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Kommando Raumschiff Zitrone
First Time Ever I Saw Your Face

Kommando Raumschiff Zitrone: First Time Ever I Saw Your Face (Quincunx Sound Recordings)
Label: Quincunx Sound Recordings    
Released in: Austria    

"Quincunx Sound Recordings' debut release is the first widely available recording by Kommando Raumschiff Zitrone (Command Spaceship Lemon), comprising the duo Kai Fagaschinski (clarinet) and Christof Kurzmann (lloopp, devices and clarinet), active participants of the thriving Berlin improvised music scene.

Kai, initially alone but more recently in collaboration with Christof, ran the influential Raumschiff Zitrone performance space in Berlin, hosting musicians such as Burkhard Stangl, Angharad Davies, Mark Wastell, Bhob Rainey, Andrea Neumann, Axel Dörner, Phil Durrant and Tony Buck. With the European Record Release Concert of First Time Ever I Saw Your Face on October 20th, 2006 the Raumschiff Zitrone (the venue) finally closed its doors ... but the Kommando (the duo) goes on.

The pair first played as a duo for the Raumschiff's 2002 Christmas party, recording a very limited run Christmas Card CD. Since then KRZ has only played on special occasions in Berlin and Vienna.

Beautifully recorded by Christoph Amann, the fusion and the contrast between Kai's clarinet and Christof's lloopp software (written specifically for live improvising by Klaus Filip) is the focus, with all the sense for the abstract and the sound as such; nevertheless again and again their love for pop music gleams through."-Quincunx

"The Berlin-based clarinetist and composer/performer focuses on a subtle musicality of sound and noise phenomena. As an autodidact he has developed dubious manners on his instrument. His music is rooted in abstractness, including increasingly an insidious expressivity and a pre-melodic quality. He works on the borderline of composition and improvisation, with a preference for long-term collaborations.

His projects are The International Nothing - clarinet duo with Michael Thieke (cd: Mainstream, ftarri 2006 / less action, less excitement, less everything, ftarri 2010 / the dark side of success, ftarri 2014), los glissandinos with klaus filip (cd: Stand clear, creative sources 2005), the magic i.D. - Song Project with margareth kammerer, christof kurzmann & michael thieke (cd/vinyl: Till my breath gives out, erstwhile 2008 / i'm so awake - sleepless i feel, staubgold 2011), duo with Burkhard Stangl (cd: Musik - ein portrait in sehnsucht, erstwhile 2009), the dogmatics with Chris Abrahams (lp: The sacrifice for the music became our lifestyle, monotype 2012), here comes the sun with gunter schneider & barbara romen (cd: Here comes the sun, mikroton 2012), Kommando Raumschiff Zitrone with Christof kurzmann (cd: First time ever i saw your face, quincunx 2006), duo with Bernhard Gal (cd: Going round in serpentines, charhizma 2005), rebecca with michael renkel (cd: Rebecca [two variations], charhizma 2003), No Furniture with Boris Baltschun and Axel Dörner (cd: No furniture, creative sources 2003), and (exceptionally) solo.

Kai has been the commander of Raumschiff Zitrone from 2000 to 2006, joined by christof kurzmann in 2002. Recently both commanders have been retired and closed the legendary raumschiff zitrone which has presented concerts of countless international artists. In 2001 he co-initiated together with gregor hotz and conrad noack berlin's experimental music platform www.Echtzeitmusik.De.

Kai was artist-in-residense at quartier21 (part of museumsquartierwien, vienna) in 2004. As a result of fruitful collaborations and good friendships vienna feels like a second home for him."

-Kai Fagaschinski Website (

"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)

Related Categories of Interest:

Improvised Music
European Improv, Free Jazz & Related
June 2007

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Product Information:

Label: Quincunx Sound Recordings
Catalog ID: QSR001
Squidco Product Code: 8253

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2005
Country: Austria
Packaging: Cardstock 3 page foldover
Recorded March 4th, 2004 at Amann Studios, Vienna, by Christoph Amann.


Kai Fagaschinski-clarinet

Christof Kurzmann-lloopp, devices, clarinet

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