Impressions from the 
The Art of Improvisation
Concert - TAOI 2019 / I

photos by Lukasz Chrobok

Samstag, 29. Juni 2019 • 20:00 Uhr 
im Resonanzraum St. Pauli (Einlass 19:00 Uhr)

THE ART OF IMPROVISATION - TAOI 2019 / I

A festival concert evening with: 

ENSEMBLE COLLETTIVO CRISIS (IT)
Marco Bussi - piano, electronics
Pietro Frigato - guitar  
Daniel Savio - guitar
Davide Rossato - percussion 

RAJESH MEHTA (USA/DE) - hybrid trumpet
CHAD POPPLE (USA/DE) - percussion

MARK NAUSEEF (USA/DE) - percussion
VLATKO KUČAN (DE) - clarinets, saxophones 
GUSTAV BROMAN (SE) - bass

IMPROMPTU.WORKS &
SPIIC ENSEMBLE 

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THE ART OF IMPROVISATION TAOI 2019 / I


Nach den großartigen Konzertabenden in 2017 und 2018 freuen wir uns, mit TAOI 2019 / I am 29. Juni 2019 die nächste Folge unserer Reihe THE ART OF IMPROVISATION präsentieren zu können.

Wir bleiben dabei dem eingeschlagenen Weg treu und inszenieren spannende interdisziplinäre Begegnungen mit und zwischen einigen der international bedeutendsten Musiker/-innen des zeitgenössischen Jazz, der Improvised Music und der europäischen Neuen Musik. Dabei geht es uns stets darum, neue Wege der Zusammenarbeit und des Austauschs zwischen den Genres und Traditionslinien zu beschreiten, die sowohl den musikalischen Diskurs als auch die soziale und politische Dimension der künstlerischen Improvisation befördern. Durch die Auswahl der Protagonisten wird es weiterhin auch immer ein Dialog der Generationen sein. 

Dieses mal erwartet uns ein ganz besonderes Aufgebot an Gästen, die höchst spannende interkulturelle musikalische Begegnungen jenseits eingetretener World Music Pfade versprechen. Die folgenden Zeilen können nur ein kurzer Überblick sein - ausführlichere Biografien der beteiligten Künstlerinnen und Künstler finden sich weiter unten.

Mit dem amerikanischen Percussionisten Mark Nauseef haben wir einen der wichtigsten ‘Weltmusiker’ zu Gast, der seit mehr als fünfzig Jahren als Musiker, Produzent und wahrhafter global player die internationale Musikszene bereichert. Obwohl er seit Jahren in Hamburg ansässig ist, ist er hier so gut wie nie live zu erleben - wir freuen uns daher ganz besonders auf Mark Naussef bei TAOI!

Der Indisch-stämmige amerikanische Trompeter, Maler und Komponist Rajesh K. Mehta hat nach Aufenthalten in Amsterdam und Berlin die vergangenen Jahre in Indien und Asien gelebt, wo er seine individuelle interdisziplinäre Arbeitsweise - die Musik, Bildende Kunst, Architektur und Pädagogik miteinander verbindet - von Ihren Anfängen in den USA (u.a. am MIT und Mills College) weiterentwickelt hat.

Der in Hamburg lebende amerikanische Percussionist und Schlagzeuger Chad Popple ist ein weiterer Musiker dieses Abends, der sich mit seinen zahlreichen Projekten und Arbeiten über tradierte stilistische und kulturelle Grenzen hinwegsetzt. Er ist in diversen musikalischen Genres zu Hause und verbindet diese zu einer ganz eigenen Melange aus Jazz, Rock, Neuer und Indischer Musik.

Der zur Zeit noch in Hamburg lebende junge schwedische Bassist Gustav Broman hat nach Studienaufenthalten in verschiedenen Ländern im vergangen Jahr seinen Jazz-Master Abschluss an der HfMT in Hamburg gemacht. Seine besondere musikalische Sensibilität und Virtuosität zusammen mit der eher seltenen Instrumentenwahl - einer akustischen Bassgitarre - ermöglichen es ihm, die Rollen- und Spielmöglichkeiten der ‘Bassstimme' auf neue und individuelle Art zu interpretieren.

Ganz besonders freuen wir uns auch auf unsere italienischen Gäste - das Ensemble Colletitivo Crisis. Pietro Frigato und Marco Bussi waren bereits im vergangenen Jahr als Mitglieder des impromptu.works Ensemble bei TAOI zu hören. Sie kommen jetzt durch Daniel Savio und Davide Rossato zum Quartet erweitert mit einem eigenständigen Set zu uns. Die Musik des Ensemble Collettivo Crisis beschäftigt sich auf höchst spannende Weise mit aktuellen Fragen der interdisziplinären musikalischen Produktion und deren sozialen Bedingtheiten.

Der Gastgeber des Abends, Saxophonist und Klarinettist Vlatko Kučan studierte Musik und Musiktherapie an der HfMT in Hamburg, wo er heute Improvisation unterrichtet und das Studio für polystilistische Improvisation und interdisziplinären Crossover (SPIIC) leitet. Er arbeitete mit führenden Protagonisten der internationalen Musikszene zusammen. Seine Arbeiten umspannen ein weites Feld von Musik, Theater, über Literatur & Musik zu Filmmusik und Hörspiel.

Das IMPROMPTU.WORKS meets SPIIC ENSEMBLE besteht an diesem Abend aus neun jungen Musiker/-innen aus Argentinien, Estland, Frankreich, Italien, Polen, Serbien, Schweden, Spanien, Vietnam und Deutschland, die unter der Leitung von Vlatko Kučan bereits seit mehreren Jahren zusammenarbeiten:

Anna Wiktoria Zolyniak - vocals; Clémence Manachére - fl; Tam Thi Pham - dàm bao; Sonja Beeh - tb; Pedro González Fernanández - violin; Giulio Giani - reeds; Albin Vesterberg - guitar; Romina Romay - piano; Kristin Kuldkepp - b; Gustav Broman - b; Felix Stachelhaus - perc;


Am Samstag, den 29. Juni, 20:00 Uhr (Einlass 19:00 Uhr) werden diese Musiker/-innen im Resonanzraum St. Pauli in verschiedenen Besetzungen einen facettenreichen Festival-Konzertabend der besonderen Art intonieren.

Wir freuen uns sehr darauf und wie immer natürlich ganz besonders auf Ihre/ Eure Unterstützung und Teilnahme.

Vlatko Kučan

THE MUSICIANS

MARK NAUSEEF - percussion

Percussionist Mark Nauseef has performed and/or recorded for more than fifty years in an unusually wide variety of musical situations with many leading musicians of various genres from around the world such as, among others, Jack Bruce, Evan Parker, Ikue Mori, L.Shankar, Hamza El Din, Lou Harrison, Bill Laswell, The Velvet Underground, Kyai Kunbul (Javanese Gamelan), Joachim Kühn, John Zorn, The Ladzekpo Brothers (Ghanaian music and dance), The Gamelan Orchestra of Saba (Balinese Gamelan) and Kudsi Erguner.

Nauseef attended the California Institute Of The Arts (CalArts) where he studied Javanese Gamelan with K.R.T. Wasitodiningrat, Balinese Gamelan with I. Nyoman Wenten, North Indian Pakhawaj drumming with Pandit Taranath Rao, North Indian music theory with Pandit Amiya Dasgupta, Ghanaian drumming and dance with Kobla and Alfred Ladzekpo, Dzidzorgbe Lawluvi and C.K. Ganyo, and 20th Century Western percussion techniques and hand drumming with John Bergamo. Mark also studied frame drum techniques of the Middle East, India and the Caucasus with Glen Velez.

Nauseef has also worked as a producer. In addition to his own recordings, he has produced many records of various types of music including modern experimental forms as well as traditional forms. Traditional music productions include numerous recordings of traditional Balinese and Javanese music such as the acclaimed and award winning “The Music of K.R.T. Wasitodiningrat”, which was recorded in Java and features the compositions of this master Javanese musician. Other examples include Balinese ensemble recordings “Gamelan Batel Wayang Ramayana” and “Gender Wayang Pemarwan”, which were recorded in Bali.

http://www.marknauseef.com

RAJESH K. MEHTA - trumpets

Rajesh Mehta is an award-winning Indian-American trumpet innovator, composer/artist who has innovated several hybrid trumpets including the “DRUMPET” in Amsterdam and the microtonal “NAGA PHOENIX TRUMPET” in Singapore. Mehta graduated from M.I.T. in Humanities and Engineering (with studies at U.C. Berkeley) in 1986 and studied music and composition with Mark Harvey at M.I.T. and Anthony Braxton at Mills College. As a Senior Creative Arts Fellow of the American Institute of Indian Studies, he founded the innovative music production platform “ORKA-M” in Chennai in 2005-06, which was greatly influenced by his research on and musical collaboration with South Indian temple musicians. During this research phase, Mehta defined a universal musical principle which he calls “THE ENERGY OF MUSICALITY”. He visualizes this musical energy in the form of graphical drawings and paintings.

Mehta currently performs as a guest soloist with different ensembles and with his new group “Trio Inguru” together with the cellist Rohan de Saram and the drummer/percussionist Suren de Saram. He ​has performed, recorded, collaborated with some of the world’s most outstanding musicians from many genres including improvised music and jazz, ​classical, contemporary, Indian music such as Anthony Braxton, Mark Harvey, Aardvark Jazz Orchestra, Paul Lovens,Trichy Sankaran. He has also collaborated and performed with some of the world’s leading contemporary dancer/choreographers such as Sasha Waltz and Dominic Petit and Contemporary Indian dancer/choreographers Ramli Ibrahim and Shakuntala.

Mehta’s visual works have been performed in concerts of international ensembles such as the Face the Music Ensemble (New York City), and the Hong Kong New Music Ensemble. They have been the foundation for his “total artwork” productions “SOUNDING BUILDINGS” which integrate architectural acoustics, moving musicians, projected still and moving images, and film. He has worked closely with his wife the vocalist Barbara Friederichsen-Mehta on the following productions: Glucksman Art Gallery, University of Cork, Ireland in 2005; New Music/Theatre Festival Ruemlingen, Switzerland 2006; Norwegian Theatre Akademie Guest Professorship Workshop/Production with Scenography students 2009 and 2018; Spring Workshop Hong Kong 2014. In 2002, he collaborated with architect Steven Holl on a MIT Simmons Hall DVD project, lectured, and performed in the design seminar of architect Daniel Libeskind in Karlsruhe.

Mehta’s visual work has been sold internationally to private collectors. Exhibitions of his artworks include: Nature Morte, Delhi, The Swiss Embassy Delhi, and Apparao Galleries, Chennai. The Balmond Studio (London / Colombo), founded by world-renowned engineer, architect, designer, and artist Cecil Balmond, recently presented Mehta’s work in a feature interview for the online magazine T.I.P(“Thinking in Practice”) in February 2019.

http://www.balmondstudio.com/news/tip-thinking-in-practice.php

CHAD POPPLE - percussion

Chad Charles Popple, born in Waukesha, WI in 1974, began playing the drums at the tender age of five and soon joined James Sewry’s Children Percussion Ensemble at Carrol College. Throughout high school he studied at the Wisconsin Conservatory of Music in Milwaukee, thereafter at Berklee College of Music in Boston. Popple graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in South Asian Languages and Culture with a minor in Ethnomusicology, focusing on the tabla drumming of north indian. In 1998 Popple relocated to Hamburg, Germany following a USA/European tour with the band Colossamite. His tabla drumming studies continued in Hamburg at the Institue of Classical Indian Music under Swapan Bhattacharya and south indian Mridangam drumming with K.S. Rajkumar, receiving the title Miruthanga Kala Jothy and a diploma from the Oriental Fine Arts Academy London in 2013.

Popple maintains an active teaching and performing schedule as a soloist and with diverse groups: Powerdove: Scandanavian tour 2014, Piho Hupo: CD release „Foump“ 2014, Performances: Elbjazzfestival 2014, JazzHausfestival Hosho: CD release „Hosho“ 2012, Performances: Nodutgang Festival, Bodoe, Norway Schipphorst Avantgarde Festival, Hamburg JazztageGorge Trio: CD releases (excerpt) Open Mouth, O Wisp 2004, For Loss Of 1999, Dead Chicken Fear No Knife 1998, Several tours in USA and EuropeLXMP: CD release „The Lost Tuba“ Tour in Poland with Uchihashi Kazuhisha Colossamite: CD release (excerpt) Economy of Motion 1998 Tours in USA and Europe.

https://www.chadpopple.com/

GUSTAV BROMAN - bass

Gustav Broman was born 1992 in Gothenburg, Sweden. He started playing cello at the age of 6 and switched to bass guitar at the age of 14 after finding Jaco Pastorius first album in his fathers record collection. the love for the electric bass playing of Jaco Pastorius & James Jamerson made it impossible for him to leave the instrument when starting to discover jazz. Instead he added the voice of Ray Brown and Sam Jones to the pile of love for the instrument. After being introduced to the music of John Coltrane & Sonny Rollins there was no turning back. His record player is now working hard with the music of Roscoe Mitchell, Cory Smythe, Ligeti, Bartok, Evan & Charlie Parker.

Education.
. Graduated from the Skurup Jazz School in 2013
. Graduated from the Royal College of Music in Stockholm 2016
. Exchange semester at the Academy of performing arts in Prague,CZ.
. 2016-2018 student at Dr. Lagner Jazz master program at HfMT Hamburg,DE.
Teachers
Vlatko Kucan, Fredrik Ljungkvist, Daniel Fredriksson, Daniel Frank, Johnny Åman, Håkan Goohde, David Doruzka,Kenji Rabson, Jiri Slavik.
Scholarships
. 2016 Awarded with the KMH (Royal College of music) Scholarship
. 2016 Full scholarship from the Dr. Lagner Stiftung.
. 2017 scholarship from Jazzlab (Hamburg) for performance at Elbjazz 2017

https://www.gustavbroman.com/

ENSEMBLE COLLETTIVO CRISIS

Pietro Frigato - guitar
Marco Bussi - piano, electronics
Daniel Savio - guitar
Davide Rossato - drums & percussion

Ensemble Collettivo Crisis is a group of composers and performers focused on music research and production in the fields of new music, improvisation and contemporary arts. They are active since 2012, based in Rovigo, in the north-east of Italy. The recent music production and research of Ensemble Collettivo Crisis investigates the unconscious formal paths and structures of free improvisation, and explores the concept of borders in music: sound/noise/silence, perception/non perception. The Ensemble is active in contemporary music composition as well, bringing improvisation in the score, deepening the idea of structuralism and expanding the possibilities of traditional instruments through live electronics and new technologies.

http://crisisensemble.it/ 

Pietro Frigato
Composer and E-Guitar player, based in Rovigo, Italy starts studing guitar in the early years of his life and at the age of 12 begins to attend the class of Clarinet at the conservatoire "F. Venezze" in Rovigo. During the secondary school he approaches to electric guitar world, taking part to several rock'n'roll projects. He started studing composition at the age of 17 under the carismatic and inspiring guidance of Maestro Carlo De Pirro and after the clarinet diploma (2009), he focuses his studies in the research of a personal poetics and musical language. He graduated in composition in 2017 in the class of M° Andreina Costantini and M° Nicola Evangelisti. The most of his works are connected by the need to create and investigate the relationship between the composer, the performer and the audience, in this way, both free and guided improvvisation get a valuable importance in his research. He takes part to several masterclasses with the composers Tristan Murail, Claudio Ambrosini, Azio Corghi, Andrea Agostini, Francasco La Licata, Paolo Aralla Sonia Bo and many others. In 2016 he studied composition in the "Hochschule fur musik und theatre" of Hamburg with the professor Xiaoyang Chen, and free improvisation with the prof. Vlatko Kucan. In 2012 He co-founded the "Ensemble Collettivo Crisis", a group of composers and performers who practices and performs collective composition and improvvisation in the field of contemporary music. In 2014 he created the F:A:M: fucina artistica musicale ("musical and artistic forge"), an educational project in which the music teachers can research and develops custom, non-standard, maieutical and innovative way to teach music and to improve the student's creativity and artistic freedom. 

Marco Bussi
Musicolgist and pianist, Marco Bussi started playing piano at five. In 2012 he graduated at the Conservatory “F. Venezze” in Rovigo where he is currently studying Composition with professors Andreina Costantini and Nicola Evangelisti. In 2015 he gained a MA in Musicolgy at the University of Pavia. He is interested in musical disciplines at 360-degrees and he works mainly on Twentieth Century Music Theory and on Music Cognition. He attended several Composition Masterclasses held by Tristan Murail, Claudio Ambrosini, Andrea Agostini, Francesco La Licata, Sonia Bo, Francesco Pavan among others; and also Piano Masterclasses held by Alessandro Specchi, Pietro di Maria, Sven Brich. In 2015 he worked at the Music Cognition Lab at Queen Mary University of London. During this period, he collaborated with prof. Marcus Pearce at the implementation of computational model for Machine Learning. In 2012 he co-founded the “Ensemble Collettivo Crisis” formed by composers and musicians who practice collective composition, experimental improvisation and contemporary music research. His research is oriented mainly on electronic and electroacustic music as well as on the implementation of automatic procedures for composition and execution. He is also interested in human-machine interaction and in experimental improvisation as a way to establish archetypical procedures of music communication.

Daniel Savio
Electric guitar, electronics and objects player based in Venice, Italy, starts studying guitar at the age of 14 by himself. He graduated as guitar jazz player from the Conservatory of Venice in July 2016 by the guidance of Andrea Massaria, and now he is making jazz specialization with Roberto Cecchetto and Domenico Caliri. He also deepened the study of classical harmony with Gianluca Mosca. In the last five years, he takes part to several masterclasses with: Steve Lehman, Evan Parker, Andrea Massaria and Bruce Ditmas, Bebo Ferra, Ethan Iverson, Eddie Gomez and many others.
In 2015 he performed in the Cà Foscari Jazz Ensemble of Venice with Nicola Fazzini. In 2016 he played in a classical guitars Ensemble, a tribute to Roland Dyens, under the guidance of Monica Paolini.
He played with “Tengo un' orchestra tanta Ensemble” (music by Frank Zappa) directed by Giovanni Mancuso. In 2018 he played in “Venezze improvisation ensemble” with Vlatko Kucan and Massimo Falascone at the “Cataclisma improvisation Festival” in Rovigo. He worked in the Theatre of Verona with actors, for rapresenting different stories by free impovisation. He founded many projects:
Ula Loop jazz trio, with original compositions and music by Bill Frisell and Paul Motian; The Poodles, a jazz rock duo formed by guitar and voice.
He recently played at London Oooh Festival, with a project called Polibobby, an improvisating duo born with the drummer Davide Rossato.
He is playing with the “Ensemble collettivo crisis” group.

Davide Rossato
He began studying percussion at the age of 5 at the Noale - Venezia Philharmonic. He graduated from the Conservatory of Venice and studied jazz percussions with Paolo Pellegatti and Cristiano Calcagnile. He also studies free improvisation with Giovanni Mancuso. After the first workshops attended together with Evan Parker, he collaborates with Otomo Yoshihide. The center of his expressive and artistic motivation stems from the sociological, political and human analysis of today's society. it resides in the desire to offer to the listener an alternative, a way out (and in) that leads to meditation, to the observance of nature and to the introspection that derives from it. The focus of his playing lies in the sound. He is a researcher, who combines freedom and responsibility in his improvisations. He is indeed ambassador of the work called the third paradise of Michelangelo Pistoletto. He recently played at the London OOOH festival in the project called polibobby together with guitarist Daniel Savio. He also play with the crisis ensemble.

VLATKO KUČAN - reeds

Vlatko Kučan überschreitet mit seinen vielfältigen Arbeiten als Musiker, Komponist, Arrangeur, Produzent, Regisseur, Pädagoge und Musiktherapeut immer wieder tradierte stilistische und interdisziplinäre Grenzen. Seine Arbeiten sind in den Bereichen zeitgenössische Musik, Jazz, Improvised Music, populäre Musik, Theater, Hörspiel, Filmmusik und Literatur & Musik angesiedelt. Als Musiker spielte er mit führenden Persönlichkeiten der internationalen Jazzszene (u.a. Carla Bley, Lester Bowie, Anthony Braxton, Marion Brown, Bill Elgart, Dieter Glawischnig, Howard Johnson, Jay Oliver, Barre Philips, Tomasz Stanko, Steve Swallow, Rainer Winterschladen, Kenny Wollesen) und der Improvised Music (u.a. Derek Bailey, Malcolm Goldstein, Barry Guy, Piet Hoeksma, Aleksander Kolkowski, Jim Menesses, Rajesh Mehta, Meggie Nichols).

Künstlerische Produzentenätigkeit: Mitbegründer der Labels 'TrueMuze Records' und 'Voices Editionen'. Zahlreiche Produktionen in den Bereichen Musik, Literatur und Musik, Hörspiel und Wort. Mitwirkung an zahlreichen internationalen Theaterproduktionen (u.a. mit Karin Beier, Michael Bogdanov, Herbert Fritsch, Brian Michaels, Robert Wilson, Lester Bowie, Giora Feidman, Tom Waits). Eigene Theatermusiken u.a. „Kaukasischer Kreidekreis“, (Athens, OH/ USA); „Small lives, Big Dreams“, (Athens, OH/ USA); „Ein Grabmal für Boris Dawidowich“, (Wiener Festwochen) Filmmusik: Vertonung von Stummfilmen für die Ausstellung „Pioniere in Celluloid“ („Centrum Judaicum“ Berlin mit Alexander Kolkowski, Bill Elgart und Barre Phillips); Preis für die beste Filmmusik für den Film „Im Zeichen des Wassers“ („Marseille Film Festival“) Hörspielkompositionen: „3 Weeks after Paradise” (WDR, Autor: Israel Horowitz; mit Christian Brückner); „Ich bin wie ein lebender Stein” (NDR; Autorin: Anne Sexton; mit Corinna Harfouch); „Autorinnen des 20. Jahrhunderts” (Voices Editionen; mit Hannelore Elsner, Susanne Lothar und Hanna Schygulla); Diverse CD-Produktionen, Festivalauftritte und Rundfunk- und Fernsehproduktionen.

Ein Schwerpunkt von Vlatko Kucans Arbeit liegt in der Verbindung von Sprache bzw. Literatur und Musik. Mit seinem Ensemble Lesart vertonte er philosophische Texte (u.a. Friedrich Nietzsche, Ludwig Wittgenstein) und Lyrik (Charles Baudelaire, Anne Sexton, Mascha Kaleko). Er realisierte zahlreiche Produktionen mit Literatur und Musik und gründete das Label Voices Editionen. Zusammenarbeit mit zahlreichen renommierten Schauspielern (u.a. Christian Brückner, Hannelore Elsner, Corinna Harfouch, Susanne Lothar, Dietmar Mues, Barbara Nüsse, Christian Redl, Lars Rudolph, Hanna Schygulla, Otto Sander, Ulrich Tukur, Ulrich Wildgruber) und Autoren (u.a. Peter Handke, Siri Hustvedt, Hellmuth Karasek, Siegfried Lenz, Benjamin Lebert, Helmut Schmidt, Ulrich Wickert). Tätigkeit als Regisseur für Literaturvertonungen und Hörbücher.

Vlatko Kučan unterrichtet Improvisation an der HfMT in Hamburg, wo er auch das im Rahmen von Innovative Hochschule/ Stage_2.0 neu begründete Studio für polystilistische Improvisation und interdisziplinären Crossover (SPIIC) leitet.

www.vlatkokucan.de

Impromptu.works meets SPIIC ensemble

Anna Wiktoria Zolyniak - vocals
Clémence Manachére -fl
Tam Thi Pham - dàn bao
Sonja Beeh - tb 
Giulio Giani - reeds
Albin Vesterberg - guitars
Goran Lazarević - accordeon
Romina Romay - piano
Gustav Broman, Kristin Kuldkepp - b
Felix Stachelhaus - perc
Vlatko Kučan - reeds, leader

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