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Eraslan, Anil / Antonis Anissegos : Dark Matters (Creative Sources)

Originally meeting in 2015 at a music festival, the Berlin-based duo of pianist Antonis Anissegos and cellist Anil Eraslan worked together in different ensembles, and formally declared their duo project in 2018, this their first album, a superb set of both spirited and contemplative dialogs, intricate yet clearly unfolding interaction of masterful skill.

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UPC: 5609063406139

Label: Creative Sources
Catalog ID: cs613
Squidco Product Code: 28198

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2019
Country: Portugal
Packaging: Cardboard Gatefold
Recorded at Greve studio in Berlin, Germany, in February, 2019, by Volker Greve.


Anil Eraslan-cello

Antonis Anissegos-piano

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"Anil Eraslan-cellist, composer, improviser

Born in Turkey in 1981, was formed in Ankara before settling in France and studying classical, new music, jazz and improvisation in Conservatoire de Strasbourg. After the studies, he founded his quartet 'Auditive Connection'. They got the AJC JazzMigration Selection and they performed in many festivals in France, Germany, Ireland, Turkey, Italy and Portugal. Between 2012-2015, he was the artist in residency in Illiade Concert Hall where he created the trio 'Balboura', playing the music from South-West of Turkey and also trio Skaner with Sylvain Kassap and Eric Groleau, playing his arrangements and compositions as a tribute project to the Woodstock's free jazz scene 'Creative Music Studio'.

In 2009, he started collaborating with many bands in Istanbul.

He met the singer Sumru Ağıryürüyen and they started their duo 'Sert Sessizler'. The album is released by Baykus Music in 2012.

He collaborates with his musicians friends from Istanbul such as Tolga Tüzün, Ayse Tütüncü, Cenk Erdoğan, Oğuz Büyükberber, Korhan Erel, Şevket Akıncı and Alper Maral.

In 2010, he started to play a duo with John Lindberg. Their LP record 'Juggling Kukla' is released by the Lithuanian label 'NoBusiness' in 2015.

In 2012, he was artist in residency in Berlin for the CEAAC program to develop his project on improvisation & pinhole photography. In 2014,

he was artist in residency in OMI Art Center in New York.

In 2013, he co-founded the P.I.L.S. Collective to organize and curate improvised music concerts in Strasbourg.

He has a string trio; 'Kemik' with Ruben Tenenbaum and Vincent Posty had several concerts in Europe and Turkey.

They played their own music, improvisations and they composed for the legendary movie from 1922 'Häxan'.

He recorded his first solo album 'Absorb' and it is released by A.K. Müzik in 2015 in Istanbul.

He played his solo in the festivals such as; Jazz d'Or, Météo, Superflux, Jazz à l'Etage, Baignade Interdite, Sunnyside, Contemp-Micro and

MIRR Jazz Days.

Since 2016, he's living between Berlin and Strasbourg, multiplying the projects and experiences between Strasbourg, Paris, Istanbul, Berlin and Tokyo.

He collaborates with the figures of the experimental music scene such as Axel Dörner, Tobias Delius, Tristan Honsinger, Michael Moore, Liz Kozack, Antonio Borghini, Marcello Busato, Antonis Anissegos, Ketan Bhatti, Cymin Samawati and Philippe Lemoine. He is currently playing with bands such as Trickster Orchestra in Berlin, duo with Eric Groleau in Paris, duo with Yuki Saga in Tokyo (release of the album at the end of 2018) and Trio 'H' dedicated to the French nuclear tests of the 60s in the Algerian Sahara with Grégory Dargent and Wassim Halal in Paris and the Rembetiko music band 'Sousta Politiki' in Strasbourg. He's collaborating in theater and story telling projects with Matthieu Epp and also the composer, baglama player Taner Akyol since many years.

A new quartet is born in november 2018 with Fred Frith, Clara Weil and Tom Malmendier. They are preparing the album.

Besides, he's working on photography and video projects."

-Anil Eraslan Website (

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"Antonis Anissegos, based since 1998 in Berlin, is working as a composer, pianist (interpreter/improviser) and electronic musician (alias "unu"). His current projects are: Trio IAMA (w/ Jannis Anissegos, Maria Anissegou), Grix (w/ Floros Floridis, Yorgos Dimitriadis), ΣΩΜΑ (w/ Thymios Atzakas), best before unu (w/ bestbefore), ddaA (w/ Oliver Steidle), Card Castle (w/ Mike Majkowski, Christian Marien), NPC (w/ Oliver Potratz, Ivars Arutyunyan).

Collaboration with the Berliner Ensemble (2018), the Neuköllner Oper (2017), Novoflot (2017) and the theatre ensemble "Werkgruppe 2" in Braunschweig (2015). Since 2015 a frequent guest of the Ensemble Adapter. Since 2014 member of Dine Doneff's "Lost Anthropology" and Silke Eberhard's "Potsa Lotsa Plus". In 2013, concerts with Gebhard Ullmann's "Berlin Suite" and a Japan Tour with ΣΩΜΑ & Shoji Hano. In 2012 he performed with the Deutsche Kammerakademie Neuss the solo part of Ali N. Askin's prepared piano concerto. Since 2012 he is participating at the New Music Days in Ulm. He is a member of the European Music Project & Ensemble Junge Musik and he has worked for many years together with the violinist Julius Schwahn, the violinist Biliana Voutchkova and the cellist Maria Magdalena Wiesmaier. Member of the dance ensemble "adLibdances" (Katerina Papageorgiou aka Kat Vàlastur, 2007-2011). Since 2006 he is performing together with the butoh-dancer Yuko Kaseki as duo KAYA with many appearances in Germany, Switzerland and Greece. Their common dance-music piece "Umbra" in collaboration with the Theater Thikwa received many performances in 2009/10. Together with the video artist Erika Matsunami he presented in Kyoto Art Center (Japan) a workshop and the performance "rasenjou no jikan / deflection" (April 2005). Their duo OIO worked together till 2009 with performances in Berlin (Transmediale, Haus der Kulturen der Welt), Wuppertal, Venice (Biennale), Seoul (Exis Festival), Barcelona. Many concerts with the Taner Akyol Trio, the Kemal Dinc Ensemble and various projects with Nicolas Simion and Jürgen Grözinger over the last decade. Since the summer of 2006 he is holding an Improvisation Workshop at the Music Village in Agios Lavrentios in Greece.

His Amoebas- and Lynx-recordings were awarded the "Studio Prize 2001 & 2005" from the Berlin Senat. In autumn 2002 he was also awarded the "Composition 2002" from the Berlin Senat for "Stirrings Still", a work for chamber ensemble and voice, based on the last text by S. Beckett. In march 2003, his Berliner band was invited for concerts at the Tongyeong-International-Musicfestival in South Korea. In 2000, Mr. Anissegos won 1st price in the Neuköllner Oper Berlin Composition Competition, which uncluded a commission for a full length chamber opera with 15 performances ("Hundeherz", by M. Bulgakow).

He began studying the piano at the age of 7. In 1991, he received his Diploma in Piano Performance at State Conservatory of Thessaloniki (class of Eleni Xenariou). He continued piano (A. Laszlo) and composition (G. Orban) studies at the Ferenc Liszt Academy in Budapest, Hungary. In 1991-93 he collaborated with Manos Hadjidakis, who also offered him commissions for new compositions. From 1992 to 1995, he studied composition (K. Schwertzig) in Vienna and in Cologne (K. Meyer) from 1995 to 1997. During this time he studied also jazz piano with John Taylor. He received his compotition diploma in 1997, and continued post-graduate studied (W. Zimmermann) at the Berlin Academy (UdK), where he received his degree in 2002. Within the student period he took part in master classes by György Ligeti, Zoltan Kocsis, Imre Rohnmann, Pierre Laurent-Aimard, György Kurtag and Lev Vlassenko.

His solo-, chamber-, orchester- and theatermusic-compositions where performed among others by Ensemble Modern, Ensemble Mosaik, Ensemble Cornucopia, Ensemble Piandaemonium, Ensemble DissonArt, Ensemble LUX:NM, State Orchestra of Thessaloniki, Colour Orchestra of Athens, Magdeburgische Philharmonie, Philharmonic Chamber Orchestra Brasov, Württembergische Philharmonie and Youth Orchestra of Thüringen.

Concerts in Europe, Asia & America. Record releases of music by John Cage ("Time-Length Pieces", Gligg records, 2012 & "Time-Length Pieces" on Wergo, 2014). He appears on over 40 recordings mainly in the field of contemporary creative music."

-Antonis Anissegos Website (

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track listing:

1. Track My Fish 3:42

2. Magnetic Rakes 2:37

3. Stall Catchers 4:41

4. Mozak 10:46

5. Roadkill 6:28

6. Natusfera 2:04

7. Galaxy Zoo 17:10

8. Snowtweets 10:09

9. Outer Space Treaty 2:53

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"Since their meeting at a festival in 2015, Antonis Anissegos and Anil Eraslan played together in different bands and finally formed their duo in 2018 in Berlin. Immediately they sounded like an old and experienced duo, being able to create infinite number of different moods and very detailed complex structures with big ease. They feel every moment extremely comfortable with each other, taking every happening as a challenge to dive deeper.

Their first duo album Dark Matters is released by the Potuguese label 'Creative Sources'. It is a perfect testimony, which documents a live concert, keeping the original order of the pieces played without any edit."-Anil Eraslan website

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