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Kahn, Jason / Ulrich Krieger: Eternal City (Editions)

Eccentric and engrossing electroacoustic improvisation between Jason Kahn on electronics and Ulrich Krieger using his "acoustic electronic" reed setup, performing on tenor saxophone, contrabass clarinet, and the 15th century double reed crumhorn, processed through his amplification system to create exotic textures and expressions; a truly unique set of dialogs.
 

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Jason Kahn-electronics

Ulrich Krieger-tenor saxophone, contrabass clarinet, krummhorn


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Label: Editions
Catalog ID: 015
Squidco Product Code: 34381

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2024
Country: Switzerland
Packaging: Hand Printed Cardboard gatefold In Plastic Sleeve
Recorded in Los Angeles, California, on May 24th, 2022, by Ulrich Krieger.

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"Eternal City documents a meeting between prolific and experimental free improvisers, sound artists and long-time collaborators - American, Zürich-based electronics player Jason Kahn (who also did the mixing and mastering and is also a guitarist, vocalist and percussionist, and writer and visual artist) and German, Los Angeles-based sax player Ulrich Krieger (who recorded the album and is also a composer of chamber music and electronic music, and an associate professor for the composition faculty at the California Institute of the Arts). The album was recorded in Los Angeles in May 2022, and released in a limited edition of 200 discs with hand-painted covers, made by Kahn, on thick gray cardboard plus a download option.

Khan and Krieger recorded before Timelines Los Angeles (Creative Sources, 2009, with electronic player-guitarist Mark Trayle and pianist Olivia Block). Eternal City offers three untitled and extended improvisations that melt Krieger's amplified tenor sax, contrabass clarinet and krummhorn (a double-reed wind instrument from the 15th century), with his extended breathing techniques that produce refined acoustic, quasi-electronic sounds that often change the instrument identity and structure and get down to the 'grains of the sounds', into Kahn's imaginative electronics sonic palette. These improvisations are focused on sculpting raw and rough soundscapes that search for common yet quite unsettling sonic ground, often towards abstract noise landscapes, but mostly tense and alien ones.

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Artist Biographies

" is a musician, artist and writer. He was born 1960 in New York and grew up in Los Angeles. He re-located to Europe in 1990 and is currently based in Zürich.

As an electronic musician, vocalist and drummer Kahn collaborates regularly with many musicians, both in improvised settings and in the context of graphical scores which he composes for specific groups.

Kahn has exhibited his installations in museums, galleries, art spaces and public sites internationally. These works focus on the idea of space: the conceptual and physical juncture points, its production and dissolution, and our relation to it as a political, social and environmental medium.

Kahn's other activities include sound pieces for radio, film, dance and theater. He has also designed numerous CD, LP and cassette covers. As a writer, his work has appeared in books, magazines and as liner notes to many audio publications.

Performing regularly around the world, Kahn has given concerts throughout Europe, North and South America, Australia, China, Egypt, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Israel, Japan, Korea, Lebanon, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Russia, Singapore, Taiwan, Turkey and South Africa.

In 2011 Kahn started the Editions imprint to publish his own recordings and writings."

-Jason Kahn Website (http://www.jasonkahn.net/biography/index.html)
7/10/2024

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"Ulrich Krieger is well known as a saxophone player in contemporary composed and free improvised music as well as a composer of chamber music and electronic music.

His recent focus lies in the experimental fields and fringes of contemporary Pop culture: somewhere in the limbo between Noise and Heavy Metal, Ambient and Silence.

His original compositions go back and forth between Just Intonation, Silent Music, Noise, Instrumental Electronic, often asking for elaborate amplification, and works in the limbo of Rock culture - not accepting stylistic boundaries.

Krieger developed his own, often amplified style of saxophone playing, he calls 'acoustic electronics'. He uses refined acoustic, quasi-electronic sounds, which then get processed, the saxophone often becoming more an 'analogue sampler' rather than a traditional finger-virtuoso instrument. By amplifying his instrument in various ways, he gets down to the 'grains of the sounds', changing their identity and structure from within.

Ulrich Krieger was commissioned to write works for: Soldier String Quartet, oh-ton ensemble, Ensemble United Berlin, KontraTrio, zeitkratzer, Ensemble Experimente, Seth Josel, intersax, Text of Light, and others. His compositions are widely performed by ensembles in Europe and the USA.

He has managed to transcribe and arrange Lou Reeds infamous 'Metal Machine Music', everybody thought impossible to do, for classical instruments, performed by zeitkratzer and other groups.

He also arranged works by Merzbow, Throbbing Gristle, Deicide, Terry Riley, Henry Cowell and others for chamber ensemble.

He collaborates with: Lou Reed, LaMonte Young, Phill Niblock, Text of Light, Lee Ranaldo, Phill Niblock, John Duncan, Zbigniew Karkowski, Merzbow, Thomas Köner, DJ Olive, Christian Marclay, Kasper T Toeplitz, Antoine Beuger, Radu Malfatti, Mario Bertoncini, Michiko Hirayama, Miriam Marbe, Hans-Joachim Hespos, Ensemble Modern, Berliner Philharmoniker, Soldier String Quartet, zeitkratzer, just to name a few.

Krieger has received prizes, grants and residencies from: Kunststiftung Baden-Württemberg, Villa Aurora Los Angeles, Deutsches Studienzentrum Venedig e.V., Akademie der Künste Berlin, 'Meet-the-Composer' Forum New York, DAAD, Darmstädter Ferienkurse für Neue Musik, and many others.

He lived in Berlin and New York, and was 'Composer-in-Residence' in Los Angeles, Rom, Venice, Bologna, and Townsville (Australia).

He studied saxophone, composition and electronic music at the UdK Berlin (University of the Arts) and the Manhattan School of Music New York and performed with orchestras like: Berliner Philharmoniker, Deutsches Symphonie Orchester, Rundfunk-Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, Ensemble Modern, Musikfabrik, and many more.

Since 2007 he lives in Southern California, where he is associate professor for the composition faculty at the California Institute of the Arts in Los Angeles."

-Ulrich Krieger Website (http://www.ulrich-krieger.de/bio.htm)
7/10/2024

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Track Listing:



1. I 24:36

2. II 16:49

3. III 13:40

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