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Dorf, The / Phill Niblock: Baobab / Echoes [2 CDs] (XI Records)

Phill Niblock's "Baobob", a rich drone work on a massive scale, is realized by the German sound collective The Dorf (German for The Village) augmented as a 35-member orchestra, released in a 2-CD set alongside "Echoes", a compositions from Jan Klare in three parts recorded the same evening with the same large edition of The Dorf ensemble.
 

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Phill Niblock-composer

Jan Klare-composer

Marie Daniels-vocals

Hanna Schorken-vocals

Maika Küster-vocals

Oona Kastner-vocals, keys

Julia Brüssel-violin

Martin Verborg-violin

Ludger Schmidt-cello

Emily Witbrodt-cello

David Heiss-trumpet

Moritz Anthes-trombone

Max Wehner-trombone

Adrian Prost-trombone

Lex Morsey-tuba

Sebastian Gerhartz-saxophone

Felix Fritsche-saxophone

Florian Walter-saxophone

Stefanie Heine-saxophone

Luise Volkmann-saxophone

Andreas Wahl-guitar

Christian Hammer-guitar

Raissa Mehner-guitar

Serge Corteyn-guitar

Oliver Siegel-synth

Guido Schlosser-keys

Fabian Neubauer-keys

Anja Kreysing-keys

Gilda Razani-theremin

Achim Zepezauer-electronic

Kai Niggemann-electronic

Johannes Nebel-bass

Volker Kamp-bass

Simon Camatta-drums

Marvin Blamberg-drums

Jan Klare-saxophone airmovement

Denis Cosmar-sound


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UPC: 725531204221

Label: XI Records
Catalog ID: XI 142CD
Squidco Product Code: 29206

Format: 2 CDs
Condition: New
Released: 2020
Country: Germany
Packaging: Cardboard Gatefold
Recorded live at Domicil, in Dortmund, Germany, on September 19th, 2019, by Denis Cosmar. Co-released with Umland Records.

Descriptions, Reviews, &c.

"On a Thursday night in 2019 @domicil Dortmund The Dorf played 2 long sets with a total number of 35 musicians on stage - the central reason for this was the presence of drone-master Phill Niblock, who brought "Baobab" - a composition of his, usually lasting 23 minutes which we prolonged to the double. Yes it was an experience unparalleled before at least in the history of our loved orchestra.

The second set featured this huge setting in a different mode - using 3 compositional ideas that were also pretty much linear but used a lot of improvisation by all the members of the group. Still this second set was heavily influenced by Niblock's music so we call the resulting double CD Baobab/Echoes."-The Dorf


Artist Biographies

"Phill Niblock is a New York-based minimalist composer and multi-media musician and director of Experimental Intermedia, a foundation born in the flames of 1968's barricade-hopping. He has been a maverick presence on the fringes of the avant garde ever since. In the history books Niblock is the forgotten Minimalist. That's as maybe: no one ever said the history books were infallible anyway.

His influence has had more impact on younger composers such as Susan Stenger, Lois V Vierk, David First, and Glenn Branca. He's even worked with Sonic Youth's Thurston Moore and Lee Renaldo on "Guitar two, for four" which is actually for five guitarists. This is Minimalism in the classic sense of the word, if that makes sense. Niblock constructs big 24-track digitally-processed monolithic microtonal drones. The result is sound without melody or rhythm. Movement is slow, geologically slow. Changes are almost imperceptible, and his music has a tendency of creeping up on you. The vocal pieces are like some of Ligeti's choral works, but a little more phased. And this isn't choral work. "A Y U (as yet untitled)" is sampled from just one voice, the baritone Thomas Buckner. The results are pitch shifted and processed intense drones, one live and one studio edited. Unlike Ligeti, this isn't just for voice or hurdy gurdy. Like Stockhausen's electronic pieces, Musique Concrete, or even Fripp and Eno's No Pussyfooting, the role of the producer/composer in "Hurdy Hurry" and "A Y U" is just as important as the role of the performer. He says: "What I am doing with my music is to produce something without rhythm or melody, by using many microtones that cause movements very, very slowly." The stills in the booklet are from slides taken in China, while Niblock was making films which are painstaking studies of manual labour, giving a poetic dignity to sheer gruelling slog of fishermen at work, rice-planters, log-splitters, water-hole dredgers and other back-breaking toilers. Since 1968 Phill has also put on over 1000 concerts in his loft space, including Ryoji Ikeda, Zbigniew Karkowski, Jim O'Rourke."

-Phill Niblock Website (http://phillniblock.com/2007/06/14/biography-photos/)
2/21/2024

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"Jan Klare (sax, fl, cl, comp) born 1961, has travelled many countries since the 80's as a saxophonist, bandleader and composer. He has been involved in numerous CD - and media productions with a lengthy list of reputated fellow musicians. Klare has written music for varied occasions like jazz, contemporary music, dance, silent film, ethnical groups and so on. He has also written 2 chamber-operas.sociological fieldresearch, audience habits and aural expectations

Jan Klare has been rewarded some prices which underline his quality as musician in many fields. The last 10 years have been dedicated to the XXL orchestra "The Dorf", groups like "1000" or "Myanmar meets Europe" - just recently he cofounded a new label called "umland records" grouped around The Dorf.

He describes his work as a sociological fieldresearch on audience habits and aural expectations."

-Jan Klare Website (http://www.janklare.de/bio/)
2/21/2024

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"Hanna Schörken, born 23 of July 1985 in Duisburg, Germany. In 2005 she moved to Köln, in order to study comparative literary studies at the University of Bonn. At this time she began writing her own poems and soon she had readings in several cafés and institutions. While concentrating on publishing, writing and reading her poems she started to experiment with her voice. Her readings became more and more voice performances. She decided to study Jazz Singing and moved to the Netherlands in 2008, where she was accapted at the ArtEZ Conservatory / Institute of the Arts. She studied and attended workshops with: Silvia Droste, Romy Camerun, Fay Claassen, Florian Weber, Markus Stockhausen etc. She sings and performs in several projects of jazz and free improvised music as well as interdisciplinary projects in the field of dance, literature and music."

-Mapado (https://www.mapado.com/en/lyon/hanna-schorken-et-thibault-gomez-duo-jazz)
2/21/2024

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"Luise Volkmann is a young saxophonist and composer based in Cologne, Germany. She studied Jazz Saxophone in Leipzig (HMT) and Paris (CNSMdP) and Composition in Cologne (HfMT). She has lived and worked in Germany, France, Danemark and Brazil, and is constantly involved not only in music, but also in social and cultural organization.

As a musician she is working with contemporary composed and improvised music. Among others she has played concerts with Eve Risser, Sylvain Kassap, Satoko Fujii, Natsuki Tamura, Steve Beresford, Mia Zabelka, Jan Klare, Robert Landfermann, Lisa Mezzacappa, Eivind Lønning und Sylvaine Hélary.

In 2016 she has been invited beeing resident at the Cité Internationale des Arts in Paris. 2017 she released her first debout album with the large ensemble Été Large. The CD was chosen by the german magazine "Die Zeit" as one of the best CDs in 2017. The radio station "BR Klassik" named her mixing of classical music and jazz "Kammer-Jazz".

In her three years living in Paris she cooperated with the most interesting musicians collectives such as Umlaut, COAX, Tricolectif and Collectif LOO. 2018 she realized several sound performances with the Goethe Institut Paris.

Her compositional works were first published at Editions Leduc in 2017. In 2019 she realized a work for the Bauhaus jubilee."

-Luise Volkmann Website (https://luisevolkmann.jimdofree.com/bio/)
2/21/2024

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"Jan Klare (sax, fl, cl, comp) born 1961, has travelled many countries since the 80's as a saxophonist, bandleader and composer. He has been involved in numerous CD - and media productions with a lengthy list of reputated fellow musicians. Klare has written music for varied occasions like jazz, contemporary music, dance, silent film, ethnical groups and so on. He has also written 2 chamber-operas.sociological fieldresearch, audience habits and aural expectations

Jan Klare has been rewarded some prices which underline his quality as musician in many fields. The last 10 years have been dedicated to the XXL orchestra "The Dorf", groups like "1000" or "Myanmar meets Europe" - just recently he cofounded a new label called "umland records" grouped around The Dorf.

He describes his work as a sociological fieldresearch on audience habits and aural expectations."

-Jan Klare Website (http://www.janklare.de/bio/)
2/21/2024

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Track Listing:



CD1



1. Baobab 46:19

CD2



1. Rich 16:31

2. F-Lan 12:31

3. Split 9:13

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