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Millar, E / Christof Kurzmann: Rare Entertainment (Mystery & Wonder)

The first meeting of Austrian improviser Christof Kurzmann (The Magic I.D., Schee) and Montreal sound artist Elizabeth Millar (Sound of the Mountain, Ensemble Supermusique) in two tremendous multi-part performances live at the 2019 Suoni Per il Popolo Festival in Montreal, works of mysteriously vibratory backdrop, insinuating narrative voice and unsettling sonic interaction.
 

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Christof Kurzmann-lloopp, voice

Elizabeth Millar-amplified clarinet, fans, motors, objects


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Label: Mystery & Wonder
Catalog ID: MW009
Squidco Product Code: 32362

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2022
Country: Canada
Packaging: Cardstock Sleeve in Plastic Sleeve
Recorded live at Suoni Per il Popolo Festival in Montreal, Canada, on June 17th, 2019.

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"This recording is the first meeting of Austrian electropop / new music improviser Christof Kurzmann and Canadian/Australian sound artist Elizabeth Millar. Kurzmann's close-mic'd vocals meander over samples and loops and the strumming of an elastic band. Millar combines bass frequencies of motors and pitched ventilation fans with amplified, airy clarinet. From the glassy darkness emerges generous, rare entertainment."-Mystery & Wonder



"As the icesnow fell, the wind was guide to a horizontal blinding effect as tiny darts hit one's eyes. And so it became easier to commit to walking with them closed. The upside of this was that I could now better hear the crystals hitting every surface around me. Metal, plastic, glass, concrete, branches, trash bags, the roofs of buses; all had their signature sound. I could register all angles and reflections, points of contact and ricochet, to situate myself in space. I felt anchored in some strange new way."-Steve Bates


Artist Biographies

"Christof Kurzmann (vocals, lloopp, clarinet, alto sax), is an Austrian musician, performer, composer currently living in Buenos Aires. Beginning in 1994 he started his work in the field of experimental electronic music. Since that time Christof has collaborated with some of the most significant artists working in contemporary music and improvisation- including Toto Alvarez, Martin Brandlmayr, John Butcher, Eden Carrasco, Sebi Ciurcina, Werner Dafeldecker, Kai Fagaschinski, Fernanda Farrah, Bernhard Fleischmann, Michaela Grill, Margareth Kammerer, Leonel Kaplan, Bernhard Lang, Andrea Neumann, Fernando Perales, Eva Reiter, Marina Rosenfeld, Ursula Rucked, Burkhard Stangl, Michael Thieke, and Clayton Thomas- in groups such as El Infierno Musical, The Magic I.D., and Schee. During the course of his career, Christof has performed throughout Europe, Japan, North and South Amercia. He has also been a music curator since the mid 1980's, and in 1999 founded the record label, Charhizma, which has released more than 30 cds."

-http://kenvandermark.com/2013/10/made-to-break-biography/ (Ken Vandermark Website)
2/26/2024

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"Elizabeth Millar is an experimental musician, sound-artist and clarinetist, based in Montreal since 2009. Engaging with sound, noise, free improvisation and self-made instrument building, her creative practice explores the merging of acoustic and electronic textures using amplification and extended techniques.

Active locally, nationally and internationally she has performed throughout Canada and in Australia, Japan, Taiwan, Vietnam, Malaysia, Singapore and Mexico. Alongside her solo work, she is also one member of Sound of the Mountain, an amplified clarinet and trumpet duo with Craig Pedersen. She performs regularly with Montreal-based Ensemble Supermusique and with a variety of collaborators, including Érick d'Orion, Joane Hétu, Anne-F Jacques, Tetuzi Akiyama and Toshimaru Nakamura. She is co-founder of Mystery & Wonder Records.

Her 2019 solo release no instrument machine, air, extends the timbral and textural scope of her work with amplified clarinet, adding machine hums, metallic resonances and low frequency air noise, generated by self-made instruments made from recycled electronic components.

Recent highlights include performances at Open Waters Festival Halifax (2019), Rencontres de Musique Spontanée Rimouski (2019), IMOO Festival Ottawa (2019, 2018), Open Ears Festival Kitchener Ontario (2018), Make It Up Club Festival Australia (2018), Codes d'Access Montreal (2018), Suoni per il Popolo Festival Montreal (2019, 2018, 2017) and KLEX festival Malaysia (2017); a residency with Tone List in Perth, Australia (2018) and a 3-month independent residency in Tokyo (2017)."

-All About Jazz (https://musicians.allaboutjazz.com/elizabethmillar)
2/26/2024

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Track Listing:



1. 1 Part 1 7:36

2. 1 Part 2 5:12

3. 1 Part 3 10:25

4. 1 Part 4 6:28

5. 1 Part 5 5:00

6. 2 Part 1 8:11

7. 2 Part 2 6:34

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