), Harald Austbo (cello), Michael Vatcher (drums)

She studied with the teachers: Carlos Lastra, Enrique Norris and Rodrigo Domínguez and graduated with a degree in jazz at the Manuel De Falla Conservatory of Buenos Aires.

In addition to playing music, she is also the initiator and organizer of a jam session for free improvisation (in both Buenos Aires and Amsterdam), and also a concert organizer. She has also been a music educator since 2000 and she currently teaches saxophone and free improvisation."

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"Pianist Marta Warelis (1986) is a vibrant performer with a strong preference for improvisation and experimentation in all genres. She continually aims for instant composing on the basis of new sounds and influences. Her work draws inspiration from music across the globe including cumbia, Angolan dance music, as well as jazz, western classical music and the various schools of free improvisation. Born and raised in Poland where she graduated with honours from WSJiMR in Wroclaw, Marta moved to Groningen in 2010 to attend the Prins Claus Conservatory. In 2014 she found her place in Amsterdam, very quickly becoming an active member of the local improvisers' scene. Marta has appeared frequently in the Bimhuis, where in 2017 she was given a Carte Blanche in recognition of her remarkable talents. She performs with a variety of creative musicians including Michael Moore, Ab Baars, Mike Reed, Andy Moor, Joost Buis, dancers Lily Kiara and Michael Shumacher, as well with such groups as Hupata!, Omawi, Future Neighbor, Polyband, Edge Ensemble, Strings5, Xavier Pamplona, Warelis/Rosaly/Lumley/Dikeman and Bazooka."

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"Born in 1988 in Taipei, Taiwan. Yung-Tuan received her percussion bachelor in National Taiwan Normal University in 2010 and completed her percussion master study in Conservatorium van Amsterdam with "Cum Laude" in June 2015.

She is the prize winner of International Percussion Competition Luxembourg 2012, Tromp Percussion competition 2014, and AHK Eindwerkprijs 2015. In 2016, She received the scholarship from Jan Pustjens Foundation for her solo music theater-Mimocussion and supported by Stichting Eigen Muziekinstrument to purchase marimba and vibraphone.

She is now an artist member of Studio MAPA Nederland and Platform for Artists Nederland Taiwan."

-Yung-Tuan Ku Website (

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track listing:


1. Dragon Tiger Buffalo 07:54

2. Urban Heat Island 03:10

3. House in The Tall Grass 05:18

4. Mother's Love 04:28


1. Roof Gardening 05:15

2. Laundromat 104dB 06:04

3. Seabed Congregate 03:27

4. Tata Inti 07:56
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"HUPATA!!! It's a constellation of three voices from three different continents. Saxophone, piano and percussion are followed by a wonky, wobbly, rickety, going hog wild wagon filled with toys, which transform and take shapes of birds, elephants, camels, taking you for a journey into places that you might have heard about, or that you've never even imagined. Ada Rave from Argentina, Marta Warelis from Poland and Yung-Tuan Ku from Taiwan met each other in the playground of vibrant Amsterdam improvised scene, and have been working together since October 2016. Incorporating elements of humor they explore improvisation in it's purest form, mixing strong melodies and noise with big dose of space, silences, lyricism ethnic rhythms, sometimes going into meditative states where time dissolves into breathing cycles and tides of the sea."

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