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Duo User 52 (Udo Schindler / Etienne Rolin): Plastic Narratives (FMR)

Confidently forceful German free improvisation with an eccentric approach, from multi-instrumentalist Udo Schindler on clarinets, cornet & tuba and artist & improviser Etienne Rolin on basset horn, Glissotar (a continuous wind instrument) & a Bansuri flute, as they improvise over Schindler's poem (jetzt/now) from his cycle frequenz schaukelt / frequency swings.

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Label: FMR
Catalog ID: FMR 648
Squidco Product Code: 32961

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2023
Country: UK
Packaging: Digipack - 3 panel
Recorded live at Salon Fur Klang and Kunst, in Krailling, Germany, and Villa Waldberta, Bavaria, Germany, in December, 2020, to February, 2021.


Udo Schindler-clarinets, cornet, tuba

Etienne Rolin-basset horn, Glissotar, Bansuri

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Confidently forceful German free improvisation with an eccentric approach approach, from multi-instrumentalist Udo Schindler on clarinet, cornet & tuba and artist & improviser Etienne Rolin on basset horn, Glissotar (a continuous wind instrument) & a Bansuri flute, as they improvise over Schindler's poem (jetzt/now) from his cycle frequenz schaukelt / frequency swings. The recording is from a live performances at Schindler's Salon Fur Klang and Kunst, in Krailling, Germany captured between 2020 and 2021. Schindler and Rolin can also be heard on the 2021 FMR trio release with vibraphonist "Luc Laine", In Search of Surprise.

Artist Biographies

"Udo Schindler is a German improvisation musicians (bass clarinet, contrabass clarinet, saxophone, flute, cornet, also accordion, guitar, percussion, analog synthesizer) and architect. Schindler was active in the 1970s in Franconia first as rock and rock jazz musician before he had flute lessons at the conservatory Nuremberg. Subsequently, he studied architecture at the Technical University of Munich and worked as an architect. In the 1990s he turned to contemporary music (Arch.Ensemble) and improvised music (Schindler.Interferenz.3). In addition to the single tube instruments (saxophones and clarinets), he studied the cornet. In addition to his sound research, he also worked as a director, performer, musician and composer for various theater productions. In the following years he performed with solo and duo projects at new music festivals (Musica Viva, Klangaktionen, etc ...), jazz, experimental music, among others. This led to collaborations with musicians like Hubert Bergmann, Gerry Hemingway, Eddie Prevost, Sebi Tramontana, Georg Wissel, John Russell, Blaise Siwula, Frank Gratkowski, Hans Koch, Urs Leimgruber, Elisabeth Harnik, Katharina Weber and Frank Paul Schubert. In addition to his activities in solid cast he initiated in Munich a series of concerts to free improvisation in ad hoc to test instrumentation."

-Wikipedia (translated by Google and Squidco) (

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"The French-American, Composer, Improviser, Soundpainter, teacher Etienne Rolin born in Berkeley California in 1952 has a catalogue of over one thousand works which reveal a marked taste for eclecticism ranging from solo to opera through big band charts. Following degrees in Music and Philopsohy (University of San Francisco he moved to Paris in 1974 to work with Messiaen, Xenakis Franco Donatoni Nadia Boulanger.

He has been highly involved with interdisciplinary projects linking music danse théater and visual arts through the Soundpainting language. He is in frequent performance mode on Hindustani Bansuri flute and on basset horn. Twenty original works have been written for his Bansuri -Mandoline project with soloist Vincent Beer-Demander. He is Analysis professor Improvisation Workshop director for Soundpaininting and has been teaching at Bordeaux Conservatory from 1985 to the present day 2016/17.

He is the author of four books (in French) Emerging Ear being the most recent and are available through a publishing association Editons Tempéraments he co-founded in Bordeaux ( He has published numerous recordigs of his music. His music has been premired by Ars Nova, Ensemble 2E 2M Ensemble Intercontemporain and by soloists such as Claude Delangle, Pierre-Yves Artaud, John Kenny, David Taylor, Etienne Péclard,Vincent Beer-Demander; Jazz-Improvisation collaborations with Steve Lacy Jerry Bergonzi, Daniel Humair, Vinko Globokar, Bernard Lubat, Joëlle Léandre, Glen Ferris, Kent Carter, Walter Thompson.

As a master class clinician Etienne Rolin gives concert-conferences on real time composition (soundpainting) and multi cultural influences in new music (crossover jazz contemporary Hindustani music electronics).

He can address any instrumental vocal group from 10 to 200 performers including actors dancers and visual artists conceiving a short concert the day of the workshop.

The goal for the participating performers is to enlarge performance perception. Some may wish to be introduces to conducting skills working with improvisors through real time orchestration. He can likewise share the rich teachings received from Messiaen, Xenakis Franco Donatoni Nadia Boulanger from jazz giants Steve Lacy and Jerry Bergonzi as well as Indian masters Harisparad Chaurasia Harsh and Vishal Wardhan.

2015 /2016 or the year of increasing projects around the Bansuri flute."

-Etienne Rolin Website (

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Track Listing:

1. Read The Music 8:09

2. Listen To The Poetics 6:03

3. Of Yesterday Carried 9:04

4. Shimmering Iridescent 4:24

5. The Gaze Covered 7:16

6. From 1:53

7. The Silk Slide 7:06

8. The Perception 6:00

9. Of The NOW 11:14

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