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A suite of fiendishly complex compositions for mixed real (Bob Drake, Chris Cutler, Djorge Delibasic, Pegja Milosavljevic) and virtual resources.

Tickmayer, Stevan Kovacs
Cold Peace Counterpoints

Tickmayer, Stevan Kovacs: Cold Peace Counterpoints (Recommended Records)
Label: Recommended Records    
Released in: USA    

"A suite of fiendishly complex compositions for mixed real and virtual resources. The real are Bob Drake, Djorge Delibasic, Pegja Milosavljevic and Chris Cutler who, between them, cover electric guitar, bass, drums and virtuoso violin, but it's mainly Stevan here, who plays all kinds of keyboards, strings, double bass and zither, on top of samples and software. In this collection of highly concentrated compositions we are presented with three thoroughly through-composed and finely articulated pieces: "Concerto Grosso (for keyboards, string instruments and CPU)", "The Cold Peace Counterpoints", and "Five Bagatelles for a Polyhistor".

Those familiar with Tickmayer's earlier recordings, or with the Science Group, will have some idea of what to expect - a rare commingling of high European art music (Tickmayer studied with both György Kurtàg and Louis Andriessen), various East European folk musics, experimental rock, post rock and computer assisted electronic composition. These are intense, emotionally and philosophically driven pieces that demand attention - and reward it when given.


Composer, multi-instrumentalist, improviser and essayist Stevan Kovacs Tickmayer was born in Novi Sad, Vojvodina (ex-) Yugoslavia in 1963 as a member of a Hungarian national minority. Since the civil war in his native country (1991) he has lived and worked in France.

He began his music studies on piano & double bass, graduating in composition at the Academy Of Arts, Novi Sad under Rudolf Brucci. He completed his studies with Louis Andriessen & Diderick Wagenaar at the Royal Conservatory of The Hague (Netherlands) and at the Rotterdam Conservatory where he attended the lectures of Witlod Lutoslawsk.

Tickmayer's compositions have been performed by Gidon Kremer, Martha Argerich, Kremerata Baltica, Keller Quartet, David Geringas, Tatiana Vassilieva, Alexei Ogrintchouk, The Netherlands Wind Ensemble, De Volharding, Seattle Chamber Players and many others and, as an improviser and non-classical player, he has collaborated on a range of projects with many musicians, including, Chris Cutler, Fred Frith, Robert Drake, Valentin Clastrier, Peter Kowald, Szabados György, Paul Termos, Grencso Istvan, Dresch Mihaly and the America group Thinking Plague; He co founded and composed the music for The Science Group and has written numerous arrangements for Iva Bittova, Kremerata Baltica and The Netherlands Wind Ensemble."-Recommended Records

Bob Drake (b 1957) has been playing lots of instruments with - and recording - all sorts of bands since the early 1970's. He was an important part of Denver's underground music scene from 1978 -1989 and a founding member of both Thinking Plague and Hail. In the early 1990's, when he was living in Los Angeles, he wound up engineering sessions with just about everybody (from Ice Cube to Shirley MacLaine). It was there he met Dave Kerman and became part of 5UU's. At the same time he started writing and recording his own solo albums. Since 1994 he has lived at his home studio in Southern France, where he has played on and recorded and/or mixed hundreds of albums by artists from around the world. He is also known for his definitive remastering of classic albums by Art Bears, Henry Cow, Cassiber and others.

-Recommended Records 3/20/2017

"Chris Cutler started messing about with banjo, guitar and trumpet at school, settling for drums and playing shadows and other instrumental covers in his first band in 1963. Subsequently he played in R'n'B and Soul Bands, winding up in 1967 playing in London's psychedelic clubs. At the start of the seventies, with Dave Stewart, he co-founded The Ottawa Music Co, a 22 piece Rock composer's orchestra, eventually joining British experimental group Henry Cow with whom he toured, recorded and worked in dance and theatre projects until it's demise in 1978. In 1977 Henry Cow, The Mike Westbrook Orchestra and Frankie Armstrong formed a big-band and toured around Europe. After Henry Cow, Cutler went on to co-found a series of mixed national groups Art Bears, News from Babel, Cassiber, The (ec) Nudes, P53 and The Science Group. He was a permanent member of American bands Pere Ubu, Hail and The Wooden Birds and now works sporadically with John Rose, Fred Frith, Zeena Parkins, Iancu Dumitrescu, Peter Blegvad and Stevan Tickmayer.

Other lasting collaborations have included Aqsak Maboul (Belgium), Lussier/Derome and Les Quatre Guitaristes (Canada), The Kalahari Surfers (Africa), Perfect Trouble (Germany), Between (Sweden), N.O.R.M.A., (Italy), Telectu (Portugal), Mieku Shimuzu (Japan),The Hyperion Ensemble (Romania), The Film Music Orchestra, 'Oh Moscow', Gong, The Work and Towering Inferno (UK), The Residents (USA), and stateless Tense Serenity and Mirror Man. There have also been countless improvisational groupings and solo performances. Recent projects include Radio pieces with Lutz Glandien and Shelly Hirsch, Live Soundtrack for Carl Dreher's Vampyr (with Italians Musci and Venosta), his Timescales project and work with David Thomas and Linda Thompson.

He also founded and runs the independent label and distribution service ReR/Recommended and, until 1991, the East European specialist label Points East. He is editor of the New Music magazine Unfiled and author of the theoretical book File Under Popular as well as of numerous articles and papers published in 14 languages. He lectures intermittently on theoretical and music related topics. He has appeared on more than 100 recordings."

-Chris Cutler Website (

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UPC: 752725024327

Label: Recommended Records
Catalog ID: ReR ST3
Squidco Product Code: 9646

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2008
Country: USA
Packaging: Jewel Tray

Stevan Kovacs Tickmayer

Bob Drake

Djorge Delibasic

Pegja Milosavljevic

Chris Cutler

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Track Listing:

Concerto grosso - for keyboards, string instruments and cpu

1. I. Itroduzzione - molto nervoso

2. II. Pasamezzo Orgaro II

3. III. Polyostinato

4. IV. Bugle Counterpoint

5. V. Sempre Pulsato

6. VI. Les adieux

Cold Peace Counterpoints

7. E-guitar Ostinato

8. Troparion

9. Violin Ostinato

Five Bagatelles for a Polyhistor

10. Kazimir Malevich on Beach

11. Our Fashion is Our Brain

12. The Brave Ventilator (Timeline V Remix)

13. Out fogsz majd sirni (Crippled Tango No. 2)

14. Ali jednog dana...

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