Koch/Schütz/Studer: Life Tied (2005)
Koch, Martin Schütz, and Fredy Studer are enamored with an industrial, urban sound where the electronic and the organic dance and discuss. On pieces like "In Drei Akten," "The Burning Tongue," and "The Whispering and Hammering Ritual," the effects are loud, dense, and shocking, though intriguing. In many ways, this music is a modern snapshot, an up-to-the-moment analysis and summary of our current condition of television, internet, news, and warloud, dense and shocking. Whereas other forms of music attempt to remove listeners from these settings, Life Tied uses them as the scraps and pieces of its tapestry. It is art musicshouldn't it always be?in the best possible sense.
Life Tied was recorded live at Biennale Venice, Italy (Sept. '03); Expo 02 Murten, Switzerland (May '02); Théâtre de Poche Biel/Bienne, Switzerland (Oct. '01); and Tonic, New York City (March '03), proving that the progress of jazz and freedom, despite our bombs, grows everywhere, unexpected and vibrant.
Track Listing: No Time For Dinner; In Drei Akten; The Burning Tongue; Last Rubber; Life Tied; Comes And Goes; The Whispering and Hammering Ritual; Vom Verschwinden
Personnel: Hans Koch- reeds, electronics; Martin Schütz- electronic 5-string cello, cello, electronics; Fredy Studer- drums, percussion
Record Label: Intakt Records
Style: Modern Jazz