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Fraqx (Frank Crijns / Jacq Palinckx): Fraqx (Creative Sources)

Fraqx, the Netherlands duo of guitarists Jacq Palinckx and Frank Crijns, both on electric guitar and "devices", debut their collaboration with this 7-part journey of rich deformations, from raw visceral energy to subdued experimentation, a diverse set of textures and powerful playing from two players with a long history of unusual improvisation.

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Frank Crijns-electric guitar, devices

Jacq Palinckx-electric guitar, devices

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UPC: 5609063404821

Label: Creative Sources
Catalog ID: cs482
Squidco Product Code: 25034

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2017
Country: Portugal
Packaging: Cardboard Gatefold
Recorded at News studio, May, 2016, by Danny Wieggers.

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"An unhinged energy guides the wild journey on Fraqx's self-titled debut. Strongly reminiscent of No Wave's unruly raw energy the songs blast forth with complete abandon for politeness and civility. These chaotic cacophonies rumbles with tremendous force of nature like persistence. Over the course of the album unusual rhythms and grooves appear only to be dissected with the utmost of care. Glenn Branca's presence is undeniable, for they go for a similar grandiose sweeping kind of style. Similarly, these are tracks that deserve the listener's unconditional surrender while the blasts of noise and piercing sirens float above it all.

Introducing the album, the careful delicacy of "Fraqx I" sets the mood. Sort of a reverse buildup, "Fraqx II" dissects the groove, starting off with a wall of sound and removing everything until only an ominous near-funk remains. Wispy worlds rest on the periphery of the sound with "Fraqx III" where everything neatly merges into a singular whole. Throughout the piece they settle into an uncomfortable rhythm, even incorporating moments that feel almost industrial. By far one of the highlights comes with the careening "Fraqx IV". Within this singular piece Fraqx nicely embody a true sense of pure dread. Ambitious and sprawling "Fraqx V" opts for a minimalism at first before it grows into an unruly force of nature by the finale. Rather beautiful "Fraqx VI" chooses unusual textures giving it an abstract experimental feeling."-Beach Sloth

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Artist Biographies

"Frank Crijns - guitar. Nationality: N.L.

Studied composition at the Rotterdam Conservatorie with P.J. Wagemans
and K. de Vries. My work as a composer can be divided in two parts:

1) Composing for soloists and modern music ensembles, for example:
percussion ensemble ATTACCA, Ensemble LOOS, Ensemble DE
EREPRIJS, DUTCH BALLET Orchestra, Trio NU, BASHO Ensemble,
QUASAR Saxophone Quartet, AG-Ensemble , flute trio TEGENWIND,
DIANGELO CICILIA, 2 TRACK, ROSA Ensemble , BLAST Quartet / Sextet
KOH-I-NOOR Saxophone Quartet, DUO DUBBELDUET, ANDREAS VAN ZOELEN, BL!NDMAND [4x4] saxofoon-kwartet, MR. PROBE (Bruno Nelissen & Marieke Berendsen), AMSTERDAM BRIDGE Ensemble ----------- (see list of works)

2) Playing and composing contemporary and improvised music.

Played and wrote music for:
Titanic Combo and Spelonk (cd Jazz in studie,label VARA radio),
played with Big Band Nieuwe Muziek and Positive Nuns
(C.D.: The bible Two, 1999, Pantheistic Records,Italy ).

Co founded the group BLAST. C.D.'s:
1) "Purist Sirup" (1992),
2) "Wire Stitched Ears" (1995),
3) "Stringy Rugs" (1997),
4) "A Sophisticated Face" (1999).
All released on Cuneiform records (U.S.A.),

5) "Altrastrata" (2003) on ReR records (England),
6) "As Nowhere as Anywhere" (2007) on FMR records (England),
7) "Sift" (2009) on ReR records (England).

Contemporary works on C.D. ('s):

"FRAQX", works for instant composing electric guitars and devices, with Jacq
Palinckx , for Creative Sources records (PT).

"Shade of impulse", works for sound-fields, natural ambient, electronic textures and acoustic ensemble , for Moving Furniture records (NL).

"[B]ONE", 7 works for ensembles and soloists for Vonk (NL) label.

"Tonk" for saxophone quartet was recorded on C.D. by Quasar
saxophone quartet (Quebec) for the Atma classique (CANADA) label
and by the Koh-i-Noor saxophone quartet (kin records 2004 NL)
c.d. :"Horrel".

"Il Pezzo Rotto" for accordeon duo, 2 voices and 4 feet
was recorded on C.D. "Si Che" by Duac for Vonk (NL) label.

"Prospulsion" for Combustion Chamber band was recorded on C.D. :
"Interconnector" by Combustion Chamber conducted by R.van Leyden
for BVHAAST records (bvhaast 0804,NL).

"Raam #2 " for classical guitar solo was recorded on C.D. :
"New dutch guitar music" by Diangelo Cicilia for Cybele records
(Germany /CYBELE SACD 260.801).

"Rundle" for trumpet, clarinet and trombone was recorded on C.D. :
"F3 plays composers from Tilburg " by F3 (independent label).

"TRI-" for bas clarinet, flute & piano was selected and performed
at the XXXIII International Forum for New Music
"Manuel Enriquez" 06/18/2011 in Mexico City, MEXICO.

Played duet on C.D. "My favorite strings " (Isinaz, isi 1002,2004)
with L.Margorani.

Forms with Jacq Palinckx the Instant Composing electric guitar duo "FRAQX" with whom the album "Fraqx" was released in 2017 on
Creative Sources records (PT).

Recently he plays and writes for the poetry metaljazz trio Betonfraktion,
with whom the album: " Snake Nation Crop Duster" was released in 2011.
In 2014 the E.P. "Sure 'Nuff 'n Yes We Do " was released on
Blowpipe Records (NL).
In 2016 the C.D. "I Changed my Sex " was released on
Blowpipe Records (NL).

Collaborated as composer and player with T.r.a.s.h. dance company,
created Music and soundscapes for the "Dressed (un)dressed" exhibition by
visual artist Tineke Schuurmans, performed with dutch writer
A.H.J. Dautzenberg and visual artists/performers Bram wiersma and
Monique Smeets.

Organised and played in projects with:
F.Frith,E.Sharp, T.Hodgkinson, P.Fajt, J.Palinckx, R. Chatham, P. Niblock,
B. Stadhouders, A. Strootman and others."
-Frank Crijns Website (

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"Jacq Palinckx (born 1959 in Tilburg) is active as a composer and musician from the early eighties. Together with his brother Bert, he founded the Palinckx & Palinckx group in 1983. Eventually the group will be called Palinckx. With this group he initiates numerous projects including The Psychedelic Years, Brian Wilson, Palinckx Cover Table, Henry, the Triple Man and Upper Chamber Music. With Palinckx (in the various compositions) he made 2 albums and 11 CDs and played at festivals such as Angelica Bologna, Taktlos Festival Switzerland, the Canadian Victoria Festival, Ringring Belgrade, Jazz à Mulhouse, Vooruit Sound Ghent, Alternativa Festival Prague. Furthermore, the band makes many tours in Italy, France, the USA and the Czech Republic.

Jacq also played in groups such as LOOS by Peter van Bergen, the Maarten Altena Ensemble and the Guus Janssen Septet, with which he regularly made compositions. He was also a soloist in the opera Noach by Guus Janssen.

Jacq received the Podium Award from the Jazz Foundation in 1992 in the Netherlands. He made several music theater productions with the Tilburg Theater Group Drieons. In 2004 he curated The week of contemporary music at the conservatory in Ghent.

Jacq has composed music for various ensembles over the years the Mondrian Quartet, Aquarius ensemble conducted by Lucas Vis, the David Kweksilber Big Band, Tridali and 7090, and recently collaborated with the VocaalLAB. Jacq has been active since 2011 as a teacher at the 'New Dutch Swing' training of Artez.

Jacq received a scholarship from 1987 to 2011, first from the Fund for Creative Art, later from the Performing Arts Fund. He currently has a scholarship composition from the Performing Arts Fund."

-Vlek (

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Track Listing:

1. I 1:02

2. II 4:59

3. III 4:32

4. IV 7:07

5. V 12:44

6. VI 5:51

7. VII 0:11

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Creative Sources
Improvised Music
Free Improvisation
Electro-Acoustic Improv
Duo Recordings
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European Improvisation, Composition and Experimental Forms

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