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A double compilation CD inspired by Otomo Yoshihide's lecture "The Role of Culture: After the Earthquake and Man-made Disasters in Fukushima", with John Tilbury, Burkhard Beins, Magda Mayas, Mark Wastell, Greg Kelley, &c. &c.

Various Artists
Fukushima! [2 CDs]

Various Artists: Fukushima! [2 CDs] (Presqu'ille Records)
Label: Presqu'ille Records    
Released in: France    

A double compilation CD inspired by Otomo Yoshihide's lecture "The Role of Culture: After the Earthquake and Man-made Disasters in Fukushima" [see link below]. 100% of the funds raised by Presqu'ille through the sale of this record will go to japanese non-profit organizations. The line-up of the compilation: John Tilbury, Greg Kelley, Annette Krebs, Chris Abrahams, Burkhard Beins, Choi Joonyong / Jin Sangtae / Hong Chulki / Joe Foster, Mural, Magda Mayas, Mark Wastell & Jonathan McHugh, Michael Pisaro & Greg Stuart.


1-01: John Tilbury (piano). 1-02: Magda Mayas (piano). Recorded, mixed and mastered by Tony Buck in July 2011 at Pappelallee 5, Berlin and Acud Studio, Berlin. 1-03: Choi Joonyong (CD players), Joe Foster (things and stuff), Hong Chulki (without turntables), Jin Sangtae (acoustic car horns). Recorded at Dotolim, 19 September 2011, by Hong Chulki. 2-01: Burkhard Beins (analogue synthesizers, E.T., bowed chimes). Recorded and produced by Burkhard Beins in Berlin, July 2011. 2-02: Mark Wastell (Paiste 32″ Tam Tam), Jonathan McHugh (Eventide H3000). 2-03: Annette Krebs (mixing-board-feedbacks, radio, amplified objects, e-guitar), Chris Abrahams (DX7 FM synth and Vermona Mono Lancet analog synth). Selected, mixed and mastered by Annette Krebs

2-04: Musicians and spontaneous guests: Sabine Erklenz (tp), Chris Heenan (alto sax), Mike Majkowski (pitch pipes), Andrea Neumann (tp), Koen Nutters (bowed crotales), Morten Olsen (git), invited via word-of-mouth and Facebook by Johnny Chang and Morton Olsen, playing a composition by James Tenney. Recorded, mixed and mastered by Annette Krebs. 2-05: Jim Denley (flute), Kim Myhr (acoustic guitars, zithers and objects), Ingar Zach (gran cassa, percussion). 2-06: Greg Stuart (glockenspiel, bar chimes, wood blocks). Recorded, mixed and mastered by Greg Stuart. 2-07: Greg Kelley (trumpet). Album Mastering and Post Production: Christoph Amann, Amann Studios Vienna. Notes: This compilation was inspired by Otomo Yoshihide's Lecture.

"John Tilbury (born 1 February 1936) is a British pianist. He is considered one of the foremost interpreters of Morton Feldman's music, and since 1980 has been a member of the free improvisation group AMM.

Tilbury studied piano at the Royal College of Music with Arthur Alexander and James Gibb and also with Zbigniew Drzewiecki in Warsaw. 1968 he was the winner of the Gaudeamus competition in the Netherlands.

During the 1960s, Tilbury was closely associated with the composer Cornelius Cardew, whose music he has interpreted and recorded and a member of the Scratch Orchestra. His biography of Cardew, "Cornelius Cardew - A life unfinished" was published in 2008.

Tilbury has also recorded the works of Howard Skempton and John White, among many others, and has also performed adaptations of the radio plays of Samuel Beckett.

With guitarist AMM bandmate Keith Rowe's electroacoustic ensemble M.I.M.E.O., Tilbury recorded The Hands of Caravaggio, inspired by the painter's The Taking of Christ {1602). In this live performance, twelve of the members of M.I.M.E.O. were positioned around the piano in a deliberate echo of Christ's Last Supper. The thirteenth M.I.M.E.O. member (Cor Fuhler) is credited with "inside piano" as he interacted and interfered with Tilbury's playing by manipulating and damping the instrument's strings, essentially doing piano preparation in real time. Critic Brian Olewnick describes the album as "A staggering achievement, one is tempted to call The Hands of Caravaggio the first great piano concerto of the 21st century."

Another notable recent recording of Tilbury's was Duos for Doris (like The Hands of Caravaggio also on Erstwhile Records), a collaboration with Keith Rowe. It is widely considered a landmark recording in the genre of electroacoustic improvisation (or "EAI").

In 2013 he collaborated with artist Armando Lulaj in FIEND performance at the National Theatre of Tirana (Albania)."

-Wikipedia (

"Magda Mayas, born 1979, is a pianist living in Berlin. Developing a vocabulary utilizing both the inside as well as the exterior parts of the piano, using preparations and objects, she explores textural, linear and fast moving sound collage.

Alongside the piano, Mayas has recently been performing on a Clavinet/Pianet, an electric piano from the 60s with strings and metal chimes, where she engages with noise and more visceral sound material, equally extending the instrumental sound palette using extended techniques and devices.Mayas performs internationally solo and in collaboration with a large number of musicians and composers.Current projects are "Spill", a duo with drummer Tony Buck, a duo with Christine Abdelnour (sax) and "Great Waitress", a trio with Monika Brooks (acc) and Laura Altman (cl).

She is currently undertaking Phd studies at the University of Gothenburg, Sweden and investigating extended instrumental techniques, spectral music and psychoacoustics in an improvised music context.

Since 2013 she has also been producing radio pieces for ABC Australia and Deutschlandradio Kultur and has released 20 CDS to date.

Magda Mayas has performed and toured in Europe, the USA, Australia, Mexico and Lebanon and collaborated with many leading figures in improvisation and composers such as John Butcher, Andy Moor, Zeena Parkins, Joelle Leandre, Paul Lovens, Ikue Mori, Phill Niblock, Peter Evans, Andrea Neumann and Axel Dörner. She has performed at festivals and exhibitions such as Maerz Musik (2012,2015), Documenta (2012) or the Berlin Biennale ( 2014)."

-Magda Mayas Website (

"Burkhard Beins, born 1964 in Lower Saxony, lives in Berlin since 1995. As a composer/performer working in the fields of experimental music and sound art he is known for his definitive use of percussion in combination with selected sound objects. Furthermore, he works with live-electronics/analog synthesizers and has conceived several sound installations.

Since the late 1980's he is performing at internationally renowned venues and festivals throughout Europe, America, Australia and Asia as diverse as the LMC Festival (London), Int. Ferienkurse (Darmstadt), SKIF (St. Petersburg), Musiktage (Donaueschingen), Musique Action (Nancy), Choppa Festival (Singapore), Cave 12 (Geneva), The Now now (Sydney), ZKM (Karlsruhe), Kaleidophon (Ulrichsberg), Kid Ailack Music Hall (Tokyo), Gaudeamus Festival (Amsterdam), Liquid Architecture (Australia), Meteo (Mulhouse), Taktlos (CH), Berghain (Berlin), Konfrontationen (Nickelsdorf), Serralves (Porto), Wien Modern (Vienna), MoMA (New York), New Music Festival (Hanoi), Irtijal (Beirut), or Maerzmusik (Berlin).

Alongside his solo work he is a member of the ensembles Polwechsel, Activity Center, The Sealed Knot, Perlonex, Sawt Out, Trio Sowari, Tree, Junk Orbit, Fracture Mechanics, and Splitter Orchester and also works with composers/musicans such as Sven-Åke Johansson, Andrea Neumann, Keith Rowe, Axel Dörner, Tarek Atoui, John Tilbury, or Charlemagne Palestine.

Burkhard Beins gives workshops based on his graphic score system Adapt/Oppose, has published several articles on music theory, and is a co-editor of the book "Echtzeitmusik Berlin - Self-Defining a Scene" as well as the curator of a follow-up 3CD compilation featuring the Berlin Echtzeitmusik scene. Meanwhile he has released more than 50 CDs and LPs on labels like Zarek, Erstwhile, 2:13 Music, Hat Hut, Potlatch, Absinth, alt.vinyl, God Records, Mikroton, or Confront."

-Burkhard Beins Website (

"Chris Heenan (Washington D.C., 1969) lives in Berlin is an active composer/performer and organizer of experimental music. He performs on alto saxophone, contrabass clarinet and analog synthesizer in contexts ranging from solo to large groups and in various ongoing projects.

He uses these instruments to investigate new musical forms, noise, and improvisation both in his solo work and in collaboration with composers and performers such as musicians, dancers, and visual artists. Heenan has developed a formidable solo voice on his wind instruments, particularly with the contrabass clarinet where he uses extended techniques, often incorporating multiphonics with surprising results, to reveal the subtleties inherent to the instrument.

He performs regularly in the U.S. and Europe, featured on such festivals as Stuttgarter Saxofonfestival, Projektgruppe Neue Musik Festival, Bremen; Improvised and Otherwise, Brooklyn, NY; Experimental Intermedia, New York; and at venues such as Artist Space, New York; Sendesaal Radio Bremen, The Renaissance Society, Chicago, IL and The Santa Monica Museum of Art. He is the recipient of grants from American Composers Forum, Arts International and The Durfee Foundation. Heenan received his MFA from the Milton Avery Graduate School of the Arts at Bard College in 2004 and from 2004 to 2006 was a fellow-in-residence at Akademie Schloss Solitude in Stuttgart, Germany.

Some of his main collaborators and projects include Flamingo, Nordzucker, Trigger, PIVOT (with Liz Allbee), Michael Vorfeld, Sven Åke Johansson, Alessandro Bosetti, Ute Wassermann, Birgit Ulher, and Splitter Orchester.

Heenan has been active as a curator of musical events and concerts since 2001. In 2004 he founded REIFY, a record label specializing in documenting experimental and improvised music, in addition to co-founding line space line (2002-2005), a new and improvised music series in Los Angeles that produced over 120 concerts and two yearly festivals. In 2007 he was invited to curate a concert at The J Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles: An Evening of Works by Ichiyanagi, Kosugi, Ono and Shiomi as part of the exhibition (Rajikaru!): Experimentations in Japanese Art, 1950-1975."

-Chris Heenan Website (

"Mike Majkowski is a double bassist / composer born in Sydney, Australia. Currently based in Berlin. Active in the fields of improvised, composed and exploratory music. Performs as a soloist + with a number of collaborative projects (some of which are featured in this site) mike is currently exploring the spectral qualities of double bass resonance, examining deliberate frequencies and circumstantial resonance. His music also explores the relationship between physicality and sonority, with the aim of creating a sense of stillness." (

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Label: Presqu'ille Records
Catalog ID: PSQ004-2
Squidco Product Code: 16178

Format: 2 CDs
Condition: New
Released: 2012
Country: France
Packaging: 2 CDs in a digipak
Recorded on various dates and at various locations. Mastered by Christoph Amann at Amann Studios Vienna.


John Tilbury-piano

Magda Mayas-piano

Choi Joonyong

Joe Foster

Hong Chulki

Jin Sangtae

Burkhard Beins-analogue synthesizers, bowed chimes, E.T.

Mark Wastell-tam tam

Jonathan McHugh-Eventide H3000

Annette Krebs-mixing, feeback, radio, amplified objects, electric guitar

Chris Abrahams-DX7 FM synth, Vermona Mono Lancet analog synth

Sabine Erklenz

Chris Heenan-alto saxophone

Mike Majkowski-pitch pipes

Andrea Neumann

Koen Nutters-bowed crotales

Morten Olsen-guitar

Jim Denley-flute

Kim Myhr-acoustic guitars, zithers, objects

Ingar Zach-gran cassa, percussion

Greg Stuart-glockenspiel, bar chimes, wood blocks

Greg Kelley-trumpet

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Track Listing:

CD 1

1. Dave Smith - Al contrario, by John Tilbury 34:04

2. Magda Mayas - Foreign Grey 9:11

3. Choi Joonyong, Joe Foster, Hong Chulki & Jin Sangtae - From Dotolim 14:32

CD 2

1. Burkhard Beins - Counter 6:33

2. Mark Wastell & Jonathan McHugh - Eventide 6:36

3. Annette Krebs & Chris Abrahams - Duo 2:46

4. Annette Krebs - Field recording of the anti-Wall Street-demonstration in front of the Reichstag in Berlin 4:04

5. Mural (Ingar Zach, Kim Myhr, Jim Denley) - Fukushima for the Time Being 9:43

6. Michael Pisaro - The Bell-Maker, from Four Pieces for Recorded Percussion (Il faut attendre), by Greg Stuart 21:37

7. Greg Kelley - Cylindrical Mirror 7:07