Zeitkratzer Records 9903 Xtensions


Burkhard Schlothauer, violin; Michael Moser, cello; Alexander Frangenheim, double bass; Axel Dörner, trumpet; Melvyn Poore, tuba; Ulrich Krieger; saxophones; Reinhold Friedl, piano; Luca Venitucci, accordion; Raymond Kaczynski, percussion; Dietmar Dinklage, sound diffusion.

  1. Tromper [Burkhard Schlothauer] (14.02)
  2. Sprachlos [Radu Malfatti] (18.26)
  3. Rote erde [Ulrich Krieger] (12.07)
  4. After durations II [Melvyn Poore] (10.03)
  5. Komposition für acht instrumente [Axel Dörner] (05.39)
Recorded in January 1999 at Podewil Berlin.

Design (front cover reproduced above) by Moritz Wermelskirch.

Press release/description

Xtensions: stillness, breath, expansion. Burkhard Schlothauer is one of only a handful of experimenters working in the realm of "stille Musik" ("quiet music") where sound and noise intersect. His tromper is also a reminiscence of the sound of Miles Davis. Radu Malfatti, one of the most well-known representatives of European improvised music, has in recent years been devoting himself more intensively to composition. Perhaps the almost magical cohesion of extremely minimal materials in the composition sprachlos ("speechless") is effectuated both through the background experience of the ensemble and the unreservedness of the musicians. Each musician uses only one pre-determined sound, which is repeated 33 times during the course of the piece - without intent and without dramatic purpose. The composition Rote Erde ("Red Earth") by Ulrich Krieger was conceived together with Reinhold Friedl. This duo for tenor saxophone and piano is a model of sonic intensity and instrumental finesse. For his piece After Durations II, Tuba player and composer Melvin Poore had each musician individually record one track of a multi-track tape according to strictly defined rules. Following the same rules, all musicians finally play together with the pre-produced tape recording, an almost unreal interaction is created between the sounds emanating from the tape and those performed live. Axel Drner's Komposition fr acht Instrumente ("Composition for Eight Instruments") lives from the musicians' realization of the free, graphically notated instructions in the score. The convoluted rhythms and the big band "section" instrumentation give more than an inkling as to the jazz roots of the trumpet player and improviser, who appears here for the first time as composer for ensemble.
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