Euphorium Records

EUPHORIUM Records is producing musical documents of a special european circle of improvising musicians. There are grandmasters and new talents involved.

EUPHORIUM Books releases texts that are made to the special european circle of improvising musicians, dancers and performers that are known under the name of the ensemble EUPHORIUM_freakestra. The texts are created by Oliver Schwerdt and speaker-actor Friedrich Kettlitz. Of course these fascinating, neo-dadaistic, german based words can be seen as wonderful music too.

EUPHORIUM Films is producing video documents of a special european circle of improvising musicians, dancers and performers. There are grandmasters, new talents, ordinary and strange people involved.

EUPHORIUM Magazine. Independent Reviews of Jazz, Contemporary & Improvised Music written by Oliver Schwerdt. Radikal-kritisch, poetisch. Relativ.


EUPHORIUM freakestra: 2 Trios & 2 Babies


Matthias Mainz – trp | Matthias Lorenz – cel | Michael Haves – b | Fabian Niermann – ts | Konrad Grüneberg – b | Oliver Schwerdt – p | Christian Lillinger – dr, perc | Günter Sommer – dr, perc.

Tracklist: 1. soujhmar (4’28) 2. Wie du willst… (14’02) 3. mood-schliche on pancake (5’28) 4. chamber chair discussion again (3’26) 5. Geformter Dampf (3’45) 6. 2 Trios (7’54) 7. Wooing away (3’50) 8. 2 Babies (6’12) 9. Dingaling Intermint (5’45) 10. Konrads Ausprag (5’18) 11. 2 Trios & 2 Babies( 9’41) 12. Kardiff canar (5’40)

The EUPHORIUM_freakestra live in December 2005.

On one exciting stage in Leipzig, the creative centre of eastern Germany. At least a home game for the ever transforming ensemble. This time you can experience creative improvised music of young and talented twens, reliable and distinct musicians in their thirties and one legendary grandmaster. The project is about some constellations i.e. personal variations of contemporary chamber jazz. Two drummerless trios meet two drummers. There are really intense improvisations from the trio consisting of trumpeter Matthias Mainz, cello player Matthias Lorenz and bass player Michael Haves. Strongly concentrated they are able to reduce the material. That is about to begin with nothing. The other drummerless trio comes along with Fabian Niermann on tenor saxophone, Konrad Grüneberg on double bass and Oliver Schwerdt on the grand piano. Trustful together they are moving musically in a free associating manner, picking this up, turning that around, discovering another sandwich in a swinging abstract flow. Then you have Christian Lillinger the hyperactive-pulsating centre of the youngsters jazz-drumming in Germany and his mentor Günter Baby Sommer, who is one of the grandmasters of contemporary percussion. Both integrate their music into the different trio contextures. Both meet each other in a unique duo play. And both you can hear trio-coupled within the fabulous sound of the whole octet. Besides that the booklet presents four lyrical addresses of speaker-actor Friedrich Kettlitz proclaimed before and after the musical things happened. Of course these fascinating, neo-dadaistic, german based words can be seen as wonderful music too…


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ember: Oullh d’baham


Urs Leimgruber – ss, ts | Alexander Schubert – g, elec, perc | Oliver Schwerdt – p, perc, g, elec | Christian Lillinger – dr, perc.

Tracklist: 1. i soujhmar (8’28) 2. ii yug yug baba (11’06) 3. iii gubu bash (4’03) 4. iv ppt/mn (7’07) 5. v naj ’hala (8’08) 6. vi fin. dr (1’48)

Now amazing swiss saxophon-player Urs Leimgruber

is awake with a new quartet from Germany. His radical contemporary invention of reed instruments is embedded in an inner circle of a new scene of improvised music. Alexander Schubert, Oliver Schwerdt und Christian Lillinger belong to the highly creative potentials of Leipzig, Berlin and Dresden. ember sensibly made a picturesque album of some fine chamber jazz situations. You can listen to some clusters full of strings meet a children’s guitar wah-wriggle knife. A strange jungle sliding as a filigree of urban speech. The quartet serves contemporary textures upon sandpaper weaves. Global shattering energy struts – while metal plates and plastic bowls turn into a rotary feedback at the horizon. Alexander Schubert runs international projects well known for organic-electronic structures and field music. Christian Lillinger has studied under Günter “Baby” Sommer and now does a fascinating job as the hyperactive-pulsating centre of a new jazz-drumming. Oliver Schwerdt has realized some crazy music and dada shows with his ever mutating ensemble consisting of such artists Friedrich Schenker, Paul Rutherford, Rudi Mahall, Matthias Mainz, Heike Hennig and Friedrich Kettlitz.


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