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Glanzmann, Vincent / Gerry Hemingway: Composition O (Listen! Foundation (Fundacja Sluchaj!))

A constantly evolving electro-acoustic composition for percussion and microphones from the Swiss-based duo of Vincent Glanzmann and Gerry Hemingway, using cymbals, floor tom & percussion, directed by both graphic and collective compositional approaches while applying carefully controlled amplification to prodigious extended techniques on their instruments.

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UPC: 5905279364608

Label: Listen! Foundation (Fundacja Sluchaj!)
Catalog ID: FSR 03 | 2020
Squidco Product Code: 28481

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2020
Country: Poland
Packaging: Cardboard Gatefold
Recorded at Studio Graben, in Luzern, Switzerland, on July 13th and 14th, 2017.


Vincent Glanzmann-cymbals, floor tom, percussion, controlled amplification

Gerry Hemingway-cymbals, percussion, harmonica, voice, controlled amplification

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Artist Biographies:

"Vincent Glanzmann, *1983 Tokyo (Japan), is a Zurich, Switzerland based drummer. As a performer and composer he is involved in a multitude of collaborations with artists from various fields. His playful way of working conceptually makes him an active part of the progressive Swiss improvisation, pop and jazz scene. With his distinctive sound, creative energy and physical playing style, which often includes preparations and alternative techniques, he colours a broad spectrum of contemporary Zurich music.

Working together with other percussionists is one of his special interests. The most prominent example of this is his work with the New York drummer Gerry Hemingway: Composition O. This collaboration directly arose from Glanzmann's solo work, in which he is primarily interested in cultivating a personal and intimate musical language.

Be it in self-initiated projects or in commissioned work, his focus is on the processing of intramusical and extramusical themes through conception, composition and the use of his instrument. Past composition commissions include a concept for a "100-year-old mill, vocals & drums" and a solo composition for the dance piece "Up/Beat", which he performed as a soloist together with the Lucerne Ballet at the Lucerne Theatre. He finished another composition commissioned by the Lucerne Theatre's dance ensemble in 2017 and released his second album under his own name in the beginning of 2018.

He obtained a Master of Arts degree in music (performance jazz) at the Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts in 2012 and has operated as a freelancer and independent artist in Switzerland and Europe ever since. In December 2016, he was the artist in residence at the jazz club Moods in Zurich and in 2017 the city of Zurich honored him with the cultural award "Werkjahr".

Apart from this he is co-organiser of the Zurich concert series Seismogram and works in a voluntary capacity as a member of the Moods Musicians Council and the Unerhört festival's Advisory Board. In these contexts, he considers it important to support and present the improvising and progressive musicians of Switzerland."

-Vincent Glanzmann Website (

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"Gerry Hemingway has led a number of quartet and quintets since the mid 1980's. In addition he has been a member of a wide array of long standing collaborative groups including Brew with Reggie Workman and Miya Masaoka, the GRH trio with Georg Graewe and Ernst Reijseger, the WHO trio with Michel Wintsch and Bänz Oester, as well as numerous duo projects with Thomas Lehn, John Butcher, Ellery Eskelin, Marilyn Crispell, and others. Mr. Hemingway is a Guggenheim fellow and has received numerous commissions for chamber and orchestral works as well as being noted for his innovative and multifaceted work as a solo performer which began in 1974. He was a member of the Anthony Braxton Quartet between 1983 and 1994 and is also well known for his collaborations with some of the world's most outstanding improvisers and composers including Evan Parker, Cecil Taylor, Mark Dresser, Anthony Davis, Derek Bailey, Leo Smith and many others. He currently lives in Switzerland having joined the faculty of the Hochschule Luzern in 2009."

-Gerry Hemingway Website (

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track listing:

1. Composition OI Part 1 06:43

2. Composition OI Part 2 07:32

3. Composition OI Part 3 04:03

4. Composition OI Part 4 01:06

5. Composition OI Part 5 10:39

6. Composition OI Part 6 06:26
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"A constantly evolving electro-acoustic composition for percussion and microphones"

One of Composition O's central characteristic is articulated in it's commitment to a process of constant evolution. It's structure and content are subject to revision, alteration, refinement, and redefinition which is guided by the collaborative musical and compositional reflections of it's composers, who are also it's performers. The degree of change has both a relation to the individual performative and compositional pursuits of it's composers while also being influenced by their current focus and research.

The compositional particularities are fixed in regards to each performance. However after each performance the piece is again open for discussion and re-evaluation. Some parameters that could change might include of change the manner of notation, instrumentation, organization of sound properties, and the consideration of alternate formations of musicians.

The electro-acoustic element of microphones integrated into an otherwise percussive instrumentation allows access to micro-acoustic areas of sound as well as a parallel investigation of developing them as instruments unto themselves."-Glanzmann/Hemingway

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