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Wolff, Christian: Exercise 15 (Edition Wandelweiser Records)

Carl Ludwig Hubsch (tuba); Ole Schmidt (bass clarinet); Chris Weinheimer (bass flute); Robert Schleisiek (piano); and Tom Lorenz (vibraphone) interpret Christian Wolff's composition based on "Union Maid", a song from the 1920's, transforming the work through temporal expansion.

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UPC: 4011778041405

Label: Edition Wandelweiser Records
Catalog ID: EWR 0409
Squidco Product Code: 21794

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2005
Country: Germany
Packaging: Cardstock 3 page foldover
Recorded in Dusseldorf, Germany in October 2002 by Carl ludwig hubsch.


Ole Schmidt-bass clarinet

Christian Wolff-composer

Chris Weinheimer-bass flute

Robert Schleisiek-piano

Carl Ludwig Hubsch-tuba

Tom Lorenz-vibraphone

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"Ole Schmidt

- Born 1963 in Mainz, Germany, raised in Frankfurt am Main. After graduating secondary school, saxophone studies with Christof Lauer and Alfred Harth, followed by project and ensemble work with Harth. Solid performance practice as an active participant in the dynamic Frankfurt scene of the time, centered around Heiner Goebbels/Alfred Harth.

- 1986 Jazz studies (saxophone major) at the Amsterdamse Hoogeschool voor de Kunsten in the Netherlands. After graduating in 1991, relocation to Cologne (D), several years collaboration, as soloist and composer, with various formations in the area of jazz/improvised music, including Blue Seven and the Ghosts (Bruno Leicht), Workshopensemble MHS (Joachim Ullrich) and Novotnik 44 (Udo Moll), et al.

- Growing interest in improvised and composed music outside the boundaries of jazz, active engagement with contemporary classical music, which has an increasing impact on personal compositional content and gives important impulses for experiments with notation methods for improvised music and sounds.

- 1993 grant from the Paul Woitschach-Foundation to attend a composition master class with Bob Brookmeier at the Cologne Musikhochschule, followed by the premiere of the composition TERMINUS for 15 improvising musicians, inspired by meeting John Zorn in the summer of 1993 in NYC.

- End of 1993 founding of the ensemble POST NO BILLS (PNB), comprised of 5 composing and improvising musicians.- - Concerts and recordings with PNB, as well as initial projects with the theatre director Beat Faeh as (partially) improvised live music/performance in his Shakespeare productions at various "Stadt/Staatsheater" (German municipal and national theatre system) in Mainz, Bonn, et al.

-Further important encounters and collaborative work with artists from fine arts genres in the environs of Cologne/Duesseldorf and Frankfurt (sound installations, performances, such as: Installations developed with the photographer Manfred Bogner in the chapel of the former Rommersdorf abbey), as well as, beginning in 1995, first compositions for the theatre (Vivienne Newport dance theater, Staatstheater Kassel, Mainz, Landestheater Schwerin).

- First work with/compositions for player piano obtained in 1995.

-1995 concert tour with the band Art de Fakt (Aachen) and the American writer Raymond Federman inspired subsequent compositions using text and music. (e.g. "Trombotraktat" for female speaking voice and trombone).

-Parallel to this, continued intensive activity as instrumentalist (Loft, Stadtgarten/Cologne, and various festivals - Leverkusen and Getcxo, Spain, et al, where the world-folk-jazz project Novotnik 44 was awarded 2nd place in 1996). Since 1998, in-depth clarinet studies with David Smeyers.

Continuation of PNB's theatrical performance work with Beat Faeh in the form of an original improvised music theatre project called "Blauzone" - created for the Blickfelderfestival, Zurich - performed afterwards in various clubs, galleries, theatres as well as at festivals in several countries, and finally, in 2OOO, together with Theater Hora /Zurich, further developed and performed in a 24-hr. improvisation entitled: "Die Lust am Scheitern" (The Joy of Foundering).

Since 1996 numerous compositions for the theatre, including the Schauspielhaus Duesseldorf and the Berliner Ensemble, et al. recorded with local chamber ensembles and soloists, as well as making use of computer generated (montage) sound production and compositions for player piano.

- Most significant work for the theatre primarily with the directors Markus Dietz (Leipzig), Patrick Schloesser (Duesseldorf/Bochum) and Philip Tiedemann (Berliner Ensemble, Burgtheater, Vienna)."

-Ole Schmidt Website (

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"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."

-Dartmouth College (

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"Chris Weinheimer (* 1964 in Saarbrücken) is a German jazz and improvisation musician, composer and theater director.

Weinheimer studied philosophy, musicology and archeology in Cologne and jazz flute in Hilversum. He has been a freelance musician since 1985. He has been composing drama and ballet music since 1991. In 1994 he founded the group Post No Bills with Ole Schmidt, Tom Lorenz, Robert Schleisiek and Carl Ludwig Hübsch, which, in addition to jazz music, specializes in improvisation music and new music (e.g. John Cage's "Variations" and "Number Pieces" and Christian Wolff's "Exercises").

Since 1996 he has been running the Blauzone performance project with Ole Schmidt, Sebastian Gramss and Carl Ludwig Hübsch, and since 2000 it has been expanded to include actors from the HORA theater under the name Lust am Scheitern. He is also, together with Karoline Schulz, a member of the Neue Dresdner Kammermusik (since 2004) and the Saxon Improvisation Ensemble. Weinheimer has been organizing thematic concert evenings at the LOFFT in Leipzig since 2005 under the title System Critic Material Issue.

Since the late 1990s he has composed compositions for chamber music ensembles, including a string quartet. Since 2009 Weinheimer has devoted himself increasingly to work as a theater director.

Chris Weinheimer lives in Leipzig."

-Wikipedia (

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"Besides his own project like Hübsch's Longrun Development of the Universe, Drift and Hübsch's Primordial Soup he founded the ENSEMBLE X and co-leads the Multiple Joy[ce] Orchestra together with Matthias Schubert and Frank Gratkowski.

Hübsch is part of many collective projects and ensembles and works as side man in various projects. Carl Ludwig Hübsch performed with musicians like Arthur Blythe, Michiel Braam, Thomasz Stanko, Paul Lytton, Lester Bowie, Jasper vant Hof, Paul Lovens, Ernst Reijseger, Angelika Sheridan, Peter Keller, Thomas Lehn, Martin Theurer, Gunda Gottschalk, Axel Dörner, Ute Völker, Gino Robair, Philip Zoubek, Le Quan Ninh, Michel Doneda, Scott Fields, Michael Vorfeld, Uwe Oberg, Ulrich Phillipp, Franz Hautzinger, Sebastian Gramss, Nils Wogram, Frank Köllges, Udo Moll a.m.o. throughout the planet.

He participated in numerous projects like e.g.

• The F-Orkestra
• Oktoberorchestra Amsterdam 1994
• Humannoise Congress
• Hannes Zerbe / Willem Breuker Blech Band 1995
• Matthias Schubert Sextett 1997
• Kammeroper "Idyllen" von Thomas Beimel 1999
• Matthias Schubert Quartett 2002
• European Tuba Quartett from 2000
• Markus Eichenbergers Domino Orchestra 2003
• Toyteens `lil Rosies (Klare, Buhrs, de Jode, Hübsch)
• Post No Bills ab 1995
• Adam Noidlts Missiles
• Carl Ludwig Hübsch/Harald Kimmig Duo
• Adam Noidlts Missiles
• Thomas Heberers LipL from 2007
• Achim Krämer Georg Wissel Carl Ludwig Hübsch
• Franz Hautzingers Trompetenorchester 2008
• Bik Bent Braam / Braam Hybrid Tentett
• Ensemble [H]iatus from 2008

fellowships or study travels lead Hübsch troughout the continents, India in 1997 for studies with Ramamani (Karnataka College of Percussion)or to Namibia in the year 2000, to the USA ( OMI-Arts Stipendium 2002) • but also to closer places like Essen (Jazzpott Award 2003 ) or to Basel (2008 / 2009 Residency of the Stiftung Bartels Fondation) Huebsch's work is documented in numerous radio and CD productions."

-Carl Ludwig Hubsch Website (

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track listing:

1. Exercise 15 1:10:54

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descriptions, reviews, &c.

"Exercise 15" was made out of and invites transformations or transcriptions. It's for piano or ad hoc instrumental arrangement. Its material is from a 1920s song "Union Maid" (as I found it in Edith Fowke and Joe Glazer's collection "Songs of Work and Protest") by Woodie Guthrie using an earlier popular song tune. The tempo of the music is not specified. Sometimes it's played rather fast, as the original tune probably was, sometimes at a deliberate, 'prosaic' tempo. Here it's in a slow motion as though under a temporal microscope, which to my ears makes it somehow new (extensive change of quantity bringing about a change of quality)".-Christian Wolff

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