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Avant-garde music for electric guitar
A TREE IN A FIELD RECORDS

1 Alex Buess - ata-11
2 Elliott Sharp - Seek
3 Junghae Lee - Lunatico
4 Domenico Caliri - Pit Stop
5 Eric Chasalow - Scuse Me
6 Marcelo Nisinman - Take Life as a Slow Motion Suicide Process
7 Volker Heyn - Electric Cat



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Maurizio Grandinetti is tirelessly exploring the possibilities of the acoustic and semiacoustic guitar, and «will fearlessly employ any technique, any instrument, to manifest the necessary sounds», as Elliott Sharp describes Maurizio Grandinetti’s openness to a wide range of tonalities and techniques. Seek brings together the composers with whom Maurizio Grandinetti has collaborated in recent years. Composers who wish to explore the electric guitar more deeply, and who already bring along profound knowledge of the instrument, either by virtue of being guitarists themselves, as is the case with Elliott Sharp and Domenico Calliri, or because they already were familiar with electric guitars and electronics through their previous work. Upon Maurizio Grandinetti‘s suggestion, seven pieces were created, and recorded under the supervision of composer and sound technician Alex Buess. The pieces were all recorded live in the studio, with no overdubs added to the tracks.>

Seek, composed for Maurizio Grandinetti, may be considered to be part of a series of virtuoso pieces including Ecliptical for Magnus Andersson and Amygdala for Marco Cappelli. All three musicians bravely extend the boundaries of contemporary guitar music and will fearlessly employ any technique, any instrument, to manifest the necessary sounds. In Seek, tapped chords, clusters, and sequences, generate clouds of overtones and melodic/rhythmic skeins of sound where foreground and background freely shift. ELLIOTT SHARP

"Lunatico” für elektrische Gitarre Solo Durch das Wort „lunatico“ wird der wechsellaunige Charakter des Mondes metaphorisch in dieser Komposition dargestellt. Der Klangreichtum der E-Gitarre wird mit der geheimnisvollen Gestalt des Mondes in Zusammenhang gebracht. Seine Unfassbarkeit und sein Verwandlungspotenzial bilden die einzelnen Elemente dieser Komposition. Schnell abwechselnde Texturen, sich ständig verändernde Dichte oder Änderung der Perspektiven werden von der E-Gitarre umgesetzt. Dieses Stück ist geschrieben für Maurizio Grandinetti. JUNGHAE LEE

The Greek word „ata“ means „absolute atmosphere“. Ata – an atmosphere develops through the organic breath of the player. The starting point for the composition is a non-tempered row of notes which is derived from 11 Balinese domed gongs. These highly „moody“ instruments fascinate me a lot, for they do not allow their sound to be circumscribed or limited. They represent for me a world that is diametrically opposed to digitalisation and the resultant standartisation of sound. Through the tension between tempered and non-tempered tonal material, and with the help of compositional processes I utilize such as sequencing, denaturalisation and regeneration, a dense field of „oversteered“ sound is created. ata-11 is deidacated to my friend and gitarrist Maurizio Grandinetti, he plays frequently this work live. ALE BUESS

. ... Und ein Hoch auf Grandinetti, ein Marsupilami, wo andere nur Gitarre spielen. BAD ALCHEMY - Review by Rigober Dittman [BA 92 rbd

...Maurizio Grandinetti's warped guitar-tapping on Seek is definitely worth of some investigation. JAZZWISE

Discography

EQUIVOCI

Music for guitar by John Cage and John Dowland

SEEK

Electric guitar avantgarde music compositions

RIME

Ensemble Cordaela plays Maurizio Grandinetti's modern arrangements of baroque music

BEBOP BAGDAD

Fantastic composition by canadian composer Paul Dolden

SPUREN

Composition by Katharina Rosenberg for 2 electric guitars and orchestra

HARLEKINADE

InterWau mit Mozart's Hund, by and with Juerg Wyttenbach

ENSEMBLE PHOENIX BASEL

Alex Buess, Drod Feiler and Tim Hodgkinson

ENSEMBLE PHOENIX BASEL - J. NOTINGER

Lex voix de l'invisible

ENSEMBLE PHOENIX BASEL

Jim Grimm, Beat Furrer, Fausto Romitelli, Jorge Sánchez-Chiong, Alex Buess.