It is just over a year now that Christine Brunel passed on and I am collecting material for a tribute page and a collation of my cello and sound design work wit...h her between 2005 and 2015 – Music for Christine Brunel... Here is a video of a primary sequence of material that Christine showed me as an opening impulse for our first performance together in Nishny Novgorod Russia early in 2005. This performance is from several iterations of this opening later, from the 2-hour production SPEED in the Machinenhaus in Essen, Fall 2007.
Trying to come up with 5 sets for a large room, wanted to go for a big arc in the course of the evening. People should be allowed to join in where they feel like it... Running patterns like a DJ but playing cello, mandocello and various keyboards and surfaces to these things...
Some of my friends give me a hard time about putting out unfinished material as works-in-progress, but after the last five days, I have to share a few things. B...rainstorming for five sets of about 30-40 min through the evening hours, starting each hour on the hour, with an open-ended set at the end...
Today I finally put together a selected discography of CDs I played on with various groups between 1999 and 2013, most of which are still available, as it turns out...
Today I finally started updating my website and added a list of albums I have made in the past three years with Harmonie59 (a collective of musicians around Rod...erik Vanderstraeten and myself) which can be heard and even purchased on Bandcamp... Check it out if you like various kinds of improvised music! More info about Harmonie59 under http://www.harmonie59.org/
In 2012 I had the opportunity to do a concert with and record some tracks with the legendary South-African pianist Abdullah Ibrahim (formerly Dollar Brand) which were released in 2013 on the album MUKASHI. Here is a very simple track from that project which I just saw on YouTube.
A few days ago, the core quintet of Harmonie59 (H59) did two days of recording sessions out at our hideaway in Starzach-Börstingen and in the last hour or so of the session three of us recorded a quiet little tune while Manu (perc) took a break and Rod (guitar, engineer/producer) walked around with a camera, which I didn't notice at the time.
Sasha Shlain (keys), Christoph Sauer (bass) and yours truly barely playing cello, having returned a couple of days earlier from 3 weeks in Amarillo. My mom died about 12 hours after this recording was made, which makes the quiet mood seem right.
Things are getting real. Godspeed and Invincibility Mode
to You and Yours, Maestro Mueller!
>>> America is waiting for a message of some sort or another... <<...<
Editor's note: In the video version of my life, the theme of my which is my European-USAmerican double identity for almost four decades since 1979, this is the title track. Released By Eno/Byrne in 1981, on the album "My Life in the Bush of Ghosts" – 36 years ago... All of the texts make sense today as then.
For the past seven years I have been working to develop my resources for making electronic music to use in live performance and am excited about new developments which are starting to really bear fruit – stay tuned!
One of controllers I use a lot: Arturia's Minilab mkII.
The past few weeks/months I have been exploring various possibilities for electroacoustic performances and for this i have been trying to develop tools, materia...l, skills and work flows on the electronic side. The idea of Daily Studies is that I am not allowed to spend more than a few hours at most on a piece - sort of a diary form. Here are the results from today and yesterday, if anyone would be curious.
Every year around Easter (this year the week thereafter) the Harmonie59 crew gather to improvise and record together. This is from last year – we're all looking forward to it. More Information: harmonie59.org
Very happy with much of the work from the first five years of Harmonie59: here a catalog of our SEVEN releases on Bandcamp in the past 5 years! http://www.harmonie59.org/sessions/
Sounds better than I remember playing it - great primal and poetic expressions – Kaija has given us cellists several important masterpieces...
To my astonishment, I found this on YouTube today, continuing the on-going discovery of tracks from our (Wolpe Trio's) Kaija Saariaho portrait CD from 2004 for Kairos in Vienna – this time with my own rendition of one of her marvelous pieces for solo cello: SPINS & SPELLS.
In 2009, Open_Music had the honor of playing with Stefano Scodanibbio on a concert in the Staatsgalerie Stuttgart, not aware that this would be one of his last concerts... A special moment with a very special musician and friend.