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The "Grand Orchestra" of Zeitkratzer and guests create a complex sound using an assembly of players with 40 winds, including bagpipes, developed by both Zeitkratzer and lay people, playing not only pure intensity but also dense and complex sound aggregates.

Grand Orchestra

Zeitkratzer: Grand Orchestra (Tochnit Aleph)

Label: Tochnit Aleph    
Released in: Germany    

"The score for Grand Orchestra has been developed for musicians, laymen, old people, children, adolescents, for anyone who likes to join in. Grand Orchestra is not for education. It's not about explaining, intellectual understanding or the training of cultural values; rather it's about having faith in the abilities and intuition of the players and their performance.

The musicians of Zeitkratzer and additional guests took over the voice-leading of the instrumental groups, distributed in the space and enabling their amplification. In this way it was possible to create not only pure intensity but also dense and complex sound aggregates, through the blurring of playing techniques inside the different instrumental groups.

Which orchestra is capable of playing such complex sounds as this group of forty wind players, chorally building a simultaneous crescendo of breaths? Who can play more ecstatically and wilder than a group of sixty musicians, playing against and doing their best to keep up with a Scottish bagpipe ensemble? It's precisely due to unclearly played single sounds, unfolding from an orchestra dominated by amateurs.

Unique sounds with a complex character that no professional orchestra could reproduce." -- Reinhold Friedl, from the liner notes.

"Zeitkratzer is sound made visible, tangible, bodily and a truly unforgettable corporal experience of live music. The physicality of sound is celebrated through extended instrumental techniques, mutual understanding and amplification of traditional instruments. A midpoint between instrumental and electronic music turns out to be more bizarre and surprising than either of these.

Zeitkratzer, founded in 1999, gathers nine musicians, light and sound engineers living in different European cities from Amsterdam to London to Oslo meeting for working phases in Berlin. They have performed critically acclaimed versions of classical music by composers such as Karlheinz Stockhausen, Helmut Lachenmann and James Tenney, aswell as orchestral versions of electronic/noise music by Whitehouse, Merzbow, John Duncan, Dror Feiler and Lou Reed's Metal Machine Music."-Tochnit Aleph

The "Grand Orchestra" of Zeitkratzer and guests create a complex sound using an assembly of players with 40 winds, including bagpipes, developed by both Zeitkratzer and lay people, playing not only pure intensity but also dense and complex sound aggregates.

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Product Information:

UPC: 769791963115

Label: Tochnit Aleph
Catalog ID: TA 113CD
Squidco Product Code: 22319

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2013
Country: Germany
Packaging: Jewel Case
Recorded at the Haus der Kulturen der Welt, in Berlin, Germany on August 21st, 2011, by Martin Wurmnest.


Celia Ilisch-alto saxophone

Diyar Elci-alto saxophone

Lucio Capese-alto saxophone

Bjorn Benduhn-bagpipes

Gunther Haussknecht-bagpipes, director

Hannes Pommer-bagpipes

Jens Roeser-bagpipes

Katrin Kossi-bagpipes

Bernd Pommer-bass drum

Anton Lukoszevieze-cello

Alicia Deckart-clarinet

Anna-Lena Lemke-clarinet

Ano Nymus-clarinet

Frank Gratkowski-clarinet

Karina Konigsmark-clarinet

Sara Kersten-clarinet

Reinhold Friedl-piano, composer, director

Klaus Kurvers-double bass

Ulrich Philipp-double bass

Aniko Mey-tenor drum

Nathalie Wendzinski-tenor drum

The Berline Pipe Company-ensemble

Joel Lima-Flugelhorn

Enes Pinar-flute

Gerda Klingenboeck-flute

Gianina Kartsch-flute

Jonas Richard-flute

Julia Heimerdinger-flute

Rebecca Jautzke-flute

Thai Tai Tran-flute

HildSofie Tafjord-French horn

Leyla Schlein-French horn

Martin Boo-French horn

k Niklas Henrik Tonnatt-French horn

Aki Ueda-guitar

Dirk Dresselhaus-guitar

Marc Weiser-guitar

Michael Kellner-guitar

Hansjurgen Bulkowski-harmonica

Henry Binte-tenor horn

Anton Heimerdinger-percussion

Maurice de Martin-percussion

Tomok Nakasato-percussion

Vanessa Gageos-percussion

Lola Toledo-recorder

Christoph Rienass-snare

Iris Wilsdorf-snare

Jorn Erdmann-snare

Michel Bolz-snare

Florian Wunsch-tenro saxophone

Alexandra Zahl-trombone

Hilary Jeffery-trombone

Michelle Bauer-trombone

Christopher Kampa-trumpet

Jasmin Joswiak-trumpet

Kevin Lemka-trumpet

Deborah Hollenbach-tuba

Robin Hayward-tuba

Stefanie Lodemann-tuba

Burkhard Schlothauer-violin

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