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Banabila, Michel : Uprooted (Tapu Record)

Composer Michel Banabila invited seven musicians to improvise individually, taking recordings from those sessions to create this beautifully structured set of electronic compositions, merging eBow, samplers, synth, guitar and electronics with cello, bass clarinet, viola, violin and double bass in works that display tranquility but hide deep tension below.
 

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UPC: 8714835130642

Label: Tapu Record
Catalog ID: 026TR
Squidco Product Code: 27416

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2019
Country: Netherlands
Packaging: Digipack
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Personnel:

Peter Hollo-cello

Alex Haas-synths, electronics

Gareth Davis-bass clarinet

Oene van Geel-viola, stroh violin

Stijn Huwels-guitar, electronics

Gulli Gudmundsson-electric bass, double bass, e bow

Michel Banabila-midi instruments, sampling, electronics

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Artist Biographies:

"Peter Hollo, is a cellist known for FourPlay String Quartet, Tangents and many other ensembles. His own solo project, Raven, started as an outlet for experiments in electronic music in about 1997, raven continues to reflect his musical interests, which can be seen in some detail via his radio show Utility Fog. Tools include cello, piano, found objects, looping and other fx pedals and laptop programming/processing. In addition to his bands, Peter is known for countless collaborations, including regular appearances live & recorded with Sophie Hutchings and Close to Forever, as well as: a live improvisation on the stage of the Sydney Opera House Concert Hall with Lisa Gerrard (view on YouTube); a live solo accompaniment to an exclusive hallucinatory prose-poem by Grant Morrison, also in the Sydney Opera House Concert Hall; live and recorded work with Oren Ambarchi, Exhibitionist, Setec, Manyfingers, X, Shoeb Ahmad, Ollie Bown, Deborah Conway, Funkenbubble/Kabel, Gerling, the Hinterlandt Arkestra, Karma County, Jimmy Little, Monsieur Camembert, Ollo, Part Timer, Paul Mac, Purdy, the Stiff Gins, Sub Bass Snarl, Holly Throsby, Tooth, Waikiki, The Whitlams..."

-Cell Raven (http://celloraven.com/about/)
8/21/2019

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"Alex Haas (1963) was born in New York City but grew up in France and Switzerland. After studying computer music at MIT and guitar/composition at the Berklee College of Music in Boston, he moved back to New York in 1982 to work at the famed Power Station recording studio and to start building a career in music engineering/production. Such seminal artists as U2, Eric Clapton, Kronos Quartet and Pat Metheny credit Haas on dozens of award winning albums. A talented musician in his own right, Haas co-founded Cypher 7, a band at the forefront of the electronic ambient music scene of the 1990's. Since 2001 he has been creating and exhibiting his visual works that apply theoretical concepts used in his recordings. Haas lives in Paris and New York."

-Alex Haas Website (http://alexhaas.com/biography)
8/21/2019

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"Gareth Davis studied with Antony Pay and Roger Heaton in London and then with Dutch Bass Clarinet virtuoso, Harry Sparnaay in Amsterdam. He was invited by the French cellist Alain Meunier, to attend the prestigious Accademia Chigiana di Siena on a Scholarship and study chamber music with Yuri Bashmit, Katia Labeque, Tchaikovsky Prize winner Mario Brunello and the Italian composer, Luciano Berio.

Since his debut, at the age of 18, at London's Wigmore Hall, Gareth has gone on to play throughout Europe, North America and Asia. He has played under conductors including Riccardo Chailly, Sir Simon Rattle, Diego Masson, Gregory Rose and Roger Norington with orchestras and ensembles including the Philarmonia, Sinfonietta, ECO, Asko, Netherlands Radio Orchestra and Sinfonia 21. He also performed with the Neue Vocalsolisten, Sinfonietta and JACK Quartet, cellist Frances-Marie Uitti, guitarist Elliot Sharp, experimental noise band Nadja and electronic artists Scanner and Machinefabriek.

Gareth has been strongly involved in New Music having had pieces written for him by many composers such as, Salvatore Sciarrino, Jonathan Harvey, Toshio Hosokawa, Gavin Bryars, Peter Eotvos and Misato Mochizuki. He has worked extensively with the Hilliard Ensemble's countertenor David James, soprano Sarah Leonard, harpsichord virtuoso Jane Chapman, Heinz Holliger, Sine Nomine, Kreutzer Quartet the Rossetti Quartet and Xenakis Prize winning contra bassist, Corrado Canonnici.

Gareth has performed at many prestigious festivals including the Bienalle di Venezia, Prague Spring, Amsterdam, Ars, Vienna, Stockholm, Santa Fe, World Music Days and Salzburg. He has performed both contemporary and traditional repertoire on modern and period instruments and on folk instruments including the Romanian Taragota and Turkish Sol. In 2001 Gareth formed the duo 'muta' with accordian. In only a year nearly 40 works have been commissioned by composers including Magnus Lindburg, Rebecca Saunderds and Jo Kondo.

Gareth is currently exploring the potential of interactive visual media to expand the interpretation of existing twentieth century repertoire and open new theatrical possibilities for the performance of twenty-first century music."

-Maze Festival 2016 Website (http://www.maze.nu/the-ensemble/gareth-davis/)
8/21/2019

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"Violist / composer Oene van Geel (1973) is a true adventurer in music. Influenced by jazz, chamber music, Indian music and free improvisation, he has applied his virtuoso improvisation skills and his composition talents to a wide scope of musical activities. He toured in Europe, India, Japan, the USA and Canada.

As a player he is currently active with: Zapp4, Estafest, The Nordanians, Haanstra & van Geel and a duo with Matteo Mijderwijk. Besides these groups he is regularly invited as an improvising guest soloist.

He has won the Boy Edgar Award (2013), the Sena Performers Toonzetters Award (2012, with Zapp4) Kersjes Award (2005, with Zapp4), the Deloitte Jazz Award (2002), Dutch Jazz Competition (2001) and the Jur Naessens Music Award (2000).

Oene composes for his own groups, but also writes for other ensembles / soloists such as:

The David Kweksilber Big Band, Osiris Trio, New European Ensemble, Calefax, Ensemble Black Pencil, Amstel Quartet, Steven Kamperman Quintet, Frederieke Saeijs, Remy van Kesteren & Eric Vloeimans, Eric Bosgraaf, Jeugd Orkest Nederland, Amsterdam Sinfonietta, Matangi Quartet, Tetzepi bigtet, Ricciotti Ensemble, Nikolay Shugaev, David Braid and many others.

In 2015 Oene wrote his first viola concerto for Emlyn Stam and the New European Ensemble (premiered 18 December at the Bimhuis, Amsterdam).

Oene often gets commissions by festivals such as: Het Nederlands Vioolconcours (2016), Cello Biennale Amsterdam (2016 and 2008), 25 years Osiris Trio (2014), Storioni Festival (2013), Orlando Festival (2012), North Sea Jazz Festival (2005), SJU Jazz Festival (2002), Marathon Festival Oosterpoort (2002).

As a player and / or composer he was involved in theatre productions with the following companies / directors: Silbersee, Holland Opera, Marcel Sijm, Hollands Diep, Boukje Schweigman, Eric Vaarzon Morel, Saartje van Camp, Tafel van Vijf (Herman van Baar), De Wereldband and the Sonnevanck theatre.

Oene has a special interest in dance: he often works with dancer/ choreographer Kenzo Kusuda, dancer/ choreographer Heather Ware and he will do a collaboration with choreographer Kalpana Raghuraman in 2018."

-Oene van Geel Website (http://oenevangeel.com/biography/)
8/21/2019

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"Stijn Hüwels: Belgian musician with a profound fascination for minimalism. Mainly using processed guitar, loops and field recordings. Releases on Dauw, mAtter, Genot Centre, Eilean Rec., Home Normal."

-Bandcamp (https://stijnhuwels.bandcamp.com/)
8/21/2019

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"Gulli Gudmundsson (Born 1971) is an Icelandic double bass player settled in Holland. Since his arrival in 1993 he has earned himself an opinion of an exellent player with a distinctive sound, which allowed him cooperation with some of the most prominent Dutch musicians.

The projects he has been involved in range from Rocky Horror Picture Show (Reykjavik `91) to European Jazz Youth Orchestra (summer 2000) and Eric Vloiemans Quintet.

After trying out several studies such as recording engineering and philosophy he settled on the Royal Conservatory in the Hague where he finished a masters degree (UM) in jazz double bass playing spring `99. First with Jacques Schols and then with Hein van de Geyn and Frans van der Hoeven he learned the rudiments of his art in a multicultural environment. There he met the people who make the core of the new generation of modern European jazz.

Among the bands Gulli Gudmundsson plays with currently are Eric Vloeimans Gategrash, Natasza Kurek Group, Vansina-Vanbruggen-Gudmundsson Trio, Atlandshafid, Futhark, and others.

He also has an own band, BINARY ORCHID, that focuses on his compositions and free improvisation. Prompter is a cooperation with Wolfert Brederode making music for theaters.

He has played at the North Sea jazz festival numerous times, made many tours through Holland, Belgium, Germany, Switzerland, Austria, Iceland, Poland and France. Travelled with the Zenker-Kappe Quartet to Colombia (1998), Carlos Denia to Spain(1997), Joel Palsson Quintet to Canada (2000), Paivi Turpainen to Finland (2000) and Eric Vloeimans Quintet to Thailand (2002).

He took part in several competitions with the Zenker-Kappe Quartet: 1st price Dutch Jazz Competition 1997, 1st price German Jazz Competition 1997, 1st price XXIII. International Jazz Competition for Groups 1999 in Getxo, Spain (winning the first price of both the jury and the audience). Also 1st price of Dutch Jazz Competition 1995 with DiLiberto-Gesing Quartet.

Since autumn 2003, Gudmundsson is teaching double bass at the Royal Flemish Conservatory in Antwerpen.

He has appeared with Magic Malik, Claudio Puntin, Samuel Rohrer, Yuri Honing, Joost Lijbaart, Ruud Breuls, Ben Herman, Nelson Veras, Bart van Caenegem, Frank Giebels, John Engels, Airelle Besson, Stephane Galland, John Marshall, Harry Sokal, Wim Bronnenberg, Dave Liebman, Glen Corneille, Bill Dobbins, Fritz Landesbergen, Frans Elsen, Ack van Royen, Jasper Blom, Menno Daams, Tim Kliphuis, Wolfert Brederode, Poul Heller, Cees Slinger, Tom Beek, Ed Verhoeff, Ilja Reingoud, Kristina Fuchs, Sigurdur Flosason, Rob van de Broek, Rob Madna, Toon Roos, Bubbi Morthens, Swinging Europe (European Jazz Youth Orchestra 2000), Martijn van Itterson, Stefaan Debevere, Jeroen Van Vliet, Bruno Vansina, Eric Ineke, Erik Vloeimans, Natasza Kurek, Hilmar Jensson, Jozef Dumoulin, Rob van Kreefeld, Hans van Oosterhout, Dick de Graaf, Jasper van 't Hof, Anton Goudsmith, Angelo Verploegen, Masja Bijlsma, Tony Lakatos, Christoph Erbstosser, Rob van Bavel, Ben van der Dungen, Arnoud Gerritsen, Daniel Janke, Lieven Venken, Martijn Vink, Robert Rook, Bert Joris, Mike Del Ferro, Natalie Lauriers, Wim Kegel, Tilmar Junius, Gijs Hendriks, Rolf Delfos, Jerry van Royen and the Dutch Jazz Orchestra."

-Gulli Gudmundsson Website (http://gulligudmundsson.nl/BinaryOrchid/index.htm?frames(content=gulli.htm))
8/21/2019

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"Michel Banabila, born 1961, is a sound artist, composer, and producer. Banabila releases music since 1983 and has produced musical scores for numerous films, documentaries, theatre plays and choreographies. He worked / performed in The Netherlands, Poland, Lebanon, UK, South Africa, Russia, Japan, Spain, China, USA and Belgium. Banabila is especially keen on mixing disciplines and music styles, using elements and influences from jazz, electronic music, classical and world music. Therefore there is no particular genre to categorize Banabila's music. In addition to acoustic instrumentation, Banabila uses electronics, field recordings, and snippets from radio, tv and internet. He collaborated with different types of artists like Anton Goudsmit, Erkan Oğur, Hanyo van Oosterom, Holger Czukay, Joshua Samson, Machinefabriek, Mete Erker, Oene van Geel, Radboud Mens, Salar Asid, Sandhya Sanjana, Scanner, Yaşar Saka , Eric Vloeimans, and Zenial, among others.

Besides making albums and musical scores, Banabila works with theatre, dance and visual art on more conceptual artistic projects. He builds a database with samples; uses the city environment as a recording studio, collects fragments of spoken texts, which he composes into soundscapes, audio/visual installations and performances. Using recordings of speech in several languages Banabila experiments with the tonality of words and the "sound system" of languages. Banabila worked on various projects with video artists Geert Mul, Olga Mink, and photographer Gerco de Ruijter. With Geert Mul he has an audiovisual set, Big Data Poetry, which they performed live in venues like The Barbican (London) during the Logan Symposium 2014, Yukunkun (Beirut) during the Global Week For Syria 2014, and TENT (Rotterdam) during Sound Spectrums 2012. With Olga Mink he performed at the LUX Festival (Sevilla), the VAD Festival (Girona) and the State Of The Image Festival (Arnhem) in 2006. For Gerco de Ruijter he did sound design for several stop-frame animations, like the critically acclaimed Crops, shown in the Hirhshorn Museum (2013 / Washington DC) and Ringdijk at Panorama Mesdag (2016 / The Hague)"

-Michel Banabila Website (http://www.banabila.com/biography)
8/21/2019

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track listing:


1. Dragonfly 07:32

2. Solar Waves 07:08

3. Collector 10:16

4. Breaking Point 08:05

5. Breathe 06:35
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descriptions, reviews, &c.

"The Uprooted Orchestra

"Orchestral." The word's an adjective, certainly, an unambiguous one. It depicts amassed instruments working in synchrony according to a fixed document prepared in advance.

But what if "orchestral" were uprooted? What if "orchestral" referred to what we heard, not how it was recorded? What if "orchestral" welcomed electronic instruments not just into the pit, but into the compositional process?

For that is the sound of Michel Banabila's Uprooted, this album of beautiful, striated, patient music - patient on the surface, deep with turmoil underfoot. When bass clarinet and harmonium rise above a misty string section halfway through "Breathe," that's orchestral. When woodwinds trill and pulse against piano on "Dragonfly," that's orchestral.

Over the years, Banabila has made his share of experimental ambient, wherein future roots cultures are foreseen through a low-tech looking glass. On Uprooted, the tech is transparent. The album has touches of Fourth World, most notably on "Collector" and "Breathe," but Uprooted is orchestral, full stop.

It's also an album entirely forged of material sampled by Banabila from improvisations by invited musicians. Those samples were then constructed into a whole by Banabila, layered sinuously rather than triggered on a rhythmic grid. The fixed orchestral document here is the recording, and it marks the close of the composer's efforts, not the start of the performers'."-Marc Weidenbaum

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