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Ezramo / Robair / Fenech / Buchler feat. Argo Ulva: PopeWAFFEN [VINYL] (Corvo)

Five improvisers from Germany, Italy, France and USA - Wendelin Buchler; David Fenech; Gino Robair; Argo Ulva; Ezramo - in a mix of weird pop, avanttrash, free improvised music, mediterranean folklore and noise drones.

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Edition of 500 handnumbered copies.

Label: Corvo
Catalog ID: core 001
Squidco Product Code: 17074

Format: LP
Condition: New
Released: 2010
Country: Germany
Packaging: Vinyl 12" LP
Recorded live in Ausland, Berlin by Dave Bennett on March 27th, 2010.


Wendelin Buchler-prepared guitar, theremin

David Fenech-guitar

Gino Robair-percussion

Argo Ulva-trumpet, electronics

Ezramo-vocals, prepared zither, sampler, melodica

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Artist Biographies:

"Gino Robair has created music for dance, theater, radio, television, silent film, and gamelan orchestra, and his works have been performed throughout North America, Europe, and Japan. He was composer in residence with the California Shakespeare Festival for five seasons and served as music director for the CBS animated series The Twisted Tales of Felix the Cat. His commercial work includes themes for the MTV and Comedy Central cable networks.

Robair is also one of the "25 innovative percussionists" included in the book Percussion Profiles (SoundWorld, 2001). He has recorded with Tom Waits, Anthony Braxton, Terry Riley, Lou Harrison, John Butcher, Derek Bailey, Peter Kowald, Otomo Yoshihide, the ROVA Saxophone Quartet, and Eugene Chadbourne, among many others. In addition, Robair has performed with John Zorn, Nina Hagen, Fred Frith, Eddie Prevost, Thinking Fellers Union Local 282, Myra Melford, Wadada Leo Smith, and the Club Foot Orchestra.

Robair is a founding member of the Splatter Trio and the heavy-metal band, Pink Mountain. In addition, he runs Rastascan Records, a label devoted to creative music.

As a writer about music technology, Robair has contributed to Mix, Remix, Guitar Player, and Electronic Musician (EM) magazine, where he was an editor for 10 years. He is the author of two books, including The Ultimate Personal Recording Studio (Thompson; 2006)."

-Gino Robair Website (

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track listing:


A1 Easter Sunday Raid

A2 Deserto Nella Buia Notte Blu

A3 Sibila Canino

A4 Stellvertreter Zum Stellwerkdreher


B1 The Creator Has A Masterplan

B2 Hitodama

B3 Crepare Di Maggio
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"The work of the five musicians and performance artists from Germany, Italy, France and USA is settled between Weird Pop, Avanttrash, Free Improvised Music, Mediterranean Folklore and Noise Drones. As the artists are coming from different social and musical backgrounds, the recording is not just a mix of sounds and names but a creation of unique and exciting experiences."-Corvo Records

"Excellent record of improvised music recorded at a Berlin venue and played by an international five-piece of musicians. The American percussionist Gino Robair might be known to some of you, but for me Ezramo is quite a revelation; this Italian player delivers some tremendous effects with her distinctive vocalisations, her zither playing, and sampler-playing; I'm looking forward to hearing her solo LP on this label. Two guitarists, David Fenech and Wendelin Büchler complete the band, plus there's the guest trumpeter Argo Ulva; everyone contributes electronic elements to the crackling environment as well. I think what I like most here is the strong sense of cooperation, leading to a very productive musical workplace; no showing off, much genuine dynamic interaction. To this I would add the overall group imagination, the highly pleasing mixtures of sounds and playing styles, and the way that incredibly free and open music can be produced in a orderly and civilised manner, without the need for frenetic frottage and hand-gesturing every five minutes in order to achieve a climax. (...) The theme is picked up by the child-like drawings on the cover (I particularly like the crude drawings of various handguns) which indicates that it might be more of a piece of sloganeering than a thought-through political statement, but it's nice to see some social criticism back in the world of free improv again. We haven't had much of that sort of radical thinking since John Stevens in the 1970s (though Charles Hayward made good efforts). Recommended record; great music, compressed, exquisite, taut, and beautifully recorded and presented too. Nearly perfect."Ed Pinsent, The Sound Projector #20 - All Vinyl Issue

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