Wildly dynamic 2013 performance by this sextet recorded as part of saxophonist Urs Leimgruber’s two day residency during the London Jazz Festival that year. All six members of the ensemble are leading protagonist’s in Europe’s free improvisation community and this recording sees them on fine form, rendering unruly sonics and spontaneous freedoms alongside exhilarating passages of collective unity and chamber-like luminosity.
Jacques Demierre / piano
Okkyung Lee / cello
Thomas Lehn / synthesizer
Urs Leimgruber / soprano saxophone
Dorothea Schürch / voice, singing saw
Roger Turner / drums, percussion
Recorded by Katherine Arnold at Cafe OTO on Wednesday 19 November 2013. Mixed by Thomas Lehn. Mastered by Andreas [LUPO] Lubich at Calyx, Berlin.
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1. Nothing More 32:30
2. A Frog Jump In 8:41
6ix consists of six musicians who are among the leading protagonists of the free-improvising scene in Europe. Urs Leimgruber has enriched and extend the saxophone sound with new playing techniques; on the piano, Jacques Demierre has developed a unique operating style, never ceasing to redraw new sound topographies, making us forget the physical weight of the instrument; on the cello, Hannah Marshall, collaborating also with theatre, dance, live art, film and story-telling, has been extracting and inventing new sounds and qualities from her instrument; Roger Turner is a musician who defies any categorisation, a great british drummer who is an exciting combination of volcanic power and finely-honed precision; on the voice and the singing saw, Dorothea Schürch incorporates a wide range of sound effects and noise, while her body becomes the receptacle of an amazing theatrical performance; and finally Thomas Lehn, who works deliberately with analog electronic sounds that allow a very direct and always inspiring response to the formal structure and process specific to the live improvised music.