Monday, June 19, 2017

Fred Frith & Hans Koch - You Are Here (INTAKT RECORDS 2017)

Fred Frith is a world renowned improvisor, composer and multi-instrumentalist who has positioned himself on the contemporary music scene between rock and jazz, improvisation and compostition. Experimental saxophonist and bass clarinetist Hans Koch has a similarly superb reputation. In the past few years Hans has dedicated himself to the quieter side of improvisation.

Both musicians have extended the possibilities of their instruments and stepped into new territories. The pair have known each other since the Nineties. As a guest, Frith took part in the “hardcore chamber music“ of trio Koch-Schütz-Studer.

On the new album “You Are Here” they create intriguing sound worlds and fascinating tone structures purely by improvising. It is the music of two mature masters who have worked all their life to develop their own musical language. The duo allows them to make full use of their artistic capability to the great pleasure of the listener.

1. Just a Crack 8:02
2. Strange Is the Night Where Black Stars Rise 12:57
3. Exercises Chronologiques 6:14
4. Lots Out Large 6:20
5. Immagine Prima 1:36
6. Road, Mirror, Forest, Sea 11:43
7. Ever Wonder 7:16

Fred Frith: electric guitar, various small objects
Hans Koch: bass clarinet, soprano and tenor saxophones, spit

Music by Fred Frith and Hans Koch. 
Recorded at the Jazz Campus, Basel, Switzerland / April 23/24, 2016. 
Mixed at Idee und Klang Studio, Basel, Switzerland. 
Engineer: Daniel Dettwiler. Assistant engineers: Jan Sutter & Benjamin Gut. Additional editing: Hans Koch.
Mastered at Headless Buddha Mastering Lab, Oakland, California, Nov 21, 2016. Engineer: Myles Boisen.
Text: Fred Frith. Cover art: Heike Liss. Graphic design: Jonas Schoder. Photo: Daniel Dettwiler.
With warm thanks to Bernhard Ley. Financial support by Migros Aare. 
Produced and published by Intakt Records, Patrik Landolt.