"Drummer Christian Wolfarth and saxophonist Donat Fisch first recorded in this formation more than ten years ago. Circle and Line 2 is the Swiss duo's reunion and an unique free jazz achievement. Saxophone and drum duos rarely become an...
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Catalog ID: CD LR 552
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Country: Great Britain
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Recorded at Radio Studio DRS II Zurich, Switzerland, in May 2008 by Ron Kurz.
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Donat Fisch-alto saxophone, tenor saxophone, composer
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1. Stalo 3:12
2. Marias Blues 3:53
3. Merlodie 6:34
4. Fur Christian 3:44
5. 15 5:23
6. Desmond 3:34
7. Staika 6:00
8. Elva 5:43
9. No Title 9:26
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European Improv, Free Jazz & Related
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Percussion & Drums
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"Drummer Christian Wolfarth and saxophonist Donat Fisch first recorded in this formation more than ten years ago. Circle and Line 2 is the Swiss duo's reunion and an unique free jazz achievement. Saxophone and drum duos rarely become an artist's defining work. It is a difficult format, requiring extraordinary creative effort to maintain variety and interest. When master musicians like Anthony Braxton and Max Roach approached it, the result was an unstructured exchange between very different musical comfort zones. Peter Brotzmann has been in this territory as well, producing the expected and dominant spontaneous combustion. Even when Wolfarth and Fisch released their original Circle and Line (Unit Records) in 1999, it was more in the experimental vein with eighteen short and freer-standing pieces. Circle and Line 2, while having a very improvisational feel, is both harmonious and even-handed. Wolfarth utilizes every part of the drum kit but doesn't attempt to throw the whole lot into anyof the nine tracks. On "Merlodie" he brushes the cymbals to create an ambient background countering Fisch's blues influenced lines. "Maria's Blues" is dominated by tom-toms creating a subtle Afro-Latin background that at first contrasts Fisch's long lines, before the two seem to absorb each other's sound. Wolfarth supplies a staccato beat from the snare or concentrates on using sticks and the rim at various points. The collective effect is a diversity of sound that is largely responsible for maintaining a high level of interest throughout the set. "Elva" wraps up the set in a way that brings the duo together in a perfectly harmonious closing. Fisch, whether on alto or tenor, applies extended, fluid melodies throughout the collection and his playing is beautiful. The lesser-known of the duo, he is an extraordinarily talented and versatile player who reflects many of the obvious saxophone influences but has his own distinctive style. Fisch seems to prefer the lower registers butoccasionally covers the full range; he can sound as soulful as Bennie Maupin , as blazing fast as John Coltrane, and knows how to draw on silence as well. Though Circle and Line 2 fits neatly into the free jazz genre, there are no wild excursions here. Wolfarth never generates noise and Fisch is not given to honks and screeches. This is restrained improvisation that is readily accessible and very often elegant in a way that is not often associated with free jazz. There is a consistently harmonious organization all through the set. The duo creates the feel of a fluid surface; never far from either edgy or level but definitely closer to the feel of Euro improvisation than that of American free music."-Karl Ackermann, allaboutjazz.com
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Born 1960 in Zürich/Switzerland.
1982-1986 studies with Bob Cunningham and Billy Brooks at the Swiss Jazz School in Bern.
1992-1996 studies with Pierre Favre at the Conservatorium in Luzern.
1995 studies in Composition with Siegfried Kutterer in Basel.
Workshops with George Lewis, Alexander von Schlippenbach, Jojo Mayer, Han Bennink and others.
Since the middle of the 80th's he's involved in many projects between Jazz, improvised and written New Music.
Since 1991 he played many solo concerts in all over Europe and Russia.
Regular works with dancers above all with Nina F. Schneider and her dance company. (1994-2002)
He works for theatre, film and video.Collaborations and concerts with
Al Maslakh Ensemble, Claus van Bebber, Burkhard Beins, Christian Buck, John Butcher, Gene Coleman, Bertrand Denzler, Jacques Demierre, Michel Doneda, Axel Dörner, John Edwards, Donat Fisch, Christoph Gallio, Mich Gerber, Malcolm Goldstein, Eugen Gomringer, Barry Guy, Charlotte Hug, Jason Kahn, Hans Koch, Jonas Kocher, Tomas Korber, Annette Krebs, Fine Kwiatkowski, Joke Lanz, Urs Leimgruber, London, Improvisers Orchestra, Paul Lovens, Werner Lüdi, Michael Lytle, Paul Lytton, Enrico Malatesta, Albert Mangelsdorff, Michael Moser, Norbert Möslang, Günter Müller, Lauren Newton, Andrea Neumann, Lucas Niggli, Evan Parker, Simon Picard, Lê Quan Ninh, Ignaz Schick, Alex von Schlippenbach, Irène Schweizer, Christine Sehnaoui, Günther Sommer, Jürg Solothurnmann, Michael Thieke, Michael Vorfeld, Phil Wachsman, Christian Weber, Michel Wintsch, Michael Zerang, Ingar Zach, Alfred Zimmerlin and many others.Labels
His work is released on labels like: for4ears, formed, HatOLOGY, Leo, Klangbad, Presto!?, Rossbin, mikroton, Monotype, Quakebasket, hiddenbell, Creative Sources, Origin, Percaso, Wandelweiser, Unit and others.Festivals
Christian Wolfarth has played at some festivals such as:Festival Total Meeting (F), Festival Densités (F), Les Arts à Gahard (F), Wien Modern (A), Ulrichsberger Kaleidophon (A), Festival Pulsi (I), LEM Festival (ES), Störung Festival (ES), At Harbour (CR), Percussion Festival (RU), Skanu Mezs (LET), Musica Genera (PL), Festival Blaue Fabrik (D), ZAM Labor (D), Klangbad Festival (D), Humanoise Congress (D), Festival Rue du Nord (CH), Festival de la Cité (CH), Festival Akouphène (CH), Festival Archipel, (CH), Onze Plus (CH), Jazzfestival Willisau (CH), Festival ZweiTageZeit (CH), Unerhört (CH), Maiers Ohr (CH), Stanser Musiktage (CH), Festival SehnsOhr (CH), Knoten Festival (CH), TonArt (CH), Taktlos Festival (CH)"-Christian Wolfarth Website (http://christianwolfarth.ch/en/biography/?_wb=en/biography/&lang=EN)
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