Live recordings at LOFT in Cologne, Germany from the trio of George Wissel on prepared saxophone, Achim Tang on doublebass, and Simon Camatta on drums & percussion, performing seven "Movements" that use prodigious technique with reserve and direction, revealing the structure of their work as the pieces build and recede in fascinating ways.
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Label: Creative Sources
Catalog ID: CS301
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Recorded at LOFT, Cologne, Germnay on January, 24, 2014, by Stefan Deistler.
Georg Wissel-prepared alto saxophone, clarinet
Simon Camatta-drums, percussion
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1. llgr/aec 4:59
2. irg/ao 4:32
3. vvc/ae 3:55
4. rbt/uao 7:30
5. mdt/beac 5:04
6. lrghssm/auc 13:11
7. mdt/beac 7:31
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"[...] Wissel, who is skilled at this sort of in-the-moment playing freedom with drummer Paul Lytton and others, spends the initial three-part suite, using saxophone phrasing to defining the parameters of the piece. At times he plays with languid motion, as if his horn is a dirigible inflating by inches; other times his exposition moves with the tremolo velocity of a concertina; while the unique rolling growls he brings to his solos make it appear as if he's from the Scottish part of Deutschland. Alongside, Tang matches Wissel's rooster-like reed crowing with powerful string stops, while Camatta's cymbal resonation underlines the connective exuberance taking place up top.
Fully conversant with lower-case playing in the pianissimo range à la John Butcher and circular breathing like Evan Parker, the saxophonist never makes a fetish of extended techniques. Instead he dips in-and-out of them with a chef's skill in seasoning a pungent stew. On clarinet, as on "rbt/uao", his thin, torqued tone relaxes into ripened harmonies as the others bend their textures to reflect this. As much as "mdrt/oeao" sums up the recital by concluding it lyrically with a track that sweeps the reedist's flute-like elasticized tone, the bassist's pit bull-like growling slices and the percussionist's broken beat into a satisfying finale, "lrghssm/aiio" is Movement's true climax. Electronically processed reed curves, cries and slurps are built up to skyscraper height, but with enough space within the bonding bricks and mortar so that the other two have enough space to express sonically affiliated rolls and swipes respectively.[...]"-Ken Waxman, JazzWord
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• Show Bio for Georg Wissel
"Georg Wissel *1964, Improviser, Composer, Sculptor of compressed air via (prepared) saxophones, clarinet and other soundsourcesWissel made his first important experiences in Improvised music recording and touring in the late 80ies in Germany, France and Southamerica as guest musician of 'Pöhlmusik' along with Jon Rose.Inspired by collaborations with electronic musicians, he began also (beside working on instrumental playing-technics) searching for new sounds by preparations,which by the time has become an integral part of his playing.
He is working internationally, performing solo under the title 'The Arte Of Navigation' and together with numerous exponents in Improvised music whilst he maintains long term collaborations with his duos along with Paul Lytton, Joker Nies and Tim O'Dwyer and ensembles like 'the WisselTangCamatta', 'Cajlan-Wissel-Nillesen', 'BlankDisk Trio' and 'Canaries on the Pole', Simon Rummel Ensemble, Wuppertaler Improvisations Orchester, La Grande Banda Metafisica... Wissel has been regular member of Frank Koellges' Adam Noidlt Missiles until his death in 2012.
Collaborations with ... Liz Allbee, Lawrence Casserley, Nicolas Collins, George Cremaschi, Gunda Gottschalk, Matthew Goodheart, Lou Grassi, Tomaz Grom, Carl Ludwig Hübsch, Erhart Hirt, Peter Jacquemyn, Miako Klein, Frank Köllges, Matthias Müller, Dan Peck, Tim Perkis, Melvyn Poore, Manja Ristic, Alan Silva, Lukatoyboy, Michael Vorfeld, GeSuk Yeo, LondonImprovisersOrchestra, Norbert Stein's Pata on the Cadillac ... Festival appearances at e.g. "Moers Festival"; "Schumannfest", Düsseldorf; "RingRing new music Festival", Belgrade; "Humanoise Congress", Wiesbaden; "Triennale", Köln; "Free Music Festival", Antwerp, "TransArt", Bolzano, "Jazz and More", Sibiu, "Irtijal", Beirut, "Audio Art", Krakow, "Relincha", Valdivia, Chile"-Georg Wissel Website (https://georgwissel.wordpress.com/bio/)
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"Achim Tang was born in Berlin in 1958.early musical experiences playing recorder, trumpet, guitar and bassguitardouble bass since 1984classical training in Basel (with Walter Imholz) and Berlin (with RandallNordstr┐m)after 1987 studies with Wayne Darling at the Hochschule fčr Musik unddarstellende Kunst in Graz (Jazzdepartment). Graduated summa cumlaude.1993 until 2004 as a freelancing musician in Vienna/Austria.Collaborations with numerous musicians from various aesthetic backgrounds, invitations to many international festivals in Germany, France, USA, Korea, China, Scandinavia, Czech Republik, Poland and other countrys, many CD releases as a sideman, personal projects, compositions for dance, theater and film1998 bis 2001 part of the educational project "Klangnetze" in Vienna, led by professor Hans Schneider and the guitarist Burkhard Stangl.after 2004 in Cologne: intensification of the educational work. Different projects with children and teenagers based on own conceptions, awarded by the Sparda Stiftung and the local government of NRW. Yet continuous activities as a freelancing musician, founding member of the musicians cooperative ZAM e.V., collaboration with the new music network in cologne, interdiciplinary projects with national and international artists, incresing involvement in the issues of art and societyafter 2008 artistic director of the educational project "Grundschule mit Musikprofil Neue und Improvisierte Musik" for the Offene Jazzhausschule Cologne, conceptional and pedagogic cooperation with the educational program of the international moers festival, intense cooperation with the Hochschule fčr Musik und Tanz and the university of cologne (teaching assignments)in 2011 living in Moers as the 4th "Improviser In Residence" of the moers festival-Achim Tang Website (http://www.achimtang.com/)
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