Fascinating sound and drone music from this interesting German ensemble led by Reinhold Friedl, "ikebana" takes its name from the tradition of Japanese flower arranging which dates back to the 7th century, with 8 tracks named as such: Shoka, Rikka, Nigeria and Morimono.
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Recorded in Berlin, Germany, in 2016.
Hannes Strobl-electric bass
Elena Margarita Kakaliagou-french horn, voice
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1. Shoka 5:37
2. Rikka 3:43
3. Nageira 10:58
4. Chabana 9:52
5. Shimentei 6:04
6. Morimono 9:06
7. Jikuka 6:49
8. Moribana 7:33
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"Ikebana is the Japanese art of flower arrangement. It is more than simply putting flowers in a container. It is a disciplined art form in which the arrangement is a living thing where nature and humanity are brought together. It is steeped in the philosophy of developing a closeness with nature.
As is true of all other arts, ikebana is creative expression within certain rules of construction. Its materials are living branches, leaves, grasses, and blossoms. Its heart is the beauty resulting from color combinations, natural shapes, graceful lines, and the meaning latent in the total form of the arrangement. Ikebana is, therefore, much more than mere floral decoration."-Ikebana International
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"Reinhold Friedl, born 1964, lives in Berlin since 1987. He studied piano with Renate Werner, Alan Marks and Alexander von Schlippenbach, mathematics and musicology in Stuttgart and Berlin. As a performer, interpreter and composer, he has received various fellowships - Eurocréation Paris, the Rome Fellowship (Villa Serpentara) of the Berlin Academy of Arts, STEIM Amsterdam-, as well as various composition commissions. Reinhold Friedl has published articles in newpapers and professional journals and conducted a seminar on "Music and Mathematics" in the department of Mathematics at the Berlin Free University together with Prof. Behrends. He founded and directs the ensembles Piano-Inside-Out and ZEITKRATZER. Friedl has worked as a curator for the Podewil center for contemporary arts Berlin and directed the Off-ICMC (International Computer Music Conference) Berlin 2000. He has been invited to take part in the Jury of the Ars Electronica and Gulbenkian Foundation, Lisboa. As pianist and composer, he has worked with musicians and composers such as Lee Ranaldo (Sonic Youth), Phill Niblock, Helmut Oehring, Nicolas Collins, Lou Reed, MERZBOW a.k.a., Masami Akita, Radu Malfatti, Bernhard Guenter, Mario Bertoncini (nuova consonanza), Keiji Haino, and has made countless radio and CD recordings. Lately he realized the "spazialisation piano-project" at ZKM Karlsruhe and Asphodel Studios in San Francisco. The main focus of Reinhold Friedl's work is the inside-piano. He played all respective literature using inside-piano techniques and released several articles in this field."-Reinhold Friedl Website (http://www.reinhold-friedl.de/)
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"Born 1966; bass player and composer; studied upright bass at Innsbruck Conservatory and Graz University in Austria. Developed a new musical language on the bass; numerous concerts and perfomances all around Europe and USA; works for radio, dance, theater, film and sound-installations among others with Sam Auinger, Isabella Bordoni, Markus Binder, Hans Platzgummer, Toshi Nakamura, Rupert Huber, D.Offenhuber, Bruce Odland, Chris Kondek and many others; cooperation with Sam Auinger under the name "Tamtamclub"; has found the group "Paloma" with Hanno Leichtmann; solo recordings under bassmann; lives in Berlin."-Kunstradio (http://www.kunstradio.at/BIOS/stroblhbio.html)
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"Elena Margarita Kakaliagou is a greek-austrian french horn player and performer, currently based in Berlin. Starting out with piano lessons, she moved on to the French horn at the age of 18. After completing her studies in Athens/GR with Vangelis Skouras, she moved on to KUG-Graz/AT to continue her education under the teaching of Hector McDonald. Instructed by Erja Joukamo-Ampuja, Elena obtained her Master's degree from Sibelius Academy/FI in 2010 /French horn and chamber music. During her career, Elena has received scholarships from Klangforum, Impuls and Ensemble Modern with teachers like Mike Svoboda and Bill Formann.
Elena's field of specialization is free improvised and contemporary music, next to classic chamber music. She has performed premiers and classical repertoire both as a soloist and as a member of Ensembles (Ensemble Linea, Unitedberlin, KNM Berlin) in Festivals like Ultraschall Berlin/DE, Maerz Music/DE, Randspiele/DE, Musica Nova/FI, Lá-bas/FI, Musica/FR, Warsaw Autumn/PL, New Adits/AT ao. She has also worked with individual artists: Riikka Innanen, Samuel Stoll, James Andean, Ingrid Schmoliner, Katharina Klement, Catherine Christel Hennix, Robin Hayward, Simon Steen-Andersen, Thomas Noll, to name but a few.
Elena is the co-founder of the Helsinki-based 'Rank Ensemble', the Austrian trio 'PARA', ("PARA-ligo" cd, creativesources 2012) the performance groups 'Lúiss' and 'Continuous Variation'."-Elena Margarita Kakaliagou Website (http://www.elenakakaliagou.com/bio.html)
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"The Berlin based cellist Nora Krahl is passionate about contemporary music and has performed throughout Europe, Middle East, Asia and in the USA at festivals as Ruhrtriennale, Munich Biennale, Bang on a Can Summer Festival (USA), the International Conference of ISEA, International Summer Academy for Contemporary Music Darmstadt, SICPP (Boston), Next Generation of ZKM or Baghdad International Theater Festival. She worked with musicians like Lukas Fels, Rohan de Saram, Nickolas Photinos, Todd Reynolds or Vicky Ray and composers as Tristan Murail, Helmut Lachenmann, Martin Bresnick, Johannes Kalitzke and Michael Gordon and Ensembles like Ensemble Resonanz, Reflexion K and Zeitkratzer
Nora Krahl focuses also on acoustic and electronic improvisation. Within the project CHROMATOPHORE she and the visual artist Sena Başöz (Istanbul) are exploring the amalgamation of visual and audio media. In 2013 she founded "The Octopus" (free improvisation Cello Quartet) and since 2015 she works with Juan Felipe Waller in the analog electronic duo Rabiator. Nora Krahl performs in varying groups with musicians as Elliott Sharp, Joëlle Léandre, Jon Rose, Frank Gratkowski, Reinhold Friedl, Audrey Chen or Oguz Büyükberber.
Ms Krahl works as a performer, musician and composer in theater plays and with dancers. In 2015 she premiered her own solo compositions Guerin for Cello, thunder sheet and electronics as well as "in between words" for cello solo at Hamburger Bahnhof (Berlin). In 2016 she premiered Verrine and she did direct her first music theater piece "Persona non Grata" in NYC. She works with the German director Karin Beier at Schauspielhaus Köln and Deutsches Schauspielhaus or at Columbia University NYC. She did compose and produce the music for the Turkish documentary Film "Kepi" and collaborated with the Japanese Dancer Aya Irizuki in the projects SILK and Static Air.
Ms. Krahl was awarded numerous scholarships by the Berlin Senate, DAAD (German Academic exchange Program), Paul-Sacher Foundation Basel, Ensemble Modern, Allianz Kulturstiftung and the State of Niedersachsen. She was awarded artist residencies in Istanbul by the foundation of the arts (Germany) and in New York City by the State of North Rhine Westphalia (Germany). Ms. Krahl holds a German music diploma from the Folkwang University of the Arts, where she studied with Professor Alexander Hülshoff. Furthermore she attended masterclasses with Steven Isserlis, Ralph Kirshbaum, Christoph Richter, Valentin Erben and Enrico Dindo.
She taught at Folkwang University of the Arts Essen, and she runs workshops and masterclasses about "the Cello in the 20th and 21st Century" for example at University of Music Mannheim, Bogazici Üniversitesi and MIAM the Music Graduate School of ITÜ Istanbul."-Nora Krahl Website (http://norakrahl.com/?page_id=846)
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