Hubert Bergmann | Gilad Atzmon | Zone de Memoire | Mudoks Record

Musical fruitfulness doesn’t come easy. But in an improvisation between two men who are playing together for the first time, something incredible can happen: the instantaneous poignancy of the justgenerated material, the visible sparks of the respective imaginations, the concrete explanation behind that fundamental instinct which pushes gifted humans to attempt a creative act to look into themselves to begin with, and communicate with fellow talented speciments later on. — Massimo Ricci Continue reading

Lajos Dudas | Hubert Bergmann | What’s Up Neighbor? | Mudoks Record

A workshop for improvised and new music -I read – right here in our charming, dreamy resort town on Lake Constance, in my neighborhood? And I know nothing about it? I needed to take a closer look at this. A few days later I am cordially received by Hubert Bergmann, pianist and initiator of the workshop, who suggested the idea of maybe playing together. My period of “free – improvisation” lay in the 1980’s, with the CL4 Clarinet Quartet and the Turk-Bulgarian vocalist Yildiz Ibrahimova. Hubert had recently produced with the guitarist, Mary Halvorson, a free – improvised session. Our musical directions, developmentally, were in opposition, the jazz clarinetist and the pianist, basically in the field of contemporary music.” Would this work? We improvised spontaneous and extensively without particular attention to tempo, theme or scale, having only occasionally paused to discuss an interval, a scale fragment or the character of an atmosphere. The results were surprising to us; we knew immediately that the recording should be made public. You’re holding the disc in your hand, please enjoy! — Lajos Dudas Continue reading

Hubert Bergmann | Udo Schindler | Hut Ab | Mudoks Record

There’s a whole new ball game going on. Players: Pianist Hubert Bergmann and the man on the saxophone Udo Schindler. No idea what kind of game they are playing. Anyway, they’re throwing balls across a huge field of notes and keys. American Football? Well, no, the players seem too slim and subtle for that. Too smart when they’re passing the ball. Hockey? Too esoteric. This is music in a democratic vein, its communication is a matter of transparency. Improvisations for each and every member of the audience. Basketball? Handball? Soccer? Actually, who cares? Each and every ball ends up in the goal, the basket or wherever it’s supposed to go – in any case in the ears of the listener. Take your hat off and listen! — Dr. Stephan Richter Continue reading

Halfpipe | Mammut | Mudoks Record

These recordings are from a period of 1 1/2 years and document the work with children between 11-12 years of playing in an ensemble of new improvised music and more. The approach, as in all activities with children, is conceivable playful and it is amazing to commit with what delicacy and nuance, the players go their way. Children are oriented at a certain age more outward, toward the world of idols and role models. That this is not always in the sense of adults, or even collide, so that speaks for a method that takes up the aspects of this idols with and blends into the unknown own creative work. Thus, the adepts learn to “do their thing” and cultivate themselves in “as saying” the creative potential in themselves. That we keep on using so-called clichés is almost self-evident. We all live of patterns that guide us and we continue that. Goal from the beginning, was a maximum of musical expression with the aid of reflection usually from the moment of creating out. Increasingly, we came here in the fields of game processes which could be called composition or better call it “instant composing”. There, where with re-improvised material, structure and tone will be organized more conscious and more and more complex mobile compositions emerges. A mammoth task. — Hubert Bergmann Continue reading

Sogni di Giorno | The Music of Nazareno People | Mudoks Record

Each man can discover his nature while observing himself in action. We have discovered, playing music ,that we like. Each single music passage of this CD was not created for a “pleasant listening” as it happens for comercial music: instead, each note expresses the person who has felt something new in the reality that surrounds him. The aim of this CD-fruit of a seminar about “improvised music” and “instant composing” – was in fact that of stimulate the freedom of the subject, that is new desires which would have been satisfied together. The work done was a special occasion for our guys to get a deeper knowledge of themselves as weil as joy reality through something newly incorporated music. Music created mouvement, opened towards something new and beneficial. That’s why we can speak of aesthetical experience. Friedrich Nitzsche begins one of his famous works with this sentence: “Since just thanks to aesthetic events, both our experience and our world have their reason forever …. ” The musical seminar was a pleasant unexpected event which gave us the possibility of knowing something beyond our usual reality. — Hubert Bergmann Continue reading

Mary Halvorson | Hubert Bergmann | Mixtour | Mudoks Record

Guitarist/composer Mary Halvorson has been active in New York since 2002, following jazz studies at Wesleyan University and the New School. In addition to her own bands, The Mary Halvorson Trio and Quintet, she co-leads a chamber music duo with violist Jessica Pavone and the avant-rock band, People, with drummer Kevin Shea. A veteran of the ensembles of esteemed saxophonist/composer Anthony Braxton, she has also performed with groups led by Tim Berne, Taylor Ho Bynum, Trevor Dunn, Tomas Fujiwara, Curtis Hasselbring, Tony Malaby, Myra Melford, Nicole Mitchell, Jason Moran, Marc Ribot, Matana Roberts, Elliott Sharp, John Tchicai and Matthew Welch among many others.

In 2008, the success of her trio’s debut, Dragon’s Head (Firehouse 12 Records), led critics to call Ms. Halvorson “probably the most original jazz guitarist to emerge this decade” (Peter Margasak, Chicago Reader) and “the freshest, busiest, most critically acclaimed guitar- slinger out of downtown Manhattan/Brooklyn right now” (Howard Mandel, Jazz Beyond Jazz). “A singular talent,” adds’s Troy Collins, “Brooklyn-based guitarist Mary Halvorson has come into her own as a composer and improviser with her trio debut, Dragon’s Head…light years ahead of her peers, she is the most impressive guitarist of her generation. The future of jazz guitar starts here.” Continue reading

Hubert Bergmann | Grund | Mudoks Record

All this music was played in real time without any interruptions, just the few seconds between the takes and played in the sequence of this recording. It is an attempt to develop the unique situation of each live performance in respect of a maximum on variety of a musical approach. The old game with time, space and memory. — Hubert Bergmann, October 2014 Continue reading

Halfpipe | Open Curtain | Mudoks Record

A handful of children on the way to all aspects of their sound. So you can call a company to confront young people with new and improvised music, so that they can do in this rather unusual profession her musical experience. Other hand, the most original field from which they just develop and will hopefully grow even more. The unbiased natural play with the possibilities that the moment offers. Similar to the “Godfather” of this recording Giacinto Scelsi, the young people draw from the reservoir which feeds them from the improvisation making it reflective tho their vocabulary to apply and further develop awareness. Continue reading