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Gratkowski / Brown / Winant: Wake (Red Toucan)

The trio of reed player Frank Gratkowski, pianist and live electronics artist Chris Brown, and vibraphonist/pecussionist William Winant performing live at Mills College.
 

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UPC: 620675209470

Label: Red Toucan
Catalog ID: RT 9336
Squidco Product Code: 11177

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2008
Country: Canada
Packaging: Jewel Tray
Recorded live at Mills College, Oakland, California, USA on March 23, 2007 by Zachary WatkinsMixed by Chris Brown and Frank Gratkowski, mastered by Frank Gratkowski


Personnel:

Frank Gratkowski-clarinet, bass clarinet, alto sax

Chris Brown-piano, live electronics

William Winant-vibraphone, percussion

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track listing:


1. Slide 25:01

2. Ambitus 11:50

3. Scrabble 10:35

4. Parallax 10:59

5. Archipelago 14:38
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The trio of reed player Frank Gratkowski, pianist and live electronics artist Chris Brown, and vibraphonist/pecussionist William Winant performing live at Mills College.

"Improvisors work hard with responding to the needs of the moment, and a common danger is that this reacting in differentiated way for some reason ends up with an organic complexity in which improvisations resemble each other despite certain individualities, like trees in the wood. Can we also create overall structures encompassing really different landscapes - I mean, still as improvisors, without resorting to fixed arrangements?

That would be an important virtue to strive for, and this trio seems to possess it. Sounds develop into relatively sustained structures that move and change for a long time while remaining themselves - the last 4 pieces do, in fact, appear exactly as "pieces" in this way. First track is a long one. It develops from pointillistic to conversating to something spun by longer "threads" - first aetherically light, then with interweaving moves of voices - to a rejoicing in high interferences eventually becoming clusters with fast interweawing movements finally becoming a sort of freejazz gymnastics. This last, rather predictable kind of sound is the only exception of its kind to all the other things happening.

Last but not least one more virtue must be mentioned: that of creating interesting and vivid interactions between live-electronics and instruments, a juxtaposition which so often produces debatable results. This record is an argument against those who think improvisation always sound the same."-Carl Bergstrøm-Nielsen, Intuitive Music CD Reviews


Artist Biographies:

"Frank Gratkowski, saxophone. Born in Hamburg, 1963.

Started playing the saxophone at 16 and, following a period at the Hamburg Conservatory (Hamburger Musikhochschule), moved in 1985 to study at the Cologne Conservatory of Music with Heiner Wiberny, graduating in 1990.

Further studies with Charlie Mariano, Sal Nistico and Steve Lacy.

Frank Gratkowski has been working as a soloist in various international formations (Grubenklang Orchester, Klaus Koenig Orchester, Musikfabrik NRW, Tony Oxley Celebration Orchestra, Bentje Braam, BikBentBraam, All Ears, Zeitkratzer, WDR Big band, etc.). Since 1990 he has been giving solo performances throughout Europe, Canada and USA. With his first solo program, he was a 1991 prizewinner in the Musik Kreativ contest. The release of the solo CD "Artikulationen" followed the same year and a new one "Artikulationen II" in 2002.

Since 1992 he has been working in a duo with the pianist Georg Graewe (CD "VicissEtudes"). The duo is often extended through the participation of different additional musicians, such as drummer Paul Lovens (CD "Quicksand") and bassist John Lindberg (CD "Arrears").

In 1995 he founded the "Frank Gratkowski Trio" with Dieter Manderscheid (Germany), bass, and Gerry Hemingway (USA), drums, (CDs "Gestalten" and "The Flume Factor" ). In 2000 the trio has been extended to a quartet by Dutch trombonist Wolter Wierbos (CDs "Kollaps", "Spectral Reflections", "Facio" and "Le Vent et la Gorge"). Since 2003 also appearing as a Double Quartet plus Tobias Delius, Herb Robertson, Wilbert DeJoode and Michael Vatcher. In 2005 he got the SWR Jazzprize.

In 1999 the duo with the Italian trombonist Sebastiano Tramontana has been formed and since 2001 Frank Gratkowski has been performing with a trio including Wilbert De Jode (NL) on bass and Achim Kaufmann (D) on piano (CDs "Kwast" and "Unearth"). Since 2006 he's working with the Trio Gratkowski / Brown / Winant (CDs "Wake" and "Vermilion Traces/Donaueschingen 2009"). He is also a co-leader / composer of the Multiple Joy[ce] Orchestra and got a commission to compose for the ensemble Apartment House by "November Music " (Den Bosch NL) and the "Huddersfield Comtemporary Music Fesitival" (England) in 2009. Further actual projects are Fo[u]r Alto, a saxophone ensemble dedicated to microtonal music and "Artikulationen E" a solo program for saxophone with 8 channel live electronic.

Frank Gratkowski played on nearly every German and on numerous international Jazz and contemporary music Festivals including Vancouver, Toronto, Chicago, New York, Seattle, Quebec, Les Mans, Muelhuus, Groeningen, Nickelsdorf, Barcelona, Lithuania, Warsaw, Zagreb, Prague, Bratislava, Sofia, Bucharest, Odessa and Roma, Huddersfield, London.

He has been teaching saxophone and ensembles at the Cologne, Berlin and Arnhem Conservatory of Music and is giving workshops all around the world.

Furthermore he has performed with Robert Dick, Phil Wachsmann, Radu Malfatti, Herb Robertson, Marcio Mattos, Eugenio Colombo, Peter Kowald, Ray Anderson, Michael Moore, Ken Vandermark, Greg Osby, Kenny Wheeler, Louis Sclavis, John Betsch, Jane Ira Bloom, Connie and Hannes Bauer, Xu Fengxia, James Newton, Muhal Richard Abrams, John Lindberg, Michael Formaneck, Ernst Reijseger, Fred van Hove, Theo Jörgensmann, Phil Minton, Peter Brötzmann, Mark Dresser, Mark Feldman, Hamid Drake, Michiel Braam, Han Bennink, Mal Waldron, Misha Mengelberg a.m.o."

-Frank Gratkowski Website (http://gratkowski.com/biography/)
12/13/2017

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"Chris Brown, composer, pianist, and electronic musician, creates music for acoustic instruments with interactive electronics, for computer networks, and for improvising ensembles. Collaboration and improvisation are consistent themes in his work, along with the invention and performance of new electronic instruments and software. He is a founding member of The HUB, the pioneering network music ensemble, and has composed many interactive works for the percussionist William Winant (Iconicities, New World Records.) His trio with Winant and saxophonist Frank Gratkowski were featured on the 2009 Donaueschingen Musiktage. His most recent music explores microtonal tunings, including 6Primes, for piano in 13-limit just intonation, Arcade for string quartet, and Ragamala Chiaroscuro, for wind trio. Recordings are available on New World, Tzadik, Pogus, Intakt, Rastascan, Ecstatic Peace, Red Toucan, SIRR, Leo, and Artifact labels. He is currently a Professor of Music at Mills College and Co-Director of the Center for Contemporary Music (CCM)."

-Chris Brown Website (http://cbmuse.com/biography)
12/13/2017

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"In 2016, Winant was awarded a large unrestricted grant from the Foundation of Contemporary Arts in recognition for his groundbreaking work as a contemporary percussionist. In 2014 he received a Grammy nomination for his recording of John Cage's historic solo work, 27' 10.554" for a percussionist, on Micro Fest Records.

He has collaborated with some of the most innovative and creative musicians of our time, including John Cage, Iannis Xenakis, Pierre Boulez, Frank Zappa, Keith Jarrett, Roscoe Mitchell, Anthony Braxton, Fred Frith, James Tenney, Terry Riley, Cecil Taylor, Gerry Hemingway, Mark Dresser, Barry Guy, Marilyn Crispell, George Lewis, Steve Reich and Musicians, Nexus, Charles Wuorinen, Jean-Philippe Collard, Frederic Rzewski, Ursula Oppens, Joan LaBarbara, Annea Lockwood, Danny Elfman/Oingo Boingo, Sonic Youth, Marc Ribot, Keith Rowe, Joey Barron, Bill Frisell, Yo-Yo Ma, Rova Saxophone Quartet, Lawrence "Butch" Morris, and the Kronos String Quartet.

He has recorded and toured worldwide with his own groups including ROOM, w/Chris Brown and Larry Ochs, CHALLENGE, w/Anthony Braxton and David Rosenboom, WAKE, w/Frank Gratkowski and Chris Brown, the ABEL/STEINBERG/WINANT TRIO, and the WILLIAM WINANT PERCUSSION GROUP.

He is principal percussionist with the San Francisco Contemporary Music Players, he has been closely associated with NYC composer John Zorn, and has made numerous recordings, and performed in many projects throughout the world with the composer. Starting in 1995 he has been the percussionist with the avant-rock band Mr. Bungle, has made two recordings ("Disco Volante" and "California" on Warner Brothers), and has toured throughout the world with this group. For many years he had worked with composer Lou Harrison, recording and premiering many of his works, and in March of 1997 he participated in the world premiere of Lou Harrison's quintet "Rhymes with Silver" featuring cellist Yo-Yo Ma and the Mark Morris Dance Group, and has toured the piece throughout the United States and Great Britain.

In the fall of 2011, he joined Mike Patton's Italian pop music project "Mondo Cane" which features a 12 piece band + string orchestra, and have recently completed tours of South America and Australia.

In the fall of 2003, celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Merce Cunningham Dance Company, Mr. Winant, along with composers Takehisa Kosugi and Christian Wolff, created music for a series of eight special "Events" staged by Merce Cunningham and Dancers at London's Turbine Hall at the Tate Modern. Winant continued to tour throughout Europe and the United States with the dance company until 2009

He has made over 200 recordings, covering a wide variety of genres, including music by Earle Brown, John Cage, Morton Feldman, Christian Wolff, John Zorn, Butch Morris, James Newton, Frank Gratkowski, Pauline Oliveros, Luc Ferrari, Karlheinz Stockhausen, Danny Elfman ("Batman Returns"), Siouxse and the Banshees, Secret Chiefs 3, ICP, Han Bennik, The Ex, White Out with Jim O'Rourke, Lou Reed, Thurston Moore, and Mike Patton.

[...]

Mr. Winant has premiered many new works written specifically for him, by such noted composers as John Cage, Christian Wolff, Lou Harrison, John Zorn, Zeena Parkins, Bun-Ching Lam, Barbara Monk Feldman, Hi-Kyung Kim, Roscoe Mitchell, Wendy Reid, Ralph Shapey, Peter Garland, Michael Byron, Paul Dresher, Alvin Curran, Frederic Rzewski, Chris Brown, David Rosenboom, Larry Polansky, Gordon Mumma, Alvin Lucier, Terry Riley, Fred Frith, Somei Satoh, and Wadada Leo Smith.

Mr. Winant has been featured as a guest artist with the Los Angeles Philharmonic (under the direction of Pierre Boulez), the San Francisco Symphony, and the Berkeley Symphony (Kent Nagano, director), as well as at Cabrillo Festival, Monterey Jazz Festival, SF Jazz Festival, Central Park Summerstage, Ravinia Festival, Salzburg Festival, Donaueschingen Festival, Victoriaville, Holland Festival, Edinburgh Festival, Ojai Festival, Sonar Festival, All Tomorrow's Parties, Taklos, Other Minds Festival, Lincoln Center, Melt Down Festival, Royal Festival Hall, Library of Congress, The Barbican, The Kennedy Center, Paris Opera, Disney Hall, Miller Theater Composer Portraits Series, Merkin Hall, Guggenheim Museum, and Brooklyn Academy of Music.

For ten years he was principal percussionist with the Cabrillo Festival Orchestra (Dennis Russell Davies, director), and timpanist with the Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra 1985-1988 (Nicholas McGegan, director).

He is a Visiting Lecturer at the University of California at Santa Cruz, and teaches at Mills College and the University of California at Berkeley. For eight years Mr. Winant was Artist-in-Residence at Mills College with the critically acclaimed Abel-Steinberg-Winant Trio. Formed in 1984, the ASW Trio has premiered over 25 new works for violin, piano, and percussion at major festivals and recitals throughout the world. Their recordings can be heard on the New Albion, Tzadik, and CRI/New World labels."

-William Winant Website (http://williamwinant.com/#section1)
12/13/2017

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(KARLRECORDS)
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(KARLRECORDS)
Mitchell, Roscoe
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(Wide Hive)
Carneiro, Pedro
Improbable Transgressions
(Sirr.ecords)
Ochs, Larry / Sax and Drumming Core
Wild Red Yellow
(RogueArt)
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Sounding Dialectics
(Creative Sources)
Moore, Thurston / Tom Surgal / William Winant
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(Les Disques Victo)
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(KARLRECORDS)
Mezzacappa, Lisa (Bennett / Finkbeiner / Winant / Mezzacappa / Perkis / Glenn)
avantNOIR
(Clean Feed)
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Live At Spanski Borci
(Leo)
Fields, Scott Multiple Joyce Orchestra
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(Clean Feed)
Gratkowski Quartet, Frank
Spectral Reflections
(Leo)
Rova::Orkestra
Electric Ascension (2003)
(Atavistic)
Zeitkratzer / Keiji Haino
Stockhausen: Aus Den Sieben Tagen
(Zeitkratzer)
Frith, Fred
Field Days (The Amanda Loops)
(Recommended Records)
Vorfeld / Scott / Gratkowski
Sieben Entruckte Lieder
(Creative Sources)
Rova Channeling Coltrane
Electric Ascension - Live At The 2012 Guelph Festival + "Cleaning The Mirror - A Documentary by John Rogers" [Blu Ray + DVD + CD]
(RogueArt)
Mitchell, Roscoe Trio
Angel City
(RogueArt)
Zeitkratzer / Keiji Haino
Zeitkratzer + Keiji Haino
(Zeitkratzer)
Dijkstra, Jorrit
Music for Reeds and Electronics: Oakland
(Driff Records)
Schubert, Matthias
9 Compositions for The Multiple Joy[ce] Ensemble
(Red Toucan)
Niggenkemper, Pascal Vision 7
Lucky Prime
(Clean Feed)
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The Voice Imitator
(Balance Point Acoustics)
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All At Once
(Relative Pitch)
Various Artists
Amalgam(e): 10 Years of Red Toucan [2 CDs]
(Red Toucan)
Gratkowski / Van Hove / Oxley
GratHovOx
(Nuscope)
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(Leo)
Cosa Brava (Frith / Kihlstedt / Parkins)
The Letter
(Intakt)
Fields, Scott Multiple Joyce Orchestra
Moersbow Ozzo
(Clean Feed)
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in just
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Bik Bent Braam
Extremen
(BBB)
Gratkowski / Nabatov / Robertson / Manderscheid
Celebrations
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Primordial Soup
(Red Toucan)
Brown, Chris / Frith, Fred
Cutter Heads
(Intakt)
Carneiro, Pedro
Improbable Transgressions
(Sirr.ecords)
Kaufmann / Gratkowski / de Joode
Unearth
(Nuscope)
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Adachi / Buck / Frangenheim / Gratkowski
Goldsbleed
(Creative Sources)
Zeitkratzer + Elliott Sharp
Oneirika: Live at Berghain Berlin [VINYL]
(KARLRECORDS)
Zeitkratzer / Svetlana Spajic / Dragana Tomic / Obrad Milic
Serbian War Songs [VINYL]
(KARLRECORDS)
Mitchell, Roscoe
Discussions
(Wide Hive)
Carneiro, Pedro
Improbable Transgressions
(Sirr.ecords)
Ochs, Larry / Sax and Drumming Core
Wild Red Yellow
(RogueArt)
Gratkowski, Frank / Udo Schindler
Sounding Dialectics
(Creative Sources)
Moore, Thurston / Tom Surgal / William Winant
Piece For Jetsun Dolma
(Les Disques Victo)
Zeitkratzer
Performs Songs From The Albums "Kraftwerk" And "Kraftwerk 2" [VINYL + DOWNLOAD]
(KARLRECORDS)
Fields, Scott Multiple Joyce Orchestra
Moersbow Ozzo
(Clean Feed)
Gratkowski Quartet, Frank
Spectral Reflections
(Leo)
Rova::Orkestra
Electric Ascension (2003)
(Atavistic)
Zeitkratzer / Keiji Haino
Stockhausen: Aus Den Sieben Tagen
(Zeitkratzer)
Frith, Fred
Field Days (The Amanda Loops)
(Recommended Records)
Vorfeld / Scott / Gratkowski
Sieben Entruckte Lieder
(Creative Sources)
Rova Channeling Coltrane
Electric Ascension - Live At The 2012 Guelph Festival + "Cleaning The Mirror - A Documentary by John Rogers" [Blu Ray + DVD + CD]
(RogueArt)
Mitchell, Roscoe Trio
Angel City
(RogueArt)
Zeitkratzer / Keiji Haino
Zeitkratzer + Keiji Haino
(Zeitkratzer)
Dijkstra, Jorrit
Music for Reeds and Electronics: Oakland
(Driff Records)
Schubert, Matthias
9 Compositions for The Multiple Joy[ce] Ensemble
(Red Toucan)
Niggenkemper, Pascal Vision 7
Lucky Prime
(Clean Feed)
Gratkowski, Frank / Damon Smith / Jerome Bryerton
The Voice Imitator
(Balance Point Acoustics)
Various Artists
Amalgam(e): 10 Years of Red Toucan [2 CDs]
(Red Toucan)
Gratkowski / Van Hove / Oxley
GratHovOx
(Nuscope)
Cosa Brava (Frith / Kihlstedt / Parkins)
The Letter
(Intakt)
Fields, Scott Multiple Joyce Orchestra
Moersbow Ozzo
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