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Courtis / Genovart / Kurzmann / Reche: Palmar Zahler (Mikroton Recordings)

A quartet of electronic and acoustic improvisers in six spacious and graceful soundscapes, beautifully drifting works of hallucinatory tones.

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Label: Mikroton Recordings
Catalog ID: cd 2
Squidco Product Code: 14345

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2009
Country: Russia
Packaging: Jewel Tray
Recorded May 19th, 2008 at Studio INCLANG, Buenos Aires by Jaime Genovart.


Alan Courtis-homemade violin, contact mic

Jaime Genovart-synth

Christoff Kurzmann-lloopp, clarinet, voice

Pablo Reche-minidisc, ipod, alesis nanoverb, korg MS10

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Artist Biographies:

"Alan Courtis was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina on February 22, 1972. He studied classical guitar, piano, theory and composition. He holds a degree in Communication Science from the University of Buenos Aires, where he currently runs an annual music workshop. He played electric guitar in diverse bands and in 1993 he co-founded the group Reynols. With this group he has released more than one hundred CDs and vinyls worldwide in labels like Trente Oiseaux, Digital Narcis, Drone Records, Locust, Sedimental, Beta-Lactam Ring Records, Celebrate Psi Phenomenon, RRR, Audiobot Records, Roaratorio, JDK, Reverse, Matching Head, American Tapes, Last Visible Dog, Carbon Records, Mikroton, etc."

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track listing:

1. Einklang 10:26

2. Uranio Agreste 10:35

3. Bleimmazorca 7:41

4. Berilio 5:58

5. Medanos De Yodo 3:15

6. Agent Remolacha 6:33
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descriptions, reviews, &c.

"Christof Kurzmann has been a frequent visitor to Latin America for a while now, so it's no surprise to see him popping up on clarinet, voice and lloopp (Klaus Filip's Max/MSP application) in Buenos Aires for a studio session with locals Genovart ("recording, synth, soft" - go figure), Reche ("minidisc, ipod, alesis nanoverb, korg MS10") and Courtis ("homemade violin, contact mic, mp3, tapes and processing"). Palmar Zähler is a collection of six elegant, spacious soundscapes, a beautifully engineered and eminently listenable addition to the discographies of all involved, in which Kurzmann's plaintive clarinet chalumeau ("Uranio Agreste") and melancholy vocal détournement of pop classics - here the Rolling Stones' chestnut "As Tears Go By" in "Berilio" - serve to counterpoint the rather predictable swathes of gloomy feedback and digital rustle. The musicians seem to be more at ease when they allow themselves to stretch out, which makes one wonder why the decision was taken to edit three longer spans of music into six smaller tracks - to facilitate radio play, perhaps? In any case, "Einklang" and "Uranio", the only two that go beyond the ten-minute mark, are the choice cuts here."-Dan Warburton, Paris Transatlantic

"It is now 5 years that I travel to Latin America. My home base in Buenos Aires; and from there to almost all the other countries. When I arrived there first, I did not know much about the music scene, especially about any scene committed to "New Music" or "Improvisation", but with the time i encountered a lot of movement, a lot of interesting music (of any form or genre) and I encountered musicians, that if they had been born in the so called "civilized West" would be within the most important protagonists of their scenes. With some of these musicians I finally became friends, met their work and started to work with them myself.

Palmar Zähler (the title of the album, as all the title of all tracks on it, has no further meaning - its chosen only for reasons of "sound" and of losing yourself in translation), is the first release to document my experiences in Latin America. I had the honour to meet three of the most renown players within the Argentinean experimental music scene. Alan Courtis (probably famous for being member of the metal-noise band Reynols, by now leaving the guitar in its "classical" form behind him and developing his own instruments, still strings based, but returning to much more primitive forms to advance much further), Pablo Reche (one of the few electronic musicians to be known for his quite eclectic mix of ambient sounds and field recordings even within Europe) and Jaime Genovart (the man in the background, hardly ever playing live, the more investigating for new sounds in his studio) were partners for a recording made last year, that I think should not be considered as something exotic, but more compared to all the other music that is around today (including Africa, Asia and Latin America - the so called third world countries). I hope you all enjoy!"-Christof Kurzmann

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