- Hirsch - Hwang - Koch
- Lovens - Morris - Reichel
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/ Purchase Order No. : FMP CD 033
1: Two of many
2 : More of many
music by X-Communication
Part 1: Recorded by Holger Scheuermann and Jost
Gebers on November 3, 1990 during the 'Total Music Meeting'
at the 'Quartier Latin', Berlin.
Part 2: Recorded by Ansgar Ballhorn and Dietrich
Wohlfromm on December 15, 1990 at the Von-der-Heydt-Museum,
Produced by Jost Gebers
Drawing: Hal Foster
Photos: Dagmar Gebers
notes: Caroline Mähl
published in May 1991
from the booklet:
X-COMMUNICATION existed in theory long before the group
stepped onto stage in 1987, when BUTCH MORRIS met MARTIN SCHÜTZ
and HANS KOCH in New York, all parties could look back on
many years of experience with different forms of group improvisation
- a condition that boded well for a joint project. (…)
In the first brainstorming-sessions, X-COMMUNICATION was blueprinted
as a 16 to 18-strong big band, and although it was soon scaled
down to a marginally more practicable octet, its basic formation,
including vocals and strings, remained unchanged. (...)
X-COMMUNICATION in its 1990 incarnation seems to have reached
a degree of mutual understanding that allows each musician
more room to move. That´s to say, few sacrifices need be made
to any streamlined collective identity. The group is strong
enough to support almost all aspects of the players´ creativity.
A perennial traveller between the genres, BUTCH MORRIS composes
music for film, theatre and dance and has drawn up new guidelines
for the conductor´s role as channel and catalyst of the creative
process in improvisation. The experience gained from these
projects is constantly re-invested into his instrumental work
and makes him a formidable ensemble player, sufficiently enlightened
to subordinate his abilities, always, to the dynamics of the
SHELLEY HIRSCH´s near-acrobatic, vocal abilities enable her
to react instantly to any ideas or atmospheric suggestions
her surroundings have to offer, and to take on, chameleon-like,
virtually every imaginable tone colour.. (...)
The American section is completed by JASON HWANG and J.A.
DEANE, both player/composers of broad stylistic band with
and, like MORRIS, frequently toiling in the cracks between
the idioms. DEANE uses computer electronics to create rising
and subsiding layers of modified natural sounds. A difficult
player to classify, this ´sonic architect´, as much at home
with the jump-cut cartoon minimalism of John Zorn as in Jon
Hassell´s spacious ´Fourth World´ elegies, has worked extensively
with MORRIS´ large and small groups. So has HWANG, the violonist
singled out by MORRIS as one of the most distinctive of improvisors.
Also a composer, HWANG, of Chinese ancestry, wrote the score
for the film ´The Emperor´s Eye: Art and Power in China´.
He has played with assorted AACM and ´downtown´ ensembles.
More reserved in the early performances, REICHEL is now able
to fully integrate the wry humour and stylistic versatility
of his solo work (FMP CD 010, FMP CD 054) which will require
no further introduction to followers of FMP´s productions.
He is undoubtedly one of the guitar greats.
HANS KOCH found space to say something inside Cecil Taylor´s
European Orchestra (FMP CD 008/009) and has been gaining in
strength in X-COMMUNICATION, his exchanges with SHELLEY HIRSCH
accounting for this album´s most compelling moments as he
works a range from blowtorch aggression to earnest pleadings
to coos and warbles.
Cellist MARTIN SCHÜTZ is, with KOCH, one of the shaping forces
in new Swiss music, their trio Koch/Schütz/Käpelli being a
wide-awake chamber unit that draws upon the languages of free
jazz and contemporary composition. (…)
And finally (..) there´s PAUL LOVENS: A man of few words offstage,
yet a drummer who´s mastered the art of the interjection,
using all surfaces of his selected drums and cymbals almost
conversationally, querying and challenging - or underlining
and codifying - all of his colleagues´ comments…´. (...)
BUTCH MORRIS once said: "For me, there are but two sounds
worth listening to: the sound of the mind working and the
sound of the mind that has worked."
Translation: Steve Lake