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Tom Djll put this electro-acoustic improvising group together when Matthieu Werchowski & David Chiesa were visiting the SF area, with performances from duos to octet.

Grosse Abfahrt

Grosse Abfahrt: Vanity (Emanem)
Label: Emanem    
Released in: Great Britain    

"Grosse Abfahrt is a project I started to explore a number of problems in freely improvised music. The first and most obvious of these is the problem of ensemble size, which I wanted to tackle head-on: GA ensembles are always of eight to ten players. This range seems to settle in a locale where there is a strong opportunity for individual sound-agents to emerge and make a statement against the ensemble backdrop, and also for the entire ensemble to cohere into long-form structures that transcend the productions of conventional improvised-music sociality (another problem addressed). How these ensembles are collected takes up another problem: that of the conflict between fluency and comfort among improvising compadres. Fluency between players' languages and approaches is desirable, of course; however, it can lead to complacency.

Grosse Abfahrt is made up of a core group of five players which does not vary. These people are all very familiar with each other's strengths, preferences, and foibles, yet they do not play as a quintet (well, on one occasion we did). To this core I add musicians who have not played with any of the core members. Often, these outsiders come from far away, and are playing as duos or trios already, so they arrive with some comfort and fluency in their own musical relationship. How these two dynamics come together to create music, with practically no introduction (much less, rehearsal), is our practice.

For the present realisation, I added one more player (Theresa Wong) whose instrument was of the same family as the outsiders. Being a local, she was to perform as a kind of 'bridge' between the instrumental sounds of the Werchowski-Chiesa duo on the one hand, and the social identity of the core quintet. The Werchowski-Chiesa duo played a sensitive and soulful opening set, the second half of which is presented here as HANG BAT5 OVER. With Theresa on cello, the three chamber strings formed a molten core to this Grosse Abfahrt. The music seemed to assemble itself into short pieces much of the time, although the evening featured a couple of longer discursions in the traditional Grosse Abfahrt style."-Tom Djll

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Product Information:

UPC: 5030243500727

Label: Emanem
Catalog ID: 5007
Squidco Product Code: 12429

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2009
Country: Great Britain
Packaging: Cardstock Gatefold Sleeve 3 panels
Digital concert recordings at 21 Grand Gallery, Oakland, CA on Apil 23, 2008 by Philip Perkins of See a Dog, Hear a Dog Studios.


Tom Djll-trumpet, preparations, electronics

Matt Ingalls-clarinet, bass clarinet

John Shiurba-electric guitar

Matthieu Werchowski-violin, viola

Theresa Wong-cello

David Chiesa-double bass

Tim Perkis-electronics

Gino Robair-energised surfaces & voltage made audible

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Track Listing:

1. Sportsman's Paradise Music LA 1:03

2. Mo Frippy 2:34

3. Hi L8R Bra 2:49

4. Hang Bat5 Over 10:56

5. CA Mirror 12:33

6. Cthlhu Kids First 1:43

7. Zoundz - Yours to Discover 1:49

8. May Cal Oknotok 2:04

9. Kablama 8:07

10. Live Free Or Die Delphi2 16:37