Holz für Europa
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Peter van Bergen contrabass clarinet, bass clarinet, tenor sax, A-flat clarinet
Wolfgang Fuchs contrabass clarinet, bass clarinet, sopranino sax
Hans Koch contrabass clarinet, bass clarinet, B-flat clarinet, soprano sax
Turn around (Version one) 05:51
Vari 1.0 18:03
Vari 1.1 02:44
Vari 1.2 02:28
Orbicular 2.1 05:38
Orbicular 2.2 07:23
Orbicular 2.3 03:25
Cuts 3.2 05:12
Cuts 3.3 04:40
Cuts 3.4 08:45
Turn around (Version two) 05:17
Total time:  69:26

All pieces composed by Peter van Bergen, Wolfgang Fuchs, Hans Koch
Recorded live by Holger Scheuermann and Jost Gebers during the 'Summer Concerts' series on July 1 - 2, 1995, at the 'Haus am Waldsee', Berlin.
Produced by Jost Gebers
Photos: Dagmar Gebers

Liner notes: Christian Rentsch

First published in January 1997
Excerpt from the booklet:
Through the dictates of post modernism, the current notions of what actually is art get lost, traditional categories loose their meaning. Whilst, only a few years ago, we hardly hesitated when it was to do with identifying a certain kind of music as `Jazz´, today we are increasingly at a loss. And even the musicians themselves refuse to be categorised, for good reasons. Jazz, which used to be the promised land of freedom, rebellion and resistance against all things bourgeois, ready-made and boring, has become just that itself, a music of repetition, fundamentalism and the narrow-minded in pin-striped suits the musical sticker of a petrified tradition. (...)
The brutal commercialisation of the music industry, the dictatorship of entertainment within the throngs of the music business, the festivals and fast-food radios, which, from the very beginning, pushed European free musicians into the outer reaches of the ´subcultures´ , has had, along with all the negative sides - like a vicious punch-line of capitalism - even some positive aspects: where money doesn´t matter, one can freely have ideas, (…) the aesthetic profit becomes the only major aim of the musical spirit of enterprise. (…)
The European trio HOLZ FÜR EUROPA comes from this tradition. They have known each other since 1988, WOLFGANG FUCHS from Germany, HANS KOCH from Switzerland and PETER VAN BERGEN from Holland; they actually met during a concert of the Cecil Taylor European Orchestra. (...)
Seven wind instruments, from contra-bass and bass clarinet to B-flat and E-flat clarinets, from tenor to soprano through to sopranino, between silence and explosive intensity, between tender beauty and uninhibited expressionism, between ingeniously written passages and free searching movements within the still relatively unexplored areas of melody, discordant sounds and noise, subtle, at times brittle sound scapes in all stages of unrest, fragility and emphasis. Certainly, the three musicians in HOLZ FÜR EUROPA don´t play music of rebellion or of open riot, times are different now. The aesthetics of resistance has been taken over by the aesthetics of priority of all musical means and possibilities, in the unfolding as well as in the reduction. Music truly of the moment.
Christian Rentsch
Translation: Isabel Seeberg / Paul Lytton

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