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Rowe, Keith / Beins, Burkhard: Erstwhile Live 001 (erstwhile)

 

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Label: erstwhile
Catalog ID: ErstLive001
Squidco Product Code: 4384

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2004
Country: USA
Recorded May 10, 2004 in Berlin at Club Der Polnischen Versager as part of the Amplify 2004: addition festival


Personnel:

Keith Rowe-guitar, electronics

Burkhard Beins-percussion

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Before April-2006

descriptions, reviews, &c.
ErstLive 001 is from the duo of Keith Rowe and Burkhard Beins, and took place during the first night of outside shows in the Berlin half of AMPLIFY 2004: addition in May 2004. This was their first set as a duo since the sessions which resulted in 'Grain' on Zarek 3 1/2 years earlier.

Artist Biographies:

"tabletop guitarist and painter. Rowe is a founding member of both the influential AMM in the mid-1960s (though in 2004 he quit that group for the second time) and M.I.M.E.O. Having trained as a visual artist, Rowe's paintings have been featured on most of his own albums. After years of obscurity, Rowe has achieved a level of relative notoriety, and since the late 1990s has kept up a busy recording and touring schedule. He is seen as a godfather of EAI (electroacoustic improvisation), with many of his recent recordings having been released by Erstwhile Records.

Rowe began his career playing jazz in the early 1960s-notably with Mike Westbrook and Lou Gare. His early influences were guitarists like Wes Montgomery, Charlie Christian and Barney Kessel. Eventually, however, Rowe grew tired of what he considered the form's limitations. Rowe began experimenting, slowly and gradually. An important step was a New Year's resolution to stop tuning his guitar-much to Westbrook's displeasure. Rowe gradually expanded into free jazz and free improvisation, eventually abandoning conventional guitar technique.

This change in his approach to guitar, Rowe reports, was partly inspired by a teacher in one of his painting courses who told him, "Rowe, you cannot paint a Caravaggio. Only Caravaggio can paint Caravaggio." Rowe reports that after considering this idea from a musical perspective, "trying to play guitar like Jim Hall seemed quite wrong." For several years Rowe contemplated how to reinvent his approach to the guitar, again finding inspiration in visual art, namely, American painter Jackson Pollock, who abandoned traditional painting methods to forge his own style. "How could I abandon the technique? Lay the guitar flat!"

Rowe developed various prepared guitar techniques: placing the guitar flat on a table and manipulating the strings, body and pick-ups in unorthodox ways to produce sounds described as dark, brooding, compelling, expansive and alien. He has been known to employ objects such as a library card, rubber eraser, springs, hand-held electric fans, alligator clips, and common office supplies in playing the guitar. A January 1997 feature in Guitar Player magazine described a Rowe performance as "resemble a surgeon operating on a patient." Rowe sometimes incorporates live radio broadcasts into his performances, including shortwave radio and number stations (the guitar's pick-ups will also pick up radio signals, and broadcast them through the amplifier).

AMM percussionist Eddie Prévost reports that Rowe has "an uncanny touch on the wireless switch", able to find radio broadcasts which seem to blend ideally with, or offer startling commentary on, the music. (Prévost, 18). On AMMMusic, towards the end of the cacophonous "Ailantus Glandolusa", a speaker announces via radio that "We cannot preserve the normal music." Prevost writes that during an AMM performance in Istanbul, Rowe located and integrated a radio broadcast of "the pious intonation of a male Turkish voice. AMM of course, had absolutely no idea what the material was. Later, it was complimented upon the judicious way that verses from The Koran had been introduced into the performance, and the respectful way they had been treated!" In reviewing World Turned Upside Down, critic Dan Hill writes, "Rowe has tuned his shortwave radio to some dramatically exotic gameshow and human voices spatter the mix, though at such low volume, they're unintelligible and abstracted. Rowe never overplays this device, a clear temptation with such a seductive technology - the awesome possibility of sonically reaching out across a world of voices requires experienced hands to avoid simple but ultimately short-term pleasure. This he does masterfully, mixing in random operatics and chance encounters with talkshow hosts to anchor the sound in humanity, amidst the abstraction." "

Some accounts report that Rowe's guitar technique was an influence on Pink Floyd founder Syd Barrett: "Taking his cues from experimental guitarist Keith Rowe of AMM, Barrett strived to push his music farther and farther out into the zone of complete abstraction."

Rowe has worked together with numerous composers and musicians, including Cornelius Cardew, Christian Wolff, Howard Skempton, Jeffrey Morgan, John Tilbury, Evan Parker, Taku Sugimoto, Otomo Yoshihide, Sachiko M, Oren Ambarchi, Christian Fennesz, Burkhard Beins, Kurt Liedwart, Toshimaru Nakamura, David Sylvian and Peter Rehberg.

-Wikipedia (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Keith_Rowe)
10/11/2017

"Burkhard Beins, born 1964 in Lower Saxony, lives in Berlin since 1995. As a composer/performer working in the fields of experimental music and sound art he is known for his definitive use of percussion in combination with selected sound objects. Furthermore, he works with live-electronics/analog synthesizers and has conceived several sound installations.

Since the late 1980's he is performing at internationally renowned venues and festivals throughout Europe, America, Australia and Asia as diverse as the LMC Festival (London), Int. Ferienkurse (Darmstadt), SKIF (St. Petersburg), Musiktage (Donaueschingen), Musique Action (Nancy), Choppa Festival (Singapore), Cave 12 (Geneva), The Now now (Sydney), ZKM (Karlsruhe), Kaleidophon (Ulrichsberg), Kid Ailack Music Hall (Tokyo), Gaudeamus Festival (Amsterdam), Liquid Architecture (Australia), Meteo (Mulhouse), Taktlos (CH), Berghain (Berlin), Konfrontationen (Nickelsdorf), Serralves (Porto), Wien Modern (Vienna), MoMA (New York), New Music Festival (Hanoi), Irtijal (Beirut), or Maerzmusik (Berlin).

Alongside his solo work he is a member of the ensembles Polwechsel, Activity Center, The Sealed Knot, Perlonex, Sawt Out, Trio Sowari, Tree, Junk Orbit, Fracture Mechanics, and Splitter Orchester and also works with composers/musicans such as Sven-Åke Johansson, Andrea Neumann, Keith Rowe, Axel Dörner, Tarek Atoui, John Tilbury, or Charlemagne Palestine.

Burkhard Beins gives workshops based on his graphic score system Adapt/Oppose, has published several articles on music theory, and is a co-editor of the book "Echtzeitmusik Berlin - Self-Defining a Scene" as well as the curator of a follow-up 3CD compilation featuring the Berlin Echtzeitmusik scene. Meanwhile he has released more than 50 CDs and LPs on labels like Zarek, Erstwhile, 2:13 Music, Hat Hut, Potlatch, Absinth, alt.vinyl, God Records, Mikroton, or Confront."

-Burkhard Beins Website (http://www.burkhardbeins.de/cv.html)
10/11/2017

Other Releases With These Artists:
Seen, The
Archive: Volumes I - V (2005 - 2009) [5-CD BOX SET]
(Confront)
Rowe, Keith / Michael Pisaro
13 Thirteen [2 CDs]
(erstwhile)
Beins, Burkhard / Lucio Capece / Martin Kuchen / Paul Vogel
Fracture Mechanics
(Mikroton Recordings)
Rowe, Keith
The Room Extended [4 CDs]
(erstwhile)
Lewis, George & Splitter Ochester
Creative Construction Set
(Mikroton Recordings)
Sealed Knot, The
Trembling Shade
(Confront)
Baghdassarians, Serge / Boris Baltschun / Burkhard Beins
Future Perfect
(Mikroton Recordings)
Rowe, Keith / Martin Kuchen
The Bakery
(Mikroton Recordings)
Beins, Burkhard / Enrico Malatesta / Michael Vorfeld / Christian Wolfarth / Ingar Zach
Gluck
(Mikroton Recordings)
Butcher, John / Burkhard Beins / Mark Wastell
Membrane
(Confront)
Rowe, Keith / Alfredo Costa Monteiro / Ilia Belorukov / Kurt Liedwart
Contour
(Mikroton Recordings)
NG4 Quartet (Keith Rowe / Anthony Taillard / Emmanuel Leduc / Julien Ottavi)
A Quartet For Guitars
(Mikroton Recordings)
Sealed Knot, The
All Angels
(Confront)
Polwechsel
Traces Of Wood
(Hatology)
Sealed Knot, The (Beins / Davies / Wastell)
Live At Cafe Oto
(Confront)
Rowe, Keith / Graham Lambkin
Making A
(erstwhile)
Rowe, Keith
September
(erstwhile)
Wolff, Christian / Keith Rowe

(erstwhile)
Rowe, Keith / John Tilbury
E.E. Tension And Circumstance
(Potlatch)
Mimeo
WIGRY [2 VINYL LPs]
(Monotype)
Moser, Michael
Resonant Cuts: (2 CDs AND BOOK)
(Edition Rz)
Malfatti, Radu / Keith Rowe
"Phi" [3 CDs]
(erstwhile)
Sealed Knot, The
Live at the Red Hedgehog
(Confront)
Sealed Knot, The
Unwanted Object
(Confront)
Kuchen / Rowe / Wright

(Another Timbre)
Sealed Knot, The (Beins / Davies / Wastell)
and we disappear
(Another Timbre)
Beins / Dorner / Hayward / Krebs
Phosphor 2
(Potlatch)
Rowe, Keith / Sachiko M
M-contact [2 CDs]
(erstwhile)
Polwechsel & John Tilbury
Field
(Hatology)
Trio Sowari (Beins, Denzler, Durrant)
Shortcut
(Potlatch)
Beins, Burkhard
Disco Prova
(Absinth Records)
Polwechsel
Archives of the North
(Hatology)
Rowe, Keith / Nakamura, Toshimaru
Between
(erstwhile)
Trio Sowari: Durrant / Denzler / Beins
Three Dances
(Potlatch)
Rowe, Keith / M, Sachiko / Nakamura, Toshimaru / Yoshihide, Otomo
ErstLive 005
(erstwhile)
Sealed Knot, The (Beins / Davies / Wastell)
Surface/Plane
(Meniscus)
AMM
Newfoundland
(Matchless)
Rowe, Keith/ Thomas Lehn / Marcus Schmickler
Rabbit Run
(erstwhile)
Recommended & Related Releases:
Seen, The
Archive: Volumes I - V (2005 - 2009) [5-CD BOX SET]
(Confront)
Rowe, Keith / Michael Pisaro
13 Thirteen [2 CDs]
(erstwhile)
Beins, Burkhard / Lucio Capece / Martin Kuchen / Paul Vogel
Fracture Mechanics
(Mikroton Recordings)
Rowe, Keith
The Room Extended [4 CDs]
(erstwhile)
Lewis, George & Splitter Ochester
Creative Construction Set
(Mikroton Recordings)
Sealed Knot, The
Trembling Shade
(Confront)
Baghdassarians, Serge / Boris Baltschun / Burkhard Beins
Future Perfect
(Mikroton Recordings)
Beins, Burkhard / Enrico Malatesta / Michael Vorfeld / Christian Wolfarth / Ingar Zach
Gluck
(Mikroton Recordings)
Butcher, John / Burkhard Beins / Mark Wastell
Membrane
(Confront)
Rowe, Keith / Alfredo Costa Monteiro / Ilia Belorukov / Kurt Liedwart
Contour
(Mikroton Recordings)
NG4 Quartet (Keith Rowe / Anthony Taillard / Emmanuel Leduc / Julien Ottavi)
A Quartet For Guitars
(Mikroton Recordings)
Sealed Knot, The
All Angels
(Confront)
Polwechsel
Traces Of Wood
(Hatology)
Sealed Knot, The (Beins / Davies / Wastell)
Live At Cafe Oto
(Confront)
Rowe, Keith / Graham Lambkin
Making A
(erstwhile)
Rowe, Keith / John Tilbury
E.E. Tension And Circumstance
(Potlatch)
Mimeo
WIGRY [2 VINYL LPs]
(Monotype)
Moser, Michael
Resonant Cuts: (2 CDs AND BOOK)
(Edition Rz)
Malfatti, Radu / Keith Rowe
"Phi" [3 CDs]
(erstwhile)
Sealed Knot, The
Live at the Red Hedgehog
(Confront)
Sealed Knot, The
Unwanted Object
(Confront)
Kuchen / Rowe / Wright

(Another Timbre)
Sealed Knot, The (Beins / Davies / Wastell)
and we disappear
(Another Timbre)
Beins / Dorner / Hayward / Krebs
Phosphor 2
(Potlatch)
Rowe, Keith / Sachiko M
M-contact [2 CDs]
(erstwhile)
Polwechsel & John Tilbury
Field
(Hatology)

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