A split CD presenting contrasting aspects of 'Berlin reductionism': "Roananax 1999" - from the quartet of Axel Dorner, Robin Hayward, Annette Krebs and Andrea Neumann; and "Obliq 2014" from the current Berlin group of Pierre Borel, Hannes Lingens and Derek Shirley.
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Label: Another Timbre
Catalog ID: at75
Squidco Product Code: 19184
Packaging: Cardstock gatefold foldover
"Roananax" Recorded in Berlin, in 1999, by Andreas Lubich. "Obliq" recorded live in the Amann Studios in Vienna, Austria, in 2014, by Christoph Amann.
Annette Krebs-electro-acoustic guitar, mixing board
Andrea Neumann-inside piano, mixing board
Pierre Borel-alto saxophone
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1. Roananax 1 6:41
2. Roananax 2 10:12
3. Roananax 3 5:28
4. Roananax 4 11:09
5. Roananax 5 6:32
6. Obliq 1 20:13
7. Obliq 19:11
lowercase, micro-improv, sound improv
European Improv, Free Jazz & Related
London & UK Improv & Related Scenes
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"A split CD presenting contrasting aspects of 'Berlin reductionism'. Firstly Roananax 1999 - an archive recording by the quartet of Axel Dorner, Robin Hayward, Annette Krebs and Andrea Neumann. All four musicians were leading figures in the emergence of Berlin reductionism, though the music isn't necessarily what you'd expect. The second half of the disc - Obliq 2014 - presents the work of a current Berlin group from a recording session at Amann studios in Vienna. The music affords a fascinating contrast with the sounds of Roananax 15 years previously."-Another Timbre
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"The tuba player and composer Robin Hayward was born in Brighton, England in 1969. He studied classical music at the University of Manchester and tuba at the Royal Northern College of Music, where he graduated in 1991. In following years he was active in the improvised and experimental music scenes in Manchester and London. Since 1998 he has been based in Berlin.
He has introduced revolutionary playing techniques to brass instruments, initially through the discovery of the 'noise-valve' in 1996, and later through the development of the first fully microtonal tuba in 2009. In 2012 he invented the Hayward Tuning Vine, partly out of a desire to visualise the harmonic space implicit within the microtonal tuba. In 2005 he founded the ensemble Zinc & Copper to explore brass chamber music from an experimental music perspective.
Robin Hayward has toured extensively both solo and in collaboration, and been featured in such festivals as Maerzmusik, Fri Resonans, Donaueschingen, TRANSIT festival, Ghent Festival of Flanders, Ostrava New Music Days, Sound Symposium, Kieler Tage für Neue Musik and Wien Modern. Collaborations include such musicians as Charles Curtis and Roberto Fabbriciani, along with composers such as Christian Wolff, Alvin Lucier and Eliane Radigue. His approach to the tuba has been documented in the solo releases Valve Division, States of Rushing, Nouveau Saxhorn Nouveau Basse and Rubble Master, along with numerous collaborative releases, such as with the microtonal tuba trio Microtub and the tuba and double bass duo Reidemeister Move. He has lectured at such institutions as Stuttgart Musikhochschule, the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki, UDK Berlin, Dartmouth College and Wesleyan University. He has also worked regularly with such orchestras as the Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin and the Konzerthausorchester Berlin, and from 2002 to 2012 was a member of the new music ensemble KNM Berlin.
In 2012 the International Tuba and Euphonium Association (ITEA) presented him with the Clifford Bevan Award for Excellence in Research for his 2011 article on the history and development of the microtonal tuba. In 2016 he received the ITEA's Jim and Jamie Self Creative Award for his work with the microtonal tuba and Hayward Tuning Vine."-Robin Hayward Website (http://www.robinhayward.de/eng/biography.php)
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• Show Bio for Andrea Neumann
"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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