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Counterpoise (Carisi / Sauter / Wolff / Wolfpe): Counterpoise (Hat [now] ART)

Four composers - John Carisi, Eddie Sauter, Christian Wolff, and Stefan Wolpe - create a program of works with a measured balance in the interrelated and contrasting material.
 

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UPC: 752156013624

Label: Hat [now] ART
Catalog ID: Hat[now]ART136
Squidco Product Code: 18487

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2000
Country: Switzerland
Packaging: Cardstock 3 page foldover
Recorded at WDR Koln, Funkhaus on July 28th-30th, 1998 and on December 22nd, 1998 by Wolfgang Muller.


Personnel:

John Carisi-composer

Eddie Sauter-composer

Christian Wolff-composer

Stefan Wolpe-composer

Frank Worner-voice

Marcus Weiss-saxophone, voice

Martin Neher-saxophone, clarinet, voice

Marco Blauuw-trumpet, voice

Christian Dierstein-percussion, voice

Tomoko Hemmi-piano

Yukiko Sugawara-piano

Tobias Hiller-conductor

Serge Bertocchi-saxophone

Jean-Michel Goury-saxophone

Pierre-Stephane Meuge-saxophone

Marcus Weiss-saxophone

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Artist Biographies:

"Christian Wolff was born in 1934 in Nice, France, has lived in the U.S. since 1941. Studied piano with Grete Sultan and briefly composition with John Cage. Associated with Cage, Morton Feldman, David Tudor and Earle Brown, then with Frederic Rzewski and Cornelius Cardew. Since 1952 associated with Merce Cunningham and his dance company. Taught Classics at Harvard (1962-70) and Classics, Music and Comparative Literature at Dartmouth College (1971-1999). Published articles on Greek tragedy, in particular, Euripides. Writings on music (to 1998) collected in book Cues (published by MusikTexte) and in Occasional Pieces (Oxford University Press, in preparation). Active as performer, also improviser with, among others, Takehisa Kosugi, Keith Rowe, Steve Lacy, Christian Marclay, Larry Polansky, Kui Dong and AMM. All music published by C.F. Peters, New York. Much of it is recorded (Mode, New World, Neos, Capriccio, Wandelweiser, Wergo, Matchless, Tzadik, HatArt, etc.). Honors include DAAD Berlin fellowship, grants from the Asian Council, Mellon Foundation, Fromm Foundation, Meet the Composer, Foundation for Contemporary Performing Arts (the John Cage award); honorary degrees from California Institute of the Arts and from Huddersfield University (UK), membership in the Akademie der Kuenste, Berlin, and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, lifetime achievement award from the state of Vermont."

-Dartmouth College (http://eamusic.dartmouth.edu/~wolff/)
1/25/2023

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"Marcus Weiss is one of the leading international "classical" saxophone players. His repertoire includes all epochs of the instrument's short history, from the beginnings in impressionistic France to the present. He is passionate about establishing the saxophone as a solo instrument in today's classical music world.

He has played a crucial role in increasing the repertoire for the saxophone with numerous premieres of new works. Besides many others, the following contemporary composers have written solo and chamber works for him: Peter Ablinger, Georges Aperghis, Vykintas Baltakas, John Cage, Aldo Clementi, Péter Eötvös, Beat Furrer, Michael Finnissy, Stefano Gervasoni, Vinko Globokar, Erhard Grosskopf, Manuel Hidalgo, Toshio Hosokawa, Thomas Kessler, Hanspeter Kyburz, Jô Kôndô, Yu Kuwabara, Helmut Lachenmann, Roland Moser, Giorgio Netti, Brice Pauset, Stefan Prins, Wolfgang Rihm, Rebecca Saunders, Salvatore Sciarrino, Elliott Sharp, Mauricio Sotelo, Johannes Maria Staud, Karlheinz Stockhausen, Hans Thomalla, Nadir Vassena, Christian Wolff, Walter Zimmermann...

As a soloist, Marcus Weiss worked with many European orchestras and ensembles including, Ensemble Modern, Musik-Fabrik, Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie, Scottish Symphony Orchestra, WDR Symphonieorchester, Orchestra Sinfonica do Porto, Chamber Orchestra of Europe, Berliner Symphonie-Orchester, Klangforum Wien, Vienna Symphony Orchestra, Bayerischer Rundfunk, Ensemble Contrechamps, ensemble recherche and others. He has been invited to festivals such as Wien Modern, Wittener Tage für Neue Kammermusik, Donaueschinger Tage für Neue Musik, Festival d'Automne de Paris, Märzmusik Berlin, Biennale Munich, Tage für Neue Musik Zürich, Salzburger Festspiele, Edinburg Festival, Eclat in Stuttgart, Darmstädter Ferienkurse, Warschauer Herbst and to festivals in Austria, France, Italy, Spain, England, Russia, Poland, Ukraine, USA and Japan.

Marcus Weiss is a dedicated chamber musician, primarily working with his two ensembles, the TRIO ACCANTO with Nicolas Hodges (piano) and Christian Dierstein (percussion), as well as with the saxophone ensemble XASAX, a saxophone quartet that he forms together with three colleagues in Paris. Trio Accanto is one of the most featured new music chamber groups of the last two decades and has first performed more than a hundred works. - The repertoire of XASAX includes not only contemporary music, but also early renaissance works and music from other epochs. In this connection, the cooperating with italian composer Salvatore Sciarrino has proved extremely inspiring for XASAX. Bach and also the music of Leos Janacek have been in the center of their latest projects.

Marcus Weiss is teaching saxophone and chamber music at the University of Music Basel (Hochschule), where he is also in charge of contemporary music. He is giving masterclasses at various international universities including Royal Academy of Music London, Universidad de Alcala Madrid, Universität der Künste in Berlin, CNSM de Paris, Universität für Musik in Wien, a number of universities in the USA, including in Boston, New York, Chicago, but also in Russia. He is a regular teacher at the "Darmstädter Ferienkurse für neue Musik" as well as at IMPULS (ensemble academy) in Graz (Austria).

Together with italian composer Giorgio Netti he wrote The Techniques of Saxophone Playing (Kassel, Germany: Bärenreiter, 2010).

Marcus Weiss was born in 1961 in Basel, Switzerland. He studied with Iwan Roth at the Hochschule für Musik Basel and Frederick L. Hemke at Northwestern University, Chicago."

-Marcus Weiss Website (https://marcusweiss.net/bio/)
1/25/2023

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"Christian Dierstein has established himself among the most interesting performers in the contempory music of our time.He studied under Bernhard Wulff at the Freiburg Musikhochschule and under Gaston Sylvestre in Paris.Heis the winner of numerous competitions and received scholarships from the Studienstiftung des deutschen Volkes and the Akademie Schloß Solitude ,Stuttgart.

He is the percussionist of the ensemble recherche since 1988.

Together with Marcus Weiss and Nic Hodges he forms the trio accanto.In addition to his performances of new music ,he has focused on non-European music and free improvisation.

He has given solo concerts throughout Europe. In the season 2010/11 he was one of the "Rising Stars" from the European Concert Hall Organisation.Important appearances include:Amsterdam Concertgebouw, Athens ,Berliner Festspiele,Brussel Festival,Donaueschinger Musiktage,Huddersfield Festival,Lucerne Festival,Monday evening concerts Los Angeles,Rachmaninov Hall Moskau,Festival d'Autome Paris,Ircam Paris, Rome,Salzburg Festival,Schleswig Holstein

Festival,Suntory Hall Tokyo,Wien Modern,Wittener Tage für neue Kammermusik,Zürich Festival für neue Musik and others.

He has recorded for several labels including Kairos,col legno,Stradivarius, Winter & Winter,neon and his recordings have been the recipients of numerous awards.

Christian Dierstein works together regulary with several of the greatest living composers,figures such as Hans Abrahamsen,Beat Furrer, Hugues Dufourt, Helmut Lachenmann,Rebecca Saunders, Salvatore Sciarrino.

Since 2001 he is Professor for percussion and new chamber music at the Hochschule für Musik in Basel, Switzerland.

He gave masterclasses in Buenos Aires,Berlin,Chicago,Los Angeles,Genf, Madrid,Moskau,New York,Oslo,Peking,Valencia,Tiflis and others.Since 2008 he is one of the percussion tutor of the Darmstädter summer courses , since 2011 he is the percussion tutor of the Impuls academy in Graz ,since 2014 regular guest teacher in Madrid and 2017 tutor of the Luzern academy."

-Christian Dierstein Website (http://www.christiandierstein.de/bio/bio_english.php)
1/25/2023

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"Born in 1964 in Bordeaux, Pierre-Stéphane Meugé began studying the piano at the age of six in Vannes, Brittany. He continued his studies in harmonic analysis, acoustics, double bass, viola, saxophone, harmony, counterpoint and conducting at the Strasbourg Conservatory.

In 1986 he participated in the seminar on musical phenomenology and conducting with Sergiù Cèlibidache, a life-changing encounter along with that of Emmanuel Nunes, with whom he studied composition at the workshop of instrumental research of IRCAM. He began his studies of improvisation with Vinko Globokar, Derek Bailey and Evan Parker.

In 1988 the International Musikinstitut named him professor of saxophone for the summer courses for New Music in Darmstadt. There he frequented numerous composers, amongst them such great men as John Cage and Morton Feldman, whose influence is ever growing. BBC radio interviewed him for the show Tuningin 1992.

As a soloist, he notably performed Hot by Franco Donatoni with the Ensemble Intercontemporain at the Festival d'Automne in 2007. His numerous premieres include P.S., which Georges Aperghis dedicated to him in 2009. In addition to his work in musical theatre, he has also been active in the field of improvisation and music of our time, collaborating with dancers, actors, pantomimes and film directors.

Since 1999, Pierre-Stéphane Meugé teaches saxophone and chamber music at the Haute Ecole de Musique of Lausanne, where he also runs the workshop in contemporary music."

-Selmer Paris (https://www.selmer.fr/en/artist/pierre-stephane-meuge)
1/25/2023

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"Marcus Weiss is one of the leading international "classical" saxophone players. His repertoire includes all epochs of the instrument's short history, from the beginnings in impressionistic France to the present. He is passionate about establishing the saxophone as a solo instrument in today's classical music world.

He has played a crucial role in increasing the repertoire for the saxophone with numerous premieres of new works. Besides many others, the following contemporary composers have written solo and chamber works for him: Peter Ablinger, Georges Aperghis, Vykintas Baltakas, John Cage, Aldo Clementi, Péter Eötvös, Beat Furrer, Michael Finnissy, Stefano Gervasoni, Vinko Globokar, Erhard Grosskopf, Manuel Hidalgo, Toshio Hosokawa, Thomas Kessler, Hanspeter Kyburz, Jô Kôndô, Yu Kuwabara, Helmut Lachenmann, Roland Moser, Giorgio Netti, Brice Pauset, Stefan Prins, Wolfgang Rihm, Rebecca Saunders, Salvatore Sciarrino, Elliott Sharp, Mauricio Sotelo, Johannes Maria Staud, Karlheinz Stockhausen, Hans Thomalla, Nadir Vassena, Christian Wolff, Walter Zimmermann...

As a soloist, Marcus Weiss worked with many European orchestras and ensembles including, Ensemble Modern, Musik-Fabrik, Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie, Scottish Symphony Orchestra, WDR Symphonieorchester, Orchestra Sinfonica do Porto, Chamber Orchestra of Europe, Berliner Symphonie-Orchester, Klangforum Wien, Vienna Symphony Orchestra, Bayerischer Rundfunk, Ensemble Contrechamps, ensemble recherche and others. He has been invited to festivals such as Wien Modern, Wittener Tage für Neue Kammermusik, Donaueschinger Tage für Neue Musik, Festival d'Automne de Paris, Märzmusik Berlin, Biennale Munich, Tage für Neue Musik Zürich, Salzburger Festspiele, Edinburg Festival, Eclat in Stuttgart, Darmstädter Ferienkurse, Warschauer Herbst and to festivals in Austria, France, Italy, Spain, England, Russia, Poland, Ukraine, USA and Japan.

Marcus Weiss is a dedicated chamber musician, primarily working with his two ensembles, the TRIO ACCANTO with Nicolas Hodges (piano) and Christian Dierstein (percussion), as well as with the saxophone ensemble XASAX, a saxophone quartet that he forms together with three colleagues in Paris. Trio Accanto is one of the most featured new music chamber groups of the last two decades and has first performed more than a hundred works. - The repertoire of XASAX includes not only contemporary music, but also early renaissance works and music from other epochs. In this connection, the cooperating with italian composer Salvatore Sciarrino has proved extremely inspiring for XASAX. Bach and also the music of Leos Janacek have been in the center of their latest projects.

Marcus Weiss is teaching saxophone and chamber music at the University of Music Basel (Hochschule), where he is also in charge of contemporary music. He is giving masterclasses at various international universities including Royal Academy of Music London, Universidad de Alcala Madrid, Universität der Künste in Berlin, CNSM de Paris, Universität für Musik in Wien, a number of universities in the USA, including in Boston, New York, Chicago, but also in Russia. He is a regular teacher at the "Darmstädter Ferienkurse für neue Musik" as well as at IMPULS (ensemble academy) in Graz (Austria).

Together with italian composer Giorgio Netti he wrote The Techniques of Saxophone Playing (Kassel, Germany: Bärenreiter, 2010).

Marcus Weiss was born in 1961 in Basel, Switzerland. He studied with Iwan Roth at the Hochschule für Musik Basel and Frederick L. Hemke at Northwestern University, Chicago."

-Marcus Weiss Website (https://marcusweiss.net/bio/)
1/25/2023

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track listing:


1. Quartet For Trumpet, Saxophone, Percussion An Piano 13:19

2. Saophone Quartet No. 1 7:46

3. Counterpoise No. 1 For Trumpet, Baritone Saxophone, Persuccion And Piano 5:11

4. Saxophone Quartet No. 1 6:16

5. Exercise 26 & 27 8:44

6. Blues - 'Stimmen Aus Dem Massengrab' - Marsch 9:52
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"It's interesting to note that the title chosen for this carefully plotted program of works, Counterpoise, refers to equivalent powers set in opposition creating a state of balance, and appears in the dictionary in between the words "counterpoint" and "counterpose." There is certainly a measured balance in the interrelated and contrasting material presented here, as well as in the personalities of the composers represented. Moreover, there is a palpable sense of poise (that is, equilibrium, assurance, and tact) in the music itself, which accounts for the equal degrees of spontaneity and inevitability-highlighting the counter-effect of creative tension-that result."-Art Lange

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