Josef Klammer :: BARCODE QUARTET

BARCODE QUARTET

:: Alison Blunt - violin
:: Elisabeth Harnik - piano
:: Annette Giesriegl - vocals
:: Josef Klammer:
drums, electronics

youtube video - live at Soundout Festival,  Canberra 2013
youtube video - live at A L´ARM Festival,  Berlin 2013
youtube video - live at :: Stockwerk, Graz 2013
youtube video - live at :: All Ears Festival, Oslo 2015




Foto by Peter Purgar, :: Jazz im Bild

Annette Giesriegl is a dynamic, exciting and creative vocalist who is based in Graz/Austria and works in the field of jazz and improvised music. Her studies of overtone singing, throat singing, Indian music with an emphasis on Indian vocal techniques, the use of electronics and other extended vocal techniques give line to the textural play of piano, violin and drums.
London based musician Alison Blunt has consuming interests in making music in the moment and in interdisciplinary explorations. Elisabeth Harnik is an accomplished classical pianist and composer based in the County of Styria/Austria who´s consistently proved that academic training is no impediment to spontaneity.
Harnik and Blunt - both representing the generation of improvisers who didn´t come to the discipline via jazz - work within an electro-acoustic inspired sound-world, using unique preparations and extended techniques. Graz based musician and media artist Josef Klammer has worked continuously developing his instruments and sound since the middle of the 80´s. His drums and subtle electronics bring expressive punctuation and a huge range of colour, providing the musical glue to the ensemble.

:: review: Andreas Fellinger, FreiStil #54, Mai/Juni 2014 (only German)
:: HP of Alison Blunt
:: Gallery - JAZZ im Bild (thanks to Peter Purgar)
• SAMPLE

CD "You´re it"

New release: BARCODE QUARTET - Live in Brazil
review on freejazzblog: http://www.freejazzblog.org/2017/03/barcode-quartet-live-in-brasil-grazer.html


Track 1 - 3:
Recorded at Jazz na Fábrica Festival, São Paulo, August 28th, 2015
Bruno Correa - Technical director/ sound engineer - PA
Leonardo Marques - sound engineer - monitor
Lirinha Morini - roadie
Produced by Jazz na Fábrica Festival / SESC and Barcode Quartet
recording engineers: Hélio Pisca
recording assistant: Renan Perobelli

Track 4:
Recorded at Quintavant-Audio Rebel, Rio de Janeiro, August, 29th, 2015
Alex Chichoski: sound engineer
Pedro Azevedo: PA and recording assistent
Yago Franco: PA
Produced by Bernardo Oliveira, Pedro Azevedo and Barcode Quartet.

Thanks to: Austrian Embassy Brazil, Isabella Tomás, Ricarda Kato, Ralf Dick, Kato Booking, Bernardo Oliveira, Manoela Wright, Paola Gatto




reviews:


The Barcode Quartet’s You’re It is a meeting of musical minds from the Graz and London new music scenes, Alison Blunt (violin) and Elisabeth Harnik (piano) representing the latter, Annette Giesriegl (vocals) and Josef Klammer (drums) the former. Recorded live in Frohnleiten near Graz, the foursome’s interplay is intricately balanced, inherently exciting without overt melodrama, often ending in sudden hushes. So imbricated are the improvisations that it can be difficult to distinguish individual instruments. Ranging in mood from quiet ‘chamber jazz’ to extroverted power-rock pulsing, tracks like “Oxford Street”, “Alpenglow”, “Driver”, “Aaahdrenalin” and “Wondering” all realize an immensely satisfying musical gestalt.
:: New York Jazz Record

BARCODE QUARTET [ALISON BLUNT/ANNETTE GIESRIEGL/ELISABETH/HARNIK/JOSEF KLAMMER] - You're It (Slam 288; UK)
Ein ähnlich dichtes Zusammenspiel wie auf dem Opener „You’re it!“ erlebt man in der improvisierten Musik nur selten. Auf den ersten Blick überrascht daher die knappe Beschreibung auf der CD-Hülle: Das Barcode Quartet lebe von der Vielfalt der musikalischen Herangehensweisen, von dem Aufeinanderprallen unterschiedlicher Charaktere auf der Bühne. Nach eingehender Beschäftigung werden jedoch tatsächlich zahlreiche Gegensätze hörbar, die dem Album seine Spannung verleihen. So streben auf „Oxford Street“ zwar alle Musiker in dieselbe Richtung, doch die Geschwindigkeiten, die gewählten Abzweigungen variieren. Elisabeth Harniks Piano klammert sich an kleinste motivische Zellen, Alison Blunts Violine schneidet sich den Weg frei und Josef Klammer sprintet, stolpert, trommelt hinterher. Über all dem schwebt Annette Giesriegls beschwörend experimenteller Gesang. Hier wird musikalische Individualität gelebt, ohne das Gesamtergebnis aus den Augen zu verlieren. Zwar sind nicht alle Stücke dieses Live-Mitschnitts ähnlich intensiv, und vor allem die kurzen Verschnaufpausen lassen zündende Ideen vermissen. Doch das vermag den Gesamteindruck nur unwesentlich zu trüben, zumal das Quartet am Schluss des Albums doch noch beweist, dass es auch die Kunst der ruhigen Töne beherrscht: Das knapp zehnminütige „Wonder“ klingt wie ein Konzertabstecher auf den Meeresgrund, wie ein Freejazz-Konzert in Zeitlupe. Das Konzept des Openers wird ad absurdum geführt, das straff gespannte Korsett gelockert und die Töne in die Weiten des Ozeans entlassen.
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:: freiStil


BARCODE QUARTET [ALISON BLUNT/ANNETTE GIESRIEGL/ELISABETH/HARNIK/JOSEF KLAMMER] - You're It (Slam 288; UK)
Barcode Quartet is of Alison Blunt on violin, Elisabeth Harnik on piano, Annette Giesriegl on voice and Josef Klammer on drums & electronics. This quartet features two Brits (Alison & Elisabeth) and two musicians from Austria (Annette & Josef) and was recorded live in Austria in July of 2011. We know of Ms. Blunt from discs on the Emanem and PSI
labels that she is on while Mr. Klammer has recorded with Martin Philadelphy. International free improv has a way of reaching across borders so that musicians who can't understand the same vocal or written language can still communicate ideas via music. It would no doubt be nearly impossible to figure where exactly where any of these
musicians came from by listening to what they do here. Not that it really matters. What does matter is the end results which are spirited, creative and focused into a group sound. For those of you who have a problem with improvised vocals (I don't), Ms. Giesriegl is integral to the quartet's sound, blends strongly and never takes over. Ms. Blunt plays acoustic violin and like Szilard Mezei is a gifted improviser who consistently adds sparks and flourishes to quartet. There are some sections on this disc where the quartet really take off and soar, swirling around one another to an ecstatic conclusion. Truly strong medicine for the tough times present and ahead.
Bruce Lee Gallanter, :: Downtown Music Gallery

BARCODE QUARTET / You're It (SLAM Productions)
Improvisation libre avec Alison Blunt (violon), Elisabeth Harnik (piano), Annette Giesriegl (voix) et Josef Klammer (batterie, électroniques). Un quatuor à trois femmes, c'est rare en impro! EtYou're Itest un fort joli disque. Enregistrement en concert. Des pièces courtes qui combinent le caractère abstrait de l'improvisation libre britannique et une légère tendance jazz aux racines suisso-autrichiennes (dans "Wondering", en particulier). Les interactions entre violon et piano sont particulièrement intéressantes.

Free improvisation with Alison Blunt (violin), Elisabeth Harnik (piano), Annette Giesriegl (voice) and Josef Klammer (drums, electronics). That's a quartet with three women, a rarity in free improvisation. And You're Itis a very fine disc. A live recording. Short pieces that blend the abstract nature of Biritish free improvisation and a certain Swiss/Austrian jazz feel (especially in "Wondering"). The interactions between violin and piano are particularly interesting.
:: François Couture

BARCODE QUARTET / You're It (SLAM Productions)
Il live, registrato al festival Kunsthaltestelle Streckhammerhaus in Austria, vede all´opera un quartetto austro-inglese che fa dell´improvvisazione totale radicale la sua bandiera. Nonostante l´apparente osticità della proposta la musica ha un che di caloroso e vibrante, dato dall´esperienza dei musicisti in questo settore. Provengono tutti da esperienze di musica contemporanea, non necessariamente di matrice jazzistica ma conoscono l´arte dell´improvvisazione e dell´interazione. La pianista Elisabeth Harnik lancia dei suoni presi dall´interno del suo strumento e subito la voce di Annette Giesriegl ed il violino di Alison Blunt trovano un punto di accordo, un dialogo serrato con quelle note, entrambe al di fuori di quella che è l´ortodossia dei loro strumenti. Ed il batterista Josef Klammer, anche agli effetti elettonici, aggiunge la sua parte alla bolgia di suoni, a volte sottili ed invitanti, come il lungo dialogo tra voce e violino di Fractured. Ci sono i polifonismi di Oxford Street, insomma non mancano le sorprese ad ogni passo, frutto di idee comuni con precise tracce per svolgerle. Ad ogni brano arriva quella sorpresa che solo l´avanguardia sa dare. A volte scomposta, emozionante, radicale, appassionata. Ma sempre avanguardia, in grado di smuovere l´ascoltatore, di creargli dei dubbi sulle sue certezze musicali. Sull´ultimo brano Wondering c´è Denovaire, musicista che ha studiato in India gli strumenti di quella tradizione, ad aggiungere un tocco di esotico con il suo esraj al già stimolante collage di suoni del quartetto.

The live recording at the festival Kunsthaltestelle Streckhammerhaus in Austria, sees the work an Austro-English quartet that makes total radical improvisation its flag. Despite the apparent osticità the proposal that the music has a warm and vibrant, as the experience of musicians in this area all come from experiences of contemporary music, not necessarily die but know the art of jazz improvisation and of 'interaction. The pianist Elisabeth Harnik launches sounds taken from her instrument and immediately the voice of Annette Giesriegl and violin of Alison Blunt find a point of agreement, a close dialogue with those notes, both outside of what is the orthodoxy of their instruments. And the drummer Josef Klammer, including the electronic effects, adds his part in the bedlam of sounds, at times subtle and inviting, like the long dialogue between voice and violin Fractured. There are polifonismi of Oxford Street, in short, no shortage of surprises at every turn, the result of shared ideas with precise traces to perform them. Each song comes as no surprise that only the vanguard can give. Sometimes broken, exciting, radical, passionate. But more advanced, able to move the listener, to cause him any doubts about his musical certainties. On the last song Wondering there Denovaire, a musician who has studied in India, the tools of that tradition, adds a touch of exotic esraj to the already exciting collage of sounds of the quartet.
:: MUSICZOOM / Vittorio lo Conte


Annette Giesriegl è una vocalist di origine austriaca che nel corso della sua carriera ha esplorato ogni possibile declinazione della voce, compresi studi sui sovracuti e tecniche vocali utilizzate nella musica indiana. Attorno alla figura di questa spericolata improvvisatrice ruota il Barcode Quartet completato dalla violinista inglese Alison Blunt, studi accademici alle spalle musica sperimentale come filosofia di vita, dalla notevole pianista Elisabeth Harnik e dal batterista Josef Klammer, profondo conoscitore e studioso delle applicazioni elettroniche allo strumento.
Con quattro personalità del genere, riunite in concerto nel luglio 2011 in Austria, il risultato non poteva che essere perlomeno sorprendente. You're It è improvvisazione radicale allo stato puro, esasperazione timbrica, corde di violino che vengono (mal)trattate per provocare straordinarie sonorità, il piano percosso non solo sui tasti ma anche nella sua pancia, la batteria improbabile metronomo dal timing impazzito. E quella voce, che ringhia, sussurra, si accende improvvisa, diventa incandescente, per virare successivamente verso tonalità impossibili, acide e gutturali, ataviche e futuriste.

Ma ci sono un'anima ed un cuore in questo vortice di suoni e di gesti disarticolati, in apparenza frammentati e frammentari, senza logica manifesta eppure così a proprio agio nella loro aleatorietà. Anima e cuore che, dapprima sotterranei, esplodono definitivamente nel conclusivo "Wondering," brano nel quale l'amata "India" irrompe grazie alla presenza dell'esraj (arpa indiana), e dove la voce di Griesriegl diventa ambrata come miele, con un retrogusto speziato che sa di incenso.
:: All About Jazz / Italia / di Vincenzo Roggero

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