German composer working in Budapest Nikolaus Gerszewski does not consider the score for this piece a composition, but rather a basis for a process, which is executed live at Fabrica Braco de Prata with Gerszewski himself plus improvisers Ernesto & Guilherme Rodrigues, Pedro Roxo, Nuno Torres, Armando Pereira, Carlos Santos, Pedro Castello Lopes & Andre Mota.
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Recorded live at Fabrica Braco de Prata in January 2011 by Carlos Santos.
Nikolaus Gerszewski-piano, melodica
Nuno Torres-alto saxophone
Pedro Castello Lopes-percussion
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"Ordinary music - the word is simple, modest, and in the least pejorative sense. Nikolaus Gerszewski, currently a German composer in Budapest, has been composing compositions of classical, self-taught or non-musicians since 2007, whose instructions are arranged along graphical charts. Gerszewski's earlier pieces of visual arts and art criticism are straightforward sequences of abstract imaginary thinking, if you like, accurately constructed soundtracks, which are verbally contextual keywords in the spaces, surfaces, layers, or even objects.
In order to try to describe Nikolaus Gerszewski's ordinary, inconceivable music, we need to approach visual art, abstract art. At the center of the conceptualist's interest, abstract, concrete or non-depicting painting consisted of informal art or tachism, constructivism, abstract expressionism, minimalism, radical or action painting. These were typically the trends that influenced the contemporary music of the fifties and sixties in New York. Like the New York School, this series of compositions of Gerszewski Ordinary Music is characterized by strong visual thinking.
The self-taught composer studied and played some of the graphical partitions of John Cage, Christian Wolff and Cornelius Cardew (Four6, Edges, Treatise and others) until he found what he wanted. He is mainly able to interpret music based on instructions, with sufficient performer freedom, which, after speaking, is exactly what it is like: a pre-determined clay-based ad-hoc composition. This piece does not really meet the expectations of traditional works. For example, a piece of music is a work base that helps to create a creative music process that mixes music and non-musical signals as well as a series of permissive instructions on how these performers use these signals.
Gerszewski's aim in the Ordinary Music pieces is to circumvent the notion and practice of composition and improvisation. He tries to eliminate both, concentrating exclusively on the sounds themselves, but not as physical phenomena or sensual experiences, much more than the artistic form of the term. The composer has claimed, for example, that the basic function of his graphic poems is to prevent free improvisation, to ensure consistent orchestral sound, which is completely independent of the ingenuity and individual inventions of the musicians involved in the performance.
In the series, the title of thirty-fifth is: fabrics ; or structures . There is no particular set of musical instruments this time, and the bracketed chapter just adds a lot to creative creative bands . The performer is an electroacoustic composer of the Portuguese musician of Gerszewski, with piano and melodic composer, with Nuno Torres saxophone, Armando Pereira with tango accordion, Ernesto Rodrigues guitar, Guilherme Rodrigues choreographer, Pedro Roxo double bass, Carlos Santos piano player, Pedro Castello Lopes percussionist and André Mota drummer . The four-part, narrow three-quarter hour recording was recorded for four and a half years in Lisbon, and had to wait until now to appear on the disk.
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"1964, Hamburg; currently living in Budapest. 1983-91 studies fine arts, at HfbK, Hamburg. 1992-98 1st residence in Budapest, reviewer for art-magazin Balkon. Since 2005 autodidactic composition studies; cofounding the ensemble serve music with Sascha Demand, performing "Treatise" by Cornelius Cardew. Since 2006 curator of New Music concerts in Hamburg and Berlin. 2011 winner of composition contest Fereydoon Moschiri (commissioned by Hamburger Klangwerktage); private studies with composer Chris Newman. Since 2012 experimental music workshops at universities, schools, daycare facilities. Since 2014 teaching experimental soundproduction at the university of fine arts, Budapest; participating at the exhibition & symposium "der unfassbare Klang" (on graphic notation), Galerie März, Linz. 2015 founding the ensemble Conceptual Soundproductions Budapest, regularly performing new works of experimental and conceptual music."-Creative Sources (http://creativesourcesrec.com/creative_artists.html)
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"He has been playing the violin for 30 years and in that time has played all genres of music ranging from contemporary music to free jazz and improvised music, live and in the studio.
His main interest shifted towards contemporary improvised and composed music.
The relationship with his instruments is focused in sonic and textural elements.
Electronic music was an early influence on his approach to violin playing, which challenges traditional romantic concepts of the violin/viola through use of preparations and micro tuning.
Active in different settings on the Portuguese scene for free improvised music, both as a collaborator and in leading his own groups.
Music for Dance, Cinema, Video and Performance.
Has created the record label Creative Sources Recordings in 1999, which mainly concentrates on releasing experimental and electro-acoustic music."-Creative Sources (http://creativesourcesrec.com/creative_artists.html)
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"Was born 1988 in Lisboa, Portugal and started playing cello and trumpet at Orquestra Metropolitana de Lisboa at the age of 7. In 1999 joined Conservatório Nacional de Música de Lisboa to study classical and music theory and in the current year recorded his first album - Multiples - with Ernesto Rodrigues and José Oliveira out on Creative Sources Recordings.
Apart from work in music ensembles ranging for contemporary classical to free improvisation, also works with live music poetry, theatre and film-music. After lengthy residency in Lisboa, (1988-2016) moved to Berlin and has been active as composer and improviser in the scene.
Worked with some international and renewed artists like Ernesto Rodrigues, Jean-luc Guionnet, Margarida Garcia, Manuel Mota, Alfredo Costa Monteiro, Sei Miguel, Tim Goldie, Jeffrey Morgan, Oren Marshall, Gerhard Uebele, Klaus Kurvers, Gabriel Paiuk, Nicolas Field, Jaime Fennelly, Blaise Siwula, Will Guthrie, Pawel Grabowski, Michael Thieke, Wade Matthews, Leonel Kaplan, Diego Chamy, Gabriel Paiuk, Barry Weisblat, Joe Giardullo, Jassem Hindi, Tisha Mukarji, Masahiko Okura, Taku Unami, Toshihiro Koike, Sharif Sehnaoui, Christine Abdelnour, Alexandre Bellenger, Carlos Zingaro, Romaric Sobac, Nuno Rebelo, Nuno Torres, Naoto Yamagashi, Heddy Boubaker, Gerhard Uebele, Guillermo Torres, Tomas Gris, Carlos Santos, Bruno Parrinha, Miguel Leiria Pereira, Miguel Ivo Cruz, Alberto Cirera, Nuno Morão, Mark Sanders, Dennis Gonzaléz, Alípio Carvalho Neto, Raymond Macdonald, Neil Davidson, David Stachenas, Lisa Ullén, D'incise, Cyril Bondy, Miguel Mira, Rodrigo Amado, Abdul Moimême, Monsieur Trinité, João Madeira, Álvaro Rosso, Gil Gonçalves, Marian Yanchyk, Filipe Passos, Rodrigo Pinheiro, Christian Wolfarth, Thanos Chrysakis, Bechir Saade, Kurt Liedwart, Miguel A. Garcia, Ilia Belorukov, Andrew Lafkas, Gao Jiafeng, Eric Wong, Johan Moir, Casey Moir, Magda Mayas, Matthias Muller, Alexander Frangenheim ...
Has performed and toured in all Europe. Released more than 30 albums of his own projects."-Creative Sources (http://creativesourcesrec.com/creative_artists.html)
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"Studied alto saxophone within a jazz tradition spectrum. His continuous solo experimental research explores a wide scope of sound material through the use of the extended technics. Participates in several ensembles of improvisational music, electro acoustics and reductionism. Collaborates with musicians such as, Ernesto Rodrigues, Ricardo Jacinto, Sei Miguel, Fala Mariam, João Castro Pinto, Rafael Toral, Manuel Mota, David Stackenäs, Travassos, Paulo Raposo, Carlos Santos, Shiori Usui, C. Spencer Yeh, Cyril Bondi and d'incise, and developed projects as CACTO and PinkDraft, In the recent years has been also collaborating in several different projects at the intersection of the performative areas of dance, theatre and the visual arts (PARQUE, Les Voisins, Eye Height, Adriana Sá, Beatriz Cantinho). Participates and curates experimental and community radio initiatives."-Creative Sources (http://creativesourcesrec.com/artists/n_torres.html)
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Accordionist and toy pianist Armando Pereira is a member of IKB and , Variable Geometry Orchestra, recording with Ernesto Rodrigues, Guilherme Rodrigues, Gil Gonçalves, Nuno Torres, Abdul Moimême, Carlos Santos & and José Oliveira.-Squidco 10/11/2017
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"Studied painting with António Sena (Ar.Co, 1988 -1992), worked in advertising for a period of time, but nowadays works as graphic designer in corporate identity, packaging, web and audio-video production.
Started sound/music activities in 1989 when formed the VITRIOL project with Paulo Raposo, a laboratory for experimental sound actions, in a first stage with studio work followed in 1994 by live output, mainly live electronics, concrete music with a improvised or graphic score oriented approach. Uses the laptop with software written in MaxMsp, small resonant objects, microphones and piezo elements to produce a music that deals with space and its sound characteristics. Interests in "soundscape" and field recordings are a huge part of his work, for piece preparation or just for archival purposes, Always recording, events, spaces or music. Multi-channel acusmatic music and radio pieces.
Presents himself solo in site-specific audio-video works, or in duos with João Silva (video, sound, photography), "Inhabitaded Spaces" with Ricardo Guerreiro (computer, mics), "Venús Pistolletto" with Emídio Buchinho (elec. guitar, mics, objects) and trios with Ernesto Rodrigues (violin) and Guilherme Rodrigues (cello) or ZNGR electroacustic trio with Carlos "Zíngaro and Emídio Buchinho. Member of several formations, "(Des)Integração" laptop ensemble (2001-2003) or in more electroacoustic sets, uses live-electronics and sampling which is the case of "Suspensão" septep, VGO, variable geometry orchestra and specially a trio close related to the "near silence" aesthetics, with Ernesto Rodrigues (violin, harp) and Guilherme Rodrigues (cello) with already several CD releases, always with at least one international improviser guest. Presented his work in Portugal, Spain, France, UK and Germany. Worked with artists from several media: dance, performance and video. Music and sound design for video and animation. Video and sound editing for comercial projects. Played live or in recording projects throughout the years with a lot of musician and sound artists. His sound work is documented in several CD releases. Belongs to the Granular board of directors, a portuguese association for experimental art and does the image of Creative Sources label. Broadcasts "Boca Doce" show at Rádio Zero (web) and other special shows. Workshops and seminars in digital audio manipulation, Maxmsp programming and sound art practise."-Creative Sources (http://creativesourcesrec.com/creative_artists.html)
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"Drummer André Mota was born in Lisbon, Portugal, in 1986. Studied at the Musicentro music school with Zé Moreira at the age of 14. Joined the Hot Clube de Portugal jazz school in 2003. Played already in jazz/experimental ensembles with Alípio C. Neto, Gil Conçalves, Eduardo Lála, João C. Pinto, Ernesto Rodrigues, Nathan Fuhr's Demonshaker, and others. In May 2008 his quartet (feat. Jorge Reis, Bruno Pernadas and Paulo Luz) made its debut concert at the "Maio Lindo Maio" Portimão Jazz Festival."-Salo Brazil (http://salaobrazil.blogspot.com/2008/11/20-de-fevereiro-2009-s-23h-andr-mota.html)
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