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Soundz Offfe Drzk Wahuh [2 CDs]

EUPHORIUM_freakestra : Soundz Offfe Drzk Wahuh [2 CDs] (Euphorium)

In many ways a prelude to the EUPHORIUM_freakestra to come, this double album of Oliver Schwerdt's open-minded ea-improv big band was recorded in Eisenach, Germany in 2000, in Bellers, Germany in 2001 and finally in Leipzig in 2001 & 2002; despite the vastly different band configuration the concepts of the Freakestra are clear in these spectacular recordings.

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Label: Euphorium
Catalog ID: EUPH 013
Squidco Product Code: 30784

Format: 2 CDs
Condition: New
Released: 2020
Country: Germany
Packaging: Digipack - 4 panel w/booklets
Recorded in Bellers, Germany, on March 29th to April 1st, 2001, by Gilbert Eiche and Gero Kuntermann; in Eisenach, Germany, on October 22nd, 2000, by Gilbert Eiche; and in Leipzig, Germany, in 2001 and 2002, by Oliver Schwerdt.


Philipp von Trott-trumpet

Gilbert Eiche-tenor saxophone

Rainer Buhl-bassoon

Hartmut Dorschner-alto saxophone, soprano saxophone

Friedrich Kettlitz-electric guitar, voice

Sebastian Baller-electric guitar, voice

Rudi Feuerbach-electric guitar

Thomas Walter-electric guitar

Gero Kuntermann-electric guitar

Birg Borgenthal-electric piano, electric organ

Kirkling Botschas-voicett

Hans-Hermann Schwerdt-electric piano, electric organ

Oliver Schwerdt-samples, electronics, violine, voice

Peter Lorenz-samples, electronics

Albrecht Buchmann-saxonian voice

Martin Hoffmann-thuringian voice

Sebastian Waack-electric bass

Gudrun Pappelteich-voicette

Uwe Schneider-drums, cymbals

Jens Schneider-drums, cymbals

Hermann Gruneberg-drums, cymbals

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Artist Biographies:

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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"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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track listing:


1. Soujhmar 4:49

2. M'lazare Sivadna 12:57

3. Vidrin 'Pada 6:53

4. Wiltwark Wangelwur 0:07

5. Bewusst Wo (Ein Grosser Schinken Reicht!) 1:46

6. Skalensklave 2:15

7. Bagawa Swami 5:44

8. Baja 2:59

9. Drosander Kaliopsis 5:05

10. Belgisches Randgruppenoxymoron Feat. Brigo Braugefergk, Der Namentlich Nichternannte (Wandelndes Unterbruhl) 1:14

11. Schwarzer Rettich (Uff'm Handwagen) 15:52


1. Maloo Bantar-Krk/H 11:16

2. Aina 1:14

3. Bou Tazi 19:59

4. Magische Nacht Mit Birnenbums Einer Tumultuarischen Konferenz 4:39

5. Dezente 10:38

6. Hornbrille 15:58

7. E Drzk Wahuh, Misch Und Tattermusch 5:32

8. Mr. Eichelhaher 2:25
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"The first double album of a vast cast of an early version of the legendary E U P H O R I U M _ f r e a k e s t r a was recorded primarily in march 2001 and never officially released before the twentieth birthday of the ever renewable ensemble. In those days Oliver Schwerdt organized a recording session at the woody father's place of an offspring of the well known noble family of the von Trott zu Solz. Most of the Eisenach based founding members of the group were getting there regaled with special guest musicians which immediately spilled out some of their best soloing of all their career and in part became central figures of then forthcoming episodes.

In general the music documented here was outstanding influential on several following projects of the rapidly developing ensemble. You can listen to these effects especially on 2007's Free Electric Supergroup and 2016's Grande Casino.

Despite the totally different casts performing the E U P H O R I U M _ f r e a k e st r a surprisingly sounds like itself each time. With the soundz of 2001 particularly you can listen to Gilbert Eiche, the guy who mixed and mastered most of all EUPHORIUM Records playing his tenor saxophone. "-Euphorium Records

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