Karlheinz Essl & Klaus Burger

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ESSL.BURGER live!

free improvisations for brass and electronics
2009


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  ESSL.BURGER live!

Photo: 2007 by Peter Kuffner
  ESSL.BURGER was born when two distinct individuals, composer Karlheinz Essl and tuba player Klaus Burger met for a free improvisational gig in 2004. Out of the blue and without arrangements these two spirits met in time and space and their sounds melted together in a way which has never been heard before. Since then Karlheinz Essl's and Klaus Burger's paths continue to cross from time to time at different points on the planet. Their mutual goal is to experience new ways of musical communication and to create stunning sonic worlds where the sounds of brass and electronics evolve into a unique musical entity.

Klaus Burger is one of the finest tuba players in Europe with strong connections to contemporary music, but his music also has roots in extra-European traditions such as Mongolian music. Aside from playing the tuba, he is a master on a strange trombone-like instrument called cimbasso, and he plays the didgeridoo as if he lived in the Australian outback.

Beyond his work as a composer of experimental music, Karlheinz Essl has developed his own electronic instrument called m@ze°2, which is based on a computer program written in Max/MSP. Since 1998 he has been using his realtime composition environment predominantly for free improvised music. He has performed with the crème de la crème of avantgarde music. With his instrument Essl can interact spontaneously to any kind of sound environment or music utilizing a variety of external controllers in order to shape the musical output.

ESSL.BURGER live! was recorded on March 4, 2007 during the artacts 07 festival for jazz and improvised music in St. Anton (Tyrol, Austria) and at the Essl Museum in Klosterneuburg/Vienna (Austria) on June 3, 2007.

Released on 7 Jun 2009 by XS Records [xs-68]

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Tracks

1 ESSL.BURGER live at artacts 07 - take #1
Recorded live at the artacts 07 festival for experimental music and jazz in St. Anton / Tyrol on March 4th, 2007
17:19
2 ESSL.BURGER live at artacts 07 - take #2
Recorded live at the artacts 07 festival for jazz and improvised music in St. Anton / Tyrol on March 4th, 2007
15:48
2 ESSL.BURGER live at the Essl Museum - take #1
Recorded live at the artacts 07 festival for jazz and improvised music in St. Anton / Tyrol on March 4th, 2007
14:50
2 ESSL.BURGER live at the Essl Museum - take #2
Recorded live at the Essl Museum in Klosterneuburg/Vienna on June 3rd, 2007
7:13


Thanks

Many thanks to Peter Kuffner for providing a photo for the album's art work, Dieter Treibenreif for the recording, Tiago Morgado and Leonardo Rosado for releasing ESSL.BURGER live! on their experimental net label XS Records and to all our listeners who inspired us to create this music.




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