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Porta Chiusa

Because Life Should Be So Wonderful (I)

Porta Chiusa: Because Life Should Be So Wonderful (I) (Herbal International)

A beguiling and atmospheric work of overtones, harmonics, tonal and microtonal progressions from a trio of clarinetists (Hans Koch, Michael Thieke, and Paed Conca) with Japanese vocalist Maki Hachiya, an immaculately paced and exotic work of sound.

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Label: Herbal International
Catalog ID: 1603
Squidco Product Code: 22979

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2016
Country: Malaysia
Packaging: Cardboard Gatefold 3 Panels
Recorded November 10th and 11th 2014 “Frauenraum” Reitschulein Bern, Switzerland


Maki Hachiya-vocals

Hans Koch-clarinet

Michael Thieke-clarinet

Paed Conca-clarinet, composition

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Tokyo-based Japanese musician, born in June 6.
A voice performer, pianist, composer, and lyricist.

Maki Hachiya's musical activity is focusing on improvisational voice performances. With voices, she expresses her emotions and passions, rather than words and meaning, originated time by time in her mind and delivers them to audiences. Fabricating and shaping with voice instrumental a variety of forms and colorful images, Maki is a "voice" painter or architect (she once wanted to be apainter).
When vocalizing, she metamorphoses herself into creatures and things such as a bird, wind, rain, trees/leaves, thunder and maybe everything in the universe, natural and imaginary. She is also composing and singing various original pieces. Her verses are intuitive and magical. She invented various Maki-words and phrases unseen in dictionaries, which charm, daze, and stun us, sending to another world. Her singing standard jazz will move listeners.

In her early life, she learned the classical piano. She was especially fond of, and inspired by, J.S. Bach, Robert Schumann and modern French classical music. When young, she was absorbed in listening to and learned a wide range of music, including rock, jazz, world's folk, artificial and electronics sounds/noises and natural sounds. She began her live activities as a keyboard instrument player such as piano and synthesizer. One day in her twenties, she suddenly became aware of, almost intuitively, theinstrumentalness of her own body, then pursuing a career as a voice performer.
She relearned jazz piano and started experimental and improvisational live activities intensively, through which she tried to deconstruct and then re-construct repeatedly her original pieces. It was such a trial-and-error era when she coincidently, probably fatefully, met Takayuki Kato, the Japan's notable guitarist and improvisor, who decisively affected her subsequent musical performance, attitude and playing style.
Hachiya since then has devoted herself to "voice"and"improvisation" through live stages and collaboration with performers of various fields, pursuing new and her own sounds.

-Maki Hachiya Website (

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"Hans Koch plays bass clarinet and soprano saxophone. He has played alongside of musicians such as Cecil Taylor, Evan Parker, Fred Frith, Paul Lovens, Barry Guy, Barre Phillips, Phil Minton, Peter Kowald, Hans Reichel, Tom Cora, Jim O'Rourke, Fennesz, Elliott Sharp, Anthony Coleman, DJ M. Singe, Voicecrack, Günter Müller, Jean-Marc Montera, and Joëlle Léandre in Europe, America, and Asia-and still managed to maintain his association with the Koch-Schütz-Studer Trio. He has put out compact discs on various labels." (Dame, Ambiances Magnetiques) (

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"The Berlin-based clarinetist/composer/performer Michael Thieke is equally at home across a broad range of musical environments, such as experimental song forms, collectively composing projects, improvising collectives, and music on the fringes of jazz. He is exploring the minutiae of sound, timbre and noise, with a particular interest in microtonality and related sound phenomena, and with a preference for long-term collaborations and collective work.

Some of his current Projects are: The International Nothing (with Kai Fagaschinski cl, CD on ftarri), The Magic I.D. (with Christof Kurzmann, Kai Fagaschinski, Margareth Kammerer, CD/LP on ErstPop and staubgold), The Pitch (with Boris Baltschun organ, Koen Nutters b, Morten Olsen dr, LP on gaffer), Der lange Schatten (with Håvard Wiik p, Antonio Borghini b), Voutchkova/Thieke (with Biliana Voutchkova vl), Splitter Orchester, Toulemonde/Thieke (with Olivier Toulemonde acoustic objects), Hotelgäste (with Derek Shirley b, Dave Bennett g, CD on schraum, LP on self), Michael Thieke Unununium (with Luca Venitucci acc/p, Martin Siewert g, Christian Weber b, Derek Shirley b, Steve Heather dr, Eric Schaefer dr, CD on charhizma), motif (with Atle Nymo sax, Håkon Mjåset Johansen dr, Eivind Lønning tp, Ole Morten Vågan b, Håvard Wiik p), Porta Chiusa (with paed Conca cl, Hans Koch cl), Spirit Songs (with Mike Cooper voc/g, Elio Martusciello el, Fabrizio Spera dr, Luca Venitucci acc/el.), Roman Tics (with Burkhard Beins, Luca Venitucci, CD on Cathnor), Cowards Bend The Knee (Live Music in different setups with the film Cowards Bend The Knee by Guy Maddin), Gebhard Ullmann's The Clarinet Trio (with Gebhard Ullmann bass clarinet, Jürgen Kupke clarinet) and Uli Gumpert Workshop Band."

-Michael Thieke Website (

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Paed Conca(26.07.1967):

since 1989 he works as a musician and composer

plays clarinet and bass

he writes Music for theater, film, dance, small ensembles and plays in a lot of different projects

-composed and performed since 1989 (Lougaroo, So Nicht, Otolithen and more)

-composed and performed from 1998 till 2010 with BLAST-4tet/sextet/oktet/ensemble with Dirk Bruinsma(NL), Frank Crijns(NL) und Fabrizio Spera(I)

-1998 composed with Bruno Meillier(F) the music for the play "kein Monument für Gudrun Ensslin"in Saint Etienne(F)

-1997 to 2003 music for 3 silent movies: Der Mann mit der Kamera from Oziga Vertov,Nosferatu from F.W. Murnau, die Mutter from Vsevolod Pudovkin

-2003 he composed with Margrit Rieben the music for the"Übermut" Performance from the ÖFF-ÖFF theater in Bern(CH)

-2004 he composed "MIGRATON"

-2006 he composed the music for the play"Selbstbezichtigung" from Peter Handke

-2008 he composed the music for the play "Aufzeichnungen aus einem Irrenhaus" from Christine Lavant

-2009 to 2010 he composed PORTA CHIUSA for 3 clarinets(55 min)

-2009 he composed the music for the dance perfomance "One (idea) - happening live" from Jenni Arne

-2010 to 2013 he compoosed around 2 hours of music for PRAED

-2010 to 2013 he composed a new composition for PORTA CHIUSA(part two) for 3 clarinets and voice(53 min)

-2014 he compoosed new music for PRAED and PRAED plus

-2014 he composed a new composition for PORTA CHIUSA(part three) for 3 clarinets and voice(40 min)

-2014 he composed the music for the play "collecting home" with Yara Bou Nassar

-2015 he composed a new composition for PORTA CHIUSA(part four) for 3 clarinets(46 min)

He did projects with Bart Maris(B), Ottomo Yoshide(JAP), (J)Noeel Akchote(F), Matt Wand(GB), Jason Kahn(US), Koji Asano(JAP), Bruno Meillier,(F) Jim Meneses(US), Stephan Wittwer(CH), Steve Buchanan(US), Dorothea Schürch(CH), Kato Hideki(JAP), Werner Lüdi(CH), Michael Wertmüller(CH), Kido Natsuki(JAP), Masashi Kitamura(JAP), Katsui Yuji(JAP), Margrit Rieben(CH), Saadet Tuerkoez(CH), Yoko Miura(JAP), Hans Koch(CH), Martin Schütz(CH), John Edwards(GB), Sabina Meyer(I), Michael Zernag(US), Christine Sehnaoui(F), Mazen Kerbaj(LEB), Raed Yassin(LEB), Sharif Sehnaoui(LEB), Takumi Seino(JAP), Tarek Atoui(F), Uriel Barthelemi(F), Marcos Fernandes(JAP), Maki Hachiya(JAP), Kaido Yutaka(JAP), Usui Yasuhiro(JAP), Keiko Higuchi(JAP) Shayne Bowden(AUS), Mori-Shige(JAP), Adachi Tomomi(JAP)

Festivals: Untiteld Festival in Den Bosch (NL), Kykart Festival in St. Petersburg, Audio Art Festival in Krakau, Reve de Gier Festival in Frankreich, Rumor Festival in Utrecht (NL), Novembermusic in Gent (B), Hertogenbosch (NL) and Essen (D), Music Inovatrice in Saint Etienne(F), Festival Rue du Nord in Lausanne(CH), Irtijal Festival in Beirut(LEB) and Paris(F), Jazzfestival Mulhouse(F),Al Maslakh Festival in Genf, Bern, Basel and Zürich(CH), Filmfestival Rotterdam(NL), Archipel Festival Geneve(CH), Bad Bonn Kilbi in Düdingen(CH), Artacts Festival Sankt Johann(A), Stummfilmfestival Grosse Halle in Bern(CH), Doubt Music Festival in Tokyo(JAP), Impro Art Festival in Yokohama(JAP), Jazz Promenade Yokohama(JAP), Suoni per il popolo Festival in Montreal(CAN), kleines Festival der anderen Art in Bern(CH), Free Resonance Festival in Trondheim(NOR), Akouphene Festival in Geneve(CH), Konfrontationen Festival in Nickelsdorf(A), Reelfestival in Edinburgh, London and Bristol(UK), Swiss Music Days in Belgrad(SERBIA), CTM Festival in Berlin(D), VS Interpretation Festival in Prague(CZ), Todo Mundo Festival in Belgrade(SERBIA), ZOOM Festival in Bern, Switzerland

-Paed Conca Website (

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1. Because Life Should Be So Wonderful 41:12
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"Heike Fiedler's text "nano splitter gefaser" influenced me during composing, but I do not let it sound as a fluid text. Only fragments of sentences here and there will break out, but most of the time the voice will mingle with the three clarinets and produce a kind of "Drownmusic" on a low volume. The composition "because life should be so wonderful(l)" explore further the tonal and microtonal possibilities offered by three clarinets in combination with voice. The first edition of this work was with the singer Sabina Meyer and on our Japantour in October 2014 we will work with the Japanise singers Kouta Unaka, Masae Takano and Maki Hachiya."-Paed Conca

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