Intense and minimal electroacoustic improv from an incredible trio of saxophonist Gauguet, trumpeter Hautzinger, and analog synth player Lehn.
Catalog ID: mono 024
Squidco Product Code: 11816
Recorded at Theatre du Saulcy, Metz, France on January 26, 2007; and at Instants Chavires, Montreuil (France) February 13, 2008 by Thomas Lehn. Edited by Bertrand Gauguet. Mixed by Augustin Muller (with Bertrand Gauguet) in June & July 2008.
Bertrand Gauguet-Alto & Soprano Saxophones
Franz Hautzinger-Quartertone Trumpet, Electronic Devices
Thomas Lehn-Analogue Synthesizer
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1. Close Up 11:54
2. Close Up 17:55
3. Close Up 26:17
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"If you want, you can book this trio. It says on the cover. It means that this is an ongoing affair for these solid improvisers. Thomas Lehn, the well-known player of analogue synthesizer, teams up with Franz Hautzinger (quartertone trumpet, electronic devices) and the person whom I think is new to me: Bertrand Gauguet on alto and soprano saxophones. The recordings were made in concert, one early 2007, one early 2008. As you can imagine this is a work of total improvisation, but its in capable hands. The three play very well, sometimes heavily controlled, such as a major section in 'Close Up 2', with long sustaining tones, but also more chaotic and uncontrolled - relying on the free jazz approach - in the two pieces around it. Hautzinger and Gauguet play the instruments as objects, producing all sorts of tones and notes and not in the regular way as these instruments should be played. That's nice enough but my personal favorite is that second piece. Slow, minimal, changing, moving and intense, with what seems to be a leading part for Lehn's synthesizer. In the third part this is continued but with outbursts of free play. That's a fine mixture too. The opening piece didn't do that for me. Quite nice indeed."-Frans de Waard, Vital Weekly
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"Thomas Lehn was Born in Fröndenberg (Germany) in 1958. Since the early 1980s Thomas Lehn has been working as a author and performer of contemporary music. After studying recording engineering - piano with Prof. Wilfried Kassebaum - at the Music Academy of Detmold in Germany, studies at the Music Academy of Cologne with Peter Degenhardt and Prof. Klaus Oldemeyer (classical piano) and with Frank Wunsch and Francis Coppieters (jazz piano) completed his academical education. In the 80ies he took part on courses of Studio for pianistic interpretation held by Prof. Jürgen Uhde.
As an interpreting pianist he has been playing concerts since 1982 - performing both contemporary new music including numerous first performances and traditional composed music of the classical and romantical period. In 1989 he initiated the chamber ensemble Trio Dario and four years later the Mengano Quartett, performing compositions of the contemporary avant-garde, in particular numerous first performances of comissioned works. Developed parallel to his work as a pianist, since the early 1990s his major and widely reknown work has been performing and producing live-electronic music. Rooted in the experience of a wide spectrum of musical fields based on his background as an interpreting and improvising pianist in classical-, contemporary and jazz-music and having been involved in numerous other projects like music theatre, dance, multi-media, studio pre-/post-production etc., he has been developing an individual 'language' of electronic music.
The electronic equipment he uses consists of analogue synthesizers of the late 1960s, and since 1994 in particular the EMS Synthi A. Besides the substantial sound qualities of its analogue synthesis, the facilities of this modular instrument - for example to modify electronic sounds very directly as well as to combine and to control several parameters of the sound synthesis at the same time - allows him to spontaneously act in close contact with the various structural degrees of the musical process.
In 2000 his solo album Feldstärken had been released on German label Random Acoustics. Up today, his discography enclosures about 80 CD publications. Numerous appearances at major international festivals of contemporary musics and concerts tours in Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, England, Finland, France, Germany, Hungaria, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Lebanon, The Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Serbia, Scotland, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and the USA give evidence of his international profile and recognition.
He has been involved in projects promoted and/or supported by the Goethe-Institutes in Belgrade, Boston, Bratislava, Budapest, Chicago, Copenhagen, Glasgow, Lille, Lissabon, London, Manchester, Marseille, Milano, Montreal, Palermo, Rome, San Francisco, Tel Aviv, Tokyo, Toronto, Warsaw, Wellington and York. His musical activities enclosure long term and newer ensemble collaborations as well as involvements in numerous specific single projects. Long term collaborations are ensembles like KONK PACK, TOOT, THERMAL, FUTCH, MIMEO, SPEAK EASY, 6IX, VARIO-34, as well as the duo works with Marcus Schmickler, Tiziana Bertoncini, Gerry Hemingway, Paul Lovens, Frédéric Blondy Urs Leimgruber and John Butcher. More recently formed ensembles are the duos with Benoît Moreau and with the video artist Kjell Bjørgeengen, trio formations with John Butcher involving pianists John Tilbury and Matthew Shipp.
Further he is pianist and founding member of the ensemble]h[iatus, an ensemble for interpretation and improvisation of contemporary music, whichs members are all experienced interpreters and improvisers. The ensemble compiles concert programs integrating/alternating notated and real-time-created contemporary music. It has been first-performing commissioned works by Vinko Globokar, Peter Jakober, Jennifer Walshe, Anthony Pateras besides performing compositions of the contemporary repertoire. Besides performing his own electronic music, in the recent years Thomas Lehn became more active as a synthesizer interpreter of electronic compositions. The realisation of Boguslav Schaeffer's Electronic Symphony - live performed in 2010 and 2011 - has been documented on the CD PRES Scores on polish label Bolt/Monotype. In 2012 he world premierred OCCAM VI for synthesizer solo by Éliane Radigue at Berghain Berlin during festival Faithful! and - together with KlangForum Wien - dort for synthesizer and 15 piece ensemble by Austrian composer Peter Jakober at musikprotokoll Graz and at Konzerthaus Vienna."-Thomas Lehn Website (http://www.thomaslehn.com/read/vita_e.html)
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