Recensies van "Konfrontationen 2013" Nickelsdorf, Oostenrijk

Franz Hautzinger 4

Andrew Choate

On paper, the quartet of John Tilbury on piano, Hamid Drake on drums, Franz Hautzinger on trumpet and Rozemarie Heggen on double bass looked like a tangle of styles with no hope of cohesion: Tilbury’s minimal piano, Drake’s groovy bebop drums, Hautzinger’s breath-focused trumpet, Heggen’s punk bass. But this set was surprisingly sensical, with each musician listening so intently to the others and contributing just what they could offer that everything stuck together in deep accord… Drake’s signature touch–O those bass drum thumps!–lent everything (and I do mean the whole world) a vibrancy. Heggen, like so many great doublebassists, displayed a supersensitivity to every moment, lending a solid dignity to every move: a bird’s nest dignity, a fought-for dignity. The reward was a perfectly balanced set that somehow displayed every musician’s strength while also revealing new facets of their playing.

Franz Hautzinger 4
foto: Kurt Liedwart

Andreas Felber

Einen produktiven Clash of Cultures bedeutete das Debüt von Franz Hautzingers Quartett mit John Tilbury, Rozemarie Heggen und Hamid Drake: Während Hautzingers Trompete so melodiös wie lange nicht tönte, phasenweise an Chet Baker denken ließ, agierte Drake am Schlagzeug in Verhaltenheit. Der 77-jährige Tilbury unterlegte die sich vorsichtig verdichtenden Soundgefüge mit sparsamen Klavierakkorden, als wäre er in eine andere Welt entrückt. Höhepunkt!

Peter Bruyn, The Wire

… Viennese trumpet player Frantz Hautzinger with his quartet( including Hamid Drake, Rozemarie Heggen and John Tilbury), which excels in extremely vulnerable and controlled music, somewhere between rustling trees and Miles Davis’s damp Parisian street atmosphere in L’Ascenseur Pour L’Échafaud.

Guy Peters

De Oostenrijke trompettist Franz Hautzinger, afkomstig van de streek, kon zelf een band samenstellen voor het festival en kwam op de proppen met een kwartet met daarin bassiste Rozemarie Heggen, cultpianist John Tilbury en drummer Hamid Drake. Een merkwaardige combinatie, maar wel eentje die leidde tot misschien wel de mooiste verrassing van het festival….

Het concert focuste regelmatig op de kleine details – amper hoorbare variaties in Hautzingers spel, Tilbury’s vingers die een fluisterdansje uitvoerden op de toetsen -, maar het resultaat was een immens coherente luisterervaring, bedwelmend in z’n doeltreffende uitvoering en nergens vergezocht. Zelfs het nachtelijke klokkengelui leek net op het gepaste moment erbij te komen.


Lysn

Hilary Jeffrey Rozemarie Heggen Contrabas Double Baas

Andrew Choate

Trombonist Hilary Jeffery’s psychedelic drone-rock improv ensemble Lysn started the evening off under ecstatically yellow light from the blue sky. Beginning with ambient electronics from Patrick Pulsinger’s synthesizer and all the effects Jeffery’s trombone and Alfredo Genovesi’s guitar ran through, the slow drone of a mildly insistent groove from drummer Steve Heather and Rozemarie Heggen on bass (electric this time) eventually formed. The band really took their time to build this groove up, incrementally adding drops of wet static sequence blipping here and warped guitar fuzz there. Jeffery’s alternation between purely acoustic and effect-laden trombone was so smartly timed that every emergence of the acoustic sound on top of all the electric instruments added a touch of grace that doubled as the memory of a threat. And the threat of a memory. Thirty minutes into the set, when they were seething with rambunctiousness, a zipper opened into the earth. It was actually heaven. Right here all along.

Hilary Jeffery
foto: Etang Chen

Guy Peters

De synth van Patrick Pulsinger lag mooi ingebed in het groepsgeluid, dat erg visueel was en beelden van vergezichten en andere etherische panorama’s opriep. De trombone van Hilary Jeffery stond centraal, maar het was soms lepe muziek, die je langs een soms lawaaierig parcours voerde of je zonder het te beseffen betrok in een enorm meeslepend, ritmisch verhaal vol rollende grooves, noisy gitaar (Alfredo Genovesi) en trombonelagen…. ook drummer Steve Heather had (bijna) onopgemerkt een prachtperformance neergezet.

Peter Bruyn, The Wire

… Lysn, the ongoing electronic drone project of British-born, Berlin based trombonist Hilary Jeffery. They open like a 21st century Hawkwind hooking up with Neu!. Then drummer Steve Heather sets up a fantastic groove that gives the others room to launch their solos, while the piece as a whole keeps powering forwards with a giddy momentum.


Marc Medwin – All about Jazz

The fact that two of the four releases under discussion are on Dunmall's own label means that adventurousness is to be expected and the High Birds sessions do not disappoint. Much of the vast sonic variety is due to the inclusion of percussionist Alan Purves, who brings a unique voice to these two astonishing discs with his squeaks, gentle rattles and tubular bells. Also quite innovative in her approach is bassist Rozemarie Heggen, whose sense of timbre and timing is impeccable as she traverses the instrument's entire range. They push Dunmall to playing that veers between introspection and gusto. Each gesture is magnified and lengthened as he employs quick vibrato, sweeps, slides, emotive cascades and raspy gurgles—all extramusical tropes that he seemed to have eschewed long ago. However, they are entirely appropriate given the largely pointillistic and timbre-based explorations of the venture. Veteran Dunmall collaborator Hillary Jeffery graces the second disc with his own patented brand of multiphonic utterance, making these sessions some of the most fascinating and rewarding in the Dunmall catalogus.


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