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D/B Recommended: Sommerloch Festival III @ Ausland Berlin | Sunday, 29.07.2012

From July 27th-29th, ausland takes a break from summer break, featuring 2 nights of programme inside ausland and a long Saturday afternoon of concerts and readings outdoor in the beautiful yard.

On the 3rd and last night of its’ sommerloch festival, Ausland is happy to present Golden Fur, 1982 and duo Christof Kurzmann & Michael Zerang.

The extraordinary Norwegian contemporary trio “1982” features hardanger-fiddle star Nils Økland, harmonium and Wurlitzer-player Sigbjørn Apeland and drummer Øyvind Skarbø.

1982 | Recording of Pintura

As with the group’s eponymously titled debut in 2008, the tracks are all untitled investigations into a diverse range of sonic effects. There are no explicit melodies in the song-rooted sense, but the album is full of melody and conversation by more impressionistic standards. Slow-building harmonies float over rich organ-like low notes and distant rumbling tom-toms, then gather to gothic swells of sound punched through by peremptory drum hits.

Ghostly harmonium chords are picked at and prodded by Skarbø’s rimshots, cymbal rustles, and scampering noises. Sometimes scratchy fiddle motifs spin and wheel, then low reedy sounds come and go against tearing-paper sounds. Fanfare sounds erupt over funereal pulses broken into by choppy keyboard figures. Hymnal chords hum over percussion slithers that sound like weary sighs, then turn into high pulsations suggestive of blinking lights. Lustrous textural effects give way to a bare angularity of sawing free-improv fiddle sounds against battering percussion, but the finale is a soft evaporation of drones.

James Rushford and Judith Hamann are founding members of the chamber music ensemble Golden Fur, incorporating contemporary classical, experimental and improvised forms of music making. They have given Australian premieres of works by Sofia Gubaidulina, Robert Ashley, Jani Christou, Klaus Lang, Thomas Meadowcroft, and world premieres of works by Anthony Pateras, Jaap Blonk, Marco Fusinato, David Chisholm, Cat Hope, Sean Baxter, Robert Dahm and Kate Neal.

Composed at the outset of his ‘late period’, Patterns In A Chromatic Field is widely recognised as Feldman’s most uncharacteristic and virtuosic piece. It is kaleidoscopic in colour, complex and playful in rhythm, and devastating in expressive scope. Unlike many of his other works that are pre-occupied with stasis and augmented durations, Patterns… shifts abruptly, often at breakneck speed, between elaborate chromatic, microtonal, polyphonic, static and dynamic passages.

Christof Kurzmann | The Air Between

Christof Kurzmann, born in vienna/austria, lives in Berlin & Buenos Aires. Musician between electropop, improvisation and “new music”. Sometimes soloist, he prefers to be part of an collective or an working group. Labelowner of the small independent label “charhizma” – at present out of work.

Michael Zerang was born in Chicago, Illinois, and is a first-generation American of Assyrian decent. He has been a professional musician, composer, and producer since 1976, focusing extensively on improvised music, free jazz, contemporary composition, puppet theater, experimental theater, and international musical forms. He currently tours and holds workshops in improvisational music and percussion technique, and teaches private lessons in rhythmic analysis, music composition, and percussion technique. ively with contemporary theater, dance, and other multidisciplinary forms.

Ausland Sommerloch Festival Part III
Golden Fur, 1982 & duo Christof Kurzmann & Michael Zerang  LIVE

Sunday, 29 July 2012 | 20:00 CET
Ausland | Lychener Str. 60 | 10437 Berlin/Prenzlauer Berg