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Frieda Bertelsohn Martholdy: Streichquartette - Entschlummern sollst Du, sollst entschlummern

Baldrian Quartett: Frieda Bertelsohn Martholdy: Streichquartette - Entschlummern sollst Du, sollst e (Bruit)

A tongue-in-cheek album packaged like a Deutsche Grammophon release of a string quartet by fictional composer Frieda Bertelsohn Martholdys (1878-1907), which is instead a superb live ea-improv performance at the 2018 Music Unlimited Festival in Austria by Gaudenz Badrutt (electronics), Kai Fagaschinski (clarinette), Jonas Kocher (accordion) & Christof Kurzmann (electronics).
 

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Label: Bruit
Catalog ID: CD bR11
Squidco Product Code: 32156

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2022
Country: Switzerland
Packaging: Jewel Case
Recorded live on November 10th, 2018 at Music Unlimited Festival,MedienKulturHaus Wels, Austria (1, 3) and on November 5th, 2018at Huguenin Studios, Biel, Switzerland.


Personnel:

Gaudenz Badrutt-electronics

Kai Fagaschinski-clarinette

Jonas Kocher-accordion

Christof Kurzmann-electronics

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Artist Biographies:

"Gaudenz Badrutt: (livesampling - electronics & computer)

He began as a pianist in the field of contemporary classic music and works since 20 years as an electronics musician in the field of improvised electroacoustic music.He is best known in current times as an improvising electronics musician using computers (sampling) and various other electronic apparatus such as usual distortion devices, no-input-mixing or modular-synthesizer. Filigree, minimal noises, drones and dense structures are key characteristics of his music. Central to Badrutt's activities are collaborations such as the duo with Jonas Kocher (accordion), the duo with Hans Koch (clarinet, sopranosaxophone), and the trio with Koch and Kocher as well as the working-band duo strøm with Christian Müller (electronics). In the last few years, solo-performances became important too. He is further occupied in the fields of electronic composition, sound & video installation and videos (like 'magma' and 'Quiet Novosibirsk').

Gaudenz Badrutt has collaborated with Christof Kurzmann, Kai Fagaschinski, Ilia Belorukov, Phil Durrant, Tasos Stamou, Morishige Yasumune, Michael Thieke, Alexander Markvart, Strotter Inst., Michael Vorfeld, Bryan Eubanks, Stephan Thut, Toshimaru Nakamura, Diatribes et al. with concerts at home and abroad, including at the Festivals RingRing Belgrad 2019, Jauna Musika Vilnius 2019, Music Unlimited Wels 2018, Le Bruit de la Musique in Saint-Silvain-sous-Toulx 2018, Outernational Festival Bukarest 2017, Sound around Kaliningrad 2017, Sanatorium of Sound Sokolowsko/Poland 2016, Sound Reasons 2015 in Dehli/Goa/Bangalore India, Musikfestival Bern 2015, Vertical Collisions and Irtijal Beirut 2015, Croisements Kagoshima 2014, Airegin/Improfestival Yokohama 2013, SwissMusicDays Belgrade 2013, Zwei Tage Zeit Zürich 2012, Terrains Basel 2011, Influx Toulouse 2011, Transmediale Berlin 2009, Zoom in Bern 2008, Rue du Nord Lausanne 2008, Norberg Festival (Sweden) 2006, Taktlos/Tonart Bern 2006. His videoworks has been played at the Transmediale 09 Berlin, Festival Zwei Tage Zeit Zürich 2012, Spinafest St.Petersburg.Gaudenz Badrutt lives in Biel (Switzerland).

Current projects:

Solo (analog effects, objects, livesampling)

Trio Koch, Kocher & Badrutt

Duo Jonas Kocher & Gaudenz Badrutt

strøm (with Christian Müller, electronics)

Trio Jean-Luc Guionnet - Frantz Loriot - Gaudenz Badrutt

Baldrian Quartet (Christof Kurzmann - Kai Fagaschinski - Jonas Kocher - Gaudenz Badrutt)

Quintett Jacques Demierre - Urs Leimgruber - Daniel Studer - Alfred Zimmerlin - Gaudenz Badrutt

Duo Hans Koch & Gaudenz Badrutt (also known as Social Insects)"

-Gaudenz Badrutt Website (http://www.gaudenzbadrutt.ch/about/)
8/10/2022

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"The Berlin-based clarinetist and composer/performer focuses on a subtle musicality of sound and noise phenomena. As an autodidact he has developed dubious manners on his instrument. His music is rooted in abstractness, including increasingly an insidious expressivity and a pre-melodic quality. He works on the borderline of composition and improvisation, with a preference for long-term collaborations.

His projects are The International Nothing - clarinet duo with Michael Thieke (cd: Mainstream, ftarri 2006 / less action, less excitement, less everything, ftarri 2010 / the dark side of success, ftarri 2014), los glissandinos with klaus filip (cd: Stand clear, creative sources 2005), the magic i.D. - Song Project with margareth kammerer, christof kurzmann & michael thieke (cd/vinyl: Till my breath gives out, erstwhile 2008 / i'm so awake - sleepless i feel, staubgold 2011), duo with Burkhard Stangl (cd: Musik - ein portrait in sehnsucht, erstwhile 2009), the dogmatics with Chris Abrahams (lp: The sacrifice for the music became our lifestyle, monotype 2012), here comes the sun with gunter schneider & barbara romen (cd: Here comes the sun, mikroton 2012), Kommando Raumschiff Zitrone with Christof kurzmann (cd: First time ever i saw your face, quincunx 2006), duo with Bernhard Gal (cd: Going round in serpentines, charhizma 2005), rebecca with michael renkel (cd: Rebecca [two variations], charhizma 2003), No Furniture with Boris Baltschun and Axel Dörner (cd: No furniture, creative sources 2003), and (exceptionally) solo.

Kai has been the commander of Raumschiff Zitrone from 2000 to 2006, joined by christof kurzmann in 2002. Recently both commanders have been retired and closed the legendary raumschiff zitrone which has presented concerts of countless international artists. In 2001 he co-initiated together with gregor hotz and conrad noack berlin's experimental music platform www.Echtzeitmusik.De.

Kai was artist-in-residense at quartier21 (part of museumsquartierwien, vienna) in 2004. As a result of fruitful collaborations and good friendships vienna feels like a second home for him."

-Kai Fagaschinski Website (http://kylie.klingt.org/bio.html)
8/10/2022

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"Jonas Kocher is a sound artist and accordionist born in 1977. He is collaborating with personalities from various backgrounds and in numerous artistic and social contexts. His work explores issues such as the listening, space and perception as well as the integration of different kind of random elements. His specific approach to his instrument involves at the same time physicality and reduction, uncontrolled playing and high precision.

Jonas Kocher has a strong interest in process oriented works and unstable situations. As a sound artist he has realised works that are situated between composed theatre, installation and concert pieces. He got commissions from Ensemble Paul Klee, Biennale Bern 2010 & 2017, Ensemble Phoenix Basel, etc. and regularly collaborates with musicians such Michel Doneda, Joke Lanz, Axel Dörner, Hans Koch, Jacques Demierre and many more. Read the full biography on wikipedia

Jonas Kocher is initiator of Bruit, a structure that fosters sound and interdisciplinary works."

-Jonas Kocher Website (http://www.jonaskocher.net/6877793/about)
8/10/2022

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"Christof Kurzmann (vocals, lloopp, clarinet, alto sax), is an Austrian musician, performer, composer currently living in Buenos Aires. Beginning in 1994 he started his work in the field of experimental electronic music. Since that time Christof has collaborated with some of the most significant artists working in contemporary music and improvisation- including Toto Alvarez, Martin Brandlmayr, John Butcher, Eden Carrasco, Sebi Ciurcina, Werner Dafeldecker, Kai Fagaschinski, Fernanda Farrah, Bernhard Fleischmann, Michaela Grill, Margareth Kammerer, Leonel Kaplan, Bernhard Lang, Andrea Neumann, Fernando Perales, Eva Reiter, Marina Rosenfeld, Ursula Rucked, Burkhard Stangl, Michael Thieke, and Clayton Thomas- in groups such as El Infierno Musical, The Magic I.D., and Schee. During the course of his career, Christof has performed throughout Europe, Japan, North and South Amercia. He has also been a music curator since the mid 1980's, and in 1999 founded the record label, Charhizma, which has released more than 30 cds."

-http://kenvandermark.com/2013/10/made-to-break-biography/ (Ken Vandermark Website)
8/10/2022

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track listing:


1. Entschlummern sollst Du, sollst entschlummern 22:49

2. Schaurig empfundene Nahe 8:08

3. Ode fur den Tod (Fragment) 6:34

4. Ich habe genug 10:59
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"The Baldrian Quartett has established a unique position for itself in the contemporary music world. Coming from the classical repertoire they later sharpened their skills and senses in modern as well as early music practices. Their recent concert programs and releases show a new and unprecedented approach. The four virtuosos reveal unheard sounds from the past. While the quality of their interpretations is second to none, we must also acknowledge their role as true archaeologists of early avant-garde music introducing outsider figures that add invaluable parts to the puzzle of musical evolution.

This new album Entschlummern sollst du, sollst entschlummern (engl.: Thou shall slumber, slumber, shall thou) brings us the first ever released recordings of four string quartets by Frieda Bertelsohn Martholdy (1878 - 1907), a composer yet unknown to most of us. The first listening makes undoubtedly clear what an original voice as a composer and what an astonishing achievement from the performers we are witnessing here.

Frieda Bertelsohn Martholdys thoroughly modern sounding music fluently integrates a pronounced romantic quality, completely innocent of any of the aesthetic conflicts that 20th century music later challenged providing a candidly bewildering and enriching listening experience. Against the background of it's origin this music can today be celebrated as a musical sensation. Who would have ever guessed that such a sonic universe could have been created at the end of the 19th century - all four string quartets were composed in 1895 and 1896 - by a young woman in her teenage years?

Next to the listening pleasures, it is heartbreaking to read about Frieda Bertelsohn Martholdy's life in the trilingual 16-page booklet accompanying this CD. In three short essays musicologists Dr. Georgette Oberwies, Inge Salesianer and Franz von Brandenburg introduce us to her music and a life way too short and yet full of hardships and despair, which, in the end, turned out to be unbearable for this sensitive creative mind. The oppression she faced forced her into a new sonic language, though it came at a high price for the young composer. Her music - full of anticipation of practices we have only seen later in the second half of the 20th century - was ignored and rejected at the time and it seems a late reparation that we are now able to acknowledge and appreciate the remarkable music of Frieda Bertelsohn Martholdy.

This CD documents recordings of the Baldrian Quartett's highly praised live performance at the Music Unlimited Festival in Wels, Austria as well as studio recordings from the historical Huguenin Studios in Biel, Switzerland."-Bruit

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