It's fantastic and alien. DOWNTOWNMUSICGALLERY (USA)
The constant slippages and shifts within the arrangements make this an absorbing “pop” record... It’s also fascinating approached as an experimental record—the radical techniques of free improv gain power when they’re focused by composed structures. CHICAGO READER (USA)
A superb example of how less can be so much more. THE SQUID'S EAR (USA)
Abstract Pop of very first choice. SANDS-ZINE (I)
clarinetist | composer/performer
*1974 in Dannenberg/Elbe (D), lives in Berlin
The Berlin-based clarinettist and composer/performer focuses on a subtle musicality of sound and noise phenomena. his music is rooted in abstractness, including increasingly an insidious expressivity and a pre-melodic quality. He works on the borderline of composition and improvisation, with a preference for long-term collaborations.
His current projects are Los Glissandinos with Klaus Filip (CD: stand clear, Creative Sources 2005), The International Nothing - clarinet duo with Michael Thieke (CD: mainstream, ftarri 2006), The Magic I.D. (song project with Christof Kurzmann, Michael Thieke & Margareth Kammerer), Kommando Raumschiff Zitrone with Christof Kurzmann (CD: first time ever i saw your face, Quincunx 2006), here comes the sun! with Gunter Schneider & Barbara Romen, duo with Burkhard Stangl, etc.
He performed with his own projects in A, CH, D, DK, F, NL, POL, RUS, SLO, SP, UK und USA, incl. Erstquake (New York 2006), Konfrontationen (Nickelsdorf 2004), Music Unlimited (Wels 2006), Musikprotokoll (Graz 2005), Nits d Aielo i Art (Aielo de Malferit 2006), Renaissance Society (Chicago 2006), Turning Sounds (Warsaw 2005), Donaueschinger Musiktage (Donaueschingen 2007), etc.
guitar | vocals
*1966, lives in Berlin
After living for 8 years in Bologna, and playing in bands like Eva Kant or Fastilio, Margareth moved 1994 to Berlin. There she began cooperations with Leonid Soybelman, Joe Williamson, Nicholas Bussmann and others, recording for exmaple the CD „Ode an die Langeweile- eine Hommage an Hanns Eisler“. She worked in theatres like Schaubühne/Berlin, did a Solo performance for Podewil/Berlin and Kunsternes Hus/Oslo, and worked in the Opera „Venusmond“ written by Burkhard Stangl and Oswald Egger. In 2004 Margareth Kammerer released her first Solo CD „To Be An Animal Of Real Flesh“ on charhizma, with Solopieces, Remixes of her works by Fred Frith, Christof Kurzmann, B. Fleischmann, Phillip Jeck and Nicholas Bussmann, and Duos for example with Axel Dörner and Chris Abrahams.
lloopp | devices | vocals
*1963, lives in Berlin and Vienna
Christof Kurzmann is involved in the electronic and improvised scenes of Vienna and Berlin. He is part of the projects extended versions, more extended versions, orchester 33 1/3, shabotinski, n.w.o., quartet with Dafeldecker & guests, schnee (duo with Burkhard Stangl), qmince (with Marina Rosenfeld), boiled frogs (with Michaele Grill), my kingdom for a lullaby ( with Martin Siewert, Michaela Grill, Billy Roisz & guests), 4rooms (with Andrea Neumann, Tony Buck, Sabine Ercklentz, Ana Maria Rodriguez), duo with John Butcher, Kommando Raumschiff Zitrone (with Kai Fagaschinski).
Kurzmann worked with musicians like Tom Cora, Luc Ex, Radu Malfatti, Zeena Parkins, Jon Rose ,Christian Fennesz, B.Fleischmann, dieb13, Jim O´Rourke, Kevin Drumm, Polwechsel, Kaffee Mathews, erikm, Franz Hautzinger, Taku Sugimoto, Toshimaru Nakamura,,or Wolfgang Mitterer and played on the Festivals Ulrichsberger Kaleidophon, Jazzgalerie Nickelsdorf, Festival Music Unlimited/Wels, Jazzfestival Saalfelden, Ars Electronica/Linz, Museum of ContemporaryArts/Chicago, Taktlos-Festival Basel & Zürich, Musee d´ Art Modern/Strasbourg. Christof Kurzmann also runs the label charhizma.
clarinet | composer/performer
*1971 in Düsseldorf/D , lives in Berlin and Rome
Michael Thieke is currently involved in a number of projects which focus on diverse and contrasting facets of his musical interest. They reach from song based bands, outer jazz areas, totally composed material to projects with the concentration on the silent noises and sounds.
Some of his current Projects are: Michael Thieke Unununium (with Luca Venitucci acc/p, Eric Schaefer dr, Derek Shirley b, CD on charhizma), The International Nothing (with Kai Fagaschinski cl, CD on ftarri), The Magic I.D. (with Christof Kurzmann, Kai Fagaschinski, Margareth Kammerer, CD on ErstPop), Hotelgäste (with Derek Shirley b, Dave Bennett g, CD on schraum), Nickendes Perlgras (with Michael Anderson tp, Eric Schaefer dr, CD on JHM and Konnex), TGW (with Christian Weber b, Michael Griener dr, CD on ayler records), Spirit Songs (with Mike Cooper voc/g, Elio Martusciello el, Fabrizio Spera dr, Luca Venitucci acc/el.), Roman Tics (with Burkhard Beins, Luca Venitucci, CD on Cathnor).
He played on festivals such as Donaueschinger Musiktage (Donaueschingen/D 2007), Jazz a Mulhouse (Mulhouse/F 2007), Standard:Abweichung (Marburg/D 2007), Risonanze (Venezia/I 2007), Ahornfelder Festival (Leipzig/D 2007), Stuttgarter Jazztage (Stuttgart/D 2007), Music Unlimited (Wels/A 2006), ZJFT (Groningen/NL 2006), Contemporaneamente (Lodi/I 2006), Festival de la Cité (Lausanne/CH 2005), Jazz em Agosto (Lisbon/P 2005), International Jazz Festival Münster (Münster/D 2005), Jazz Focus (Berlin/D 2003), Festival Brugge (Brugge/B 2002), Kryptonale (Berlin/D 2002), Konstanzer Jazzherbst (Konstanz/D 2002), Wintersongs (Cologne/D 2001), In Planten und Blomen (Hamburg/D 2000).
TECHNICAL RIDER OF THE MAGIC I.D.
- soundsystem with (at least) 8-channel-desk (with phantom power for the condensator microphones)
- subwoofer would be very nice! (not necessarily)
- (depending on the stage situation) monitoring: 2 or more speakers
- guitar amp (reference: fender twin reverb)
- 2 DI-boxes (for christofs computer)
- 3 condensator microphones for 2 clarinets and acoustic guitar (reference: akg 414)
- 2 dynamic microphones for 2 voices (reference: sm 58)
- 1 dynamic microphone for guitar amp
- 6 microfone-stands
- many xlr-cables for all the microfones and the computer
- 4 chairs
- 1 small table (1x1 m) for the laptop