BONECRUSHER plays music that ranges from sound-sculpture noise drones to walls-of-Jericho-collapsing blasts to delicate webs of air and tone, resonating overtones with layered articulations. Pushing the acoustic properties of the instrument and the physicality of the players to their limits and beyond, the musicians put their archaic contraption through the bone mill, pulverizing it, sublimating it, and breathing new life into it, all in the spirit of Vinko Globokar’s remark that a musical instrument is not a sacrosanct object, but merely an extension of the body.
Ignaz Schick – turntables, sampler, comp Elisabeth Coudoux – violoncello Marlies Debacker – grand piano Etienne Nillesen – snare drum, percussion Melvyn Poore – tuba, preparations
At the beginning of 2021 Ignaz Schick received a Carte Blanche from Winterjazz to put together a desired line-up of Cologne musicians for the festival. On the occasion of this invitation he created N-LÖK Variations, a composition consisting of graphic score cards, which was written especially for this occasion and this instrumentation. For this, Schick uses his own specially developed drawing and notation language, which formally structures improvisation and sequences clearly, but is nevertheless open and permeable enough for the various performers to contribute their own sound material and design ideas. These graphic sheets are played in their sequence in an open form and combined with completely free improvised parts. All musicians involved are stylistically and technically very flexible and have developed their own individual long language, which they bring into the process. The premiere concert was musically so fresh and exciting that now two versions of the piece will be played live in concert again.
I am very excited for the upcoming concerts and performances the next couple of months (end of August till mid December)!
Amazing projects with T.ON (w/ Matthias Muche and Constantin Herzog), ENSO (w/ Judith Hamann, Stefan Schönegg, Toma Gouband, Kari Rønnekleiv, Michael Thieke, Leonhard Huhn, Nathan Bontrager, Sandra Weiss), Fossile 3 (w/ Rudi Mahall and Sebastian Gramss), Cloud Chamber (Emilio Gordoa, Ignaz Schick, Carl Ludwig Hübsch, Billiana Voutchkova, Elisabeth Coudoux, Achim Zepezauer and Florian Walter), BONECRUSHER (w/ Matthias Muche, Matthias Müller, Daniel Riegler, Anke Lucks, Moritz Anthes, Adrian Prost, Maximilian Wehner, Matthias Schuller, Till Künkler, Moritz Wesp and Rie Watanabe), EMISZATETT (w/ Elisabeth Coudoux, Philip Zoubek, Robert Landfermann and Matthias Muche), DUO with ZOE EFSTATHIOU and more SOLO concerts coming up.
I will keep you up to date about these projects (dates, venues, cities etc.) here and on my facebook and instagram sites.
But first there are two concerts coming up the next two weeks with PHONORAMAmusic & drawings. A project with Georg Wissel (prep. alto sax), Dusica Cajlan (extended piano) and Anna Lytton (animated drawings). We already played some performances before the summer but luckily we have some concerts left.
In November 2020, stuck in cologne, Elisabeth composed this pieces – more close to her own intuition. These ideas are a direct result of a conceptual processes that matured over the span of many years, shaped by the individual sound and the personalities of the musicians involved. 12 short sonic islands teem with abstract, experimental sounds that don’t shy away from melody or formal play. EARIS – The ear behind the iris – the idea of seeing without words, of forming a musical poem from the inner emotional landscape, which needs no words.
Pegelia Gold – Voice Elisabeth Coudoux – Violoncello Matthias Muche – Trombone Robert Landfermann – Double bass, Electric bass Philip Zoubek – Prepared piano, Synthesizer Etienne Nillesen – Extended snare drum
released May 14, 2021
All compositions by Elisabeth Coudoux (GEMA) Recorded December 2020 at Fattoria Musica, Osnabrück Recorded, mixed and mastered by Jonophon Aufnahmen Additional mixing by Ludwig Wandinger Cover art and design by Markus Dorninger Artwork in band picture by Eva Jeske Photos by Johan Coudoux and Evelin Reinholz
A new release on IMPAKT Records: Debacker | Zwißler | Hübsch | Nillesen “Live at mœrs festival ’20” with Marlies Debacker (Piano, Clavinet), Florian Zwißler (Synthesizer), Carl Ludwig Hübsch (Tuba, Objects) and myself (Snare Drum).
“Improvised music dressed as contemporary electronic music! The musicians use their instrument as a pseudo-electronic sound generator that is “regulated” rather than played. Gradual changes in textures, frequencies and patterns create a multitude of subtle microtonal beatings, rhythmically complex structures and seemingly endless layers of glissandi – in this way, an extraterrestrial soundscape with its own poetry is created. Nevertheless, the music is always spontaneous and does not back away from everyday sounds, speech and emotional outbursts. The constellation of prepared tuba, extended snare drum, analogue synth, piano and clavinet creates a kind of “meta-instrument” that enables a complex and versatile orchestration. Together, the musicians explore the architecture of the music, create sculptures and manipulate them.”
We are working hard on the next T.ON project that is coming up! We have some amazing people that each make a piece for us to play (with). The pieces are recorded beforehand and will be used as a tape that is played through extra horns connected to our instruments with tubes + the use of talkboxes and transducers. We will perform the pieces later this year in, at least, 4 different churches in NRW, Germany, designed by the architect Gottfried Böhm.
All concerts will be recorded and the music that comes out of that will be released as our 2nd album!
The pieces are improvisations and/or compositions by Sam Pluta, Madison Greenstone, Anne La Berge and Nate Wooley. Sam already made his piece (which sounds amazing) and the others will make theirs in the next couple of months. Very excited!
More on the exact concertdates soon!
T.ON / Matthias Muche, Constantin Herzog, Etienne Nillesen