Markus Reuter: (R)Evolutionary Touch Guitarist
AAJ: Can you tell me how your forthcoming project with Tim Motzer got started? How does it compare with some of your other recent projects?
MR: Funnily enough, Tim and I met via MySpace quite a few years ago. I had heard of him via the Nine Horses (SamadhiSound, 2005) album ,and he'd known me from Tuner, I think. I then made an effort to meet him when he was on tour with poet Ursula Rucker. We eventually met in a club in Munich, Germany, and we were like brothers right away. A year or so later, we started a post-jazz group called Gojjo with two other amazing players from Philadelphia (drummer Doug Hirlinger and trumpet and EWI player John Swana).
The ambient project between us got started when I was booked to play a live set on Philly's Star's End radio show (on WXPN, hosted by Chuck van Zyl). I asked Tim to join me for the show and I simply plugged him into my electronics and we improvised the whole 1-hour set together. Most of the pieces on our album Descending are sourced from my recordings of the music played on that show. The contributors were invited to provide overdubs at a much later stage in the production process. During the live performance, I gave vocal cues to Tim, telling him where to go harmonically and so on. At one point I said: "Play chromatically descending pitches, no exceptions," and that's where the title of the album (and the title track) comes from.
AAJ: To close, can you tell us about three or four plans for the next year or two?
MR: My plan is to concentrate on live playing in the next few years. As an artist though there is usually no choice but to go with the flow. My internal orientation is clear, but one can never be sure how, where and when things are coming to the surface. So I'm keeping an open mind and I'm also looking forward to being surprised.
Chrysta Bell Strange Darling (TBS, expected 2011)
Markus Reuter/Motzer, Descending (1K, 2010)
Markus Reuter, Todmorden 513 (Unsung, 2009)
Tuner, Zwar (Unsung, 2009)
Markus Reuter/Ian Boddy, Dervish (DIN, 2009)
Steven Wilson, Insurgentes (Kscope, 2009)
Tuner, Müüt (Unsung, 2008)
Tovah, Escapologist (Lola, 2008)
Moonbound Peak Of Eternal Light (Unsung, 2008)
Tuner, Totem (Unsung, 2005),
Markus Reuter/Ian Boddy, Pure (DIN, 2004)
Tim Bowness, My Hotel Year (One Little Indian, 2004)
This Fragile Moment, This Fragile Moment (Label, 2002)
centrozoon, the Cult of Bibbiboo (Unsung ,2002)
Markus Reuter, The Longest In Terms Of Being (Unsung, 2001)
Europa String Choir, Lemon Crash (DGM, 2000 )
Markus Reuter/Ian Boddy, Distant Rituals (DIN, 1999)
Markus Reuter, Taster (Unsung, 1998)
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