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Kepl, Irene: SololoS (Fou Records)

Heard in our catalog on albums from Improvising Beings and Another Timbre, here we have a stunning solo album of improvised violin from Viennese violinist Irene Kepl, showing a great range of style and technique while keeping the music playful and interesting, invoking a quote from Trisha Brown: "Dancing on the edge is the only place to be."

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UPC: 3426300099808

Label: Fou Records
Catalog ID: FR-CD20
Squidco Product Code: 23427

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2017
Country: France
Packaging: Cardboard Gatefold
Recorded in La Garenne-Colombes, France, on March 6th, 2016, by Jean-Marc Foussat.


Irene Kepl-violin

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Descriptions, Reviews, &c.

"Jean-Marc Foussat struck again! Derek Bailey, Evan Parker, Joelle Leandre, George Lewis, Peter Kowald, Daunik Lazro at Dunois or elsewhere, and albums by renowned artists can be content to publish his "historical" treasures, Which already have a nice discography. But since he believes above all in the spirit of adventure and research that has animated him since his beginnings, he can not resist the urge to share with us a beautiful discovery, an unknown music.

Here the Austrian violinist Irene Kepl gives us a superb opus solitaire of a beautiful invoice. The fingers strike the key, the bow waves on the strings, rubbing the stamps, tracing claws in the vibrating air. An organic vision of the instrument, an approach in turn playful, sensitive, minimal, luminous, elegiac, an intimate knowledge of harmonics and their frequencies. Know how to say the essential with the least interval in an infinite loop (Lucid) until the tension suddenly turns into torsion.

An invisible net escapes like a whistle of ant, the hair brushing the rope, this action amplified imperceptibly gives rise to subtle harmonics barely audible (Move Across). Multiphonies using voice and soft bow (?) (Candid). Insistent and intense cadences stretched towards climax in decelerendo and orgiastic glissando or an ostinato / counterpoint stammering and frantic without solution of end (AmiNIMAL). Pizzicato extreme and minimalist (Drop in) Etc ... there is a whole range of fiddling game, a mastery of the timbres and a poetry of the sound that deserve to be listened to and re-listened for its relevance, its singularity and the pure pleasure of the sound .

We heard Irene Kepl in a string quintet with Paul Rogers, Nina de Heney and Albert Markos in Austria which caused a sensation. So to follow !!"-Jean-Michel Van Schouwburg

Artist Biographies

"Violinist and composer Irene Kepl studied classical violin and jazz in Linz and she now lives in Vienna. Her work focuses primarily on contemporary classical music, free improvisation, composition, Jazz and groove based musics.

She has performed at many prestigous venues and festivals including: Klangspuren Schwaz, Festival 4020, Festival Unlimited, 12 points Festival/SE, Donau Festival Ulm, DanceKiosk Hamburg/GER, Java Jazz Festival, Jazzfest Vienna, Jazz Festival Petrovac/ME. Her music has been broadcast on various radio stations in Austria and abroad.

She has received the fellowship "music OMI" New York, Gustav Mahler Composition Prize, the national scholarship for young musicians, the talent development award for composition from Upper Austria and the Theodor Körner Prize for composition.

Commissioned works for Brucknerfest Linz, ORF Musikprotokoll and Wiener Festwochen. She has worked with Joëlle Leàndre/FR, Malcolm Goldstein and George Cremaschi/USA, Korhan Ehel/TR, Petr Vrba/CZ and Moe Staiano/USA amongst others. She is also the founder of the monthly held concert series "Musik in Raum" in Upper Austria which will feature many different projects. Further work includes commissions for theater, film and sound installations."

-Irene Kepl Website (

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Track Listing:

1. Here Is The Thing 4:33

2. Lucid 8:10

3. Move Across 4:25

4. Candid 4:03

5. AmiNIMAL 11:54

6. Drop In 4:56

7. Drop Out 2:35

8. Apogee 4:09

9. SingSangSung 2:58

10. Forget-me-not 5:51

11. Walzer On The Roof 3:09

12. Bacino 2:01

Related Categories of Interest:

Improvised Music
Free Improvisation
Stringed Instruments
Solo Artist Recordings

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