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Knalpot (Fanoli / Jager / Caron): Dierendag (Shhpuma)

Sporting a strange sense of humor and blending rock and improvisation, instrumentally this Amsterdam is the duo of Raphael Vanoli on guitar, synth, & electronics and Gerri Jager on drums, synths, & electronics, with Sandor Caron providing sound design, here in an album of stylistic amalgamations of unexpected and upbeat rhythmic oddity and fun melodic inventiveness.

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UPC: 5609063800463

Label: Shhpuma
Catalog ID: SHH046CD
Squidco Product Code: 26512

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2018
Country: Portugal
Packaging: Cardboard Gatefold
Recorded live at Studio De Zwarte Molen, in Amsterdam, The Netherlands, in Augiust, 2017, by Carlos Dalla-Fiore and Bas Lemis.


Raphael Vanoli-guitar, synth, electronics

Gerri Jager-drums, synth, electronics

Sandor Caron-sounddesign

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"Amsterdam based guitarist, bassist, composer and improviser Raphael Vanoli has developed a musical voice of his own by being a versatile guitarist specialised in the usage of multiple electronic setups. By constantly experimenting with all possibilities of the guitar, he found and developed a technique that uses breath on the strings. Both in his solo music as well as in his many collaborations in the modern music world, his quest to blur the limit between electronic and acoustic sounds resolves into a singular language, sometimes with unheard colours. He performed all over Europe, Russia and Brazil.

Next to his solo work his main project is the critically acclaimed experimental post-rock duo KNALPOT with drummer Gerri Jäger and the (momentarily not very active) space-dub band STOLPERNOVA (with Omar Ka, Franz Hautzinger, Hilary Jeffery, Gerri Jäger).

Other bands and ensembles : Jameszoo, Zuco103, Krupa & The Genes, Lackritz, Regenorchester XV, Opositor, Tetzepi, Spinifex Orchestra, Slagwerk Groep Den Haag, Asko Schönberg Ensemble, Lunatree, David Kweksilber Bigband, amongst many others.

Musicians : Fred Frith, Louis Sclavis, Martin Brandlmayr, Manu Delago, Tony Buck, Franz Hautzinger, Hilary Jeffery, Teun Verbruggen, Jozef Dumoulin, Wolfert Brederode, Luc Ex, Mark Haanstra, Omar Ka, Frank Möbus, Achim Kaufmann, Michael Vatcher, Jorrit Dijkstra, Yuri Honing, Frank Rosaly, Guus Janssen, Peter van Bergen, Sanne van Hek, Ernst Glerum, Anton Goudsmit, Wolter Wierbos, Robert van Heumen, Eirikur Orri Olafsson, BC Manjunath, Wiek Hijmans, Seth Josel, Tatiana Koleva, Harry Spaarnay, Tony Malaby, Tomoko Mukayama,

He is also soloist and performer of contemporary classical music and has performed works by Louis Andriessen (Hout), Klaas de Vries, Steve Reich, Frederic Rzewski, Eivind Buene, Peter Adriaansz, Makoto Nomura.He creates music for film, wether live or in the studio and has collaborated with filmmakers such as Martha Colburn, Jochem de Vries, Sebastian Dias Morales.He studied jazz and classical guitar at the Conservatory of Amsterdam from 1999-2007, studying mainly with Maarten van der Grinten, Lydia Kennedy, Jack Pisters.

Labels include: Brainfeeder, Brilliant Classics, Clean Feed, Denovali, Eat Concrete, Karnatic Lab, Shhpuma."

-Raphael Vanoli Website (

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"Born in Innsbruck (Austria) in 1979 Gerri picked up the drums when he was 9 years old. After some brass-band and grunge-rock teenage years he studied jazz at the Conservatories of Innsbruck (AT) and later in Amsterdam (NL), where he graduated in 2006. After being part of diverse groups from free-improvisation, alt-rock, experimental electronic club music and avant-pop he is interested in expanding boundaries in music and its genres. Current working bands include Knalpot and Naked Wolf. Recent new projects are the international quintet STUG with Sofia Jernberg, Petter Eldh, Joachim Badenhorst and Raphael Vanoli and the Gerri Jäger Double Duo with Frank Rosaly, Raphael Vanoli and Giray Gürkal, Marieke Verbiesen's Loudmatter, Grafwerk and his Solo Performance.

Gerri has performed with Eirikur Olaffsson (Mum, Sigur Ros), Ingebrigt Haker Flaten (The Thing), Colin Stetson (Bon Iver), Shahzad Ismaily (Tom Waits, Bonny Prince Billy), Marc Ducret (Tim Berne), Fred Frith (Brian Eno), Ron Anderson (The Molecules), Dave Rempis (Peter Brötzmann), Frank Möbus & Rudi Mahall (Der Rote Bereich), Achim Kaufmann, Graduale Nobili (Björk), Jozef Dumoulin (Lidlboj), Franz Hautzinger (Regenorchester), Hilary Jeffery (Zeitkratzer), Mette Rasmussen (Trio Riot), Joachim Badenhorst (Carate Urio), Frans Petter Eldh (Jameszoo), Sofia Jernberg (Fire Orchestra), Trevor Dunn (Mr. Bungle) and Amsterdam's heavy-weights Wolter Wierbos, Han Bennink, Ab Baars, Michael Moore, Terrie Ex, Jasper Stadhouders and Kaja Draksler a.o. He toured throughout Europe, USA, Canada, Russia and Brazil and released music on Rat Records, Eat Concrete, Blowpipe Records, Red Note, PAO Records, HAK Records, Geweih Ritual, El Negocito, Kaiser Label, Cuneiform and Clean Feed."

-Gerri Jager Website (

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Sandor Caron is a Dutch electronic music producer, producer for electro-acoustic weird bands, live engineer for Knalpot, Rooie Waas, Daisy Bell, Strange Attractor and mastering engineer. He co-founded record label Music For Speakers, but currently he is not active with the label anymore. In Groups Cellvoice, Knalpot, Music For Speakers, Relaxo Abstracto, Roomtone

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track listing:

1. effe zitte 4:28

2. indianerwurst 7:37

3. fifteen again 5:38

4. finally 43 6:50

5. dierendag 2:34

6. effe ligge 5:11

7. erwin and mitch 5:44
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"No computer was used during the making of this music." The warning is interily justifiabe - the concepts applied by Raphael Vanoli, Gerri Jager and Sandor Caron have traces of several musical practices having as common factor the use of laptops. The roots are on electro-pop, mathcore and dubstep, but is something else what this band from Amsterdam - but with a French/German and an Austrian playing - has to offer. There's traces of Gang of Four, Fennesz, Battles, Supersilent, Sigur Rós, Squarepusher and much more, but the sound world they inhabit is very much their own.

A world of unpredictable collages of procedures and styles, played with a guitar, a drumset, some synthesizers, processors and effect pedals, and a mixtable used creatively: sometimes it sounds like drone music with a song format, and in many moments you have the kind of groove produced on the fringes of techno and house, but with a drive coming directly from jazzland - after all, both Vanoli and Jäger have jazz backgrounds. Polyrhythms with crazy metrics live together with harmonic constructions showing the refinement of contemporary classical music, but the lightness of it all, the good vibes, the colorful, joyous, character are distinctive of pop music. What a surprise!"-Shhpuma

Related Categories of Interest:

Clean Feed
Improvised Music
Free Improvisation
Electro-Acoustic Improv
European Improvisation, Composition and Experimental Forms
Trio Recordings
New in Rock Forms

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