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Puntigam, Werner / Beat Keller / Georg Wilbertz: UND JA, AND YES (zOaR Records)

Freely improvised, noisy chamber music performed on guitar, trombone, conch shell, drums & percussion from the trio of Swiss guitarist Beat Keller, Austrian trombonist Werner Puntigam and German drummer Georg Wilbertz, bridging genres while keeping a sense of free jazz as an implied basis, with a sly sense of humor and wonder through marvelous technique and timing.

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UPC: 789507000668

Label: zOaR Records
Catalog ID: ZCD 066
Squidco Product Code: 30649

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2020
Country: USA
Packaging: Cardboard Gatefold
Recorded at Rabbit hill Studio, in Steyregg, Austria, in 2020, by Andreas Luger.


Beat Keller-guitar

Werner Puntigam-trombone, conch shell

Georg Wilbertz-drums, percussion

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Artist Biographies:

"Guitarist, multi-instrumentalist, composer and bandleader based in Winterthur, Switzerland. After graduating as a jazz guitarist from the Zurich School of Music and Drama (Hochschule für Musik und Theater Zürich), Beat Keller obtained a Master of Arts in composition from the Lucerne School of Music (Musikhochschule Luzern). Among his current projects are Keller's 10, Beat Keller & Reza Khota (CH/SA, guitar duo), Gunfire Orchestra (CH/NO/SA), Bowee/Keller, Peckinpah Trio (CH/USA) and Animate Repose (DE). His compositions have been played and recorded by NDR Bigband, Lucerne Jazz Orchestra, Ballbreaker Ensemble, Composer's Group Ensemble, Keller's 10 and the Haiku String Trio. Beat Keller has given concerts all over Switzerland, in neighbouring Europe, the United States and South Africa.

Record releases on: Unit Records, Alpinechic (both CH), Edition Wandelweiser Records (DE) and Silken Tofu (BE).

He has won the following grants and awards: "Best Debut Release 2008" (worldwide) awarded by AllAboutJazz, New York, for "Keller's <10>"; "Förderpreis 2010" from the City of Winterthur; "Artist Residency" in Cape Town, South Africa, 2012, awarded by the Pro Helvetia Foundation; "Moods Jazz & Blues Award 2013", 2nd prize for "Keller's 10"; "Artist in Residence" in Berlin, Germany, 2014/2015, awarded by the Canton of Zurich."

-Beat Keller Website (

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"Freelancing multidisciplinary artist in the fields of music (composition & improvisation / trombone, conch shell, voice & noises), visual arts (photography, video & graphic-design) and interdisciplinary performances & audio-visual installations.

WP, the improvising and composing musician (trombone, conch shell, voice, noises), called "the alchemist of the sounds" in a review, has founded several groups with outstanding line-ups and unique sound conceptions, and performs live from solo up to orchestra size.

WP, the photographer, video artist and designer, creates numereous photo series (e.g. 'inter.views'), artistic documentaries of cultural events and works of graphic-design to order, and normally takes the responsibility for the artwork of his own

CD and multimedia productions.

WP, the interdisciplinary performer and artist, conceives and produces his own multimedia projects and interdisciplinary performance series (e.g. 'Triptychon') as well as space and sound installations.

Also cooperations with poetry, theater, dance, film, video and fine arts.

Collaborations with well known fellow artists such as Joey Baron, Tom Cora, Elliott Sharp, Joe Bowie, Hank Roberts, Han Bennink, Joëlle Léandre, Jon Rose, Oliver Mtukudzi, Stewart Sukuma, Malangatana, Shih-Yang Lee, Rabito Arimoto, Sakaki Mango, Akemi Takeya, Marta Binneti, Mookwon Kim, Ewald Oberleitner, Gabriele Mirabassi, Franz Hautzinger, Hope Masike, Josef Haslinger or Henning Mankell - to name but a few.

Incidental music for quite a number of theatre and contemporary dance theater productions in Austria (Landestheater Linz, Theater Phönix, Posthof, WUK Wien), Germany (Schauspiel Nürnberg), Italy, Hungaria, Serbia, Mozambique, South Korea, Taiwan, Singapore and Japan as well as several soundtracks for short movies.

Various recordings, video, radio & TV productions. Several prizes and awards for acoustic projects and visual artworks (e.g. Upper Austrian Grand Award 2013 for Art in the context of Intercultural Dialogue). Artistic activities and presentations in half of Europe, in USA, Canada, Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Eswatini (former Swaziland), Tanzania, South Africa, Algeria, Japan, Korea, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Macau, China and Singapore.

Born 1964 in Bad Radkersburg (A), WP is based in Linz (A) but annually also spends several months for temporary artist residencies, e.g. in South-East Africa, East Asia and/or North America. He studied 'visual media design' at the University of Art in Linz (honors degree 1992). During that time he also took part in numerous workshops with international masters of jazz at home and abroad."

-Werner Puntigam Website (

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"Georg Wilbertz plays drums and percussions in the context of freely improvised and contemporary music, a.o. heavily involved in the annual concert series of the 'Musik im Raum' composers collective. Also extraordinary sound performances in duo with Werner Puntigam, e.g. at exhibition openings. Apart from his musical activities: studies of art history, archeology and history in Köln and Vienna. Scientific associate and university lecturer focused on architectural history and theory and urban planning history at several universities and academies (a.o. Universität Wuppertal, RWTH Aachen, TU Wien and JKU Linz). Research and publications about architecture and urban plannings from the 19th century until today."

-Werner Puntigam - Beat Keller - Georg Wilbertz 11/28/2022

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track listing:

1. And, Yes 01:09

2. Nirgend(s) Ruebli 01:34

3. Real Beepop 01:53

4. Auch Kein Argument 00:34

5. Oxygen Oxlip 01:55

6. Peppermint Dogs 00:54

7. High Lines 02:46

8. In Caves And Woods 02:45

9. Traditionell Gesprochen 00:57

10. Near Landscape 01:30

11. Add To Ed 01:58

12. Paper Talks 02:16

13. First Lesson 01:51

14. Sinking Ship Fish 01:51

15. The Artist Can't Paint 01:05

16. Requiem 03:10

17. Tin Can Drops 01:38

18. Besenbinden 02:00

19. Scratched For C 02:18

20. Beat Beat 02:49

21. Freud's Klingelknopf 03:23

22. Pressure Suit 00:38

23. Monumental Sixpack 00:51

24. Und Ja 02:01
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"The newest duo projects of the Austrian trombonist Werner Puntigam - a) with Swiss guitarrist Beat Keller, b) with German drummer Georg Wilbertz - are performing freely improvised noisy chamber music. Their big goal is to explore maverick sound options on their instruments with widest dynamical range to create thrilling abstract dialogues and complex soundscapes. At their concerts noises, musical fragments and instrumental sound poems get condensed to an open narrative of the moment, not knowing a beginning or an ending, or any action in the classical sense. The lyrical-poetic expressions open spaces of emotions and associations for the listeners, and push the "story"."-oZar

"With UND JA, AND YES, Messrs. Puntigam, Keller and Wilbertz present a virtuosic music that operates across varied moods while traversing barriers of genre and style. This is accomplished not with a flaming sword but with sly humor and pointed technique. These pieces are miniatures and in their own way pay tribute to the master of the miniature, Anton Webern, who distilled primal energy into compact arcs of crystalline sonic purity. In this album, the balance between improvised spontaneity and structural integrity is achieved with the manifestation of pithy statements that never wear out their welcome but instead leave a lasting impression in the ear in much the same way that a powerful flash will imprint upon your visual cortex."-Elliott Sharp

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