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Ensemble Discoveries (Lin / Vural / Muller / Kurvers / Mengersen): Offshore Adventures (Creative Sources)

Eight aquatic themed works from the Berlin-based quintet of Hui-Chun Lin and Uygur Vural on cello, Matthias Müller on trombone, Klaus Kurvers and Ulf Mengersen on bass; also known as Ensemble Discoveries, this album collects work from 2020-22, described as "improvised music and Echtzeit Compositions and the ideas of deep sea, their special living conditions: big pressure, eternity darkness".
 

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UPC: 5609063407570

Label: Creative Sources
Catalog ID: cs757
Squidco Product Code: 32971

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2023
Country: Portugal
Packaging: Cardboard Gatefold
Studio Recording at arcus tonus Zepernick, in Berlin, Germany, on March 26th, 2022, by Dietrich Petzold.


Personnel:



Hui-Chun Lin-cello

Uygur Vural-cello

Matthias Muller-trombone

Klaus Kurvers-bass

Ulf Mengersen-bass


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"Offshore Adventures collects the composition works from Ensemble Discoveries in the years 2020-2022. The music between improvised music and Echtzeit Compositions and the ideas of deep sea, their special living conditions: big pressure, eternity darkness. The charactistic phenomenon like stream, black smoker, let the whole under water environment spectacular. More than two hundred years ago, human beings with the help of modern technology allows us more knowledge about deep sea, also the beautiful story "Captain Nemo and his Nautilus", pushing us to make this music album Offshore Adventures.

Ensemble Discoveries with the stereo instrument line-up: two cellos, two bass and one trombone, the wild low sound in different layers, sound textures, combine compositions makes the whole music album brillant and unforgettable."-Hui-Chun Lin


Artist Biographies

"Hui-Chun Lin (林惠君), Cello solo player, Performer, composer. born 1979 in Taiwan. Classical piano and cello education. Studied with Professor Peter Bruns at Dresden Conservatory. Postgraduate studies in improvisation with Tilo Augsten at the University of Music and Theatre Leipzig. Worked as solo cellist and ensemble musician Improvisation, theatre music, contemporary music, dance performance, classical music, world music and cello solo with live electronics. Participated in a workshop with "Yo-Yo Ma & The Silk Road Ensemble" at Carnegie Hall in New York 09/2006, also participated the workshop "Dave Douglas: Composition and Improvisation in New York 02/2010" Leipziger Jazztage 2007 (jazz festival) with "Beat Freisens Spelunkenorchester", Conducted an improvisation class at a middle school in Tainan/Taiwan 2008/09 "Artist in Residence" in Cité des Arts Paris 07/2010-01/2011. "Codes" Festival of Traditional and Avant-garde Music in Lublin (Poland) 05/2010. ​The CD Production "The Ballad Of Li Qingzhao And Su Dongpo" won the prize in der Kempener Paterskirche. 08/2015 "Streitraum Extra" with Laio Yiwu at Schaubühne Berlin, 12/2015 Dance/Music Improvisation "Suivre" with Jenny Haack, Jenny Döll, Bettina Neuhaus Musik: Michael Vorfeld - Perkussion, Barnaby Tree, 01/2016. "Improvisation XChange 2016" with Jenny Haack 07/2016 "RARA Festival" Sicily Italy 7/2016 Orchestral Whifftracks - Musik & Geruch, with Berlin Improvisers Orchestra, 09/2016

Hui-Chun Lin is a musician who moves fluidly among work in avantgarde music, world music, jazz and improvisation and also performance. Her repertoire encompasses traditional, experimental and classical music in equal measure. Her musical work is concerned above all with sounding out the intersections, boundaries and connections among genres, epochs and cultures. She is now also a musician, performer and cello teacher in Berlin, since 2011.

Since 2015, she starts to produce her own music, working with the Berlin Music Label "Maybee Records", and making music albums with variable musicians."

-Hui-Chun Lin Website (https://huichunlin.weebly.com/vita-eng.html)
5/31/2023

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Uygur Vural: "Improviser, A/V Artist, Cello Player... Uygur Vural, MFA

Berlin-based multidisciplinary artist Uygur Vural was born in Antalya. He is currently working as a freelance instructor, cello performer, composer, technical/academic advisor and responsible for international art organizations in Berlin.

Uygur Vural majored in Music in Antalya Anatolian Fine Arts High School then studied Cello and Composition at İstanbul Bilgi University. In the year of 2010, he received his Master of Fine Arts degree in Visual Communication Design. During his studies, he was lucky enough to work with pioneers of Turkish Jazz/Modern Music scene. Ricky Ford, Donovan Mixon, Jeff MacAuley, Ali Perret, Can Kozlu, Kurşat And were among the names whom he worked with.

Since the beginning of his musical journey, Uygur Vural has been performing with many musicians from different musical genders, stages, and countries such as Ricky Ford, Jeff McAuley, Jürg Solothurnman, Korhan Erel, Axel Dorner, Elisabetta Lanfredini and many others. He is currently making a musical collaboration with Italian Singer/Improviser Elisabetta Lanfredini since April 2013. They are creating projects with a wide range of improvisation-based musical and conceptual repertory in a diversity of languages, from lullabies to Italian/Turkish political/traditional songs. This duo's first project "Gezi Resistance on the Road" was performed for the first time in "Teatro Valle" Rome on July 2013.

Uygur has been working and researching about experimental performance techniques and non-classical (Classical Western Music) forms of cello, using them in his improvisation performances. His music interacts with many different musical styles such as Free Improvise, Classical Ottoman/Indian/Arabic and European Contemporary music, jazz etc. It is often possible to hear the influences from a very rich background of Anatolian musical and cultural richness through his music.

Besides his music career, Uygur Vural also worked as a Research Assistant (2007-2010) and Instructor (Audio, Contemporary Art) (2008-2011) at the Department of Film and Television at İstanbul Bilgi University."

-Uygur Vural Website (https://uygurvural.tumblr.com/about)
5/31/2023

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"Matthias Müller was born 1971 in Zeven, Germany and starting playing trombone in the local trombone choir at the age of 10. From 1994 to 1999 he studied jazz-trombone at the Folkwang Hochschule in Essen, where he also made his first steps into improvised music. His CD "Bhavan", which was released in 2004, was produced by Chicago based musician and journalist John Corbett. In the same year he moved to Berlin and has since been regularly playing with internationally recognized improvisers such as John Edwards, Mark Sanders, George Lewis, Johannes Bauer, Jeb Bishop, Tobias Delius, Olaf Rupp, Paul Lovens, Toshimaru Nakamura, Clayton Thomas, Michael Vorfeld, Axel Dörner, and many more. He is a member of the 24-piece improvising ensemble, "Splitter Orchester", and was also a member of the "German-French Jazzensemble" under the direction of Albert Mangelsdorff. In addition, Müller is also active in the field of contemporary music, having worked with the Berlin-based ensembles "Xenon", "Work In Progress", and "Zinc & Copper Works". He also took part in the performance and CD-recording of composer Mark Andre's opera "...22, 13...". Müller has toured Africa, Asia, North America and many countries in Europe, having played on numerous festivals, and released more than 20 CDs of his own projects."

-Matthias Muller Website (http://matthiasmueller.net/about)
5/31/2023

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"Klaus Kürvers, born 1950 in Essen (Germany), doublebass studies 1964-68 among others with Peter Trunk. During the late sixties member of the Essen Jazz groups ("Free Jazz" since 1967); 1969-71 in Cologne with the Jazz-Rock-Group "Eiliff" (w / Rainer Brüninghaus). Interupted 1971-2006 his public music activities for his studies and professional scientific career as an architect and cultural historian in Berlin. Since 2006 resumption of his musical activities as part of the Berlin improvisers' scene. Performing bassist again since 2009."

-Klaus Kurvers Website (translated by Google) (https://ausland-berlin.de/klaus-kurvers)
5/31/2023

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Ulf Mengersen is a German bassist living in Berlin. He studied at Hochschule für Musik Franz Liszt Weimar. He is a member of Berlin Improvisers Orchestra, Ensemble MIA.

-Squidco 5/31/2023

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Track Listing:



1. Nautilus 8:08

2. Frilled Shark 4:40

3. Sea Pen 6:29

4. Giant Squid 6:25

5. Black Smoker 5:56

6. Bobbit Worm 2:15

7. Engine-Room 6:23

8. Rem Cycles 12:08

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