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
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
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 AllAboutJazz.com’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
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
Piano solo dedicated to Eric Satie, Domenico Scarlatti, Igor Strawinsky, Thelonios Monk, Miles Davis, Paul Bley, John Coltrane. Reminiszenzen… Erinnerung… Anklang… by Hubert Bergmann Continue reading