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Hirsch, Shelley / Ho, Simon: Where Were You Then ? (Tzadik)

Free improvising vocalist and story spieler Shelley Hirsch teams with Simon Ho and a great set of musicians including Tony Buck, David Hofstra, Tomas Ulrich, for an engaging and fascinating set of songs and stories.

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product information:

UPC: 702397763826

Label: Tzadik
Catalog ID: TZA-CD-7638
Squidco Product Code: 15816

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2012
Country: USA
Packaging: Jewel Tray
Mastered by Scott, Hull in NYC.


Daniela Bertschinger-viola

Kathrin Boegli-cello

Karel Boeschoten-violin

Tony Buck-drums, percussion

David Gattiker-cello

Mich Gerber-bass

Stephanie Griffth-viola

Shelley Hirsch-vocals

Simon Ho-sequencer, piano, accordion, organ, keyboard

Dave Hofstra-tuba, bass

Andi Hug-drums

David Inniger-cello

Karri Koivukoski-viola

Sibylla Leuenberger-viola

David Simons-drums

Misa Stefanovic-violin

Michael Suchorsky-drums, percussion

Tomas Ulrich-cello

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track listing:

1. Kathy Ray 2:29

2. Maxime Cardon 3:23

3. Never 4:01

4. Hitchhiking/Heinz 8:59

5. Giselle 2:44

6. Julius 3:01

7. Baa Baa Black Sheep 2:55

8. Online Dating 2:28

9. Where Were You Then? 4:17

10. Jim Gartenberg 2:27

11. Take Down The Wall 2:58

12. Mining The Light 3:55

13. The Nursing Home 8:07

14. Floundering 3:04

15. Earl and Me 5:49

16. You Would Have Loved It! 4:20

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Improvised Music
NY Downtown & Jazz/Improv
Unusual Vocal Forms
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"The charismatic raconteur Shelley Hirsch returns in collaboration with talented Swiss composer Simon Ho to present her greatest extended work to date-an exhilarating collection of songs and stories about online dating, living in California, hitchhiking through Germany, 9/11 and more. Sensitive and creative arrangements perfectly compliment Shelley's story telling in this delightful and colorful suite by a downtown legend."-Tzadik

Artist Biographies:

"Born in Sydney in 1962, Tony is regarded as one of Australia's most creative and adventurous exports, with vast experience across the globe. He has been involved in a highly diverse array of projects. Apart from The Necks, he is probably best known as leader of hardcore/impro band PERIL.

Early in his musical life, after having graduated from the New South Wales Conservatorium of Music, he became very involved in the jazz scene in Australia, often touring with visiting international artists such as Vincent Herring, Clifford Jordan, Mickey Tucker, Branford Marsalis and Ernie Watts, as well as Australians Mark Simmonds, Paul Grabowsky, The catholics, Sandy Evans and Dale Barlow.

Following time spent in Japan, where he formed PERIL with Otomo Yoshihide and Kato Hideki, Tony moved to Europe, and has involved himself in many projects there, including the development of new "virtual" MIDI controllers at STEIM in Amsterdam.

Tony has played, toured or recorded with, among others, Jon Rose, Nicolas Collins, Tenko, John Zorn, Tom Cora, Phil Minton, Haino, Switchbox, The Machine for Making Sense, Ne Zhdall, The EX, Peter Brotzmann, Hans Reichel, The Little Red Spiders, Subrito Roy Chowdury, Clifford Jordan, Kletka Red, Han Bennink, Shelley Hirsch, Wayne Horvitz, Palinckx, and Ground Zero."

-The Necks Website (

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