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LOK 03+1 (Schlippenbach / Takase / DJ Illvibe / Lovens): Signals (Trost Records)

Percussionist Paul Lovens joins the Lok 03 trio of Alexander von Schlippenbach (piano), Aki Takase (piano), and DJ Illvibe (turntables) for the follow-up to their 2005 debut, here in an extended album of playfully unexpected improv from four masterful players.
 

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UPC: 9120036682023

Label: Trost Records
Catalog ID: TROST 136CD
Squidco Product Code: 21695

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2016
Country: Austria
Packaging: Cardboard Gatefold
Recorded at AudioCue, in Berlin, Germany by Rainer Robben.


Personnel:

Alexander von Schlippenbach-piano

Aki Takase-piano

DJ Illvibe-turntables

Paul Lovens-drums

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track listing:


1. Messages from Aries 6:18

2. Dragged In 1:32

3. Uncle Gun 2:12

4. Animals Exodus 4:02

5. Curved 3:54

6. The Gift 5:31

7. Signals 4:15

8. Cubic 5:06

9. Waterrun 1 6:40

10. Waterrun 2 2:09

11. Ecce Out 1:32

12. Chemist Zero 3:54

13. Robot Attack 7:46

14. The Labaratory of Dr. Mabuse 10:42

15. Rogo 2:54

16. Control or Delete 3:17




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"LOK 03 is the family unit of master German pianists-composers Alexander von Schlippenbach, his wife Aki Takase, and Alex's son Vincent von Schlippenbach, aka DJ Illvibe, who plays on turntables and sampling keyboard, together with von Schlippenbach's frequent collaborator for more than four decades in the Schlippenbach Trio and Globe Unity Orchestra, drummer Paul Lovens. LOK 03 recorded its self-titled debut a decade ago (Leo Records, 2005), an imaginary soundtrack to the 1927 avant-garde silent film of Walter Ruttmann's Berlin: Die Sinfonie der Grosstad (Berlin: Symphony of a Great City), a cinematic profile of a one day in the vibrant Berlin. This album created a unique busy and restless tapestry of sound referencing free jazz and hip-hop.

Now the star-scattered cover and the piece titles suggest another imaginary soundtrack to some futuristic sci-fi thriller. The 16 pieces highlight the masterful and highly literate interplay of von Schlippenbach, Takase - both performing and recording frequently as a team, their last recording is So Long Eric! - Homage to Eric Dolphy (Intakt, 2014) - and Lovens colliding with DJ Illvibe irreverent ideas that subvert and deconstructs these experienced improvisers attempts to form any notion of common pulse or narrative. Von Schlippenbach, Takase and Lovens respond immediately to the sonic challenges of DJ Illvibe, force him to adapt his wild ideas to a loose texture or narrative. It happens when Lovens charges "Animal Gun" cartoonish soundscape with an ironic rhythm, when DJ Illvibe adapts a poetic child-like sculpting of brass sounds to a gentle piano texture on "Animals Exodus" or when he attempts to push the linear course of the piano duet of von Schlippenbach and Takase backwards with manic alien sounds on "Curved".

What may sound as a recipe for an anarchic and chaotic stew of eccentric sounds gains its own logic after few pieces. It may be be due to the kindred familiar spirit, the modest genius of von Schlippenbach, Takse and Lovens as well as their resourceful improvisation instincts of all four musicians but these are only speculations. The four improvisers simply create their own common ground, in a true Cageian spirit, where all sounds are beautiful, all sounds find resonance in each other ideas, extending and expanding these colorful ideas.

By now pieces like "Waterrun (Part 1)" shine with its weird quiet beauty, "Robot Attack" with its feverish rhythmic attack and "The Laboratory of Dr. Mabuse" (referencing the mysterious villain in Fritz Lang movies) with its unworldly tension-filled cinematic soundscape, all with arresting form of interplay. You cannot but admire von Schlippenbach, soon 78 years old, Takase, ten years younger, and Lovens, a year younger than Takase, and DJ Illvibe, for their daring spirit to experiment and rebel with and against any form, genre, style or convention."-Eyal Hareuveni, FreeJazz Blog

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Artist Biographies:

"One of Europe's premier free jazz bandleaders, pianist Alexander von Schlippenbach's music mixes free and contemporary classical elements, with his slashing solos often the link between the two in his compositions. Schlippenbach formed The Globe Unity Orchestra in 1966 to perform the piece"Globe Unity, which had been commissioned by the Berliner Jazztage.

He remained involved with the orchestra into the '80s. Schlippenbach began taking lessons at eight, and studied at the Staatliche Hochschule for Musik in Cologne with composers Bernd Alois Zimmermann and Rudolf Petzold. He played with Gunther Hampel in 1963, and was in Manfred Schoof's quintet from 1964 to 1967.Schlippenbach began heading various bands after 1967, among them 1970 trio with Evan Parker and Paul Lovens and a duo with Sven-Ake Johansson which they co-formed in 1976. Schlippenbach has also given many solos performances. In the late '80s, he formed the Berlin Contemporary Jazz Orchestra,which has featured a number ofesteemed European avant-garde jazz musicians including Evan Parker, Paul Lovens, KennyWheeler, Misha Mengelberg and Aki Takase. During the 90`s Duo work with Tony Oxley, Sam Rivers and Aki Takase. 1999 started performance and radiorecording of Thelonius Monks complete works, (all the compositions) with Rudi Mahall and his group "Die Enttäuschung"."

-Alexander von Schlippenbach Website (http://www.avschlippenbach.com/)
7/10/2017

"Born in Aachen, Germany, 6 June 1949; Drums, percussion, musical saw, etc.

Paul Lovens played the drums as a child. Self-taught, from the age of 14 he played in groups of various jazz styles and popular musics and from 1969 has worked almost exclusively as an improvisor on individually selected instruments. He has worked internationally with most of the leading musicians in free jazz and free improvisation, among whom have included the Globe Unity Orchestra, the Berlin Contemporary Jazz Orchestra, the Schlippenbach trio, Quintet Moderne, Company, and a duo with Paul Lytton. He has undertaken concert tours in more than 40 countries, is a founder member of a musician's cooperative and has produced recordings for his own label, Po Torch Records since 1976. He has worked with painter Herbert Bardenheuer. Despite very rare solo performances, and although giving occasional concerts with ad-hoc groups and an involvement in projects with film, dance and actors, Paul Lovens' main interest and work is musical improvisation in fixed small groups. In the mid-1990s these small groups numbered around 16, of which a few were part of a special selection, called 'vermögen'.

Paul Lovens somehow epitomises the free drummer/percussionist who is not there to lay down the beat and kick everyone else into action but to listen, colour, contribute, guide, and occasionally direct, the overall cooperative sound. In concert one cannot fail to be moved by his intensity and concentration and there is an overiding feeling that even the most random events are somehow planned in time. In this respect, there is a nice irony that on the Nothing to read CD with Mats Gustafsson, Lovens describes his kit as consisting of 'selected and unselected drums and cymbals'. Miking seems to be a problem at times with some recordings giving him undue prominence and others insufficient. Good recordings are Elf bagatellen, Nothing to read, Pakistani pomade, and ,stranger than love."

-European Free Improv (http://www.efi.group.shef.ac.uk/mlovens.html)
7/10/2017

Other Releases With These Artists:
Anemone (John Butcher / Peter Evans / Frederic Blondy / Clayton Thomas / Paul Lovens)
A Wing Dissolved in Light [VINYL]
(NoBusiness)
Neukollner (Denzler / von Schlippenbach / Grip / Johansson)
Sektion 3-7 [2 CDs]
(Umlaut Records)
Kowald, Peter Quintet
Peter Kowald Quintet [VINYL]
(Cien Fuegos)
Keune, Stefan / Lovens, Paul
Live 2013
(FMR)
LOK 03+1 (Schlippenbach / Takase / DJ Illvibe / Lovens)
Signals [VINYL]
(Trost Records)
Foussat, Jean-Marc / Les Autres
Alternative Oblique [4 CD Box Set]
(Improvising Beings)
Brotzmann, Peter Group
Alarm [VINYL]
(Cien Fuegos)
Hubweber / Schubert / Schlippenbach / Thomas / Wllers
Intricacies [2 CDs]
(NoBusiness)
Schlippenbach Trio
First Recordings [VINYL]
(Trost Records)
Schlippenbach Trio
First Recordings
(Trost Records)
Rajesh, Mehta
Orka
(Hatology)
Red Dhal Sextet (Jeffery / Schubert / Dunmall / Schlippenbach / Majkowski / Dimitriadis)
Red Dhal Sextet
(FMR)
Lovens, Paul / Paul Hubweber / John Edwards
Papajo
(Emanem)
Quat Quartet (Fred Van Hove, Els Vandeweyer, Paul Lovens, Martin Blume)
Live at Hasselt
(NoBusiness)
Sudo Quartet (Leandre / Zingaro / Tramontana / Lovens)
Live at Banlieue Bleue
(NoBusiness)
Schlippenbach, Alexander Von
Schlippenbach Plays Monk
(Intakt)
Parker / Schlippenbach / Guy / Lovens / Lytton
2X3=5
(Leo)
Boeren, Eric 4tet
Song for Tracy the Turtle - Live in Brugge 2004
(Clean Feed)
Lazro / Zingaro / Leandre / Loves
Madly You
(Potlatch)
Schlippenbach, Alexander Von
Friulian Sketches
(psi)
Furt plus
Equals
(psi)
Schlippenbach Trio
Winterreise
(psi)
Schlippenbach, Alexander Von
Twelve Tone Tales Volume 1
(Intakt)
Chadbourne, Eugene / Lovens, Paul
Young At Heart / Forgiven
(Leo)
Chadbourne, Eugene / Paul Lovens
Patrizio
(Les Disques Victo)
Recommended & Related Releases:
Anemone (John Butcher / Peter Evans / Frederic Blondy / Clayton Thomas / Paul Lovens)
A Wing Dissolved in Light [VINYL]
(NoBusiness)
Kowald, Peter Quintet
Peter Kowald Quintet [VINYL]
(Cien Fuegos)
Foussat, Jean-Marc / Les Autres
Alternative Oblique [4 CD Box Set]
(Improvising Beings)
Brotzmann, Peter Group
Alarm [VINYL]
(Cien Fuegos)
Schlippenbach Trio
First Recordings [VINYL]
(Trost Records)
Rajesh, Mehta
Orka
(Hatology)
Red Dhal Sextet (Jeffery / Schubert / Dunmall / Schlippenbach / Majkowski / Dimitriadis)
Red Dhal Sextet
(FMR)
Lovens, Paul / Paul Hubweber / John Edwards
Papajo
(Emanem)
Quat Quartet (Fred Van Hove, Els Vandeweyer, Paul Lovens, Martin Blume)
Live at Hasselt
(NoBusiness)
Sudo Quartet (Leandre / Zingaro / Tramontana / Lovens)
Live at Banlieue Bleue
(NoBusiness)
Schlippenbach, Alexander Von
Schlippenbach Plays Monk
(Intakt)
Boeren, Eric 4tet
Song for Tracy the Turtle - Live in Brugge 2004
(Clean Feed)
Lazro / Zingaro / Leandre / Loves
Madly You
(Potlatch)
Schlippenbach, Alexander Von
Friulian Sketches
(psi)
Furt plus
Equals
(psi)
Schlippenbach, Alexander Von
Twelve Tone Tales Volume 1
(Intakt)
Chadbourne, Eugene / Lovens, Paul
Young At Heart / Forgiven
(Leo)
Chadbourne, Eugene / Paul Lovens
Patrizio
(Les Disques Victo)
Other Recommended Releases:
Neukollner (Denzler / von Schlippenbach / Grip / Johansson)
Sektion 3-7 [2 CDs]
(Umlaut Records)
McPhee, Joe / Ingebrigt Haker Flaten
Bricktop
(Trost Records)
Keune, Stefan / Lovens, Paul
Live 2013
(FMR)
LOK 03+1 (Schlippenbach / Takase / DJ Illvibe / Lovens)
Signals [VINYL]
(Trost Records)
Hubweber / Schubert / Schlippenbach / Thomas / Wllers
Intricacies [2 CDs]
(NoBusiness)
Nordstrom / Johansson / Schlippenbach
Stockholm Connection [3 CDs]
(Umlaut Records)
Schlippenbach Trio
First Recordings
(Trost Records)
Takase, Aki La Planete
Flying Soul
(Intakt)

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