72 extractions of electroacoustic improvisation from saxophonist Christoph Gallio, and an accompanying DVD from director Beat Streuli, with music and sound coming from Dominique Girod (bass), Julian Sartorius (drums), Andrea Neumann (piano), and Ernst Thoma (synth).
Gallio / Streuli
Road Works [CD & DVD]
Released in: Switzerland
"Gallio and Streuli - the latter's high-definition metropolitan imagery is featured in the DVD incorporated by this 2-disc set - proceed to the second subdivision of their cooperative production after Hits/Stills. In this juncture, too, the music is "formally" shattered - in 72 shards, to be specific - but instead of employing a solitary tool the composer opted for a small cast comprising at least two interesting variables. One is Thoma's synthesizer, often the most prominent color in the overall palette and - not rarely - a supplier of mysterious fumes, odd purrs and eccentric "weeoows" (several pieces also include samples). The other crucial factor is Neumann's pianism, ranging from pensive empiricism to ordinary accompaniment of progressions that appear excessively "normal" and easygoing to let me believe that there is no sarcasm in there.
For sure, Gallio does recognize irony as a valuable component of his work (*). A few of these pills might be thought as abbreviated Eno/Roedelius outtakes, spaced-out melodies and electronic impulses cuddling the hearer. More blatant intermissions modify the intensity level inside the instrumental action, then give room to facetious clichés and formulas, lounge-jazz played by cultured musicians who forgot they're being paid by a Holiday Inn as they keep trying to alter/fragment the tempos (and use a hoarse cat as a singer, see track 35). Episodes where tension is induced via Zorn-like outbursts and precipitous interruptions are complemented by pseudo-African rhythms and sheer exercises, or perhaps a single, reiterated phrase/superimposition of tones (those are the moments I prefer: check tracks 1, 24, 25 and 71 for example).
Amidst all of this, Gallio, Girod and Sartorius are accountable for the permanency of a minimum of contrapuntal symmetricalness within a vibe whose nature is both elegantly mocking and mystifyingly classy. Fleeting occurrences modulate every fluctuation; the "shuffle" mode is a rather expectable listening alternative. Talking again about Eno, this music remains respectable even at attenuated volume, becoming an active complement in the room's sonorousness yet still capable of commanding your attention at the due moment."--Massimo Ricci, Touching Extremes
(*) Not so, apparently: in an email subsequent to this review, the composer wrote me that although he does value humor, irony is not meant to be the protagonist of these sketches, or his production in general. "I love clichés, cheap, normal and unspectacular things from the daily life. I use them with the deepest respect, trying to find depths beyond the appearance". Thanks to Christoph Gallio for the explanation."
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"Christoph Gallio was born in 1957 and lives in Baden, Switzerland. Self-taught, he began playing 19 years soprano saxophone. He studied saxophone with Iwan Roth at Basel Conservatory and Music at Steve Lacy in Paris. MA in Transdisciplinarity at the Zurich University of the Arts (ZHdK). Gallio in 1987 received the Special Art Prize of the city of Basel and the Canton Aargau 2009 Berlin studio and 2012 a work contribution. He directs the bands DAY & TAXI (with Silvan Jeger and David Meier), MÖSIÖBLÖ (with Sylvia Nopper, Marino Pliakas and Thomas Eckert), and ROSES FOR ALL (with Jan Roder and Oliver Steidle). With the visual artist Beat Streuli him on a longstanding cooperation. The latest joint project is the interdisciplinary performance ROAD WORKS (with Andrea Neumann, Ernst Thoma, Dominique Girod and Julian Sartorius).
Since 1977, played and plays Christoph Gallio among other things with Irene Schweizer, Irene Aebi, Urs Voerkel, Peter K. Frey, Daniel Studer, Günter Müller, Stephan Wittwer, Norbert Möslang, Ernst Thoma, Peter Kowald, Alfred Zimmerlin, Matthew Ostrowski, Hans Koch, Werner Lüdi, Urs Blöchlinger, Erhard Hirt, Dieter Ulrich, Fred Frith, Phil Minton, John Russel, Lindsay L. Cooper, Peter Schärli, Bernhard Bamert, Takashi Kazamaki, Yoshiaki Onnyk Kinno, Samm Bennett, Uchihashi Kazuhisa, Kazutoki Umezu, Tetsu Saitoh , William Parker, Rashied Ali, Christian Wolfarth, Martin Lorenz, Hans-Christian Sarnau, Lara Stanic, Olaf Rupp, Kazumi, Helmut Erler, Hans Benda, Sven Åke Johansson, Andrea Neumann, Julian Sartorius. Solos and performances with the dancers Christine Brodbeck, Yvonne Meier, Tomiko Takai, Franz Frautschi and Hideto Heshiki. Cooperation including with the artists Alex Silver, Eric Hattan and writer Kurt Aebli. Since 1986 Gallio composes for himself, his band and others. Concerts and tours at home and abroad. Various recordings."-Christoph Gallio Website (http://www.gallio.ch/gallio/)
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"Born 1968 in Freiburg, grew up in Hamburg. Piano lessons since 1974. Studied piano at "Hochschule der Kunste" in Berlin. Since 1996 primarily active as improviser and composer in the areas of experimental and new music.
In the process of exploring the piano for new sound possibilities, she has reduced the instrument to strings, resonance board and metal frame. With the help of electronics to manipulate and amplify the sounds (sometimes to make parts of the sound audible which are inaudible without amplification), she has developed numerous new playing techniques, sounds, and ways of preparing the dismantled instrument. Because the original inside piano is very heavy, a piano builder (Bernd Bittmann, Berlin) constructed a new and lighter one for her.
She has worked intensively in the crossover area between composition and improvisation, and in the field between electronic and handmade sounds, with Berlin musicians such as Annette Krebs, Ignaz Schick, Axel Dörner, Robin Hayward and Burkhard Beins. She has composed for inside piano for interdisciplinary projects including film, dance, performance, etc."-Improvised Music from Japan website (http://www.japanimprov.com/profiles/aneumann/)
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DVD: PAL 16:9. Photo booklet by Moritz Wetter.
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DVD: PAL 16:9. Photo booklet by Moritz Wetter.
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Beat Streuli-Film director
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