QUATUOHR
[kju:], too

[Nurnichtnur, www.nurnichtnur.com]

Follow up to "[kju:]" from 2002, improvising quartet Quatuohr releases a follow up appropriately titled "[kju:], too". Recorded back in 2003 in Cologne, the quartet features a mixed bag of mostly German players [Mark Charig being an exception].
Along with Charig on cornet and althorn, we have Joachim Zoepf playing bass clarinet and soprano, bassist Hans Schneider and percussionist Wolfgang Schliemann. The band has been playing regular concerts in Cologne first once every week, then every two weeks. It shows these guys are not newcomers on the scene. In fact, their ideas of give and take, push and pull are worked out well. Their sense of democratic improvisation - where each player is heard throwing in his bits and pieces into the community pool - is truly mastered. As Charig plays the cornet ever so gently, Schneider rounds the scenery with a fat dose of delicate bass strumming, while Schliemann pretends he doesn't have an actual percussion set in front of him, but a collection of rusty, sharp tools that he hits intermittently. Joachim Zoepf's clarinet work is absolutely stunning. Delicately probing the corners of the room, it seems as if he's scared to play his parts. All players, in fact, come to the table with some audible reserved fashion. Their way of playing is not exactly outwardly or robust, though it is never less than probing. In his liner notes, Felix Klopotek goes out of his way to point out Quatuohr sounds like Quatuohr. Other than Frisque Concordance's debut "Spellings" [which Hans Schneider was also a part of], I've yet to hear music that is as humbly involving as this.

- Tom Sekowski


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+ Joe Colley/Jason Lescalleet - Annihilate this Week
+ (N:Q) - November Quebec
+ Tetuzi Akiyama - Terrifying Street Trees - Special Edition
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+ Steven R. Smith - Crown of Marches
+ Lasse Marhaug - Carnival of Souls
+ RLW - I.K.K. - Purpur
+ No Movement No Sound No Memories - Removed/Acetate
+ Marble Sheep - Marble Sheep meets Circle Triangle Square
+ La Revolucion de Emiliano Zapata - La Revolucion de Emiliano Zapata
+ Wild Mans Band - The Darkest River
+ Acid Mothers Temple & The Cosmic Inferno - Anthem of the Space
+ Ziggy Kinder - Akrobatik
+ Klimek - Music To Fall Asleep
+ Mauracher - Kissing My Grandma
+ Barbara Morgenstern - The Grass Is Always Greener
+ Phantom/Ghost - Three
+ Posthuman - The Peoples Republic
+ Izu - Going Salamander
+ Hamid Drake and Bindu - Bindu
+ I'm Not A Gun - We Think As Instruments
+ The Process
+ Paal Nilssen-Love - Townorchestrahouse / Trinity - Sparkling / LSB - Walk, Stop, Look and Walk
+ Wechsel Garland - Easy
+ Fisk Industries - 77 And Rising
+ The Dirty Criminals - Collision Between Us And The Damned
+ Dirt Crew - The First Chapter
+ Gregor Tresher - Neon / Bodzin/Hunteman - Black Sun / Hell & Anthony Rother - German Bodymachine
+ Dan Curtin - We Are The Ones We`ve Been Waiting For
+ Steve Bug presents Bugnology 2
+ Badawi - Safe
+ Tied & Tickled Trio - a.r.c.
+ Alden Tyrell - Times Like These 1999 - 2006
+ Mr Velcro Fastener - Telemacho
+ Vessel - Pictureland 01
+ Michał Czachowski - Indialucia
+ The Year Of - Slow Days
+ Zavoloka - AGF - Nature Never Produces The Same Beat Twice
+ Planet 43/Datasette - Split EP 1

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+ THE SECONDS - Kratitude
+ THIS IS YOUR CAPTAIN SPEAKING - Storyboard
+ MICHAEL MOORE QUINTET - OSIRIS
+ MICHAEL THIEKE UNUNUNIUM - Where Shall I Fly Not to be Sad, My Dear?
+ LA SOCIETE DES TIMIDES A LA PARADE DES OISEAUX - Tranches de Temps Jete
+ TEST ICICLES - For Screening Purposes Only
+ PUPPETMASTAZ - Creature Shock Radio
+ FELA KUTI & AFRICA 70 - Expensive Shit / He Miss Road / J.J.D. / Unnecessary Begging / Shuffering and Shmiling / No Agreement / The Best of The Black President
+ VOLCANO THE BEAR - Classic Erasmus Fusion
+ COLDCUT - Sound Mirrors
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+ BOBBY BARE - The Moon Was Blue
+ VARIOUS ARTISTS - I am the Resurrection: A Tribute to John Fahey
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+ DIESELBOY - Dieselboy presents The Human Resource
+ PAWEL GRABOWSKI / THE BEAUTIFUL SCHIZOPHONIC / JAMES ECK RIPPIE + PAULO RAPOSO - Product 06
+ SAADET TÜRKÖZ - Urumchi / AKI TAKASE / LAUREN NEWTON - Spring in Bangkok

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WYWIADY / RELACJE

+ Inaczej niż dotychczas - wywiad z Hubertem 'Spiętym' Dobaczewskim [Lao Che]
+ W oparach absurdu - wywiad z Jackiem Szymkiewiczem i Michałem Pfeifem [Pogodno]
+ Piłujące treści - wywiad z Maćkiem Cieślakiem [Ścianka]
+ Humour is important - wywiad z Ziggy Kinder