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June 1, 2010 Tuesday

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Demierre, Hug, Leimgruber - European Free Improv
9:00PM - 11:55PM
Price:  $7


Jacques Demierre, piano
Charlotte Hug, viola + voice
Urs Leimgruber, saxophones

Sounds from the free-improvising scene in Europe: Urs Leimgruber has enriched and expanded for decades the saxophone sound with new playing techniques; Jacques Demierre has developed a unique operating style, working with clusters chords, and making us forget the physical weight of the instrument ; Charlotte Hug has developed various experimental bow techniques that enabled her to extend the traditional sound spectrum of the viola.

With the support of the City of Geneva and of the Republic and Canton of Geneva

Jacques Demierre,   pianist, performer, composer. His musical and sound work  takes various directions: improvised music, contemporary music, sound poetry,  sound installation. His compositions and sound realisations are concerned with the  activity of listening and with sound space, and develop a very cross and  interdisciplinary conception of music. He works with Vincent Barras in the field of  performance and language art and collaborates with many improvising musicians,  Barre Philips, Urs Leimgruber, Thomas Lehn, Joëlle Léandre, Axel Dörner, Fritz  Hauser, Sainkho Namtchylak, Charlotte Hug, Hans Koch, Brandon Labelle, Jason  Kahn, Butch Morris, Carlos Zingaro, Jaap Blonk, Barry Guy, Lucas Niggli, Sylvie  Courvoisir, Hann Bennink, Rhodri Davis, Isabelle Duthoit, Dorothea Schürch, Phil  Minton,… 

www.jacquesdemierre.com

Charlotte Hug, viola and voice,  lives in Zurich, London and on the road. She  completed her studies in fine arts and music. Several awards and “artist in residence”  in London, Paris, Cork Capitale of culture 2005, Berlin 2007.She is known for her  spatial-scores with Son-Icons and for her solo performances in distinctive locations  suchas the ice tunnels of the Rhône glacier or the House of Detention, a 250 year old  former prison in London.Alongside her activities in international exhibitions Hug is  also fully active as a concert performer, soloist,composer and conductor of her own  works at major festivals in Europe, the USA and Canada. 

www.charlottehug.ch 

 Urs Leimgruber, saxophones , is a key member of the European scene of  contemporary improvised music. He specializes in solo concerts and performs  regularly with the Trio Leimgruber/Demierre/Phillips and with Quartet Noir (with  Marilyn Crispell, Joëlle Léandre, Fritz Hauser) in Europe, Canada, USA, Japan, and  Cuba. His countless collaborations have resulted in concerts and recordings with  Fred Frith, Steve Lacy, Lauren Newton, Evan Parker, Keith Rowe, Günter  Christmann, Sunny Murray, Thomas Lehn, Günter Müller, John Butcher, Axel Dörner,  Günter Christmann and many others.  He also has been engaged for New Music  projects with the Berlin Philharmonic Wind Quintet and the ARTE Saxophone  Quartet. During the 1970s, he was the co-founder of the Electric jazz and free-music  group, OM. 

AllMusic-Urs Leimgruber

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