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Anahuac (Cogburn / Garcia / Schick): Anahuac (Astral Spirits)

Layered lowercase electroacoustic improv from the US / Mexico City / German trio of Chris Cogburn on percussion & electronics, Juan Garcia on double bass, and Ignaz Schick on turntables & electronics, eclectically informed by concrete sources and abstract electronics over Garcia's bass work and Cogburn's threshold-crossing acoustics & electronic percussion.

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Label: Astral Spirits
Catalog ID: AS082
Squidco Product Code: 28649

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2019
Country: USA
Packaging: Digipack
Recorded at Anahuac 33, in Mexico City, Mexico, on May 22nd, 2106, by Ignaz Schick.


Chris Cogburn-percussion, electronics

Juan Garcia-double bass

Ignaz Schick-turntables, sampler, electronics

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"Chris Cogburn is a percussionist living in Austin and Mexico City. His artistic practice is rooted in the collaborative context of improvisation.

Cogburn's approach to the drum gives focus to the instrument's sonic potential as a site and container for resonance. Current practices concentrate on the threshold between acoustic and electronic sounds, their differing tibral qualities and their sites of resonance (speaker/drum).

Current music projects include: un Trio de Gira, with Mexico City musicians Alex Bruck (viola) and Ramón del Buey (bass clarinet); Libración, a duo with Mexico City double bassist Juan García; and the frenetic noise group SSBT with Steve Jansen and Parham Daghighi.

Beginning in the summer of 2003, Cogburn has organized an annual festival of improvised music - the No Idea Festival - showcasing a handful of Texas' premiere creative musicians in collaboration with improvisors from around the US, Europe, Japan, Mexico, Canada and the world. No Idea events have been held in Austin, San Antonio, Houston, Marfa, Fort Worth, Dallas, New Orleans, Mexico City and Mérida, Yucatán."

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"Juan J. García is a contemporary double bass musician and improviser living and working in Mexico City. He has been a resident artist in Mexico's national contemporary music ensemble CEPROMUSIC (Centro de Experimentación y Producción de Música Contemporánea.) since 2012 and is a continuous collaborator with Mexico City's modern and experimental ensemble Liminar.

Since 2001, García has collaborated with the Pauline Oliveros Foundation Houston (later, Nameless Sound) and was a double bass student of Dennis Whittaker and Catalin Rotaru. He has performed at the Tate Modern in London, Rothko Chapel in Houston, Texas, The Museo Universitario Arte Contemporáneo (MUAC) in Mexico City, Issue Project Room and Roulette in New York City, and at festivals such as No Idea Festival (Austin), Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival (UK), and Aural Festival, El Nicho, and Umbral (Mexico City). Some important collaborations include: Pauline Oliveros, David Dove, Radu Malfatti, John Butcher, The Scottish Dance Theater, Cooper-Moore, Tatsuya Nakatani, Tetuzi Akiyama, and Tarek Atoui, among others.

Current collaborations include: Low Frequency Trio with Antonio Rosales (bass clarinet) and Jose Luis Hurtado (piano), Anáhuac with Chris Cogburn (percussion) and Ignaz Schick (turntable, electronics), and Fear of the Object with Kjell Bjørgeengen (sound/image synthesizer) and Chris Cogburn."

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"Ignaz Schick is a Turntablist, sound artist, performer and composer. He was born in Bavaria and since the late 1995 he works and lives in Berlin where he became an active and integral force of the so-called "Berlin Nouvelle Vague" and the blossoming "real time music" scene. He has collaborated with numerous international artists (most notably Don Cherry & Charlemagne Palestine) and toured and performed in clubs & festivals all over Eastern- and Western Europe, Australia, Finland, Israel, Malaysia, New Zealand and USA. He released many albums on several labels and he was part of radio broadcasts and productions for ORF-Kunstradio, ORF-Zeitton, BR2, DLR, DLF, WDR3, DRS2 or Radio Copernicus. Furthermore he has been curating festivals of experimental music from the early 90s onwards (FAM, Erase & Reset, Tim Shifts, The International Turntable Orchestra...)."

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track listing:

1. 21:23 21:22

2. 15:27 15:27

3. 25:25 25:25
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"Anáhuac's use of minimal objects/percussion, small electronics, extended bass techniques and treated obscure found footage vinyl creates a perplexed sound world shifting from one obscure state to the next with sometimes film like atmospheres. The resulting music arises from a shared interest in an abstracted electro-acoustic aesthetic that is at times densely static and dynamically disorienting.

Having initially met during the 2015 No Idea Festival in Austin, Texas,
 Chris Cogburn, Juan Garcia and Ignaz Schick started to work as a trio in Mexico City in 2016. The trio soon embarked on two extensive tours of Mexico (May 2016; October 2017), performing and recording in Mexico City, Morelia, Guanajuato, Puebla, and Oaxaca."-Astral Spirits

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