| "Seek to understand the present and contemplate the
future of music"
was both the motto and aspiration of the first TOTAL MUSIC
MEETING of the new millenium, presenting over a period of
three days a multitude of international musicians from three
generations of improvisers; for some of them this was their
first performance in Berlin.
This sampler, ´AUDIOLOGY - 11 groups live in Berlin´,
the first in the long history of the festival, highlights
the body of work achieved over these three days, and also
represents a culinary-musical tour d'horizon, conveying
the extraordinary vitality and wealth of ideas, aesthetic
positions and creative methods within the field of improvised
music. Never before has there been such a multitude of highly
differentiated musical styles, all rightfully co-existing
and allowing each other space - a unique process in the
more or less hierarchically structured music history.
Improvised music is often regarded as being ´difficult´.
The actual difficulty may be the ´access´ to
this kind of music because if it were more present in the
public ´ear´ this ´problem´ quite
likely would not exist. Granted - this music is no musical
´Fast food´. It does require certain kinds of
cultural techniques in order to enjoy it - not very different
from a meal with a number of courses. But this is really
where the pleasure starts ...
Within the framework of the TOTAL MUSIC MEETING 2001 we
also presented - for the first time in the form of an exhibition
- the ´visual´ works of improvising musicians
(Dixon, Floridis, Gumpert, Johansson, Kowald, Lytton, Oxley,
Parker, Reichel, von Schlippenbach, Zingaro) and the cycle
of photographs ´Diario dal Sud´ (Diary of the
South) of the photographer Roberto Masotti from Milan, impressions
from the European Jazz Festival in Noci, which opens up
a new way of ´seeing´ through its genuine figurative
language. Masotti was also our TMM ´01-festival photographer;
some of the pictures taken on the 3-day session can be found
in this booklet, for more check out our website at free-music-production.de.
We would like to thank all the musicians and artists for
their solidarity and support. Without them it would not
have been possible to set up this kind of international
programme under such extremely reduced financial conditions.
We would also like to thank our sponsors, the institutions
involved and the individuals who helped realize the project,
last but not least the "Senatsverwaltung für Wissenschaft,
Forschung und Kultur" (Senate Department for Science,
Research and Culture) and the Podewil.
The TMM ´01 committee (Schleif/Fuchs/Schlippenbach)
struggled hard for the continuation of this festival. The
TMM´02 committee (Schleif/Fuchs/Margull) continues
in this work with great determination. We will need your
help again this year in order to succeed.
Keep music (a)live !