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Tern (Philipp Wachsmann / Martin Hakett / Emil Karlsen): In Air (FMR/Bead)

Two sessions from the free improvising electroacoustic trio of Philipp Wachsmann on violin & electronics, Martin Hakett on synthesizer and Emil Karlsen on drums & percussion, first for three studio recordings in 2019, and then in concert at the 2020 "Sounds Like This" festival at Leeds College for two wonderfully idiosyncratic and masterful conversations.
 

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Label: FMR/Bead
Catalog ID: FMR 626/BDCD16
Squidco Product Code: 32005

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2022
Country: UK
Packaging: Digipack
Tracks 1 and 2 recorded in Leeds, UK, on March 12th, 2020 by Chris Sharkey.

Tracks 3, 4 and 5 recorded on December 7th, 2019, by Phillip Wachsmann.


Personnel:

Philipp Wachsmann-violin, electronics

Martin Hackett-synthesizer

Emil Karlsen-drums, percussion

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Artist Biographies:

"Philipp Wachsmann. Born Uganda, 1944; violin, viola and electronics.

In the CD booklet to Gushwachs, John Corbett notes that Phillip Wachsmann came to free improvisation from a predominantly classical background, particularly via the contemporary experiments of "indeterminacy, graphic and prose-based scores, conceptualism and electroacoustics, listening to Webern, Partch, Ives, Berio and Varèse, reading 'Die Reihe' and interrogating the rhythmic, harmonic and melodic preoccupations of Western art music. Starting in 1969, Wachsmann was a member of Yggdrasil, an ensemble performing works by Cage, Cardew, Feldman, Ashley and others and in this group he used contact mikes on the violin and made his own electronic instruments, ring modulators and routing devices. Ironically, his studies with Nadia Boulanger in Paris (1969-1970) pushed him hard in the direction of free music. He recalls: 'Despite her neoclassical orientation, her insistence that composition is about the imagination of performance and its realisation, the live moment, and her stunning ability to make this happen was a powerful influence on me, steering towards 'performance' and therefore 'improvisation'.'"

Wachsmann moved from Yggdrasil to Chamberpot - recorded on Bead 2 - and shortly thereafter appeared on Tony Oxley's influential February papers, forward looking in the virtual 'industrial' orientation of some of the tracks, years before this became an accepted genre; the two musicians have continued to work together, in various groupings but notably in the percussionist's Celebration Orchestra. Philipp Wachsmann has also performed and/or recorded with: Derek Bailey's Company, e.g. on the recording Epiphanies; Georg Graewe; Barry Guy; Iskra 1903; King Übü Orchestrü; London Jazz Composers' Orchestra; Evan Parker, particularly as part of the Evan Parker Electronic Project; Quintet Moderne; Fred Van Hove's ML DD 4; Rüdiger Carl's COWWS (now CPWWS) Quintet; and Lines, with Martin Blume, Jim Denley, Axel Dörner and Marcio Mattos. He also plays as a solo musician.

Phillip Wachsmann also administers Bead Records."

-EFI: European Free Improv (http://www.efi.group.shef.ac.uk/mwachs.html)
8/10/2022

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Martin Hackett is an improvising musician performing on flute, melodica, analog synthesizer and objects. He is know for the groups Certain Ants, Consorts, Hackett &/or Lash, La Pieuvre, London Improvisers Orchestra, and his work with Feldspath, La Pieuvre, Optronic, Le Grand Orchestre de Muzzix, Radiolarians de Michael Pisaro-Liu.

-Discogs (https://www.discogs.com/artist/2563885-Martin-Hackett)
8/10/2022

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"Emil Karlsen, originally from Norway, is a young drummer/improviser currently based in Leeds, UK. He is active on the UK jazz and improvised music scene establishing himself as a new, original voice. In 2019 he released his solo record "Flux" followed by a 7 date UK tour. His playing highlights dynamics, timbre and textures, all done with an organic mindset. His work as improviser consists of doing both acoustic and electro-acoustic solo performances, working in ensembles spanning from duos to octets and beyond, exploring graphic scores with an interest in audio visuals using both digital and analogue medias, all done with a focus on creating boundary-pushing music. His mentality of exploring the sonic possibilities of the drum kit is brought into all of his projects forming his unique expression. He is seen across the UK with various large and small ensembles ranging from being a solo performer to percussionist in the London Improvisers Orchestra. Apart from being a busy performer, he also run the label noumenon - a label for improvised music with a Scandinavian presence."

-Emil Karlsen Website (https://emilkarlsen.com/about)
8/10/2022

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track listing:


1. Sounds Like This Leeds 1 12:37

2. Sounds Like This Leeds 2 17:28

3. In Air Studio 1 11:49

4. In Air Studio 2 6:18

5. In Air Studio 3 7:46
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"I met Emil at a blank canvas event in Liverpool and 2018, and invited him to come down to Oxford to play a solo set for Oxford Improvisers. I proposed that we make a trio with Philipp to play at Fusion Arts in East Oxford. Studio recordings were made in a December afternoon in 2019. Meanwhile Emil had been in contact with the new music festival "Sounds Like This" in Leeds, and tracks on the CD were recorded at the Leeds College of Music in concert in March 2020, just as Covad was about to put a stop to further activity. As things began again to open up by Autumn 2021, we played at Fizzle, Birmingham in September, and at the 100 Years Gallery, London, in October."-Martin Hackett

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