Thursday 19 October 2017, 7.30pm
“An urgent record, bursting with ideas.” – The Wire on ‘Let Them Grow’
Slovenian electronic musician and vocalist Maja Osojnik and Austrian drummer Patrick Wurzwallner, aka ZSAMM perform Let Them Grow (named after her recent solo-album), a performance, that has a quite temperament and temperature. On her first solo production Maja Osojnik combines with unparalleled nimbleness her seeking penchant for song schemes, experimental and new music as well as improvisation. LET THEM GROW is the product of a retreat, an introspection, a re-alignment. Osojnik asks about the self, asks whether it is possible—beyond the fundamental impossibility—to be understood. She asks about the things people do when they love others and about the things they suppress. What does it mean to live an emancipated life today? In this very personal album, Osojnik examines the strange phenomena of contemporary interpersonal relations, with songs that range from dirty to soft, sensual, dazed, complex, cold, spherical, poignant, and feminine.
*1976 born in Slovenia, lives and works in Vienna, Austria
as a singer, composer, improvising electroacoustic musician, sound artist, mostly using voice, paetzold bass recorders, own field recordings, DJ-CD, tapes and other lo-fi electronic devices, toys, trash and found objects.
Maja made a name for herself in different musical fields, such as early music, contemporary, experimental, jazz, free improvisation, sound art and heavier music.
She composed music for theater, dance, animation movies, film, silent film and diverse ensembles and wrote Lyrics/Texts for different Projects such as Maja Osojnik Band, Broken.Heart.Collector and Rdeča Raketa. She gave Workshops in improvised Music in Austria, Slovenia and Korea. She founded Maja’s Musik Markt and co-organised the 7th Viennese Soulfood Festival in 2013.
She has recorded many music productions and is giving concerts in renowned festivals and clubs all over Europe as a co-founder of different Formations, among them Broken.Heart.Collector, Rdeča Raketa, Maja Osojnik Band, frufru, Ensemble MIKADO, Low Frequency Orchestra, Subshrubs, Watschen Institut
*1983 in Frankfurt am Main, living and working in Graz, Austria
is a musician, improviser, wordsmith, culture worker and popculture/new media- trash enthusiast, who hits the drums very hard (if he hast to!). He does so in his long time projects HEIFETZ (2005), WAIKIKI STAR DESTROYER (2006), FACENOMORE(2013) and ZSAMM (2015), as well as various other collaborations and improvisational ensembles that have led him to share stages with namedroppable acts like MERZBOW, BATTLES, ZU, FRED FRITH, STIAN WESTERHUS, OTTO VON SCHIRACH, RHYS CHATHAM and so on...
He is currently hosting, curating and performing at several ongoing series of events in the cultural institution FORUM STADTPARK GRAZ with the main goal of solidizing and further establishing a local and regional improvisational music scene, as well as propagating a low-threshold approach towards the implemantation of arts in daily life.
Also sometimes he is asked to write about people and music for nerdy journalistic outlets like FREISTIL, ROKKOS ADVENTURES and others. Maybe he has reviewed YOUR album? Who knows?
For further information or just to catch a humoristic glimpse of his way of expression visit wurzi.klingt.org
Phil Minton comes from Torquay. He played trumpet and sang with the Mike Westbrook Band in the early 60s - Then in dance and rock bands in Europe for the later of part of the decade. He returned to England in 1971, rejoining Westbrook and was involved in many of his projects until the mid 1980′s.
For most of the last forty years, Minton has been working as an improvising singer in lots of groups, orchestras, and situations. Numerous composers have written music especially for his extended vocal techniques. He has a quartet with Veryan Weston, Roger Turner and John Butcher, and ongoing duos, trios and quartets with above and many other musicians.
Since the eighties, His Feral Choir, where he voice-conducts workshops and concerts for anyone who wants to sing, has performed in over twenty countries.
“Phil Minton is best known for his startling vocal improvisations. On his new solo CD, this sensible looking man proffers 37 thin slices of his unfettered soul. Not long ago these croaks, burps, high-pitched exhalations, deep-throated drones and shreds of garbled half-language would have seen Minton either burnt or hailed as an emissary of God.” – Stewart Lee, The Sunday Times