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Die Abenteuer des Birg Borgenthal

Euphorium_freakestra: Die Abenteuer des Birg Borgenthal (Euphorium)

An early assemblage of the EUPHORIUM_freakestra led by pianist Oliver Schwerdt in a 2000 concert at Hochschule fur Musik und Theater in Leipzig, each work part of a fictional narrative of a figure called Birg Borgenthal, realized through a combination of improvisation and contemporary chamber music, orchestrated for 3 pianists, 2 guitarists, and 3 singers and narrators.

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Label: Euphorium
Catalog ID: EUPH 012
Squidco Product Code: 30783

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2017
Country: Germany
Packaging: Digipack - 3 panel w/ booklets
Recorded at Hochschule fur Musik und Theater in Leipzig, Germany, on December 16th and 17th, 2000, by Gilbert Eiche.


Oliver Schwerdt-grand piano, percussion, electric organ

Friedrich Kettlitz-acoustic guitar, voice, percussion, electric guitar, electric organ

Guillaume Maupin-acoustic guitar, voice

Beate Wein-grand piano, voice

Doreen Mende-grand piano

Kim In-Suk-voice

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"Oliver Schwerdt (born 13 November 1979) is a German musicologist and musician (piano, percussion) in the field of free improvisation.

Born in Eisenach, Schwerdt attended school in Eisenach until his university entrance qualification and received classical piano lessons at the municipal music school there. He did his military service as a piano accompanist in the training music corps of the German armed forces. He began his studies of music and cultural sciences as well as art history at the Leipzig University in 1999 and completed them in 2006 with a master's thesis on Georg Simmel and Dadaism submitted to Klaus Christian Köhnke [de]. In 2012 he received his doctorate from Sebastian Klotz at the Institute for Musicology at the University of Leipzig [de], for which he also worked as a lecturer. His dissertation focuses on the musical strategies of central actors in the scene of free improvised music in the wake of Free Jazz and their spatial theoretical interpretation. He has taught at the Museum of Musical Instruments of Leipzig University and with the Bauhaus Dessau Foundation.

From his musicological work, Schwerdt identified the challenge facing contemporary museum practice in relation to the "reinvention of the drum set combination" as they are "in European improvised music" of the 20th century became reality. He is committed to securing the "acutely endangered, historically so delicate, aesthetically highly fascinating and epistemologically valuable object complexes". the first generation of European free jazz or contemporary improvised music. As an author of music-critical articles, Schwerdt wrote for the Neue Musikzeitung, the Jazzthetik [de] and the Jazzzeitung [de], among others. He also wrote accompanying texts for albums by Günter Sommer/Wadada Leo Smith and Alexander von Schlippenbach/Evan Parker/Paul Lovens and Urs Leimgruber. In 2003 he founded the publishing house Euphorium Productions.

Since 1999 Schwerdt has been artistic director of the EUPHORIUM_freakestra, a project ensemble between contemporary improvisation, jazz, Neue Musik and theatre with Günter Sommer, Friedrich Schenker, Rudi Mahall, Paul Rutherford, Ernst-Ludwig Petrowsky, Frank Möbus, Wadada Leo Smith, Axel Dörner, Barre Phillips, Alexander von Schlippenbach, Evan Parker, Paul Lovens, Sven-Åke Johansson, Ulrich Gumpert, Manfred Hering, Dietmar Diesner, Roger Turner, Barry Guy, Akira Sakata and others worked together. At the 2009 33. Leipziger Jazztage, he performed with the project Transatlantic Freedom Suite Tentets at the Leipzig Opera.

From the project ensemble the quartet ember with Urs Leimgruber developed, Alexander Schubert and Christian Lillinger. From 2006 to 2016 Schwerdt worked with Lillinger and Petrowsky in the New Old Luten Trio. The recording of Petrowsky's late works, documented from 2013 to 2015 with the albums Tumult!, Krawall!, Rabatz! in a quintet formation expanded by the double bassists John Edwards and Robert Landfermann received great attention. With Schubert and Friedrich Kettlitz, Schwerdt operates the electrified Noise-Ensemble trnn.

In 2006, Schwerdt received the Leipzig Jazz Young Talent Scholarship of the Marion-Ermer-Foundation for his performance as pianist and ensemble leader. The critics Ken Waxman (Jazzword) and Rigobert Dittmann (Bad Alchemy) hear reminiscences of Oscar Peterson, Bill Evans, Cecil Taylor and Alexander von Schlippenbach in Schwerdt's piano playing.

Schwerdt uses the following pseudonyms: Edithrakneff Weinermond, Frautastem!, Ingrid Ingulfwieher, Rita Deixis, Solveig Reberp-Klamt and Elan Pauer."

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Friedrich Kettlitz is a German guitarist & prepared guitaris, known for his work with Euphorium_Freakestra, Elan Pauer, Oliver Schwerdt, Ra Ra da Boff, and Ribo Flesh.

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Guillaume Maupin is a guitarist and song writer based in Brussels, performing in English, French, or German.

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Beate Wein (Piano, Bass Novation, Pianet)

"After a classical training at HfMT "Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy" in Leipzig, Beate studied music and sport sciences at Potsdam University. Since 1994 she has been active as a singer and pianist in different stylistic band projects between Metal, Rock, Hip Hop, Pop and free improvisation. Exploring journeys in music have led her a.o. to India and Nepal. Beate works as a freelance musician, hospital clown and instrument teacher. Together with Annett Lipske she founded singer-/songwriter duo Hand in Hand in 2003, where she has produced four albums and where she tours through Germany. Furthermore she gives concerts with Strom und Wasser, Gregor Wollny. In 2007 she founded Pulsar Trio for which she gained international attention."

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track listing:

1. Vorher: Leipziger Koschmar 3:11

2. Am Fusse: Durch den Tunnel muss man gehen (Von der Liebe und anderen Schneckenerschlagendemflugel) 5:48

3. Im Pling: Die Angebote & Absagen des Meisters Stollvariar 1:54

4. Beate: Der hoffartige Birg bei der Verfolgung eines Engels, Schnursenkel zur Unzufriedenheit Aller 3:19

5. B: ein druckendes Stahlwellenland 3:03

6. Troubadur Arthur: Na aber so ein Nattergeselle ... 5:50

7. Im Pling: Prophezeihung von der Modulation der Zeit 2:48

8. Beate: Abschliessende "Besprechung" 2:32

9. Tod: Weihnachtsrepublik 1:49

10. Nachher: Ziemlich angesagter Leipziger Koschmar 5:11

11. Nachwehen 10:38
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"The EUPHORIUM_freakestra in it's early days already formulating an album presenting different musical styles one piece after another. For sure the focus seems to lie on an improvisatory approch to dealing with contemporary chamber music. Yet every time EUPHORIUM delivers and lives for definite auditory adventures.

Here you will find music creating sounds for some delicious situations on the being of an imaginary figure called Birg Borgenthal. Listen to the ultimate narrations Friedrich Kettlitz performs to some collisions of a pair of litle but thick crotales!

Besides Oliver Schwerdt you can find Beate Wein and Dorren Mende celebrating personal excursions on the keyboard of a grand piano. For the first time Schwerdt and Kettlitz sit down sharing the first step of a process that once will drive their design of an neverending electric organ drone up to the arts of Axel Dorner and Roger Turner, Urs Leimgruber and Joris Ruhl, Antonin Gerbal and Hannes Lingens.

But the cornerstone of these adventures arises from the encounter of Kettlitz and french chansonnier Guillaume Maupin. Both are touching the inner heart of musical being within an intense avantgardistic dialogue."-Euphorium Records

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