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Malfatti, Radu: Radu Malfatti (Edition Wandelweiser Records)

Austrian trombonist and composer presents two works: a solo piece for trombone comprised of a series of detached sonic events; and a work performed with the Wandelweiser String Quartet, using bowing and blowing techniques to create punctuations of unusual sound.
 

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UPC: 011778039228

Label: Edition Wandelweiser Records
Catalog ID: EWR 9801
Squidco Product Code: 22203

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 1997
Country: Germany
Packaging: Jewel Case
Recorded in Germany in 1997 by Ansgar Ballhorn.


Personnel:

Radu Malfatti-trombone, composer

Wandelweiser String Quartet-ensemble

Marcus Kaiser-violin cello

Konrad von Coelln-viola

Clemens Merkel-violin

Joanna Becker-violin

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1. Die Temperatur Der Bedeutung 33:30

2. Das Profil Des Schweigens 33:20
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"In Radu Malfatti's music nothing special happens.That is a distinct quality. Very simple things happen which can easily be named as bowing or blowing; bowing on the tailpiece, bowing on the tuning peg for the third string, blowing at a specified angle into the trombone, blowing with a specified shape of the mouth cavity. These activities become perceptible because of the sounds: one hears the noise of bowing, that is, thus-bowing or thus-blowing. In these works no sound goes beyond this perceptible activity. The sound of bowing or of blowing can he distinguished from the corresponding activities, but cannot, however, be detached. Not once is an independent object created, such as a motive or a figure, a rhythm or a pulse - or even a particular sound. Only sounding: "a-sounding-of-some-length"; for instance, "a-bowing-of-some-length".

Radu Malfatti's music is a music of the infinitive: "blowing-sounding", "bowing-sounding". The world of the infinitive, produced in this way, is the world of events. "Bowing-sounding" does not represent anything, nor does it play a role as an element of structure. It just happens, taking place as an indissoluble multiplicity of perceptual or sensory possibilities. Listening itself can now take on the form of the infinitive. lt can become a listening without limits, by engaging itself in this multiplicity of possibilities. In this sounding-taking-place, (which, especially in the case of white noise, contains an endless number of components that remain inconspicuous by themselves), suddenly this or that is noticed as remarkable: colors happen to be perceived, irregularities, accents, and indeed pitches, harmonies or melodies.

These "special" experiences are not the result of any kind of compositional emphasis. They occur completely informally, in the act of listening. OnIy "'routines" are composed: now and again blowing or bowing in a certain way. Just as there are no prominent sounds in this music, there are no prominent moments. When something happens, or how long, is meaningless. Things simply happen at some time. And when there is a special moment, for example when a long sound suddenly stops, it is only because it is within an entirely routine process ("something begins and then stops") that the perception appears as remarkable, not because it would embody a meaning lying outside of the process. Silence also has its own sound with Radu Malfatti: the sound of allowing or "allowing-sounding". These sounds pervade his music."-Antoine Beuger


Artist Biographies:

"Radu Malfatti is an Austrian trombone player and composer. He was born in Innsbruck, in the province of Tyrol, on December 16, 1943. He has been described as "among the leaders in redefining the avant-garde as truly on-the-edge art." His work "since the early nineties... has been investigating the edges of ultraminimalism in both his composed and improvised work." He also operates B-Boim, a CD-R only record label focusing on improvised and composed music, much of it his own."

-Wikipedia (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Radu_Malfatti)
11/29/2017

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"Clemens Merkel's unconventional sound defines a new sensibility in contemporary music, through its intimate purity of tone, its settled understanding of microtonal or unconventional harmonic language, and its unhurried sensitivity. He is well known for innovative interpretations of Bach and John Cage, and is sought after by composers worldwide as an inspiration for new repertoire. His diverse collaborators range from the Wandelweiser collective to Montréal's Musique Actuelle community, and from emerging experimentalists to today's most revered composers.

For over a decade, Merkel's unusual sound has fused with that of the Quatuor Bozzini, considered one of the world's leading string quartets. Together they have mentored an entire generation of creators through the Composer's Kitchen; have released numerous critically acclaimed albums on their collection qb label; undertake multiple tours annually to be featured at festivals worldwide; and maintain a profound impact on the music scene across Canada and Europe in particular. They nourish Montréal audiences with unusual self-produced events that bridge worlds and cross boundaries of style, generation and culture.

Following an early career in Europe, where he contributed to the continent's leading ensembles, Merkel has made Montréal his home since 2000. He supports and advocates for new music in Québec and in Canada, and is regularly sought after as speaker, curator and adviser. His presence is felt in academia as well, through articles written for the Revue Circuit, and through his teaching at Concordia University. He's a passionate chef and lives in Montréal's Portuguese neighborhood together with his wife Isabelle Bozzini and children Félix and Béatrice."

-Quatuor Bozzini website (http://www.quatuorbozzini.ca/en/select/bio/?id=merkel_cl)
11/29/2017

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"Joanna Becker began her violin studies at the age of three. She was fortunate to have as models her grandmother, a violinist and teacher, as well as parents who are professional musicians. Her early training included studies with Albert Markov at the Manhattan School of Music, and she received her Bachelor's Degree in Music with distinction in the major at Yale University, where she studied violin with Kyung Yu. She completed a year-long Suzuki teacher training course at the School for Strings in Manhattan, and also studied musicology at Hunter College of the City University of New York. Joanna recently completed her Master's Degree in Violin Performance at the Shepherd School of Music at Rice University, where she was a student of Sergiu Luca and Ken Goldsmith and served as concertmaster of the Shepherd School Chamber Orchestra and Symphony Orchestra.

Joanna has been a member of the violin faculty at the Neighborhood Music School and of the New Haven Symphony Orchestra. In 2011-12 she was selected as a Young Artist by Da Camera of Houston. An avid chamber musician and recitalist, she has a particular interest in stylistic performances of Classic and Baroque repertoire as well as contemporary chamber music. Recent international performances include recitals at the International Holland Music Sessions, and a concerto appearance with the National Symphony of Quito, Ecuador. She currently resides in Houston."

-TNME.org (http://www.tnme.org/featured-performers/)
11/29/2017

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