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A documentary about Music Unlimited Festival 2009 in Austria, featuring Lotte Anker, Martin Blume, Arnold de Boer, Tony Buck, Sylvie Courvoisier, Chris Cutler, Peter Evans, Phil Minton, Andy Moor, &c. &c.

Music Unlimited Festival 2009
Unlimited 23 [DVD]

Music Unlimited Festival 2009: Unlimited 23 [DVD] (Panrec)
Label: Panrec    
Released in: Germany    

"Cologne-based Pavel Borodin is the man thanks to which a larger segment of population can enjoy exciting sets happening along the German/Austrian axis (and not only). Unlimited 23 follows Borodin's excellent features on Elliott Sharp and the Speak Easy quartet. It's a fine documentary about the 2009 edition of one of the most important European new music festivals - unfolding over three days in Wels, Austria - combining refined artistry, the ever-splendid spontaneity of top-rank instant creativity and a general sense of contentment, the latter shared by the interviewed participants in the spoken interludes interspersing the extracts from the strictly musical activities.

As always with the productions of this passionately unprejudiced director, the film's structure is intelligently essential yet inclusive of every necessary detail, not a painless task given the multitude of persons involved both in terms of exhibition and coordination. The 2009 installment was curated by Ikue Mori and, besides the enormous efforts made by the chief organizers Wolfgang Wasserbauer and Peter Neuhauser, its success depended in large part to the indefatigable work of 100 volunteers, the whole under the executive banner of Kulturverein Waschaecht Wels. This is the way in which Music Unlimited manages not only to resist in times of worldwide crisis, but to be still able to showcase a wide-ranging gamut of different projects and personalities, some of them "popular" (the Frith/Cutler duo, John Zorn's Cobra, Phil Minton, Mark Nauseef, KTL), the less known equally valuable, and occasionally even more involving. I myself rejoiced in discovering artists, never met before, who positively surprised. Two examples: Swedish vocalist Lindha Kallerdahl - noticeably pregnant at the time of her concert with saxophonist Lotte Anker and cellist Okkyung Lee - and Theremin player Pamelia Kurstin.

The female component was indeed very strong in the festival. Maja S.K. Ratkje, Sylvie Courvoisier, the Parkins sisters (Zeena, Maggie and Sara), Ute Wassermann, the above mentioned Mori, Lee and Anker, an Ex-plosive Katherina Bornefeld. These and other ladies' engrossing performances symbolized the impressive level of intelligence, sensitivity and also muscularity that a woman usually brings to an improvisational table. The focused nimbleness and overall determination shown by Lee during dynamic exchanges with trumpet maestro Peter Evans are just spectacular. Contrariwise, a classy delicateness is predominant in the all-women Phantom Orchard Orchestra's "Inquisitive Fingers", a partially scored piece fusing elements of freedom and discipline commendably. Not to mention the sweet purity introduced by guitarist Kazuhisa Uchihashi's little daughter Kanon, who warmly greets (with excited jumping) the powerful hotchpotch generated by David Watson, DJ Olive and Tony Buck in a bagpipe/turntable/drum trio, and is invited to dance on stage - which she does without flinching - by The Ex in "Song For Electricity", the movie's final track. The young girl is definitely growing up in an ideal environment.

Additional flashes to remember: Frith silently chuckling as Koichi Makigami gives instructions for Cobra's "Wels Operations"; a marvellous duet of whispers between Minton and Dieb 13's vinyls; Anker's transparent smile in conversation; Watson's concentration as he pumps air in the bagpipes; Wassermann's impenetrable mask throughout an extraordinary "birdtalking" act. However, no description of mine could give an idea of how quickly the 123 minutes of this superb DVD fly, and the pleasure felt by watching these great musicians in action. As soon as the disc has stopped spinning, you're going to reach for the menu button and start replaying your favourite chapters. Guaranteed."-Massimo Ricci, Touching Extremes

NTSC; Aspect Ratio 16:9; Region free; Dolby Digital Audio 2.0 and 5.1. Running Time123 minutes. English subtitles for non-English parts.

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NTSC; Aspect Ratio 16:9; Region free; Dolby Digital Audio 2.0 and 5.1. Running Time123 minutes. English subtitles for non-English parts.

UPC: 662425022625

Label: Panrec
Catalog ID: PANDVD04N
Squidco Product Code: 14565

Format: DVD-R
Condition: New
Released: 2010
Country: Germany
Packaging: DVD Digipack
Filmed November 6th-8th, 2009 in Wes, Austria.


Kristen Andersen

Lotte Anker

Martin Blume

Arnold de Boer

Katherina Bornefeld

Tony Buck

Sylvie Courvoisier

Chris Cutler


Shayna Dunkelman

Peter Evans

Fred Frith

Lene Grenager

Noid Haberl

Terrie Hessels

Lindha Kallerdahl

DD Kern

Pamelia Kurstin

Okkyung Lee

Thomas Lehn

Koichi Makigami

Stephen O'Malley

Phil Minton

Andy Moor

Ikue Mori

Mark Nauseef

DJ Olive

Maggie Parkins

Sara Parkins

Zeena Parkins

Maja Ratkje

Peter Rehberg

Hild Sofie Tafjord

Kazuhisa Uchihashi

Ute Wassermann

David Watson

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Track Listing:

1. John Zorn's Cobra Wels Operations 1-3
Cello Arnold Haberl, Okkyung Lee
Conductor [Prompter] Koichi Makigami*
Written-By John Zorn
Guitar David Watson, Fred Frith, Uchihashi Kazuhisa
Percussion Shayna Dunkelman
Computer Ikue Mori
Voice, Electronics Maja S. K. Ratkje
Drums Chris Cutler, Tony Buck
Harp [Electric], Electronics Zeena Parkins
Piano Sylvie Courvoisier

2. Speak Easy Outer Limits
Mixed By, Synthesizer [Analogue] Thomas Lehn
Drums, Percussion Martin Blume
Voice, Whistle Ute Wassermann
Voice Phil Minton
Written-By Martin Blume, Phil Minton, Thomas Lehn, Ute Wassermann

3. Spunk Welsmusic
Written-By Hild Sofie Tafjord, Kristin Andersen, Lene Grenager, Maja S. K. Ratkje
French Horn, Electronics Hild Sofie Tafjord
Trumpet, Flute Kristin Andersen
Cello Lene Grenager
Voice, Electronics Maja S. K. Ratkje

4. KTL Forest Floor 4
Electronics [Oscs, Apps, Drives] Peter Rehberg
Written-By Peter Rehberg, Stephen O'Malley
Strings, Electronics [Fx, Amps] Stephen O'Malley

5. Phil Minton and Dieb13 Voice And Turntables II
Turntables, Recorded By, Mixed By Dieb13
Voice Phil Minton
Written-By Dieb13, Phil Minton

6. Pamelia Kurstin Live In Wels 2009
Recorded By Pavel Borodin
Theremin, Written-By Pamelia Kurstin

7. Agra Dharma Improvisation For Pundaroka #1
Voice, Theremin Koichi Makigami*
Piano Sylvie Courvoisier
Computer Ikue Mori
Written-By Ikue Mori, Koichi Makigami*, Sylvie Courvoisier

8. Lotte Anker, Lindha Kallerdahl and Okkyung Lee Strange Sisters
Voice Lindha Kallerdahl
Saxophone Lotte Anker
Cello Okkyung Lee
Written-By Lindha Kallerdahl, Lotte Anker, Okkyung Lee

9. Phantom Orchard Orchestra Inquisitive Fingers
French Horn, Electronics Hild Sofie Tafjord
Written-By Zeena Parkins
Percussion Shayna Dunkelman
Computer Ikue Mori
Voice, Electronics Maja S. K. Ratkje
Cello Margaret Parkins
Violin Sara Parkins
Harp [Acoustic] Zeena Parkins

10. Fred Frith and Chris Cutler Unlimited 2009 Extract
Written-By Chris Cutler, Fred Frith
Drums, Performer [Electricity, Jetsam] Chris Cutler
Guitar, Performer [Electricity, Flotsam] Fred Frith

11. Saw Sun Here Saw Sun Here
Recorded By Pavel Borodin
Synthesizer Zeena Parkins
Written-By Zeena Parkins
Cello Margaret Parkins
Violin Sara Parkins

12. Ipcress Theater Good Vs. Evil
Recorded By Pavel Borodin
Written-By Ikue Mori
Percussion Mark Nauseef
Computer Ikue Mori
Voice Koichi Makigami*
Guitar, Idiophone [Daxophone] Uchihashi Kazuhisa

13. Lotte Anker, Sylvie Courvoisier and Mark Nauseef Film 3
Drums, Percussion Mark Nauseef
Piano Sylvie Courvoisier
Saxophone Lotte Anker
Written-By Lotte Anker, Mark Nauseef, Sylvie Courvoisier

14. Peter Evans (2) and Okkyung Lee Muje
Trumpet Peter Evans (2)
Cello Okkyung Lee
Written-By Okkyung Lee, Peter Evans (2)

15. David Watson, DJ Olive and Tony Buck The Rain Check
Bagpipes David Watson
Written-By DJ Olive, David Watson, Tony Buck
Turntables, Electronics DJ Olive
Drums, Percussion Tony Buck

16. Ex, The Double Order
Guitar Andy Moor (2), Terrie Hessels
Voice, Guitar Arnold de Boer
Drums Katherina Bornefeld
Written-By Terrie Hessels

17. Ex, The Song For Electricity
Guitar Andy Moor (2), Terrie Hessels
Drums Katherina Bornefeld
Voice, Guitar, Sampler, Written-By Arnold de Boer

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