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During Martin Kuchen's residency at the Vor Anker in Vienna, Austria, he invited AMM legend Keith Rowe to record live and in the studio using electronics, guitar, saxophones, radio and iPod, which were reworked by Toshimaru Nakamura into these two intriguing pieces.

Rowe, Keith / Martin Kuchen
The Bakery

Rowe, Keith / Martin Kuchen: The Bakery (Mikroton Recordings)

Label: Mikroton Recordings    
Released in: Russia    

"Keith Rowe was invited to a residency that Martin Küchen, through support from the Swedish Arts Council, was granted a few weeks in the autumn of 2013 at the Vor Anker artist residency, Vienna, Austria.

The artist Johannes Heuer and his wife Sandra Baer had invited Martin Küchen for this residency. The artist studio is located in the old Anker bread factory complex in Vienna.

During these weeks work included recordings and concerts with Keith Rowe, both at Anker Brot Fabrik and at the Amann studio in Vienna. This CD is recorded live at Christoph Amann's studio in October; concerts with Matija Schellander, a visit to Radu Malfatti, recordings at a nuclear power plant and in an old water tower and recordings made to the exhibition work of Johannes Heuer."-Mikroton

"The first one of these three releases on Russia's Mikroton is already recorded in 2013 in the Amann Studios in Vienna - a legendary place when it comes to recording improvised music, I should think. On the 15th of October 2013 the eminence grise of the table top guitar Keith Rowe (electronics, guitar) met up with Martin Küchen, also known for his work in the field of improvised music, who brought along his alto- and baritone saxophone, radio and iPod. However long they played, we don't know, since it was edited and mastered by Toshimaru Nakamura. This is quite some interesting work. In 'The Bakery 1', the longer of the two pieces, it all seems to revolve around using none of their normal instruments but all about electronics. We hear the radio waves, and drone like electronics, yet all of this retains the idea of being improvised music. In the other piece, 'The Bakery 2', the saxophones are to be recognized in the early part of the piece, but here too electronics from Rowe, a radio and whatever can be found on Küchen's iPod, seem to take the leading part. It makes all of this quite a different work and one that has quite few obscured sounds, but which slowly unveil upon playing."-Frans de Waard, Vital Weekly

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Product Information:

Label: Mikroton Recordings
Catalog ID: 46
Squidco Product Code: 21973

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2016
Country: Russia
Packaging: Cardboard Gatefold
Recorded live at Christoph Amann's studio in October 2015. Edited and mastered by Toshimaru Nakamura.


Keith Rowe-electronics, guitar

Martin Kuchen-alto saxophone, baritone saxophone, radio, iPod

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Track Listing:

1. The Bakery 1 21:32

2. The Bakery 2 14:03