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|grob (germany) #grob 427 cd|
peter van bergen / gert-jan prins / fennesz “dawn” compact disc
|aquarius gave this one a pretty fierce 2/3 across the chest, we'll be a little more forgiving. alright, maybe there is, suddenly, a flood of fennesz-related-improv release-activity. maybe we'd all like him to spend a little more time in the studio cranking out those gorgeous non-realtime nugs. but dammit, in our book, he's a damn great improvisor. this trio with mid school vet peter van bergen and young upstart gert-jan prins is great to listen to. no surprises there...|
|prins/ van bergen/ fennesz - dawn (03.2002)|
dawn is a classical improvisation record, everything but post modern. it was recorded at the legendary total music meeting of free music production in november 2000. dawn is a composition played off the cuff of nearly 42 minutes. all the highs and lows of a longer composition are on this recording: searching and finding, restrained groping and violent erupting....
the decisive factor, however, is that this music is played by people who have nothing or very little to do with this attitude, by gert-jan prins (see his solo record prins live, grob210), by the saxophone player and composer peter van bergen (ensemble loos but also projects with georg graewe or wolfgang fuchs) and by christian fennesz, one of the superstars of the electronica jet set (see his current mego cd endless summer; he can also be heard on the grob cd (also on mimeo-electric chair + table). via their strictly "electronic thinking" (one hears a saxophone, of course, but the appearance deceives), these musicians break away from the approach on musical material developed within free improvisation in the last 40 years. on the other hand, this thinking does not lead to a "clicks 'n' cuts" aesthetic, but rather to a musical process that has been worked hard for, provisional, not completed, but gripping at every moment: what will happen next? what is coming? what breaks off and grows anew afterwards? hybrid music.
peter van bergen: windinstruments, ewi, sampling, computer.
gert-jan prins: electronics, fm modulations.
christian fennesz: computer.
dawn is part of violence & precision, a special project by studio loos.
recorded on november 2, 2000 during the "total music meeting" at the "podewil", berlin.