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Keller, Beat / Tom Johnson / Joseph Kudirka: String Trios (Edition Wandelweiser Records)

A superb program of string trios from minimalist composers Beat Keller, Tom Johnson, and Joseph Kudirka, from cinematic to spacious sound work, as realized by the trio of Julia Schwob on violin, David Schnee on viola, and Nicola Romano on cello.

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UPC: 4011778040750

Label: Edition Wandelweiser Records
Catalog ID: EWR 1605
Squidco Product Code: 22365

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2016
Country: Germany
Packaging: Cardboard Gatefold 3 Panels
Recorded at Radiostudio in Zurich, Switzerland, on October 8th and 9th, 2015 by Jacques Kieffer for Radio SFR 2 Kultur.


Beat Keller-composer

Tom Johnson-composer

Joseph Kudirka-composer

Julia Schwob-violin

David Schnee-viola

Nicola Romano-cello

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track listing:

1. No. 1 5:32

2. No. 2 3:22

3. No. 3 1:08

4. 12, 3, 2 5:41

5. 6, 3, 2 2:30

6. No. 3b 5:40

7. No. 4 3:32

8. Untitled 11:14

9. No. 5 2:01

10. No. 6 1:27

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A superb program of string trios from minimalist composers Beat Keller, Tom Johnson, and Joseph Kudirka, from cinematic to spacious sound work, as realized by the trio of Julia Schwob on violin, David Schnee on viola, and Nicola Romano on cello.

Artist Biographies:

"Guitarist, multi-instrumentalist, composer and bandleader based in Winterthur, Switzerland. After graduating as a jazz guitarist from the Zurich School of Music and Drama (Hochschule für Musik und Theater Zürich), Beat Keller obtained a Master of Arts in composition from the Lucerne School of Music (Musikhochschule Luzern). Among his current projects are Keller's 10, Beat Keller & Reza Khota (CH/SA, guitar duo), Gunfire Orchestra (CH/NO/SA), Bowee/Keller, Peckinpah Trio (CH/USA) and Animate Repose (DE). His compositions have been played and recorded by NDR Bigband, Lucerne Jazz Orchestra, Ballbreaker Ensemble, Composer's Group Ensemble, Keller's 10 and the Haiku String Trio. Beat Keller has given concerts all over Switzerland, in neighbouring Europe, the United States and South Africa.

Record releases on: Unit Records, Alpinechic (both CH), Edition Wandelweiser Records (DE) and Silken Tofu (BE).

He has won the following grants and awards: "Best Debut Release 2008" (worldwide) awarded by AllAboutJazz, New York, for "Keller's <10>"; "Förderpreis 2010" from the City of Winterthur; "Artist Residency" in Cape Town, South Africa, 2012, awarded by the Pro Helvetia Foundation; "Moods Jazz & Blues Award 2013", 2nd prize for "Keller's 10"; "Artist in Residence" in Berlin, Germany, 2014/2015, awarded by the Canton of Zurich."

-Beat Keller Website (

"Tom Johnson (born November 18, 1939 in Greeley, Colorado), is an American minimalist composer, a former student of Morton Feldman. He earned his Bachelors and Masters degree from Yale University. His pieces are most often based simply on mathematical and logical processes, such as tiling, which he attempts to make as clear as possible. His works include: The Four Note Opera, An Hour for Piano, Rational Melodies, the Bonhoeffer Oratorio, Organ and Silence, Riemannoper, and Galileo. He has also composed a considerable amount of music for the guitar including Alexandrins pour guitare (1989), Canon for Six Guitars (1998), Arpeggios for Guitar (2002), and Tinkelenberg Rhythms (2014). Johnson received the French "Victoires de la Musique" prize for contemporary composition (the French equivalent of the "Grammies") in 2001 for "Kientzy Loops". He lived 15 years in New York, but in 1983 settled in Paris, where he lives with his wife, the artist Esther Ferrer."

-Wikipedia (

"Joseph Kudirka is a composer and performer of experimental music. His works have been commissioned and/or premiered by musicians and ensembles including Rhodri Davies, Daniel Plöger, Anton Lukoszevieze, Mark So, Phillip Thomas, Zinc & Copper Works, wandelweiser komponisten ensemble, edges ensemble, and Ensemble Neue Horizonte Bern. He was born in Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA, in 1978. He has, at other times, also been a legal resident of the UK and Switzerland. As a contrabassist, he has premiered works by numerous composers, including Michael Maierhoff, Antoine Beuger, and Eva-Maria Houben."

-Joseph Kudirka Website (

"Julia Schwob, 1987, grew up in a very musical family and received her first violin lessons at the age of 6. She professionalised her musical knowledge in numerous orchestras at home and abroad and studied under teachers such as Herbert Scherz, Kwang-Ho Lee, Richard Kraggerud, Benjamin Schmid, Gottfried von der Golz. She has also been a part of many ensembles playing various styles of music as both a soloist and concertmaster. A year after obtaining the Matura at Kunst und Sport Gymnasium Rämibühl, Julia finished her Bachelor of Arts studies at the Zürcher Hochschule der Künste and continued with a Masters degree in pedagogy under Ulrich Gröner which she finalised with distinction and won a foundation prize for. For the past seven years the versatile violinist has now also taken a keen interest in the baroque violin. Julia Schwob has been teaching violin lessons at the Kantonsschule Zürcher Oberland since 2011 and works for many ensembles and chamber music formations as a freelance musician. In June 2014 she successfully completed her Master of Performance studies at the Berner Hochschule der Künste under Monika Urbaniak. Her current focus is on historical performance practice and on working with various musicians aswell with artists from the independent scene on experimental projects."

-Beat Keller Website (

"David Schnee, born in 1980, is a freelance violist, who studied in Bern and Zurich. A most versatile musician, he pursues musical projects which range from chamber music, jazz, contemporary to film music. He is a member of the Kaleidoscope String Quartett (Unit/Traumton), a group that, as a traditionally "classical" ensemble, is also able to position itself within the realm of jazz and improvised music.A sought after studio musician, David Schnee did recordings for a multitude of Swiss and international film music scores, as well as for numerous jazz and pop bands. In 2013, he founded the Ensemble Cinéphonique, which specialises in recordings for film, media and pop. As a founding member of the Galatea String Quartet, he was touring regularly and worldwide from 2005 to 2013. The Quartet won several prices at international competitions, as well as a prestigious ECHO prize in Germany. David Schnee lived in Berlin for 5 month in 2013 with a residency of the Zurich Arts Council."

-Beat Keller Website (

"Nicola Romano, born in Lucerne, Switzerland, in 1974. From an early age, Nicola has developed a close association with chamber music, which has since become the centre of his musical orbits. For many years, he has performed concerts with Lucerne-based Dreilindenquartett as well as with the ONYX Quartet and the Basel String Quartet.Since 2004, Nicola has been a member of the "ensemble für neue musik zürich", which is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year. With "klangcombi", a quintet dedicated to innovative Swiss folk music, he has found the perfect musical paddling pool, in which he enjoys maximum stylistic freedom and openness. Together with LAUS and the Trabant Echo Orchestra, Nicola has been exploring and experimenting with musical arrangements which straddle the interface between serious and light music. Besides this, he has been busy giving concerts as part of various projects by the Swiss jazz and free improv scene. Nicola also teaches at the Uri School of Music (Musikschule Uri) and at Küsnacht High School (Kantonsschule Küsnacht)."

-Beat Keller Website (

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