Founded in Hamburg in 1989, TonArt Ensemble is a democratic collective of free improvising musicians, here in collaboration with Portuguese string player and composer Ernesto Rodrigues.
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Label: Creative Sources
Catalog ID: cs170
Squidco Product Code: 12905
Packaging: Jewel Tray
Recorded by Olaf HeringLive in Westwerk, Hamburg, Dec. 13, 2008Edited and mastered by Robert Klammer & Heiner Metzger, Sept. 2009
Georgia Ch Hoppe-Clarinet, Mandolin, Objects
Robert Klammer-Zither, Electronics, Analog Synthesizer
Helmuth Neuman-Trumpet, Waldhorn
Thomas Osterheld-Bass Clarinet
Hannes Wiennert-Soprano Saxophone, Trompsax, Sheng
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• Show Bio for Ernesto Rodrigues
"He has been playing the violin for 30 years and in that time has played all genres of music ranging from contemporary music to free jazz and improvised music, live and in the studio.
His main interest shifted towards contemporary improvised and composed music.
The relationship with his instruments is focused in sonic and textural elements.
Electronic music was an early influence on his approach to violin playing, which challenges traditional romantic concepts of the violin/viola through use of preparations and micro tuning.
Active in different settings on the Portuguese scene for free improvised music, both as a collaborator and in leading his own groups.
Music for Dance, Cinema, Video and Performance.
Has created the record label Creative Sources Recordings in 1999, which mainly concentrates on releasing experimental and electro-acoustic music."-Creative Sources (http://creativesourcesrec.com/creative_artists.html)
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"Founded in Hamburg in 1989, TonArt Ensemble is a collective of free improvising musicians. It perceives itself as an open, democratic ensemble that works on different improvisational forms in a variety of instrumentations. Over the years and regardless of the respective instrumentation, TonArt Ensemble has created its own sound with a high recognition value.
TonArt Ensemble's work focuses on improvisation using graphic notations and the interaction with visual or prefabricated acoustic material; the ensemble has continuously engaged in new experiments including performances involving spatial structures, toy instruments, improvised opera as well as new music compositions for example from Christian Wolff.
TonArt Ensemble has repeatedly invited international musicians to perform with them in Hamburg: Anthony Braxton, Vinko Globokar, Malcolm Goldstein, Fred Frith, Keith Rowe, Peter Kowald, Evan Parker, dieb13, and last but not least Wu Wei in 2009.
Recordings include a CD with Anthony Braxton (commissioned work no. 151, "HatHut Records") in 1991 and the CD 'Brot und Honig' (Bread and Honey) with Evan Parker (on "true muze") in 1999.
European Improv, Free Jazz & Related
Objects and Home-made Instruments
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