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Haubensak, Edu / Tomas Korber: Works For Guitar & Percussion by Buck-Wolfarth (ezz-thetics by Hat Hut Records Ltd)

Active since 2010, the German/Swiss duo of classical guitarist Christian Buck and improviser Christian Wolfarth occupies a space between music and sound art, as they perform two works each by Ed Haubensak and Tomas Korber, pieces that make use of time, microharmonies, multiphonics, unusual tuning systems, interference patterns, and other conceptual approaches to music.

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UPC: 752156101420

Label: ezz-thetics by Hat Hut Records Ltd
Catalog ID: ezz-thetics 1014
Squidco Product Code: 28648

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2020
Country: Switzerland
Packaging: Cardboard Gatefold
Recorded at Radio SRF, in Zurich, Switzerland, on May 2nd to 4th, 2019, by Philipp Schaufelberger.


Christian Buck-guitar

Christian Wolfarth-percussion

Edu Haubensak-composer

Tomas Korber-composer

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Artist Biographies:

"Christian Buck, born in Neustadt a. Rbge., Germany, received his first guitar lessons at the age of eleven. After studying at the University of Music and Drama in Hanover, he continued his education at the Lucerne School of Music in the concert class of Prof. Frank Bungarten and took part in numerous master classes, including with Sergio Assad, Manuel Barrueco, Mats Bergström and Farred Haque.

His international concert career began in 1999 and led him through Europe and South America - both as a soloist and with various ensembles. Christian Buck has been a founding member of the anemos | guitar quartet since 2003 and has received the Orpheus Award. Radio recordings in cooperation with "Radio Suisse Romande" and two CD productions so far document the work of this quartet.

Christian Buck has played at the Davos Festival, guitar festival Turku, InGuitar Winterthur and the Philharmonie Luxembourg.

Modern and contemporary works play a major role in the design of the solo programs. His involvement with contemporary music is also evident in his participation in music theater productions, some of which have won awards, and in the invitation to renowned new music festivals such as MaerzMusik, Berlin or the Eclat Festival, Stuttgart. Christian Buck has been working with the drummer Christian Wolfarth in the Duo Buck / Wolfarth since 2010. New compositions are regularly created for this duo, most recently by A. Zimmerlin.

Since 2001 he has been leading a guitar class at the Zurich Conservatory (MKZ)."

-Christian Buck Website (Translated by Google) (

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Born 1960 in Zürich/Switzerland.

1982-1986 studies with Bob Cunningham and Billy Brooks at the Swiss Jazz School in Bern.

1992-1996 studies with Pierre Favre at the Conservatorium in Luzern.

1995 studies in Composition with Siegfried Kutterer in Basel.

Workshops with George Lewis, Alexander von Schlippenbach, Jojo Mayer, Han Bennink and others.

Since the middle of the 80th's he's involved in many projects between Jazz, improvised and written New Music.

Since 1991 he played many solo concerts in all over Europe and Russia.

Regular works with dancers above all with Nina F. Schneider and her dance company. (1994-2002)

He works for theatre, film and video.Collaborations and concerts with

Al Maslakh Ensemble, Claus van Bebber, Burkhard Beins, Christian Buck, John Butcher, Gene Coleman, Bertrand Denzler, Jacques Demierre, Michel Doneda, Axel Dörner, John Edwards, Donat Fisch, Christoph Gallio, Mich Gerber, Malcolm Goldstein, Eugen Gomringer, Barry Guy, Charlotte Hug, Jason Kahn, Hans Koch, Jonas Kocher, Tomas Korber, Annette Krebs, Fine Kwiatkowski, Joke Lanz, Urs Leimgruber, London, Improvisers Orchestra, Paul Lovens, Werner Lüdi, Michael Lytle, Paul Lytton, Enrico Malatesta, Albert Mangelsdorff, Michael Moser, Norbert Möslang, Günter Müller, Lauren Newton, Andrea Neumann, Lucas Niggli, Evan Parker, Simon Picard, Lê Quan Ninh, Ignaz Schick, Alex von Schlippenbach, Irène Schweizer, Christine Sehnaoui, Günther Sommer, Jürg Solothurnmann, Michael Thieke, Michael Vorfeld, Phil Wachsman, Christian Weber, Michel Wintsch, Michael Zerang, Ingar Zach, Alfred Zimmerlin and many others.Labels

His work is released on labels like: for4ears, formed, HatOLOGY, Leo, Klangbad, Presto!?, Rossbin, mikroton, Monotype, Quakebasket, hiddenbell, Creative Sources, Origin, Percaso, Wandelweiser, Unit and others.Festivals

Christian Wolfarth has played at some festivals such as:Festival Total Meeting (F), Festival Densités (F), Les Arts à Gahard (F), Wien Modern (A), Ulrichsberger Kaleidophon (A), Festival Pulsi (I), LEM Festival (ES), Störung Festival (ES), At Harbour (CR), Percussion Festival (RU), Skanu Mezs (LET), Musica Genera (PL), Festival Blaue Fabrik (D), ZAM Labor (D), Klangbad Festival (D), Humanoise Congress (D), Festival Rue du Nord (CH), Festival de la Cité (CH), Festival Akouphène (CH), Festival Archipel, (CH), Onze Plus (CH), Jazzfestival Willisau (CH), Festival ZweiTageZeit (CH), Unerhört (CH), Maiers Ohr (CH), Stanser Musiktage (CH), Festival SehnsOhr (CH), Knoten Festival (CH), TonArt (CH), Taktlos Festival (CH)"

-Christian Wolfarth Website (

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"Edu Haubensak was born in Helsinki 9. April 1954 and spent his childhood in Zurich. He then studied theory and composition with Thomas Kessler and Robert Suter at the Basle Academy of Music (1976-79). It was at this time that he wrote his first piano works ('Schwarz Weiss') and musico-scenic compositions ('Gleichgewichte', Drei Klangbilder).

He also composed electronic collages for the radio, and several works of his were realized choreographically. In the Tonhalle, the Collegium Musicum Zurich gave the world premiere of his first orchestral work, under the baton of Brenton Langbein. Haubensak is a co-founder of the Fabrikkomposition concert series at Zurich's Rote Fabrik. In 1984/85, he was awarded a scholarship to the Istituto Svizzero in Rome, and in the same year was awarded First Prize by the jury of the International Composer's Seminar in Boswil. Haubensak has taken an intense interest in instruments with new tunings. His first pieces for piano solo with altered pitches culminated in the ten-part piano cycle 'Grosse Stimmung l - X' (1989-2005). In 1994, he was awarded a one-year work grant by the City of Zurich. He also attended composition courses and masterclasses with Heinz Holliger and Klaus Huber. In 2006 he won the Zollikon Arts Prize. He has been invited to international festivals (such as MaerzMusik Berlin, Klangspuren Tirol Austria, Festival Rümlingen, ZeitRäumeBasel) and has given lectures, taught, and engaged in research projects, sound installations and conceptual compositions. He has published various essays in DU, in WERK, POSITIONS and in the Neue Zürcher Zeitung. In 2010, he is a scholar of the cultural foundation Landis & Gyr in London.

Edu Haubensak works with well-known musicians such as Samuel Stoll, Simone Keller, Martin Lorenz, Sylvia Nopper, Marianne Schuppe, Stefan Wirth, Conrad Steinmann, Tomas Bächli, Rico Gubler, Heinz Holliger and the ensembles Collegium Novum, Ensemble Tzara, Ensemble Werktag, Buck/Wolfarth, Cattral and Aequatuor, the orchestras Ensemble Resonanz Hamburg, the Basel Sinfonietta, Sinfonie Orchester Basel and also with the Musikkollegium Winterthur."

-Edu Haubensak Website (

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"Tomas Korber, born in 1979 , is a guitarist, composer and improviser from Zürich, Switzerland who has appeared on an impressive array of releases both solo and with playing partners including Toshimaru Nakamura, Günter Müller, Otomo Yoshihide, dieb13, eRikm, Jason Kahn, Keith Rowe, Dan Warburton and Mersault, his working trio with Christian Weber and Christian Wolfarth. I asked several of these collaborators what qualities stand out in making music with Korber. Kahn remarked on his listening acumen. Weber, the bassist for the past three years with Mersault, said he has "an uncompromising focus on the music," and remains committed to "taking risks and the use of very different forms." Korber's work indeed has an impressive range and scope, characterized by both a high degree of malleability and the clear presence of recurring sonic elements, very much his own sound."

-Paris Transatlantic (

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track listing:

1. On 13:55

2. Weniger Weiss 11:52

3. Refugium 9:50

4. Aufhebung 12:55
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descriptions, reviews, &c.

"This recording by Christian Buck (guitar) and Christian Wolfarth (percussion) is remarkable in several ways. They are a duo of classical interpreter and improviser, in an unusual instrumental combination. The compositions that they perform are highly conceptual, in a way that places them on the continuum between music, and non-musical soundart - and their concepts raise intriguing issues in the philosophy of music."- Andy Hamilton, liner notes

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