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Zerang / Strid: Scratch Match (Penumbra)

Overflowing with scrapes, feints, jabs, and turns, Scratch Match presents seven percussion duets by Chicago's Michael Zerang (Broken Wire, Brotzmann Chicago Tentet) & Stockholm's Raymond Strid (Gush).

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Label: Penumbra
Catalog ID: CD009
Squidco Product Code: 13208

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2000
Country: USA
Packaging: Paper foldover in a vinyl sleeve with insert
Recorded on March 31, 1998 at Fylkingen - Stockholm, Sweden by Olof Madsen/Blue Tower Sound.


Michael Zerang-percussion (left channel),

Raymond Strid-percussion (right channel)

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track listing:

1. Left Clever Right Battle 2:59

2. Right Squeak Left Jab 7:48

3. Rattle Around Hook 8:25

4. The Sonor Bow Blow 5:48

5. Quasimetric Thrust 5:57

6. Scratch Match 7:24

7. Stereo Knuckle 3:49

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Improvised Music
Percussion & Drums
Chicago Jazz & Improvisation
European Improv, Free Jazz & Related
Free Improvisation
Duo Recordings

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"Overflowing with scrapes, feints, jabs, and turns, Scratch Match presents seven percussion duets by Chicago's Michael Zerang (of Broken Wire and the Peter Brötzmann Chicago Tentet) and Stockholm's Raymond Strid (of the trio Gush). Recorded at Fylkingen in Stockholm by renowned Swedish recording engineer Olaf Madson, these seven duets match two of contemporary music's most powerful and inventive percussion masters. Michael Zerang and Raymond Strid met in Stockholm in 1996 following the release of Okka Disc's Parrot Fish Eye featuring Zerang's duets with Swedish saxophonist Mats Gustafsson. Mats Gustafsson had arranged an ad hoc concert for Zerang at Stockholm's prestigious recording studio Fylkingen with seven Swedish improvisers including Raymond Strid. Strid and Zerang subsequently performed together in Chicago and again in Sweden as part of the Swedish National Radio project GUSHCUSSION which presented the trio GUSH (Gustafsson, Strid and Sten Sandell) augmented by percussionists Michael Zerang and Kjell Nordeson. This CD was recorded at time of that project.

Of his own playing, Raymond Strid has written: "I try to play a music which above all has no 'beat' but also has no 'tempo' either. It is rather that the music has an underlying pulse and tempo which derive from my natural breathing cycles." This notion of an implied, intuited pulse defined by breath, shared focus, and the surges of inspiration and contradiction fuels the dialogue within these duets. Thick with the coarse textures of bowed metal, the clatter of metal against wood, and a rich array of unexpected and mysterious rasps, scrapes, rings, and snaps, these are percussion duets during which more conventional percussive sounds only occasionally emerge. The seven duets on Scratch Match sound less like combative interaction and much more like an intense collective struggle to reconfigure our most basic concepts of percussive interchange."-Penumbra Music

Artist Biographies:

"Michael Zerang was born in Chicago, Illinois, and is a first-generation American of Assyrian decent. He has been a professional musician, composer, and producer since 1976, focusing extensively on improvised music, free jazz, contemporary composition, puppet theater, experimental theater, and international musical forms.

Michael has collaborated with contemporary theater, dance, and other multidisciplinary forms and has received three Joseph Jefferson Awards for Original Music Composition in Theater, in collaboration with Redmoon Theater, in 1996, 1998, and 2000.

As a percussionist and composer, Michael has over eighty titles in his discography and has toured nationally and internationally to 34 countries since 1981, and works with and ever-widening pool of collaborators.

Michael founded and was the artistic director of the Link's Hall Performance Series in Chicago from 1985-1989 where he produced over 300 concerts of jazz, traditional ethnic folk music, electronic music, and other forms of forward thinking music. Michael has been a Board Member of Links Hall Since 1989. He continued to produce concerts at Cafe Urbus Orbis from 1994-1996, and at his own space, The Candlestick Maker in Chicago's Albany Park neighborhood, from 2001 - 2005.

Michael has taught as a guest artist at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago in performance technique, sound design, and sound/music as it relates to puppetry; rhythmic analysis for dancers at The Dance Center of Columbia College, Northwestern University, and MoMing Dance and Arts Center; courses in Composer/Choreographer Collaborations at Northwestern University; music to children at The Jane Adams Hull House.

Michael currently tours and holds workshops in improvisational music, and teaches private lessons in rhythmic analysis, music composition, and percussion technique.

-Michael Zerang Website (
"Raymond Strid (born 1956 in Stockholm, Sweden) is a Swedish drummer in the genre of free jazz and the new European improvised music.When Strid picked up drumming, he was inspired by musicians like Han Bennink, Paul Lytton, and Tony Oxley. He started his musical career relatively late. His debut concert was in September 1977, after first playing with a variety of local bands in Stockholm. In 1988 he founded the 'GUSH' trio together with saxophonist Mats Gustafsson and the pianist Sten Sandell. Since that time Strid has played in a series of bands and projects, such as in the trio Guy/Gustafsson/Strid, Marilyn Crispell/Anders Jormin/Raymond Strid and the Free Jazz trio LSB with Fredrik Ljungkvist and Johan Berthling. In 2000 he initiated 'The Electrics' with Axel Dörner, Sture Ericson and Ingebrigt Flaten. The same year Strid joined the Barry Guy New Orchestra. Strid played at numerous festivals of free improvisation in Europe and North America. He also teaches in musical improvisation."-Wikipedia (

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