The SoundOut Festival (on the 1st – 2nd February… see link) is facilitating a day long workshop on the various forms of improvisation from some of the world best improvisers. With their distinctive styles and approaches to their given instruments and improvisation you are bound to come away wanting more from this day long workshop. We have Annette Krebs (Germany) on instrumental assemblages of highly amplified metals, strings, objects and microphones; Elisabeth Harnik (Austria) on piano and the trio of Achim Kaufmann, Germany (piano), Wilbert de Joode, Netherlands (double bass) and Frank Gratkowski, Germany (saxophone).
The Workshop is structured into three parts:
1. Annette Krebs from 9 am – 11:30 am
Sonic adventures: new combinations of sounds, noises, sonic fragments, voice, improvisation and real-time composition. In this workshop we will transform the sounds of acoustic and amplified instruments/ voice into new soundscapes. A focus of the workshop will be on awareness, listening, surprise and musical reaction. Acoustic and electronic sounds will form hybrid sound connections with each other.
We will use techniques of improvisation and real-time-composition when playing together.
(then a break for early lunch) 11:30 -12:30
2. Elisabeth Harnik starting at 12:30 – 14:30
3. Trio (De Joode, Gratkowski, Kaufamnn) from 14:30 – 17:00.
Imrovisation and group interactions
All attendees are invited to be part of a Workshop Set at the SoundOut festival on the Saturday 1st February at 16:15 Drill Hall Gallery ANU
Held at the ANU School of Music Big Band Room, Canberra Australia.
Due to the affects of a funding shortfall we are having to charge a fee to cover the artists fees for the day.
$100 waged – $50 unwaged.
You can also book by sending an email to Richard at firstname.lastname@example.org and pay either via our crowd funding campaign (choose the approriate reward #5) or via the above Eventbrite page.
or via paypal SoundOut
Bios of the Artists below:
1. Annette Krebs: guitar / electronics , Germany
Since 2013, Annette Krebs has developed and recorded instrumental assemblages of highly amplified metals, strings, objects and microphones. These assemblages “Construction # 1” to “Construction # 4” were originally born out of the need to realize sound visions that could not be played with traditional instruments and setups. Like microscopes, microphones make the finest, otherwise inaudible sound shades and colors of the sound objects audible. The construction series combines analogue and digital techniques and playing styles. The signals of the manually played sound objects are controlled via tablets, transformed and similar to different colors that flow into each other, mix together or stand side by side, musically collaged. The course of time, of stagnant, flowing, frozen time, is explored within the series and sculpturally processed. Annette Krebs was born in Saarland and lives since 1993 in Berlin. Since childhood she plays numerous instruments and is engaged in visual arts. She completed her music studies at the HfMDK in Frankfurt am Main. Before she began developing the series Construction, she gradually deconstructed her original instrument guitar. She was portrayed in 2002 in the magazine “The Wire- Adventures in modern music” (UK) with her first solo CD “guitar solo” (“Fringes Recordings”, IT). Their last guitar composition “rush”, an acoustic collage that reduces the sounds of the guitar to a final cockroach and cracking, appeared in 2014 on the label “Another Timbre – The Berlin Series no.2” (UK). Annette Krebs performs as a soloist and in various ensembles worldwide at concerts and festivals (including “100 Years of Bauhaus-The Opening Festival”, “Donaueschinger Musiktage”, “Heroines Of Sound Festival”, “Contacts – Biennale for Electroacoustic Music and Sound Art”). Her music has received numerous grants (including “Senate Department for Culture and Europe”, Berlin, “Goethe-Institut”, “Cité Internationale des Arts Paris”, “Academy of Arts”, Berlin, “EMS Elektronmusik Studion”, Stockholm) and presented on the radio and in the press (eg “Positions-Texte zur aktuelle Musik”, “Deutschlandradio Kultur”, “WDR-3”, “BR Klassik”). In addition to her artistic work, she teaches her techniques and helps others to develop their musical expression. https://www.annettekrebs.eu/
2. Elisabeth Harnik: piano, Austria
Elisabeth Harnik, an Austria based pianist and composer has created a multi-faceted body of work by blurring genre boundaries through various collaborations in the field of improvised music, interdisciplinary projects and contemporary compositional works. She studied classical piano and later – with Beat Furrer – composition at the University of Music and Performing Arts, Graz. As an improviser she works within an electro-acoustic inspired sound-world, using specific preparations and extended techniques while pushing the limitations of the piano. Her performances draw from physicality and introspection, intuitive playing and high precision. Harnik´s unique approach to her instrument as well as to improvisation and composition has led to many concert invitations. She is member of numerous ensembles for improvised music and has performed and recorded with a number of internationally recognized representatives of the contemporary jazz scene in Europe and abroad. She writes commissioned works in addition to her concert activities, and her compositions are performed regularly at concerts and festivals for new music. Elisabeth Harnik is a Deep Listening Certificate Holder [Center for Deep Listening at Rensselaer in Troy, New York http://www.deeplistening.rpi.edu/] in performance with Joelle Leandre https://youtu.be/nrQBLRbQ-YQ
3. Trio (Kaufmann, Gratkowski, De Joode)
Achim Kaufmann: piano, Germany
Achim Kaufmann was born into a musical family in Aachen, Germany, in 1962, and became fascinated by jazz and the possibilities of improvisation as a teenager. He started writing tunes around that time. Later he studied music at the Conservatory in Cologne and also took classes with creative masters such as Dave Holland, Steve Coleman, Muhal Richard Abrams, George Lewis, and Steve Lacy. From 1996 to 2009, he lived in Amsterdam where he became part of that city’s internationally renowned improvised music scene. Since 2002, he has been touring internationally with the trio Kaufmann/Gratkowski/de Joode, an improvising unit which has released four CDs so far, to much critical acclaim. In the late ‘90s and ‘00s, Achim led two groups with reed player Michael Moore: trio kamosc and gueuledeloup quartet. In 2007, he recorded kyrill, a set of compositions for piano trio featuring Valdi Kolli and Jim Black. Their follow-up cd, entitled verivyr, was released in 2011. He has also collaborated with his wife, poet/painter Gabriele Guenther, on the audiodrama Borderline – From the Shadows of a Journey, and has written music for various chamber ensembles. In his solo work, mixed techniques are used to create a fluctuating world of sounds and gestures. Resonance and reverberation, space and density play an important role in both his solo and ensemble work. Since his move to Berlin, he got involved in various new projects, such as the trio grünen with Robert Landfermann and Christian Lillinger, Oni Kramler (with Matthias Schubert, Antonio Borghini, and various guests), and a trio with cellist Okkyung Lee and trumpeter Axel Dörner. In 2013, the sextet SKEIN (Kaufmann/Gratkowski/de Joode plus Richard Barrett, Okkyung Lee, and Tony Buck) had its premiere at the dOeK festival in Amsterdam and subsequently recorded for SWR radio. He recently released duo albums with long-standing collaborators Michael Moore and Thomas Heberer. In addition, Achim has played and/or recorded with Han Bennink, Mark Dresser, George Lewis, Steve Swallow, Tobias Delius, Wolter Wierbos, Mark Helias, Paul Rutherford, Thomas Lehn, Ab Baars, Paul Lovens, Dylan van der Schyff, Peggy Lee, Chris Speed, Tomász Stanko, Gerd Dudek, Bill Elgart, Paul Lytton, Harri Sjöström, Andrea Parkins, Harris Eisenstadt, Ingrid Laubrock, Tristan Honsinger, Shelley Hirsch, Steve Swell, Thomas Heberer, Urs Leimgruber, Roger Turner, Fay Victor, Fred Lonberg-Holm, John Hollenbeck, Bob Brookmeyer, Simon Nabatov, Lê Quan Ninh, Gerry Hemingway, John Hébert, Al Foster, Adam Nussbaum, and many more. He was awarded the German SWR Jazz Award in 2001, and the prestigious Albert Mangelsdorff award in 2015. “For many years, Achim Kaufmann has been one of the most inspiring and exciting personalities of the European jazz and improvisation scene. His music bears witness to great harmonic subtlety and structural depth. A brilliant pianist and composer, his reflected exploration of tradition has led him to a nuanced, contemporary sound language that encompasses poetry, energy and abstraction in equal measure.” http://www.achimkaufmann.com/ https://youtu.be/5wg1MfS4V4M
Frank Gratkowski: saxophones/wind instruments, Germany
Since 2001 Frank Gratkowski has been performing with a trio including Wilbert De Jode (NL) on bass and Achim Kaufmann (D) on piano (CDs “Kwast” and “Unearth”). Since 2006 he’s working with the Trio Gratkowski / Brown / Winant (CDs “Wake” and “Vermilion Traces/Donaueschingen 2009”). He is also a co-leader / composer of the Multiple Joy[ce] Orchestra and got a commission to compose for the ensemble Apartment House by “November Music “ (Den Bosch NL) and the “Huddersfield Comtemporary Music Fesitival” (England) in 2009. Further actual projects are Fo[u]r Alto, a saxophone ensemble dedicated to microtonal music and “Artikulationen E” a solo program for saxophone with 8 channel live electronic. Frank Gratkowski played on nearly every German and on numerous international Jazz and contemporary music Festivals including Vancouver, Toronto, Chicago, New York, Seattle, Quebec, Les Mans, Muelhuus, Groeningen, Nickelsdorf, Barcelona, Lithuania, Warsaw, Zagreb, Prague, Bratislava, Sofia, Bucharest, Odessa and Roma, Huddersfield, London. He has been teaching saxophone and ensembles at the Cologne, Berlin and Arnhem Conservatory of Music and is giving workshops all around the world. Furthermore he has performed with Robert Dick, Phil Wachsmann, Radu Malfatti, Herb Robertson, Marcio Mattos, Eugenio Colombo, Peter Kowald, Ray Anderson, Michael Moore, Ken Vandermark, Greg Osby, Kenny Wheeler, Louis Sclavis, John Betsch, Jane Ira Bloom, Connie and Hannes Bauer, Xu Fengxia, James Newton, Muhal Richard Abrams, John Lindberg, Michael Formaneck, Ernst Reijseger, Fred van Hove, Theo Jörgensmann, Phil Minton, Peter Brötzmann, Mark Dresser, Mark Feldman, Hamid Drake, Michiel Braam, Han Bennink, Mal Waldron, Misha Mengelberg a.m.o. http://gratkowski.com/ https://youtu.be/5wg1MfS4V4M
Wilbert de Joode: double bass, Netherlands,
Wilbert de Joode (1955) is a veritable research scientist of bass pizzicato and bowing techniques. A self-taught musician, he has been playing the double-bass since 1982. He began working in groups that improvised within a jazz framework. Other musicians were soon drawn to his idiosyncratic style, and in the mid 80s he played in groups led by Vera Vingerhoeds, Armando Cairo and Ig Henneman where he further developed his improvisation skills. He came into contact with such musicians as J.C.Tans, Rinus Groeneveld, Michiel Braam, Han Bennink, Han Buhrs (Schismatics) and Ab Baars. De Joode is currently one of the most active bass players on the European improvised music circuit. His individual style and musicality transforms the double bass into an equal partner in the most varied ensembles. A personal tone colour, exploration of the outer registers, quirky improvisations and the use of gut strings contribute to an instantly recognizable and intriguing sound. The seventeen improvised pieces on his first solo cd Olo (distributed by ToonDist) show how rich and complex his sound on the double bass is.