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Bauer, Matthias: Spontan In Granit (Creative Sources)

Berlin double bassist Mathias Bauer, a member of Unitedberlin, Asian Art, Junge Music and mosaik, and half of the duo Alchimia Organica, presents a series of 18 solid and diverse spontaneous improvisations, most averaging under 3 minutes, captivating the listener through articulate momentum, exceptional technique, and inventive narrative.

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UPC: 5609063405576

Label: Creative Sources
Catalog ID: cs557
Squidco Product Code: 26704

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2018
Country: Portugal
Packaging: Cardboard Gatefold
Recorded Tonus Arcus, in Berlin, Germany, in March, 2018, by Dietrich Petzold.


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Artist Biographies:

"Matthias Bauer is a double bass player, improviser and composer who is mainly working in the field of improvised and new music.

He performed with many internationally renowned musicians of the free improviser scene and took part in various ensembles and festivals.A central concern is his own solo performance incorporating the voice.

His compositions aim to make a bridge between composition and music

He performed a large repertoire of solo compositions and is working with Berlin based new music ensembles unitedberlin, asian art, Junge Musik and mosaik.He is on several CD releases and performed at festivals like Maerzmusic Berlin, musicaviva München, Biennale Venedig, nuovaconsonanza Rom, musique on scene Lyon, Daegu Contemporary Music Festival, Wien Modern, Konfrontationen Nickelsdorf and Total Music Meeting."

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track listing:

1. Spontan In Granit 1 2:04

2. Spontan In Granit 2 3:31

3. Spontan In Granit 3 1:33

4. Spontan In Granit 4 1:38

5. Spontan In Granit 5 4:40

6. Spontan In Granit 6 2:14

7. Spontan In Granit 7 1:37

8. Spontan In Granit 8 1:43

9. Spontan In Granit 9 2:03

10. Spontan In Granit 10 1:42

11. Spontan In Granit 11 1:28

12. Spontan In Granit 12 2:21

13. Spontan In Granit 13 2:01

14. Spontan In Granit 14 2:51

15. Spontan In Granit 15 1:59

16. Spontan In Granit 16 3:00

17. Spontan In Granit 17 3:13

18. Spontan In Granit 18 1:45

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"Bauer studied double bass at the Hochschule für Musik in East Berlin in the former German Democratic Republic. Over the years he worked - as a composer as well as a musician - with many ensembles playing contemporary classical music as wells as improvisation. Both Lyon and Cologne were his home base for a while. Since 1991 he is based again in Berlin, where he worked with David Moss, Chris Cutler, among others. He performed solo works specially composed for him by Georg Katzer, an important composer in the former GDR. He is the brother of Conrad and Johannes Bauer who both were very active in the west in the 80s and 90s.

Anyway, nowadays Mathias Bauer works with Berlin-based ensembles like Unitedberlin, Asian Art and Junge Music. With Maria Lucchese (theremin, zither, voice, gongs) he is one half of the duo Alchimia Organica. For Spontan in Granit however he decided to make a solo statement. In 18 short improvisations, he gives way to a diversity of improvised excursions ranging from dynamic to very intimate. He explores different techniques and ideas consequently condensed in a 1 to 3 minutes time span and they are solid miniatures of very expressive and vivid music from an inspired musician. Dietrich Petzold, like Bauer a composer and musician of the German Democratic Republic, recorded the sessions in March 2018."-Dolf Mulder, Vital Weekly

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Improvised Music
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