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The international percussion quintet of Burkhard Beins, Enrico Malatesta, Michael Vorfeld, Christian Wolfarth and Ingar Zach, using compositional and improvisational methods to create new forms of contemporary percussion music with a unique group aesthetic.

Beins, Burkhard / Enrico Malatesta / Michael Vorfeld / Christian Wolfarth / Ingar Zach

Beins, Burkhard / Enrico Malatesta / Michael Vorfeld / Christian Wolfarth / Ingar Zach: Gluck (Mikroton Recordings)

Label: Mikroton Recordings    
Released in: Russia    

"The international quintet Glück combines percussionists of diverse stripes and their individual pronounced ways of playing. The five musicians are internationally renowned as soloists and with various musical outfits. An extremely sound orientated, fragile and transparent approach to their idiosyncratic percussion sets is what they all have in common. From diverse conjoint long-term projects (Vorwolf, Malatesta/Wolfarth, Misiiki) arose the shared wish to put the musical experiences made within these collaborations into a wider context. By means of compositional and improvisational methods the quintet creates new forms of contemporary percussion music, their own discreet language and a distinctive group aesthetic."-Mikroton

"Here we have a quintet of percussion players: Burkhard Beins, Enrico Malatesta, Michael Vorfeld, Christian Wolfarth and Ingar Zach. All five of them have an extensive background in improvised music and many of their releases can be found in these pages. They also work together in smaller configurations, such as as Vorwolf, Misiiki and Malatesta/Wolfarth. I bet it's not easy to get them all together and so they spend three days at Ausland in Berlin in April 2014 to record the four pieces of this album. For each piece there is a composer mentioned, so perhaps there is some guidance in these pieces. Beins composed two of them, and Zach and Wolfarth each one. The latter composed the piece that is also named 'Glück' and it's a fine, if not somewhat traditional piece of improvised music; although some of the players play repeating patterns, which might be unusual in the world of improvisation. But that's only in parts of the composition, not throughout. The five players move around from place to place, using bows on cymbals (all five of them), hectic and chaotic playing and all of that together. The two parts of 'Adapt/Oppose 14/1' are actually quite mellow bits, save a few more chaotic bits here, in which the players explore resonating surfaces of drum skins and cymbals, with objects. It's however 'Floaters' by Zach, which is the biggest surprise here. It falls apart in three separate sections and in each of them they explore the bass frequencies of the bass drums using objects on the skin. The result is a more than excellent piece of drone music; dark, moody, atmosphere and full of tension. It's hard to think of this as percussion music as there is a complete absence of rhythm of any kind. It's eighteen minutes of pure sonic bliss."-Frans de Waard, Vital Weekly

"Three musicians and a drummer walk into a bar... if you're breaking into a smile, this superb disc should wipe it away. It's the self-titled first release of all-percussion Euro-supergroup Glück - Burkhard Beins, Enrico Malatesta, Michael Vorfeld, Christian Wolfarth, Ingar Zach - and it's intensely musical. All-percussion groups are rare in Western music - Les Percussions De Strasbourg and Max Roach's M'Boom come to mind, but neither covers the ground of Glück. The name means both joy and happiness, or good luck and good fortune, and the group's organically evolving, almost orchestral range covers the full sonic spectrum. The opening title track focuses on bowed cymbals, interrupted by dramatical timpani beats. Beins's "Adapt/Oppose 14/1-a" is brief and haunting. Ingar Zach's "Floaters", the most drone-like of the pieces, is perhaps the most remarkable - twice it breaks down, before resuming its dark, doom-laden course."-Andy Hamilton, The Wire

"Burkhard Beins, born 1964 in Lower Saxony, lives in Berlin since 1995. As a composer/performer working in the fields of experimental music and sound art he is known for his definitive use of percussion in combination with selected sound objects. Furthermore, he works with live-electronics/analog synthesizers and has conceived several sound installations.

Since the late 1980's he is performing at internationally renowned venues and festivals throughout Europe, America, Australia and Asia as diverse as the LMC Festival (London), Int. Ferienkurse (Darmstadt), SKIF (St. Petersburg), Musiktage (Donaueschingen), Musique Action (Nancy), Choppa Festival (Singapore), Cave 12 (Geneva), The Now now (Sydney), ZKM (Karlsruhe), Kaleidophon (Ulrichsberg), Kid Ailack Music Hall (Tokyo), Gaudeamus Festival (Amsterdam), Liquid Architecture (Australia), Meteo (Mulhouse), Taktlos (CH), Berghain (Berlin), Konfrontationen (Nickelsdorf), Serralves (Porto), Wien Modern (Vienna), MoMA (New York), New Music Festival (Hanoi), Irtijal (Beirut), or Maerzmusik (Berlin).

Alongside his solo work he is a member of the ensembles Polwechsel, Activity Center, The Sealed Knot, Perlonex, Sawt Out, Trio Sowari, Tree, Junk Orbit, Fracture Mechanics, and Splitter Orchester and also works with composers/musicans such as Sven-Åke Johansson, Andrea Neumann, Keith Rowe, Axel Dörner, Tarek Atoui, John Tilbury, or Charlemagne Palestine.

Burkhard Beins gives workshops based on his graphic score system Adapt/Oppose, has published several articles on music theory, and is a co-editor of the book "Echtzeitmusik Berlin - Self-Defining a Scene" as well as the curator of a follow-up 3CD compilation featuring the Berlin Echtzeitmusik scene. Meanwhile he has released more than 50 CDs and LPs on labels like Zarek, Erstwhile, 2:13 Music, Hat Hut, Potlatch, Absinth, alt.vinyl, God Records, Mikroton, or Confront."

-Burkhard Beins Website (

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Label: Mikroton Recordings
Catalog ID: 38
Squidco Product Code: 20764

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2015
Country: Russia
Packaging: Cardboard Gatefold 3 Panels
Recorded at Ausland, in Berlin, Germany, on March 31st to April 2nd 2014 by Roy Carroll.


Burkhard Beins-percussion

Enrico Malatesta-percussion

Michael Vorfeld-percussion

Christian Wolfarth-percussion

Ingar Zach-percussion

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Track Listing:

1. Gluck 18:55

2. Adapt/Oppose 14/1-A 2:40

3. Floaters 19:00

4. Adapt/Oppose 14/1-B 11:19