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Rupp / Brand: Myotis Myotis (Creative Sources)

Each track in this beautiful pairing of strings through cello and electric guitar is named after nature, the title referencing a brown-eared bat, as the Berlin duo of guitarist Olaf Rupp and cellist Ulrike Brand intertwine in an unhurried series of dialog that prioritize natural fluidity, reflecting the confidence that nearly ten years working together has imbued to their improvisations.
 

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Olaf Rupp-electric guitar

Ulrike Brand-cello


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UPC: 5609063407556

Label: Creative Sources
Catalog ID: cs755
Squidco Product Code: 32979

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2023
Country: Portugal
Packaging: Cardboard Gatefold
Recorded in Berlin, Germany, in 2022, by Olaf Rupp.

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"Here is another recording of the Berlin based duo of Olaf Rupp on electric guitar and Ulrike Brand on cello. Als in earlier productions before the two continue their way of using the quite different social and musical framing of their instruments as a gateway to find new contexts and attitudes for creating new layered-sounds and new ways of improvising music. And indeed, on this album, the sounds and characteristics of the electric guitar and the cello interact and support each other in such a surprisingly natural and fluid way that was never heard before.

Ulrike Brand and Olaf Rupp have been performing as a duo since 2014. Years of experience in playing cello and electric guitar together have produced a rich sound world oscillating between homogeneity and contrast, with micro- and macro-structures that are partly transparent and partly concealed. From this cooperation emerge pieces that are unique in their intention and complexity. All tracks on this album were recorded in one day and taken over without cuts.

OLAF RUPP (*1963) plays improvised music on the classical guitar and the electric guitar.The organic flow of his thematic developments arise neither by chance nor by dominant will. For him it is important that in dense, loud music as well as in sparse, punctual music there is always a maximum of composure, focus and presence involved. In his music, he deals with the spectralist timbre effects of more or less strongly condensed motion-clusters. Each individual note is a characteristic colour point in a sound matrix and this intrinsic "tone colour" is more important than the position of this note in usual systems of order. A series of notes therefore does not produce a melody, but a moving sound.

ULRIKE BRAND (*1960) is a cellist, performer and composer. On the cello she has developed her own world of sound through new playing techniques. Her projects interweave the fields of language, dance, performance and visual art. Her compositions are situated in the intermediate area between improvised and notated music. She writes essays and gives workshops and guest lectures. From 1987 to 1997 she was artistic director of the Quaderni Perugini di Musica Contemporanea in Perugia (Italy). In 2016 she was a scholarship holder at Künstlerhaus Schloss Wiepersdorf, in 2020 at the Composers' Forum Mittersill. She has received numerous scholarships. Since 2018, she has been a lecturer for improvisation at the Berlin University of the Arts. "-Creative Sources


Artist Biographies

"Olaf Rupp (*1963) plays Improvised Music on the acoustic and electric guitar. The organic flow of his music is controlled neither by chance nor by dominant, wilful decisions. In his music he explores how more or less dense murmurations of notes (motion-clusters) can be perceived as one agglomerated sound in motion. This means that every note is a dot in a higher matrix and its colour is more important than the position of that note in any hierarchic classification system. So a sequence of notes creates a moving sound, not a melody. And the intrinsic colour of every note is more important than the melodic or harmonic burden which the listener may or may not put on it.

Besides many cooperations five solo albums are published so far on the labels FMP, GROB and GLIGG. Olaf Rupp has been touring in many countries and performed with extraordinary musicians such as Paul Lovens, Tristan Honsinger, Peter Brötzmann, Butch Morris, Lol Coxhill, John Zorn und Michael Wertmüller. Important groups are among others XENOFOX, his duo with Rudi Fischerlehner, a Duo with cello player Ulrike Brand, DIE DICKEN FINGER with Oli Steidle and Jan Roder (also a quartet with Peter Brötzmann) and WEIRD WEAPONS with Tony Buck and Joe Williamson."

-Olaf Rupp Website (http://www.audiosemantics.de/info.html)
6/19/2024

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"Ulrike Brand, born in Germany, was introduced to contemporary cello-playing by Siegfried Palm. At the Music-High-School of Cologne she studied with Peter Eötvös, Mauricio Kagel and the Amadeus String-Quartet.

Since 1985 she has partecipated as a soloist in the major festivals of contemporary music in Italy, Germany, Switzerland, France, Luxembourg, Greece, Slovacchia, Mexico, Russia and Uruguay. In 1986 she settled in Italy, where in 1987 she initiated the festival of the Quaderni Perugini di Musica Contemporanea, that she directed together with the artist Alfonso Fratteggiani Bianchi until 1997. In 2011 she moved to Berlin, where she actually lives and works.

She has worked closely with John Cage, as well she has commissioned and premiered works by several composers, among others: Christian Wolff, Barbara Monk-Feldman, Federico Incardona, Graciela Paraskevaidis, Samir Odeh-Tamimi, Joachim Heintz, Stefano Trevisi, Cheol-Ha Park, Karen Odrobna Gerardi, Steven M. Miller, Marcello Fera, Giulio Castagnoli, Giovanni Damiani, Marco Lombardi, Silvia Colasanti, Gerolamo Deraco, Federico Gardella, Enrico Correggia, Alessandra Ravera, Eckart Beinke, Gwyn Pritchard, Stefan Streich, Martin Daske, Rainer Rubbert, Charlotte Seither, Laurie Schwartz.

She realized radio broadcasting productions in Italy, Swiss, Germany, France, Uruguay and Norway. Since 2002 she has been Visiting Professor at the University of the Arts of Bremen (D). She has given lectures and masterclasses at the Escuela Universitaria de Musica di Montevideo (UY) as well as at the Universities of Bergen (NO), Oldenburg (D), College of Santa Fe (USA), Trinity Laban Conservatoire London (GB), John Cabot University Rome (I), Weissensee Kunsthochschule Berlin (D), Hochschule f. Musik, Theater und Medien Hannover (D) and the Music Conservatories of Perugia and Bolzano (I). For the Editor L'Epos (Palermo) Ulrike Brand has curated two volumes about the work of John Cage and Giacinto Scelsi.

Her focus is on multimedial projects between conceptual sound-exploring, improvisation and performance. In this context she is working with performers as well as with visual artists and choreographers.

In 2015 she received the Research Grant by Berliner Senat and in 2016 the Scholarship Künstlerhaus Wiepersdof by the Ministry of Cultural Affairs Brandenburg. Ulrike Brand lives in Berlin."

-Ulrike Brand Website (http://www.ulrikebrand-cello.com/Vita_E.html)
6/19/2024

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Track Listing:



1. Kalktuffquelle 9:37

2. Lieschgras 5:05

3. Seggenried 7:02

4. Teichbinse 12:15

5. Sandtragant 8:44

6. Haimsimse 8:26

7. Mondraute 10:29

8. Weichholzaue 8:58

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Creative Sources
Improvised Music
Free Improvisation
Jazz
Electro-Acoustic
Electro-Acoustic Improv
European Improvisation, Composition and Experimental Forms
Duo Recordings
Guitarists, &c.
Stringed Instruments
New in Improvised Music

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