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Counterpoise (Carisi / Sauter / Wolff / Wolfpe): Counterpoise (Hat [now] ART)

Four composers - John Carisi, Eddie Sauter, Christian Wolff, and Stefan Wolpe - create a program of works with a measured balance in the interrelated and contrasting material.

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UPC: 752156013624

Label: Hat [now] ART
Catalog ID: Hat[now]ART136
Squidco Product Code: 18487

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2000
Country: Switzerland
Packaging: Cardstock 3 page foldover
Recorded at WDR Koln, Funkhaus on July 28th-30th, 1998 and on December 22nd, 1998 by Wolfgang Muller.


John Carisi-composer

Eddie Sauter-composer

Christian Wolff-composer

Stefan Wolpe-composer

Frank Worner-voice

Marcus Weiss-saxophone, voice

Martin Neher-saxophone, clarinet, voice

Marco Blauuw-trumpet, voice

Christian Dierstein-percussion, voice

Tomoko Hemmi-piano

Yukiko Sugawara-piano

Tobias Hiller-conductor

Serge Bertocchi-saxophone

Jean-Michel Goury-saxophone

Pierre-Stephane Meuge-saxophone

Marcus Weiss-saxophone

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Artist Biographies:

"Christian Wolff was born in 1934 in Nice, France, has lived in the U.S. since 1941. Studied piano with Grete Sultan and briefly composition with John Cage. Associated with Cage, Morton Feldman, David Tudor and Earle Brown, then with Frederic Rzewski and Cornelius Cardew. Since 1952 associated with Merce Cunningham and his dance company. Taught Classics at Harvard (1962-70) and Classics, Music and Comparative Literature at Dartmouth College (1971-1999). Published articles on Greek tragedy, in particular, Euripides. Writings on music (to 1998) collected in book Cues (published by MusikTexte) and in Occasional Pieces (Oxford University Press, in preparation). Active as performer, also improviser with, among others, Takehisa Kosugi, Keith Rowe, Steve Lacy, Christian Marclay, Larry Polansky, Kui Dong and AMM. All music published by C.F. Peters, New York. Much of it is recorded (Mode, New World, Neos, Capriccio, Wandelweiser, Wergo, Matchless, Tzadik, HatArt, etc.). Honors include DAAD Berlin fellowship, grants from the Asian Council, Mellon Foundation, Fromm Foundation, Meet the Composer, Foundation for Contemporary Performing Arts (the John Cage award); honorary degrees from California Institute of the Arts and from Huddersfield University (UK), membership in the Akademie der Kuenste, Berlin, and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, lifetime achievement award from the state of Vermont."

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"Born in 1964 in Bordeaux, Pierre-Stéphane Meugé began studying the piano at the age of six in Vannes, Brittany. He continued his studies in harmonic analysis, acoustics, double bass, viola, saxophone, harmony, counterpoint and conducting at the Strasbourg Conservatory.

In 1986 he participated in the seminar on musical phenomenology and conducting with Sergiù Cèlibidache, a life-changing encounter along with that of Emmanuel Nunes, with whom he studied composition at the workshop of instrumental research of IRCAM. He began his studies of improvisation with Vinko Globokar, Derek Bailey and Evan Parker.

In 1988 the International Musikinstitut named him professor of saxophone for the summer courses for New Music in Darmstadt. There he frequented numerous composers, amongst them such great men as John Cage and Morton Feldman, whose influence is ever growing. BBC radio interviewed him for the show Tuningin 1992.

As a soloist, he notably performed Hot by Franco Donatoni with the Ensemble Intercontemporain at the Festival d'Automne in 2007. His numerous premieres include P.S., which Georges Aperghis dedicated to him in 2009. In addition to his work in musical theatre, he has also been active in the field of improvisation and music of our time, collaborating with dancers, actors, pantomimes and film directors.

Since 1999, Pierre-Stéphane Meugé teaches saxophone and chamber music at the Haute Ecole de Musique of Lausanne, where he also runs the workshop in contemporary music."

-Selmer Paris (

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track listing:

1. Quartet For Trumpet, Saxophone, Percussion An Piano 13:19

2. Saophone Quartet No. 1 7:46

3. Counterpoise No. 1 For Trumpet, Baritone Saxophone, Persuccion And Piano 5:11

4. Saxophone Quartet No. 1 6:16

5. Exercise 26 & 27 8:44

6. Blues - 'Stimmen Aus Dem Massengrab' - Marsch 9:52
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"It's interesting to note that the title chosen for this carefully plotted program of works, Counterpoise, refers to equivalent powers set in opposition creating a state of balance, and appears in the dictionary in between the words "counterpoint" and "counterpose." There is certainly a measured balance in the interrelated and contrasting material presented here, as well as in the personalities of the composers represented. Moreover, there is a palpable sense of poise (that is, equilibrium, assurance, and tact) in the music itself, which accounts for the equal degrees of spontaneity and inevitability-highlighting the counter-effect of creative tension-that result."-Art Lange

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