Using principles similar to Pauline Oliveros' Deep Listening, the quartet of Thanos Chrysakis, Christian Kobi, Christian Skjodt, and Zsolt Sores use acoustic and electronic instruments in carefully developed improvisations based around dynamics, densities & textures.
Chrysakis, Thanos / Christian Kobi / Christian Skjodt / Zsolt Sores
Label: Aural Terrains
Released in: Greece/UK
"The process of composing music, generally, is autocratic: "This is what I want; play these notes." But the burgeoning free improvisation scene has put the emphasis on "distributed creativity." Each member of an ensemble composes her/his own part, in real time.
In jazz improvisation, musicians know the melodies, harmonies and rhythms in advance and use them as the basis of the performance, but free improvisers engage in a process of discovery; they feel their way, exploring sounds and textures by real-time experimentation.
The four musicians who created the two extended tracks on Carved Water have left instrumental virtuosity behind. Instead, they engage something like what the late Pauline Oliveros termed "Deep Listening." Each musician uses his listening sensitivity to meld with or differentiate from the others, to increase or decrease dynamics and densities, to make textures smooth or coarse, to extend tones or create rhythmic or arrhythmic patterns.
The music was created for the Sound Art exhibition "On the Edge of Perceptibility" in Budapest. Thanos Chrysakis (laptop, live electronics), Christian Kobi (soprano saxophone), Christian Skjodt (objects, live electronics) and Zsolt Sores (five-string viola, contact mic, tools) weave ever-changing complexities that are mysterious and ineffable. Drama yields to quiescence and reverses. Sources of sounds are inscrutable. Whispers, scrapes, rumbles, clicks, drones, screeches, taps, clouds of noise - all this draws the listener in. One's rapt attention is richly rewarded."-Glenn Hall, Exclaim! magazine
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"Thanos Chrysakis' output consists of composition, performance, and installation. He was born in Athens in 1971. After residing in the UK between 1998-2014 he moved in 2015 to Belarus. With several albums to his name his work has appeared in festivals and events in several countries, including CYNETart Festival, Festspielhaus Hellerau - Dresden, Academy of Arts / M:AI (Museum für Architektur und Ingenieurkunst NRW)- Berlin, TU - Berlin, Diapason Gallery - New York, ohrenhoch - der Geräuschladen Gallery - Berlin Neukölln, Spazioersetti Gallery - Udine, XXII "Sound Ways" International New Music Festival - St. Petersburg, Artus Contemporary Arts Studio - Budapest, CRUCE Gallery - Madrid, Fylkingen - Stockholm, Relative (Cross) Hearings festival - Budapest, ZEPPELIN festival - Barcelona, IVM (Institut Valencià de la Música) - Valencia, Motus/Festival Futura 2013 / 21 édition - Crest-Vallée de la Drôme-Diois, Xposed Club - Cheltenham, Festival de Música Contemporanea "Ramiro Guerra" - Monterrey, FACT Centre - Liverpool, Association Ryoanji - Salle Des Fêtes - Ahun, The Center for Advanced Musical Studies at Chosen Vale/International Chosen Vale Trumpet Seminar 2014 - Hanover-New Hampshire, Frost School of Music - Clarke Recital Hall - Coral Gables/Florida, XIII Festival Internacional de Música Nueva - Monterrey, Splendor - Amsterdam, VI European Clarinet Festival - Camerino - Italy, Logos Foundation - Ghent, Palacio de Bellas Artes - Mexico City, "On the Edge of Perceptibility - Sound Art" Műcsarnok Kunsthalle - Budapest, Festival del Bosque GERMINAL - Mexico City, Noise & Fury Festival - Moscow, Oosterkerk - Amsterdam, Center for New Music - San Francisco, Västerås Konstmuseum - Västerås, Störung festival - Barcelona, BMIC Cutting Edge concert series - The Warehouse - London.
His music has been frequently aired by RAI Radio 3, BBC Radio 3, Radio Portugal Antenna 2, Radio Nacional de España Radio 3, Ireland's RTÉ Lyric FM, Polskie Radio (Warsaw), RTS - Radio Belgrade 3 (Serbia), FM Brussel, Elektramusic (Strasbourg), CKCU FM - (Ottawa), Undae! Radio and Onda Sonora - Radio Circulo de Bellas Artes (CBA) (Madrid), Radio Horizon (Johannesburg), Motus/Radio Saint Ferréol -Les Territoires Du Son (la radio du Val de Drôme), Radio Nova (Oslo) among others. In addition, his texts have been also appeared in the Leonardo Music Journal (MIT Press), the Vague Terrain Journal, and in the volumes The Book of Guilty Pleasures and The Idea of the Avant Garde - And What It Means Today (Manchester University Press) edited by Marc James Léger. He composes for electronic and acoustic instruments, as well environmental sounds, focusing on the structural, aesthetic and transfigured capacity of sonic matter.
His formal training encompasses percussion (Dimitris Tzafestas), Sonic Arts (Hugh Davies) at the Lansdown Centre for Electronic Arts and a PhD in composition from Goldsmiths, University of London (EMS/Michael Young) as well as private studies in orchestration with Dmitri Smirnov. However it is the yearning of the creative praxis itself that transmitted the crucial aspect of artistic practice: that something has to be staked, that something must be ventured.
His work was amongst the selected works at the 32nd International Competition de Musique et d'Art Sonore Electroacoustiques de Bourges 2005, in the category œuvre d'art sonore électroacoustique, while received an honorary mention in 2006 at the 7th International Electroacoustic Composition Competition Musica Viva in Lisbon (the jury was constituted by Morton Subotnick (USA), François Bayle (France), and Miguel Azguime (Portugal).
He has written music for distinguished musicians such as Philippe Brunet (flugelhorn, trumpet), Wilfrido Terrazas (flutes), Chris Cundy (baritone saxophone, bass clarinet), the Stockholm Saxophone Quartet, Jason Alder (bass clarinet), Alexander Bruck (viola), Yoni Silver (bass clarinet), Natalia Pérez Turner (cello), Nadia Ratsimandresy (Onde), Mikael Rudolfsson (alto trombone), Matias Karlsen Bjornstad (soprano saxophone), Liam Hockley (clarinets), Michael Pelzel (church organ), Kate Ryder (piano, prepared piano), Tzenka Dianova (piano), Claire Chase (bass flute), Peter Evans (trumpet), Julie Kjaer (alto saxophone/alto, Luis Tabuenca (percussion), Philip Chase Hawkins (trumpet).
Recent compositions amongst others, include: Above the Hidden Track an Endless Blaze (Aural Terrains 2015), Terra Firma (for Mikael Rudolfsson [alto trombone] 2015), Astraea (for the Stockholm Saxophone Quartet, 2013), Undercurrent (for Liam Hockley [clarinet in A] 2014), Arché (for Chris Cundy [baritone saxophone] 2014), Nocturnal Flight (for Nadia Ratsimandresy [onde] 2014), Ingress (for Yoni Silver [bass clarinet] 2015), Canto Intrare (for Philippe Brunet & Philip Chase Hawkins [duo trumpets] 2015), Μήτε το Κύμα / Νé da'll onde (for Wilfrido Terrazas & Natalia Pérez Turner [bass flute / cello] 2014].
He has recorded/performed with a number of improvisers including among others Wade Matthews, Dario Bernal-Villegas, Jerry Wigens, James O'Sullivan, Philip Somervell, Jamie Coleman, Chris Cundy, Zsolt Sőrés, Sebastian Lexer, Javier Pedreira, Julie Kjaer, Artur Vidal, Christian Kobi, Christian Skjødt, Yoni Silver, Nuno Torres, Kurt Liedwart, Ernesto Rodrigues, Abdul Moimême. Furthermore, he has also closely collaborated with the visual artists Pascal Dombis, and Villő Turcsány. Since 2007 he operates the record-label 'Aural Terrains' focusing in electroacoustics, composed and improvised music.
He has held residencies at the Visby Centre for Composers (twice) and at the Artus Contemporary Arts Studio in Budapest. His work has been supported by PRS for Music Foundation and the Swedish Art Council.
Current and upcoming projects for 2016-17 include a residency at the Porticello Artist Residency in Calabria/Italy, a series of compositions for the Hyperion Ensemble, Tim Hodgkinson (bass clarinet), Yoni Silver (bass clarinet), Tibi Cenuser (trombone), for the Stockholm Saxophone Quartet, for Konus Quartett, for Liam Hockley (clarinets in A and E♭), Laura Faoro (bass flute), Philippe Brunet (trumpet), Elena Kakaliagou (french horn), Stephan Vermeersch (bass clarinet), Alexander Bruck (viola), Natalia Pérez Turner (cello), Chris Cundy (bass clarinets), Markus Wenninger (clarinet E♭), Serge Bertocchi (Tubax E♭), Shadanga Duo (alto flute/alto clarinet), Katalin Szanyi (alto flute), Jason Alder (contra bass clarinet), Alejandro Tello (oboe), Wilfrido Terrazas (flutes), Dana Jessen (bassoon) as well a new electronic music CD entitled 'Equinox'."-Aural Terrains (http://www.auralterrains.com/chrysakis/en/bio/)
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"Born in Berne (Switzerland). Studied classical music at the Hochschule für Musik in Basel with further studies undertook in Paris (Cité Internationale des Arts), Lucerne (postgraduate degree) and Zurich (Master of Music in Performance) in the fields of improvisation and contemporary composition. Numerous appearances at home and abroad, solo and together with various improvising music ensembles in Australia, USA, Japan, UK, Lybanon etc. 2004 Founder and artistic director of "zoom in", a festival for improvised music at Berne Minster. 2006 Co-founder of the new music label "CUBUS RECORDS". 2012/13 Artistic director of Szofa Budapst (supported by Pro Helvetia)"-Christian Kobi Website (http://www.christiankobi.ch/index.php/biography.en.html)
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"Christian Skjødt (b.1980) is a Danish artist who explores the material and aesthetic interrelations between sound, bodies and memory. His installation works deal with the imperceptible. Working site-specific Skjødt sets up autonomous systems out of which immersive and often performative environments emerge. He compiles installations with a laboratory approach in which technical and physical experiments play a central role. Working with sound as primary materiality Skjødts art in many ways bypasses the intellect and 'speaks' directly to the body, reminding us of the direct link between the body, thinking and reality.
The visuals are often minimalist, investigating individual audio-technical principles that 'investigate themselves' and the space they are in. His work is based on the physicist's approach of allowing objects and materials to be what they are. But at the same time Skjødt creates spaces where it is impossible to stand at a distance as a viewer - many of the works function interactively and reactively forcing us to relate to place and time. His works can be seen as witnesses to what we are unable to perceive and the boundary between our sensory apparatus and the materiality of the world.
Besides his solo career he has taken part in numerous collaborations, working interdisciplinary in the fields of composition, installation, theatre, dance and performance. He is also the founder and curator of the vinyl imprint Tonometer, objectifying exploratory sounds and music.
Christian Skjødt currently lives and works in Copenhagen, Denmark, and holds a Master's degree from the Royal Academy of Music in Denmark."-Christian Skjodt Website (http://skjodt.net/bio.html)
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"Born 1969 in Budapest Zsolt S?rés Ahad is an improvised/electroacoustic and noise musician, sound artist, editor, performance and conceptual artist. Current groups and projects: a trio with Franz Hautzinger and Isabelle Duthoit; I Belong to the Band (with Adam Bohman, Oli Mayne and Jean-Michel Van Schouwburg); duo with Rhodri Davies; én/Q./Ahad trio (with Quentin Rollet and Pál Tóth aka én); Budapastis (with the members of the Parisian children-noise-rock group, Dragibus); trio with Oli Mayne and Zsolt Varga; duo with Christian Skjødt; Ahad & Despera duo; the concept art group The Lazy Anarchists (with Jozef Cseres, Zsolt Kovács, Gen Ken Montgomery and Ben Patterson); Spiritus Noister (with the Hungarian phonic poets, Katalin Ladik and Endre Szkárosi); The Sonic Catering Band (with Dan Hayhurst, Colin Potter and Peter Strickland among others); contributions with Zan Hoffmann and Violet; multimedia project together with a Hungarian dancer-coreographer Márta Ladjánszki and a fine artist in Budapest, Zsolt Koroknai; Don't Eat Group (with the filmmaker, video/visual artist András Juhász) etc.
His field of interest and music activity includes the borderline and the margin of different art forms, too. He is also collaborate with artists from different fields of art (filmmakers, videomakers, coreographers, stage directors, fine artists). He is the member and one of the program managing editor of the still independent Tilos Rádió (Forbidden Radio) new music program No Wave. Currently he is the main organizer of the underground film screening series called Invisible Films' Club at the Ludwig Museum in Budapest. He is the artistic director of Relative (Cross)Hearings International Indpendent Contemporary Music Meeting in Budapest. In 2005 he was the series editor of the Szünetjel Könyvek (Pause Sign Books), and published the Hungarian versions of the following books: Jozef Cseres: Musical Simulacrums (Hudobné simulakrá); Michael Nyman: Experimental Music. Cage and Beyond; Edwin Prévost: No Sound is Innocent. AMM and the Practice of Self-Invention. Meta-Musical Narratives. Essays. In 2008 he edited one of his last book and wrote a preface study about New Chances of Autonomy with the texts by Peter Lamborn Wilson aka Hakim Bey among other onthological anarchists. He is an author of two books with the collection of his poetry. Since 2009 he is collaborating with the cult horror/underground/surreal film director Andrey Iskanov from Khabarovsk, Russian Far-East.
Film, Dance, Performance, Theatre projects: collaboration with Andrey Iskanov (in his film Ingression - soundtrack, editing, co-creator of the beginning and closing credits and a special fx); a member of Eszter Gál Company ST dance company (since 1995); Lektrónia multimeda project with coreographer Márta Ladjánszki and fine artist Zsolt Koroknai; Music composer and actor in Stele a theatre performance by the Artus Company; performances with the following independent coreographers: Enik? Buday, Junya Ishii, Mariella Greil among others; since 2009, a member of the Andaxínház (Andaxin Company). Since 2008 he is the art director of Relative (Cross)Hearings Contemporary Music Meeting. Since 2003 he is the main organizer of the Invisible Films' Club (since 2006 at the Ludwig Museum, Budapest)."-Zsolt Sores Website (http://www.kunstradio.at/BIOS/soresbio.html)
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Recorded at the Műcsarnok Kunsthalle in Budapest, Hungary, on October 17th, 2014 by Laszlo Kocsis.
Thanos Chrysakis-laptop computer, live electronics
Christian Kobi- soprano saxophone
Christian Skjodt-live electronics and objects
Zsolt Sores-5 string viola, contact microphone, effects, dissecting tools, sonic objects, voice
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1. Part I 39:04
2. Part II 11:40