Kai Fagaschinski: clarinet
Margareth Kammerer: guitar, vocals
Christof Kurzmann: laptop, vocals
Michael Thieke: clarinet

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First there was the clarinet duo of Kai Fagaschinski and Michael Thieke The International Nothing. For their debut-CD mainstream they recorded a song with Margareth Kammerer and asked Christof Kurzmann (who before already has worked with Fagaschinski as Kommando Raumschiff Zitrone and as producer for Kammerer´s album to be an animal of real flesh) for a remix of another song. These initial collaborations made them to go for more. So they started to work on a program in quartet format, which includes duo, trio and now mainly quartet pieces.
Kai Fagaschinski and Michael Thieke developed a unique multiphonic duo style in which their clarinets merge into a warm and moving sound. Margareth Kammerer stands for minimalistic art songs. Most of her recent work has been solo; simply voice and acoustic guitar. Christof Kurzmann is not really to catch in the wide field between electronic music and pop song.
All of this comes together in their quartet. The challenge within the band is to find solutions with joint efforts and to compose the music collectively. Everyone contributes his/her ideas and everyone sounds a bit different than usual in this project. The result is a charming mixture of strange songs and instrumentals that do not care about their categorization with terms like experimental, pop, abstract, melodic a.s.o..
In February 2008 their debut album till my breath gives out has been released by Erstwhile Records and has received rhapsodic feedback from the press.
The Magic I.D. played concerts in Austria, Belgium, France, Germany, Italy and the Netherlands, among others at Music Unlimited (Wels 2006), Jazz á Mulhouse (2007), Angelicá Festival (Bologna 2008) and Vooruit (Gent 2009).
In the meantime some new pieces have been composed and also performed in concert. These days the quartet is working hard to collect and fine-tune further new material before they go once more to Vienna‘s Amann Studio in November 2009 to record and mix their second album.


Kai Fagaschinski clarinet
Christof Kurzmann vocals, g3, lloopp
Margareth Kammerer vocals, guitar
Michael Thieke clarinet

ErstPop (Jersey City)/2008 CD/LP

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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)

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Kai Fagaschinski
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.

Margareth Kammerer
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.

Christof Kurzmann
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.

Michael Thieke 
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).


- 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