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Malfatti, Radu / Klaus Filip: imaoto (erstwhile)

The improvising duo of trombonist Radu Malfatti and electronics/sinewave artist Klaus Filip in two extended and beautiful works that investigate the edges of ultraminimalism.

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Label: erstwhile
Catalog ID: Erstwhile 055
Squidco Product Code: 12245

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2009
Country: USA
Packaging: Digipack - 3 panel
Recorded at Amann Studios, Vienna in October, 2008.


Radu Malfatti-trombone

Klaus Filip-sinewaves

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"Radu Malfatti is an Austrian trombone player and composer. He was born in Innsbruck, in the province of Tyrol, on December 16, 1943. He has been described as "among the leaders in redefining the avant-garde as truly on-the-edge art." His work "since the early nineties... has been investigating the edges of ultraminimalism in both his composed and improvised work." He also operates B-Boim, a CD-R only record label focusing on improvised and composed music, much of it his own."

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"Klaus Filip *1963 computer music, programming, composition. Klaus Filip is a performer/composer/programmer and is maybe the first viennese musician, who used the laptop on stage at around 1993. Study of Musicology and Elektroacoustics (ELAK) at Wofgang Musil at the Universität für Musik und darstellende Kunst Wien. The main focus of his current work is sinewaves, whose subtle and adducent sounds are used in a wide dynamic range. As a sound artist he searches to cross sound and light. Klaus Filip runs a software project called ppooll (formerly known as lloopp) that is a networking collection of a variety of modules. This freeware is widely used by improvising musicians all over the world. Teaching position at the university of applied arts, vienna. Steady dispute with the computer as a musical instrument.

Colaborations with: Radu Malfatti, Kai Fagaschinski, Werner Dafeldecker, Dieb13, Christof Kurzmann, Boris Hauf, Christian Fennesz, Jason Kahn, John Butcher, Sabine Marte, Gilles Aubry, Noid, Mattin, Red White, Cynthia Schwertsik, Cordula Bösze, Silvia Fässler, Taku Unami, Oblaat, Taku Sugimoto, Toshimaru Nakamura, Tim Blechmann, Ivan Palacky, Burkhard Stangl, Eddie Prevost, John Tilbury, Ko Ichikawa, Nikos Veliotis, Axel Dörner, Masahiko Okura, Susanna Gartmayer, Jean-Luc Guionnet, Seijiro Murayama, Katharina Klement, Philipp Leitner, Thomas Strehl, Seymour Wright, Posset, Agnes Hvizdalek, Dafne Vicente-Sandoval, Leonel Kaplan, Sergio Merce U.A."

-Klaus Filip Website (

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track listing:

1. oto 30:55

2. ima 19:28
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descriptions, reviews, &c.

"Since the early nineties, Vienna-based Radu Malfatti has been investigating the edges of ultraminimalism in both his composed and improvised work. On imaoto, he is joined by empathetic explorer Klaus Filip to create an instant classic.

Radu Malfatti has been a major presence in the European free improv scene since the early seventies. He's been a member of such stellar bands as the Brotherhood of Breath, the London Jazz Composers' Orchestra, and the King Ubu Orchestra, as well as countless small groups. Malfatti's recent focus on developing a unique style of superspare, tranquil music led him to join the Wandelweiser collective, a group of like-minded composers, in 1994. Since 2006, Malfatti has been releasing recordings spanning the past 12 years of his compositions on his own b-boim label, which cumulatively are one of the important bodies of work of recent times. imaoto is his second release for Erstwhile, following 2001's superb and influential dach.

Klaus Filip has been involved in the experimental music world since the early nineties in a wide range of capacities. He invented the open-source software lloopp, which is used by many prominent laptop improvisers, including Christian Fennesz and Christof Kurzmann. Filip only has a handful of releases, most notably Aluk (w/Toshi Nakamura), Los Glissandinos-Stand Clear (w/Kai Fagaschinski), and Building Excess (w/Malfatti, Mattin, and Dean Roberts). Filip's music has become increasingly minimal in recent years, searching for the limits of perception, in loudness and movement. imaoto is his first release for Erstwhile.

Malfatti and Filip have performed a handful of duo concerts over the years, with the first in 2003. In 2006, they played a remarkable set in Maria Chavez's Houndstooth store in NYC, a very memorable show for the couple of dozen listeners in attendance as well as for the musicians themselves. In October 2008, they spent a day at Amann Studios and recorded the two pieces that make up imaoto. The results are undeniably gorgeous, musical, and impeccably recorded. The ultraminimalist aesthetic of the music is echoed in Yuko Zama's sparse design."-Erstwhile Records

"This is probably the most beautiful Radu Malfatti's trombone has ever sounded on a recording. It is deep but not heavy, attaining, in Christoph Amann's studio, a very personal, nearly vocal presence. Klaus Filip works miracles of intuition with his sine tones, seemingly knowing the precise harmonic answer even before the question is asked. The two are exploring a world of hidden contours and curves, quietly, step-by-step; never hurried, never tedious."-Michael Pisaro

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