The Swiss string trio led by violinist Harald Kimmig, with Daniel Studer on bass and Alfred Zimmerlin on cello, is joined by UK saxophonist John Butcher for a set of improvisations that build with a unique percussive vitality and burning intensity.
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Catalog ID: LEO 766
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Recorded live at Offene Ohren, in Munich, Germany, on January 25th, 2015, by Hannes Schneider.
John Butcher-tenor saxophone, soprano saxophone
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1. A Short Night With A Light Beam Of The Moon 17:19
2. Cloudless Sky And The Sun 6:22
3. Morning Star Shining On Hydrangea 15:13
4. Croaks Of Frogs At Midnight Under The Milky Way 6:50
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"A string trio from the German-speaking part of Switzerland joined forces for the first time with their English guest on tenor and soprano saxophone. Harald Kimmig, Daniel Studer and Alfred Zimmerlin decided that their tight improvising unit needs a new challenge with guest musicians. They invited an Englishman John Butcher and their collaboration reached a new height. One can immediately hear the spiritual bond that developed between the trio and the Brit."-Leo
"One of the delights of Free music is the recurring recognition of the absolute skill employed by the musicians at play. It is audible and often astounds its audience that the performers can even imagine such musical ideas or even dare to present them without first a rehearsal to at least formulate a structure. Such musicians are of course entirely ripe in terms of their experience and technical know-how: this it is that allows them to realise full control of their chosen instruments and to interpret the perceptions of their fellow artists.
Raw is played with such skills and with considerable vitality, yet with subtlety, its spontaneity never overshadowed by any lack of interaction between the four instrumentalists and the saxophone and the string trio complement each other flawlessly.This is a fine album: its music is graceful and polished."-Ken Cheetham, Jazz Views
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• Show Bio for Harald Kimmig
"Harald Kimmig (born October 9, 1956 in Offenburg ) is a German violinist of free improvisational music and composer.
Kimmig had violin lessons from 1966 to 1974, and from 1975 to 1982 he studied philosophy, sociology and art history. He took classes at Leszek Zadlo, Muneer Abdul Fataah, John Tchicai and Cecil Taylor. From 1984 he was active as a professional musician, initially with soloists and as a member of the First Improvising String Orchestra. He played in the trio with Georg Wolf and Lukas Lindenmaier (CD rif-rif 1990) and is co-leader of F-Orkestra, who worked with musicians such as Buddy Collette or Peter Kowald. He also played with the ensemble of Cecil Taylor (CDs "Legba Crossing", "Corona"), John Tchicai, Vladimir Chekassin, Doug Hammond, Lee Konitz, Tony Oxley, Gabriele Hasler, Sirone and Jrgen Wuchner. He works in the trio with Carl Ludwig Hbsch and L Quan Ninh. He is also a member of the ensembles of Angelika Sheridan, Graldine Keller and Hideto Heshiki. Together with Norbert Rodenkirchen he composed the Aura Christinae in 2004, which repeatedly performed in Stommeln (u. A. With Maria Jonas and Albrecht Maurer ). Kimmig also writes string quartets and major orchestral works ('The Course of Light and Darkness', Oratorio, 1999) as well as film music."-Wikipedia (Translated by Google) (https://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Harald_Kimmig)
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• Show Bio for Daniel Studer
"Daniel Studer was born in Zürich in 1961, lived and worked in Rome from 1981 to 1995, is now living with his family in Zurich.Master of arts in Music Pedagogy, guest composer at the Elektronisches Studio in Basel, studied composition with Johannes Schöllhorn.2010 award from the city of Zurich.
His focus lies on improvisation and mixed forms of improvisation and composition. He participated in various projects involving space - and projects with live electronics; further fields of interest are music and language, music and dance, music and video poetry. The constant exploration of his instrument has led to performances as a soloist, too.For years he has been working with Peter K Frey, Mischa Käser, Katharina Klement, Giancarlo Schiaffini, Dieter Ulrich and Alfred Zimmerlin.Presently he is part of the Kontrabassduo Studer-Frey, Kimmig-Studer-Zimmerlin, III-VII-XII (with Mischa Käser and Urs Haenggli) and the trio Gabriela Friedli Trio.
Concerts and radio recordings in Europe, Japan and USA. Among others he played with Lester Bowie, Jacques Demierre, Michel Doneda, Paolo Fresu, Gerry Hemingway, Steve Grossmann, Barney Kessel, Hans Koch, Riccardo Lay, Joëlle Léandre, Magda Mayas, Mike Melillo, Evan Parker, Antonello Salis, Irene Schweizer, Tony Scott, Co Streiff, Sebi Tramontana, Massimo Urbani, Urs Voerkel, Bobby Watson and many others.
Records with the Kontrabassduo Studer-Frey, Kimmig-Studer-Zimmerlin, Giancarlo Schiaffini Quintet, Gabriela Friedli Trio, Solo, In Transit, Eichenbergers Domino, Day & Taxi, Käppeli-Lüscher-Studer, Streichtrio Coen-Penazzi-Studer on labels as Intakt,Unit Records, EMANEM, Konnex, Percaso, Creative Sources, Edition RZ.
Festivals: Controindicazioni Roma, Le Mans Jazz Festival, Südtirol Jazz Festival Bozen, Clusone Jazz, Ulrichsberger Kaleidophon, Unerhört! Zürcher Jazzfestival, Willisau Jazz Festival, Zoom in Bern, Schaffhauser Jazzfestival, Limmitantiones, Romaeuropa, Zürcher Theaterspektakel, World New Music Days, Honmoku Jazz Festival Yokohama, Jazz and more München, Siena Jazz, Progetto Musica Roma
He has been teaching improvisation at different music schools so at the Bern University of the Arts since 2006."-Daniel Studer Website (http://www.danielstuder.ch/biography.php)
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"Alfred Zimmerlin was born 1955. He studied musicology and ethnomusicology at Zurich University under the tutelage of Kurt von Fischer und Wolfgang Laade, music theory under the tutelage of Peter Benary, and composition under the tutelage of Hans Wüthrich and Hans Ulrich Lehmann. He has taken an active part in the "Werkstatt für improvisierte Musik" (WIM, Workshop for Improvised Music) Zurich since 1980. Alfred Zimmerlin's ample oeuvre comprises pieces for piano, chamber music (with and without live-electronics), vocal music, orchestral music, music for theatre, and works for radio and film. The most important are: "Gezeiten der Zeit" (for string orchestra), "Cueillis par la mémoire des voûtes" (saxophone quartet and string orchestra), "Euridice singt" ( a chamber opera), three string quartets, "Neidhardlieder" (for soprano and four Renaissance recorders), the "Cembalo-Buch", "In Bewegung (Nature Morte au Rideau)" (for piano, string orchestra and soundtrack), "Weisse Bewegung" (for violoncello , piano, and percussion), Quintet for clarinet and string quartet, or "Zerstreut in Arbeit mit Wörtern" (for soprano, piano, and soundtrack).
As an improvising musician and cellist, Alfred Zimmerlin has taken part in various formations in Europe and the US. From 1983 to 2009 he has been active member of KARL ein KARL, improvising and composing in cooperation with Peter K Frey and Michel Seigner, the distinctive feature of this trio being the fact that all compositional decisions are being made and accounted for collectively. Alfred Zimmerlin's work as improvising musician as well as the works of KARL ein KARL are available on numerous recordings."-Last.fm (http://www.last.fm/music/Alfred+Zimmerlin/+wiki)
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"John Butcher's work ranges through improvisation, his own compositions, multitracked pieces and explorations with feedback and extreme acoustics.Originally a physicist, he left academia in '82, and has since collaborated with hundreds of musicians - Derek Bailey, John Tilbury, John Stevens, The EX, Akio Suzuki, Gerry Hemingway, Polwechsel, Gino Robair, Rhodri Davies, Okkyung Lee, John Edwards, Toshi Nakamura, Paul Lovens, Eddie Prevost, Mark Sanders, Christian Marclay, Otomo Yoshihide, Phil Minton, and Andy Moor - to name a few.
He is well known as a solo performer who attempts to engage with the uniqueness of place. Resonant Spaces is a collection of site-specific performances collected during a tour of unusual locations in Scotland and the Orkney Islands.His first solo album, Thirteen Friendly Numbers, includes compositions for multitracked saxophones, whilst later solo CDs focus on live performance, composition, amplification and saxophone-controlled feedback.
HCMF has twice commissioned him to compose for his own large ensembles. Other commissions include for Elision (Australia), the Rova (USA) & Quasar (Canada) Saxophone Quartets, reconstructed Futurist Intonarumori (USA), "Tarab Cuts" (based on pre-WWII Arabic recordings, and shortlisted for the 2014 British Composer's Award) and "Good Liquor .." for the London Sinfonietta. In 2011 he received a Paul Hamlyn Foundation Award for Artists.
Recent groupings include The Apophonics with Robair and Edwards, Anemone with Peter Evans, Plume with Tony Buck & Magda Mayas and a trio with Okkyung Lee & Mark Sanders.Butcher values playing in occasional encounters - ranging from large groups such as Butch Morris' London Skyscraper and the EX Orkestra, to duo concerts with David Toop, Kevin Drumm, Claudia Binder, Paal Nilssen-Love, Thomas Lehn, Fred Frith, Keiji Haino, Ute Kangeisser, Matthew Shipp and Yuji Takahashi."-John Butcher Website (http://www.johnbutcher.org.uk/Biog.html)
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