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Kolkowski, Aleks & Ute Wassermann: Squall Line (psi)

A quirky and fascinating duo of unusual instrumentation from Ute Wasserman's voice & whistles, and Aleks Kokowski on stroh instrumements (viola, violin), noseflute, bird calls, musical saw, &c..

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Color sleeve insert with photos, 4 page booklet with liner notes by Richard Barrett.

UPC: 5030243110827

Label: psi
Catalog ID: 11.08
Squidco Product Code: 14908

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2011
Country: Great Britain
Packaging: Cardstock 3 page foldover
Recorded by Adam Skeaping on July 15th, 2009 at St. Peter's Church, Whitstable.


Aleks Kolkowski-stroh instruments, musical saw

Ute Wassermann-voice, whistles

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Artist Biographies:

"Ute Wassermann studied fine arts focusing on sound installations and performance at the University of Fine Arts of Hamburg. Among her teachers were Henning Christiansen and Allan Kaprow. She continued her studies in fine arts, music and singing at the University of California, San Diego. She was a fellow at Akademie Schloss Solitude in 1993-94 and at Civitella Ranieri in Italy in 2015.

Ute Wassermann has developed her own unique vocal techniques. She explores them in different forms such as voice performances, compositions, improvisations and installations. The human voice is extended in many different ways in her work and often plays with all kinds of other sound connotations. This also results in an extensive use of bird whistles, different kinds of resonating objects and prepared loudspeakers.

She is one of the founding members of the artists collective Les Femmes Savantes Other members of this Composer-Performer-Ensemble are Sabine Ercklentz, Andrea Neumann and Ana Maria Rodriguez. She also performs with Richard Scott and Emilio Gordoa in parak.eets and with her quartet speak easy (with Phil Minton, Thomas Lehn and Martin Blume)She also often plays as an Improvisationsduo with, for example, Aleksander Kolkowski, Rhodrie Davies, Joke Lanz, Birgit Ulher, Els Vandeweyer, Charlotte Hug, Richard Barrett und John Russel.

Ute Wassermann also performs compositions by others. She has interpreted works by Chaya Czernowin, Henning Christiansen, Hans Joachim Hespos, Salvatore Sciarrino, Luciano Berio, Simon Steen-Andersen, Matthias Kaul, Cathy van Eck, und Richard Barrett."

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track listing:

1. skvala 2:43

2. sudestada 3:01

3. squamish 3:27

4. weibe bo 5:16

5. boorga 5:18

6. pamperos 3:56

7. polar low 7:07

8. blunk 6:32

9. bow echo I 2:30

10. bayamo 5:16

11. brubru 4:35

12. nor' easter 2:37

13. derecho 3:22

14. bow echo 2:18
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descriptions, reviews, &c.

"From the first moments of Squall Line it's clear that the austere-looking lineup of voice and violin/viola on this CD doesn't give much of an impression of the variety and richness of its contents. How are these sounds made? More mysteriously, how do they constantly fuse and separate to generate a sound-counterpoint of such intricacy and coherence?"-Richard Barrett, from the liner notes

"A Stroh violin, Stro(h)viol, violinophone, or horn-violin is a violin that amplifies its sound through a metal resonator and metal horns rather than a wooden sound box as on a standard violin. The instrument is named after its German designer, Johannes Matthias Augustus Stroh, who patented it in 1899. The Stroh violin is also closely related to other horned violins using a mica sheet-resonating diaphragm, known as phonofiddles."-Wikipedia

Color sleeve insert with photos, 4 page booklet with liner notes by Richard Barrett.
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Improvised Music
European Improvisation, Composition and Experimental Forms
London & UK Improv & Related Scenes
EMANEM & psi
Unusual Vocal Forms
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