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Dirk Bruinsma-soprano saxophone, baritone saxophone, flute, electro-acoustics

Frank Crijns-electric guitar, devices

Paed Conca-electric bass, devices, electronics

Fabrizio Spera-drums, percussion, cither, electro-acoustic objects

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UPC: 752725015325

Label: Recommended Records
Catalog ID: ReR Blast1
Squidco Product Code: 1795

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2002
Country: Great Britain
Packaging: Jewel Tray

Descriptions, Reviews, &c.
"In my opinion this is far and away the best thing this group has ever done (many will doubtless disagree) since they have moved from the complex rigidity of their earlier material into an altogether looser, more organic fluidity that retains some of the best of their organizing and compositional ability in an environment that, musically, has space to breath. The inclusion of drummer and amplified, processed percussionist Fabrizio Spera seems central to this new approach, at once improvisational, extended in tonal and rhythmic subtlety, and still locking into clear, coordinated stretches of translucent writing. An important release. " - ReR Megacorp

Artist Biographies

"Frank Crijns - guitar. Nationality: N.L.

Studied composition at the Rotterdam Conservatorie with P.J. Wagemans
and K. de Vries. My work as a composer can be divided in two parts:

1) Composing for soloists and modern music ensembles, for example:
percussion ensemble ATTACCA, Ensemble LOOS, Ensemble DE
EREPRIJS, DUTCH BALLET Orchestra, Trio NU, BASHO Ensemble,
QUASAR Saxophone Quartet, AG-Ensemble , flute trio TEGENWIND,
DIANGELO CICILIA, 2 TRACK, ROSA Ensemble , BLAST Quartet / Sextet
KOH-I-NOOR Saxophone Quartet, DUO DUBBELDUET, ANDREAS VAN ZOELEN, BL!NDMAND [4x4] saxofoon-kwartet, MR. PROBE (Bruno Nelissen & Marieke Berendsen), AMSTERDAM BRIDGE Ensemble ----------- (see list of works)

2) Playing and composing contemporary and improvised music.

Played and wrote music for:
Titanic Combo and Spelonk (cd Jazz in studie,label VARA radio),
played with Big Band Nieuwe Muziek and Positive Nuns
(C.D.: The bible Two, 1999, Pantheistic Records,Italy ).

Co founded the group BLAST. C.D.'s:
1) "Purist Sirup" (1992),
2) "Wire Stitched Ears" (1995),
3) "Stringy Rugs" (1997),
4) "A Sophisticated Face" (1999).
All released on Cuneiform records (U.S.A.),

5) "Altrastrata" (2003) on ReR records (England),
6) "As Nowhere as Anywhere" (2007) on FMR records (England),
7) "Sift" (2009) on ReR records (England).

Contemporary works on C.D. ('s):

"FRAQX", works for instant composing electric guitars and devices, with Jacq
Palinckx , for Creative Sources records (PT).

"Shade of impulse", works for sound-fields, natural ambient, electronic textures and acoustic ensemble , for Moving Furniture records (NL).

"[B]ONE", 7 works for ensembles and soloists for Vonk (NL) label.

"Tonk" for saxophone quartet was recorded on C.D. by Quasar
saxophone quartet (Quebec) for the Atma classique (CANADA) label
and by the Koh-i-Noor saxophone quartet (kin records 2004 NL)
c.d. :"Horrel".

"Il Pezzo Rotto" for accordeon duo, 2 voices and 4 feet
was recorded on C.D. "Si Che" by Duac for Vonk (NL) label.

"Prospulsion" for Combustion Chamber band was recorded on C.D. :
"Interconnector" by Combustion Chamber conducted by R.van Leyden
for BVHAAST records (bvhaast 0804,NL).

"Raam #2 " for classical guitar solo was recorded on C.D. :
"New dutch guitar music" by Diangelo Cicilia for Cybele records
(Germany /CYBELE SACD 260.801).

"Rundle" for trumpet, clarinet and trombone was recorded on C.D. :
"F3 plays composers from Tilburg " by F3 (independent label).

"TRI-" for bas clarinet, flute & piano was selected and performed
at the XXXIII International Forum for New Music
"Manuel Enriquez" 06/18/2011 in Mexico City, MEXICO.

Played duet on C.D. "My favorite strings " (Isinaz, isi 1002,2004)
with L.Margorani.

Forms with Jacq Palinckx the Instant Composing electric guitar duo "FRAQX" with whom the album "Fraqx" was released in 2017 on
Creative Sources records (PT).

Recently he plays and writes for the poetry metaljazz trio Betonfraktion,
with whom the album: " Snake Nation Crop Duster" was released in 2011.
In 2014 the E.P. "Sure 'Nuff 'n Yes We Do " was released on
Blowpipe Records (NL).
In 2016 the C.D. "I Changed my Sex " was released on
Blowpipe Records (NL).

Collaborated as composer and player with T.r.a.s.h. dance company,
created Music and soundscapes for the "Dressed (un)dressed" exhibition by
visual artist Tineke Schuurmans, performed with dutch writer
A.H.J. Dautzenberg and visual artists/performers Bram wiersma and
Monique Smeets.

Organised and played in projects with:
F.Frith,E.Sharp, T.Hodgkinson, P.Fajt, J.Palinckx, R. Chatham, P. Niblock,
B. Stadhouders, A. Strootman and others."
-Frank Crijns Website (

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Paed Conca(26.07.1967):

since 1989 he works as a musician and composer

plays clarinet and bass

he writes Music for theater, film, dance, small ensembles and plays in a lot of different projects

-composed and performed since 1989 (Lougaroo, So Nicht, Otolithen and more)

-composed and performed from 1998 till 2010 with BLAST-4tet/sextet/oktet/ensemble with Dirk Bruinsma(NL), Frank Crijns(NL) und Fabrizio Spera(I)

-1998 composed with Bruno Meillier(F) the music for the play "kein Monument für Gudrun Ensslin"in Saint Etienne(F)

-1997 to 2003 music for 3 silent movies: Der Mann mit der Kamera from Oziga Vertov,Nosferatu from F.W. Murnau, die Mutter from Vsevolod Pudovkin

-2003 he composed with Margrit Rieben the music for the"Übermut" Performance from the ÖFF-ÖFF theater in Bern(CH)

-2004 he composed "MIGRATON"

-2006 he composed the music for the play"Selbstbezichtigung" from Peter Handke

-2008 he composed the music for the play "Aufzeichnungen aus einem Irrenhaus" from Christine Lavant

-2009 to 2010 he composed PORTA CHIUSA for 3 clarinets(55 min)

-2009 he composed the music for the dance perfomance "One (idea) - happening live" from Jenni Arne

-2010 to 2013 he compoosed around 2 hours of music for PRAED

-2010 to 2013 he composed a new composition for PORTA CHIUSA(part two) for 3 clarinets and voice(53 min)

-2014 he compoosed new music for PRAED and PRAED plus

-2014 he composed a new composition for PORTA CHIUSA(part three) for 3 clarinets and voice(40 min)

-2014 he composed the music for the play "collecting home" with Yara Bou Nassar

-2015 he composed a new composition for PORTA CHIUSA(part four) for 3 clarinets(46 min)

He did projects with Bart Maris(B), Ottomo Yoshide(JAP), (J)Noeel Akchote(F), Matt Wand(GB), Jason Kahn(US), Koji Asano(JAP), Bruno Meillier,(F) Jim Meneses(US), Stephan Wittwer(CH), Steve Buchanan(US), Dorothea Schürch(CH), Kato Hideki(JAP), Werner Lüdi(CH), Michael Wertmüller(CH), Kido Natsuki(JAP), Masashi Kitamura(JAP), Katsui Yuji(JAP), Margrit Rieben(CH), Saadet Tuerkoez(CH), Yoko Miura(JAP), Hans Koch(CH), Martin Schütz(CH), John Edwards(GB), Sabina Meyer(I), Michael Zernag(US), Christine Sehnaoui(F), Mazen Kerbaj(LEB), Raed Yassin(LEB), Sharif Sehnaoui(LEB), Takumi Seino(JAP), Tarek Atoui(F), Uriel Barthelemi(F), Marcos Fernandes(JAP), Maki Hachiya(JAP), Kaido Yutaka(JAP), Usui Yasuhiro(JAP), Keiko Higuchi(JAP) Shayne Bowden(AUS), Mori-Shige(JAP), Adachi Tomomi(JAP)

Festivals: Untiteld Festival in Den Bosch (NL), Kykart Festival in St. Petersburg, Audio Art Festival in Krakau, Reve de Gier Festival in Frankreich, Rumor Festival in Utrecht (NL), Novembermusic in Gent (B), Hertogenbosch (NL) and Essen (D), Music Inovatrice in Saint Etienne(F), Festival Rue du Nord in Lausanne(CH), Irtijal Festival in Beirut(LEB) and Paris(F), Jazzfestival Mulhouse(F),Al Maslakh Festival in Genf, Bern, Basel and Zürich(CH), Filmfestival Rotterdam(NL), Archipel Festival Geneve(CH), Bad Bonn Kilbi in Düdingen(CH), Artacts Festival Sankt Johann(A), Stummfilmfestival Grosse Halle in Bern(CH), Doubt Music Festival in Tokyo(JAP), Impro Art Festival in Yokohama(JAP), Jazz Promenade Yokohama(JAP), Suoni per il popolo Festival in Montreal(CAN), kleines Festival der anderen Art in Bern(CH), Free Resonance Festival in Trondheim(NOR), Akouphene Festival in Geneve(CH), Konfrontationen Festival in Nickelsdorf(A), Reelfestival in Edinburgh, London and Bristol(UK), Swiss Music Days in Belgrad(SERBIA), CTM Festival in Berlin(D), VS Interpretation Festival in Prague(CZ), Todo Mundo Festival in Belgrade(SERBIA), ZOOM Festival in Bern, Switzerland

-Paed Conca Website (

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Track Listing:

Dirk Bruinsma-soprano saxophone, baritone saxophone, flute, electro-acoustics

Frank Crijns-electric guitar, devices

Paed Conca-electric bass, devices, electronics

Fabrizio Spera-drums, percussion, cither, electro-acoustic objects

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