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ALSO (Siewert / Ernst): Live in Celovec (Trost Records)

Picking up where their "Live at Wirr" album left off, this new recording finds the Viennese free improvising electroacoustic duo of Martin Siewert on guitar & electronics and Katharina Ernst on drums & toys performing live at the 2018 New Adits festival in Celovec, Austria for five resourceful and diverse dialogs, from intensely tumultuous to delicately thoughtful.

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UPC: 9120036683181

Label: Trost Records
Catalog ID: TROST 199CD
Squidco Product Code: 29770

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2020
Country: Austria
Packaging: Cardboard Gatefold
Recorded live at the New Adits festival in Celovec, Austria, in 2018, by Ronald Pfisterer.


Katharina Ernst-drums, toys

Martin Siewert-guitars, electronics

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"Viennese improvisation guitar/drums duo ALSO return with a superb live recording. Katharina Ernst and Martin Siewert have been working together for more than five years now and continue to enjoy their compelling dynamics. This set is full of fire and thunder but also drawn by some striking and fragile moments through a variety of effects and some delicate lap steel play -- true two masters in working on the axis of refracting and reflecting, and throwing it back again. "-Trost

"Live in Celovec is the second album of from the Viennese free-improv duo ALSO of drummer Katharina Ernst and guitarist and electronics player Martin Siewert, following Live at Wirr (Trost, 2016), recorded this time at the New Adits festival in Celovec, Austria, in November 2018. Both Ernst and Siewert are resourceful, multidisciplinary sonic alchemists, mixing in their individual work post-techno (Ernst with the Ventil band), art-rock (Siewert with the Radian trio), electronica, minimalism, and sound-oriented explorations (both). Siewert is also an in-demand sound engineer and he mixed and mastered this recording.

ALSO have been working for more than five years now and still enjoy fresh, unpredictable dynamics. Live in Celovec continues exactly where Live at Wirr ended with a piece called "Seven", stressing the physical, eruptive nature of ALSO aesthetics. Instantly and quite organically, out of hazy, dense sonic explorations Ernst and Siewert lock on a thunderous, hypnotic groove, but don't surrender to it, but keep mutating and sculpting it, spicing it with abstract noises, minimalist dreamscapes, industrial sounds and delicate guitar musings, in a similar mode to some of the freest moments of Radian. "Eight" varies the exploratory vein with open, atmospheric pulse and guitar sounds, still informed by raw noises, but highlighting the distinct approaches of Ernst and Siewert. She can form an effective pulse with few touches on the drums skins and the cymbals. He likes to dive deeper and wider and to offer each time a complex palette of rare sounds.

"Nine" lights an urgent, chaotic storm where Siewert's atmospheric guitar lines- sounding at times as Terje Rypdal on steroids, crisscrossing the tribal rhythmic patterns of Ernst. "Ten" is a quiet, delicate, meditative dreamscape, focusing only on the bare, necessary resonating touches. These gentle touches reflect each other's gestures but also build patiently the inevitable tension that resurfaces again and again with aggressive power and volume. This short performance ends with "Eleven" that contrasts Ernst's nervous, possessed kind of drumming, with Siewert's urgent search for a perfect match of guitar and electronics sounds, until this arresting axis of refracting and reflecting stops abruptly, leaving a burning desire to have more, much more from this right, potent stuff.-Eyal Hareuveni, The Free Jazz Collective

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Artist Biographies

Renowned institutions, such as Deutsches Theater Berlin or Konzerthaus Vienna, off-spaces such as parking lots in the southwest of France, hidden venues like a one-man office hosting experimental music in the heart of Seoul, or an old factory full of people shaking to her beats somewhere along the Danube; these are the frames of KatharinaÕs artistic practice, which is as diverse as the projects she is involved in. The range spreads from improvised music with partners like Ken Vandermark, dieb13, Terrie Hessels and Kazuhisa Uchihashi to multidisciplinary street theatre with La Compagnie Luc Amoros; from live shows with her techno band VENTIL or with Chicks On Speed to contemporary dance and performance with artists and collectives like Oleg Soulimenko or Toxic Dreams. Through all of these diverse practices, Katharina defends an artistic approach that is one of a nomad, in and between disciplines. It is this perspective on art, as well as her partaking in various collaborations with highly interesting partners that have allowed her to travel across the planet - from The Netherlands to Mexico, from France to China, from Ireland to Australia. Born in 1987 in Vienna, Austria, Katharina is a Fine Arts/Painting graduate. She started playing the drums at age nine. Her major interests in drumming are poly-rhythmical, poly-metrical, odd and chaotic structures, understanding reduction as a means of approaching complexity. Besides touring in summer and painting in winter she is curating experimental art and music events in Vienna. Her first choreographic work ausdehnen : zusammenziehen (a : z), a series of performance pieces on the political dimension of drums, movement and space, began in 2012, has been shown at Tanzquartier Wien, Arsenale, Venice and ThŽ‰tre de la Ville, Paris, amongst other places, and has won several international art competitions and prizes (see right).Katharina has already performed and / or exhibited in: Austria, Australia, Belgium, Canada, Canary Islands, China, Columbia, Croatia, The Czech Republic, France, Germany, Great Britain, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Mexico, The Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Korea, Spain, Switzerland, Turkey -Katharina Ernst Website (

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"Martin Siewert (born 11 May 1972) is a German guitarist and film composer.

Siewert has been living in Vienna since the age of 10. He studied guitar at the University of Music and Performing Arts Graz. As a guitarist, he started his public performances in 1995. In his early performances, he played with Herwig Gradischnig, Freier Fall, Franz Hautzinger, and his band Duckbilled Platypus. With this band, he recorded two albums for the label Extraplatte.

He began to separated himself from the jazz idiom and developed an abstract sound on guitar. He became a member of Efzeg with Burkherd Stangl and Hauf and Komfort. He invited Dafeldecker, Hinteregger, Wayne Horvitz and Tony Buck to the group Komfort. In the group Trapist, he played with Joe Williamson and Martin Brandlmayr. On My Kingdom for a Lullably, he played with Christof Kurzmann, Axel Dšrner, and Billy Roisz, the video artist of Efzeg. He was a member of the guitar quartet SSSD with Taku Sugimoto, Werner Dafeldecker, and Burkhard Stangl.

He has worked with Oskar Aichinger, Christian Fennesz, Wolfgang Mitterer, Elliott Sharp, Franz Koglmann, Thomas Lehn, Karlheinz Essl, Ken Vandermark, Michael Sarin, Jamaaladeen Tacuma, Kammerflimmer Kollektief, Georg GrŠwe, Frank Gratkowski, Michael Vatcher, and Klangforum Wien. He has composed music for, ballet, film, theater, remix recordings, and sound art."

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Track Listing:

01. Seven (10:10)

02. Eight (6:56)

03. Nine (4:26)

04. Ten (10:14)

05. Eleven (5:51)

Related Categories of Interest:

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

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