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The first release from the German free improvising trio of pianist Georg Graewe, bassist Marcio Mattos, and drummer Michael Vatcher, playing Graewe's rich and intricate spontaneous compositions that ebb and flow effortlessly into each other.

Graewe / Mattos / Vatcher

Graewe / Mattos / Vatcher: Subsymbolism (Nuscope)

Label: Nuscope    
Released in: USA    

"Subsymbolism is the first release with the trio of pianist Georg Graewe, bassist Marcio Mattos, and drummer Michael Vatcher. This trio, which is quite different from Graewe's well-established trio with Ernst Reijseger and Gerry Hemingway, displays Graewe's knack for creating musically rich and intricate spontaneous compositions. According to well-known jazz journalist Bill Shoemaker, "What is initially striking about Subsymbolism is its programmatic cohesiveness. Pieces ebb and flow effortlessly into each other; strands of color and texture weave through the program, creating new contrasts along the way. Subsymbolism is such a well-constructed album of improvised music." According to Richard Cook in The Wire, "This is particularly edgy improvising...notably fine." In Signal to Noise magazine, Jon Morgan says "This trio has created a vivid document that never ceases to surprise, as the unknown lingers just around the corner..." In Pulse!, Art Lange calls the disc "Provocativemusic from a new label down in Dallas." Provocative indeed."-Nu Scope

"Georg Graewe began composing and performing professionally at the age of 15. He has since been leading a variety of ensembles - ranging from trio to chamber orchestra formats - which have involved some of the leading instrumentalists in contemporary music. His compositions, which include chamber music and works for full orchestra as well as scores for films, theater productions, radio drama, and video, have been performed and broadcast around the world.

Graewe has had a long-standing trio with Dutch cellist Ernst Reijseger and US-based percussionist Gerry Hemingway since 1989. He has also performed and/or recorded with Anthony Braxton, Evan Parker, Dave Douglas, Phil Minton, Roscoe Mitchell, Barry Guy, Barre Phillips, Hamid Drake, John Butcher, Robert Dick, John Butcher, Mark Dresser among others.

Over the last 10 years, he has also written three operas. Kopenhagen (based on the same-titled play by Michael Frayn) was produced by OPER KÖLN (Cologne Opera House) in 2003. His second opera, Quicksilver, (a commission by Semperoper Dresden) came out in November 2006. And his most recent opera, Barbara Strozzi oder die Avantgarde der Liebe, was staged by Theater Luzern in Switzerland in 2010 and Oper Bonn in Germany in 2011.

Since 1999, Graewe has been closely associated with CNMAT (Center for New Music and Audio Technology) at UC Berkeley. From 2002 - 2007, he taught at Hochschule für Musik Hanns Eisler in Berlin.

In 2010, Graewe curated a series of 27 events that presented different aspects of resonance between music, poetry, visual arts, and science as part of the European Cultural Capital RUHR 2010. A catalogue plus DVD edition documenting this project has been published on his own Random Acoustics label."

-Nuscope Records (

"California native Michael Vatcher, now residing in Amsterdam, quickly progressed from hitting household furniture to taking vibraphone and snare drum lessons as a child. In California, he played with reedist Michael Moore, with whom Vatcher has had a long musical relationship, John Handy, and Terry Gibbs. After spending a year in New York City, Vatcher moved to Holland in 1981.

Since arriving in Holland, Vatcher has played with such groups as the Tristan Honsinger Sextet, the Martin Altena Ensemble, John Zorn, The Ex, Roof (with Phil Minton, Tom Cora, and Luc Ex), and Van Dyke Parks. Vatcher is also a regular accompanist with the School for New Dance Development in Amsterdam, and has an ongoing musical relationship with dancers Katie Duck and Eileen Standley."

-All About Jazz (

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Product Information:

UPC: 659897100227

Label: Nuscope
Catalog ID: CD 1002
Squidco Product Code: 17283

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 1998
Country: USA
Packaging: Jewel Case
Recorded at the LOFT, Cologne, Germany, on March 15th and 16th, 1995 by Ansgar Ballhorn.


Georg Graewe-piano

Marcio Mattos-acoustic bass

Michael Vatcher-drums, percussion

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Track Listing:

1. Region AX 5 3:10

2. Escapes 3:37

3. Region BQ 11 4:32

4. Allures 8:24

5. Certainties 5:51

6. Standing 2:22

7. Traps 5:39

8. Region CY 7 6:07

9. Stream 13:23