An Australian improvising string chamber trio combing pure energy, dynamic sensibilities and a bombastic approach to percussive attack, with Jon Rose (violin), Clayton Thomas (bass) and Mike Majkowski (bass).
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Catalog ID: monoLP014
Squidco Product Code: 18015
Packaging: Vinyl LP in a cardstock gatefold sleeve
Recorded live at Densites Festival 2010 by Etienne Foyer. Recorded at Ausland, Berlin, 2010 by Roy Carroll.
Clayton Thomas-double bass
Mike Majkowski-double bass
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Wood, Wires & Sparks 18:57
1. Sweepstakes 2:36
2. Revenge of the Instrument 7:18
3. Gentrify This 4:12
4. Tsunami Scoreboard 2:02
5. Song 8:36
Related Categories of Interest:
European Improv, Free Jazz & Related
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"Australian string trio STRIKE combine pure energy, dynamic sensibilities and a bombastic approach to percussive attack - diving head first into the chamber. A rare combination of thrash energy, sophisticated listening and unbridled enthusiasm. Led by the pioneering experimentalist Jon Rose, the trio takes full advantage of the myriad possibilities of the string, the bow and the box.
Jon Rose is Australia's most consistently challenging and ground breaking improviser, instrument builder and conceptualist. He has performed for over 20 years around the world, recording with everybody from Derek Bailey to K.K.Null. His radio plays have been presented in France, Germany, Holland and the US. His Great Fences Project has taken him across the fields of Australia, Europe and he US and very nearly behind bars in Israel. Clayton Thomas landed on the European Improvising scene in 2007, quickly finding like minded musicians across the continent. He combines a focussed exploration of electronic sonic references with a transformative energy usually associated with free Jazz. Since arriving he has played with many inspiring and ground breaking improvisers, including Peter Brotzmann, Paul Lovens, Peter Evans and John Butcher to name a few.
Mike Majkowski is a ferociously gifted bassist, moving with unique style through the traditions of jazz - working with Australia's leading exponents - including ChrisEurope he has performed with luminaries Han Bennink, Paul Lovens, Tobias Delius."-Monotype
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"Double Bassist Clayton Thomas was born 1976, in Hobart, Australia. Inspired by the sound, velocity and social movements of jazz, Clayton has dedicated his musical life to finding a personal truth that links his own cultural life as a white Australian, with the radical, far reaching pursuits found within the creative music. What he can't find as a bass player, he searches for in the organisation of unreasonably large ensembles.
Clayton Thomas relocated in Sydney, Australia, in 2014. Clayton is currently not a regular member of the Splitter Orchester, but he was part of the 2014 concert @ MaerzMusik and he'll also take part in the 2015 concerts in Berlin and Huddersfield."-Splitter Orchester Website (http://www.berlinsplitter.org/index.php?article_id=104)
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"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."-Site.Google.com (https://sites.google.com/site/mikemajkowski/)
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Strike (Clayton Thomas / Jon Rose / Mike Majkowski)
Wood, Wire & Sparks [VINYL]