Where shall I fly not be sad, my dear?
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Sampler: Special Issue Berlin
Improvised Music From Japan 2006
Mikroton 2013 2006

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Luca Venitucci
Derek Shirley
Eric Schaefer
Martin Siewert
Christian Weber
Improvised Music From Japan

Luca Venitucci: accordion, prepared piano
Martin Siewert: guitar
Michael Thieke: clarinet, alto clarinet, alto saxophone, zither
Christian Weber: bass
Derek Shirley: bass
Steve Heather: drums
Eric Schaefer: drums

Listen to the sound as it disappears, it is going home to rest, to sleep in silence.
(Harry Partch)

Nicht fürs Süße, nur fürs Scharfe und fürs Bittre bin ich da; schlag, ihr Leute, nicht die Harfe, spiel die Ziehharmonika.
(Theodor Kramer)

Michael Thieke Unununium - Nachtlieder

Michael Thieke clarinet/zither, Martin Siewert guitar, Luca Venitucci accordion
Derek Shirley bass, Christian Weber bass
Steve Heather drums, Eric Schaefer drums

Mikroton (RUS)/2013 CD

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Walking through the night. I'm not even supposed to be here today, and so is Silent Bob.
New news of drowning migrants. No attention for the paperless, what can the sailors do when the captain feels mean? Meanwhile Guy Maddin tells us his tales of amnesia, incest, death, and transfiguration decked out in low-rent expressionism and dime-store surrealism. Such a joy, joy, joy to meet somebody new. The insonnia of the homeless in the Termini train station addressing Heinrich Heine, trying to convince us to smile in spite of the faded flowers. And you, dear Betty?
It's 5 am. Internally displaced people in Colombia and protesters in Rome buy Berlin on a website, and sing along with old street musicians at their long gone open air coffee shop. Gentrification, cheerfully whistling through swinging doors of court halls after real estate auctions. Field recordings or fake nostalgia?
Unununium's colour is unknown, but probably metallic and silvery white or grey in appearance. Uses: no uses known.
We play Nachtlieder, and Theodor Kramer wishes a good night to….well, he has the better words.


Luca Venitucci accordion, prepared piano
Derek Shirley bass
Eric Schaefer drums
Michael Thieke clarinet, alto saxophone,alto clarinet, zither

charhizma (Vienna/Berlin)/2006 CD

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Unununium is a magnificent piece of work by four musicians at the height of their powers in a vibrant new music scene documented by an essential label. PARISTRANSATLANTIC (F)
Tasteful and inventive on the highest level. ALIAS (IL MANIFESTO) (I)
The music is full of humor, pleasantly (un)pretentious and poetic, which make this a very sympathetic quartet. The best thing you can do is to surprise yourself with this cd. It is worth it. VITAL WEEKLY (NL)
Music with a genre-spanning vibrance. DE:BUG (D)
Spectacularly inventive.THE WIRE (UK)
A tasteful CD of surreal jazz. BLOW UP (I)
Schön versponnene Sounds in klug erdachten Strukturen. FREISTIL (A)
One of the most intriguing reed players around today shows his compositional wisdom through a systematic deployment of sparse elements in rather ample structures...Even in the most suggestive inventions, coherent delicacies prevail over abstruse difficulty, keeping the comprehension degree at an accessible level while yielding a lyricism whose exhalations pervade the whole album. Not necessarily in dramatic fashion, Unununium present some unusual perspectives without overly trespassing the borders; this CD is probably the best showcase of Thieke's universe until now. TOUCHING EXTREMES (I)
What characterizes saxophonist/clarinetist Michael Thieke’s music throughout this thoroughly engaging CD is its bristling intelligence. Each piece is the result of a penetrating gaze at the possibilities inherent in the musical seeds found in the compositions themselves... Unununium reveals an imaginative world filled with surprising locales and intriguing inhabitants. Highly recommended. EXCLAIM (CAN)