The debut of Xenofox, the duo of Olaf Rupp on electric guitar and Rudi Fischerlehner on drum playing electric improv that ranges from critically dense to spacious and exploratory, blending rock and European Free Improv sensibilities into a moody and absorbing album.
Xenofox (Rupp / Fischerlehner)
Released in: Austria
"Xenofox is Rupp's duo with drummer/percussionist Rudi Fischerlehner, a reduced version of their excellent trio with trombonist Matthias Müller (see a review of their most recent album here). Though they've been playing together since 2010, Hundred Beginnings is their debut album, consisting of six tracks, four of them lengthy (between 10 and 21 minutes). The music is intricate, intense and immediate, something achieved without using extremes of dynamics, tempo or timbre, or repetition. Rupp makes discrete use of distortion and echo effects, and sounds both subtle and energetic, something he shares with Fischerlehner, who responds to Rupp's textures with finely chiseled rim shots and imaginative percussion. When necessary, he can deliver a driving rock groove.
A good example is "HKV 20126", the longest piece. Rupp and Fischerlehner start with pure sound, scrubbing and scraping their instruments. Rupp bangs the body of his guitar, they navigate step by step, before open chords and sustained notes rebound in different directions. There's a dense interplay and often surprising changes in structure and sound - almost complete silence, buzzing, squeaking, chiming percussion, alt rock crescendos à la Sonic Youth and prolonged reverbs.
German jazz critic Felix Klopotek called Rupp's style "monochrome" (in a positive way); I'd describe it as finely grained. Xenofox's debut is a beautiful album full of filigree detail, unexpected contrasts and varied moods."-Martin Schray, Free Jazz Blog
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"Olaf Rupp (*1963) plays Improvised Music on the acoustic and electric guitar. The organic flow of his music is controlled neither by chance nor by dominant, wilful decisions. In his music he explores how more or less dense murmurations of notes (motion-clusters) can be perceived as one agglomerated sound in motion. This means that every note is a dot in a higher matrix and its colour is more important than the position of that note in any hierarchic classification system. So a sequence of notes creates a moving sound, not a melody. And the intrinsic colour of every note is more important than the melodic or harmonic burden which the listener may or may not put on it.
Besides many cooperations five solo albums are published so far on the labels FMP, GROB and GLIGG. Olaf Rupp has been touring in many countries and performed with extraordinary musicians such as Paul Lovens, Tristan Honsinger, Peter Brötzmann, Butch Morris, Lol Coxhill, John Zorn und Michael Wertmüller. Important groups are among others XENOFOX, his duo with Rudi Fischerlehner, a Duo with cello player Ulrike Brand, DIE DICKEN FINGER with Oli Steidle and Jan Roder (also a quartet with Peter Brötzmann) and WEIRD WEAPONS with Tony Buck and Joe Williamson."-Olaf Rupp Website (http://www.audiosemantics.de/info.html)
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"Rudi Fischerlehner plays drums in various different musical projects that fall between improvised and experimental music, jazz and post-rock. He also composes and produces music for bands, film and performances.
Born in 1977 in Austria he was introduced to the drums in his childhood and quickly started playing in bands as a teenager around Linz. Following a period studying classical percussion he moved to Vienna, travelled to Africa and China, spent a few month in New York and now resides in Berlin.
His current projects include Xenofox with Olaf Rupp, RMF with Rupp and Matthias Müller, Parrot´s Feathers with Matthias Schubert and Antonio Borghini, Fiium Shaarrk and Gorilla Mask.
Rudi works or has also worked in collaboration with Erste Stufe Haifisch, Andreas Willers, Tristan Honsinger, Julie Sassoon, La Tourette, Dominique Pifarely, Ingrid Laubrock, Tony Buck, Frank Paul Schubert, Zsolt Sőrés, Edoardo Maraffa and many more.
Projects in which he features have been regularly invited to important festivals and clubs worldwide and featured on radio programmes such as Ö1, BBC Radio 3 and Deutschlandfunk.
As a producer and composer for film soundtracks he contributed to movies by Ella Raidel, Johanna Kirsch and Katharina Lampert and was involved in the video or performance work of Katrin Plavcak, Wilhelm Groener, Rainer Kohlberger, Haroon Mirza and Tarek Atoui."-Rudi Fischerlehner Website (http://www.rudifischerlehner.net/bio-e.html)
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2. Zeitforschung 11:41
3. DNA 02:10
4. Arizona Dream 16:50
5. Hundred Beginnings 05:46
6. HKW 2026 21:21