zeitkratzer – Reinhold Friedl: KORE
Format: LP (180gr, gatefold sleeve, download code, 300 items)
Release date: february 26th 2016
REINHOLD FRIEDL and his ensemble ZEITKRATZER perform „Kore“, a hommage to the French-Greek composer IANNIS XENAKIS.
“Kore” is a natural advancement of REINHOLD FRIEDL’s earlier composition “Xenakis [a]live!” (released 2007 on ASPHODEL) – a homage to the French-Greek composer IANNIS XENAKIS. The piece is conceived for nine amplified instruments demonstrating ZEITKRATZER’s well established tradition of instrumental amplification (e.g. the early collaborations with ZBIGNIEW KARKOWSKI or MERZBOW and more recently with WILLIAM BENNETT of WHITEHOUSE) where playing amplified does not only mean making things louder, it also entails having a microscopic view of sound in which acoustic microsounds appear in a completely new context. The references to seminal XENAKIS’ tape compositions like “Persepolis” or “La Legende d’Er” are audible in the materials and textures, densities and sound masses performed by ZEITKRATZER, taking it to new areas of physical qualities that create a huge sonic architecture. Recorded live January 2013 during KLUB KATARAKT festival in Hamburg, “Kore” adds a stunning new chapter to ZEITKRATZER’s audacious catalogue and a new sort of intensities to contemporary chamber music.
The zeitkratzer line-up includes FRANK GRATKOWSKI, who won the German SWR Jazz prize , the Norwegian French horn player HILD SOFIE TAFJORD (also known for her noise duo with MAJA RATKJE), the British trombone player HILARY JEFFERY, who toured a.o. with JIMI TENOR, MARC WEISER (cofounder of the Club Transmediale Festival in Berlin) and bass player MARTIN HEINZE from the BERLIN PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA. RASHAD BECKER was responsible for sound and recording.
zeitkratzer, directed by Reinhold Friedl
Frank Gratkowski / clarinet, Hild Sofie Tafjord / french horn, Hilary Jeffery / trombone, Reinhold Friedl / piano, Marc Weiser / guitar, Maurice de Martin / drums, percussion, Burkhard Schlothauer / violin, Anton Lukoszevieze / violoncello, Martin Heinze / doublebass
Recorded by Rashad Becker, mixed and mastered by Ralf Meinz
zeitkratzer & Keiji Haino – Stockhausen: Aus Den Sieben Tagen
Format: LP (180gr, gatefold sleeve, download code, 500 items)
Release date: february 26th 2016
Third collaboration between KEIJI HAINO, one of the most prolific artists of the Japanese experimental / noise scene, and the critically acclaimed ensemble ZEITKRATZER who enthuse with stunning interpretations of STOCKHAUSEN compositions.
When KEIJI HAINO heard ZEITKRATZER rehearse for their Stockhausen performance at the Ruhrtriennale festival he spontaneously decided to join the group for that part of the programm too (HAINO was initially invited for what was released as ZEITKRATZER + KEIJI HAINO: Live At Jahrhunderthalle Bochum). Here too HAINO, one of the most prolific artists of the Japanese experimental / noise scene, focuses on his voice while ZEITKRATZER create the instrumental environment applying their extended techniques of amplification and unique skills as musicians. Once again the ensemble proves its outstanding quality that has gained them high reputation with recordings of such diverse artists / composers like THROBBING GRISTLE, CARSTEN NICOLAI (ALVA NOTO), LOU REED’s “Metal Machine Music” or JOHN CAGE and ALVIN LUCIER. “Aus Den Sieben Tagen” delivers 5 pieces of STOCKHAUSEN’s collection of in total 15 text compositions that he had written in may 1968 in reaction to a personal crisis and which the great renovator of 20th century music characterized as “intuitive music” – music primarily played by intuition rather than the intellect of the performer(s) where not one single note is defined. Which gives the musicians much space for interpretation – ZEITKRATZER and KEIJI HAINO demonstrate impressively that they know how to use this freedom!
Zeitkratzer, directed by Reinhold Friedl
Frank Gratkowski / clarinet, Hild Sofie Tafjord / french horn, Hilary Jeffery / trombone, Reinhold Friedl / piano, Maurice de Martin / drums, percussion, Marc Weiser / acoustic noise, Burkhard Schlothauer / violin, Anton Lukoszevieze / violoncello, Ulrich Phillipp / doublebass
+ Keiji Haino / voice