Eva-Maria Houben und Bileam Kümper : landscapes 1-4 for one or two players (2012)
Recordings of soundscapes and instruments.
"Houben’s ear for how sounds, both instrumental and environmental can be put together has always driven her work. She has spoken and written about hearing music in everyday life and the silences between events in our lives and how she uses this in her work. Landscapes is then a very simple, and yet stunningly beautiful set of studies that extend these ideas. In Kümper she seems to have found a like mind and a valuable collaborator. Combining acoustic instruments with field recordings in this way isn’t a new idea, but the pair’s touch here, the ear for fragile beauty and the way sounds come together to form new sounds again make this a truly lovely release." - Richard Pinnell, The Watchful Ear
landscape 1 (organ and train) 11:39
landscape 2 (tuba and wind) 6:06
landscape 3 (viola d’amore and steps) 4:02
landscape 4 (bar chimes and balcony) 6:00
Eva-Maria Houben / organ and bar chimes.
Bileam Kümper / tuba and viola d’amore.
Recorded by Eva-Maria Houben and Bileam Kümper at Thomas Morus, Krefeld (Germany).
Available as 320k MP3 or 16bit FLAC
Eva-Maria Houben has been performing works for the organ for more than 30 years. As she is related to the “wandelweiser-group” of composers, her compositions are published by “edition wandelweiser”, Haan. Her list of compositions up to now includes works for the organ, piano, clarinet, trombone, violoncello and other solo instruments, works for voice and piano, for wind and chamber ensembles, for orchestra and for voice and orchestra, works for choir (www.wandelweiser.de). She publishes on subjects of contemporary music (Steiner, PFAU, Edition Howeg, bis-label Oldenburg). Since 2000 her music has been published by Edition Wandelweiser (Haan). CDs have also been released by Another Timbre, Irritable Hedgehog and Makro. In 2012 she founded her own label diafani (www.diafani.de).