bridges

Mats Gustafsson, Jim Denley, Espen Reinertsen, Burkhard Beins, Jon Mueller, Nate Wooley, Erik Carlsson, Steven Hess

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2LP Gatefold + Inner Sleeves, Heavy Vinyl Picture Discs.
Very Limited edition of 250 copies

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Bridges is an audiovisual project involving four pairs of improv players reacting to field recordings made at four bridges between Sinderen and Nijmegen in The Netherlands. Eight musicians were paired not to play together, but to react separately to the field recordings, which where then mixed together with the primary field recordings. The four pieces are released as a double 12" picture disc, with the artwork printed with a zoetropic series of images of the bridges.
Gerco Hiddink: "Like music, film is time-based. Print is static.
I thought that if I could find a way to translate the video into print, some element of time and movement would remain within the design... I edited dozens of small film loops per bridge, and placed frames of these in rings on vinyl, so that when the record is played, the film comes alive again in stop-motion. It's a moving photograhic score."

Musicians:
Jim Denley, Espen Reinertsen, Burkhard Beins, Jon Mueller, Mats Gustafsson, Nate Wooley, Erik Carlsson, Steven Hess.

Concept by Gerco Hiddink and Rutger Zuydervelt.
Graphic design and photography by Gerco Hiddink.
Field recordings and coordination by Rutger Zuydervelt.
Mastered by Giuseppe Ielasi.
More info at www.hartebeest.nl/bridges

BIOS

Gerco Hididnk
Lives and works in Nijmegen (The Netherlands)designs for both printed and digital media. For him, working in different media is one of the main attractions of graphic design. Experiment and research are essential. In 2002 he graduated from Art Academy in Arnhem. Besides being a freleance graphic designer, he's been teaching audiovisual design at the Art School ArtEZ in Arnhem (Graphic Design department) and, before that, interaction design at the Art School Academie Minerva in Groningen (Communication Design department). www.gercohiddink.nl

Rutger Zuydervelt
Rutger studied graphic design with Gerco. Besides being a freelance designer, Rutger maintains a musical carreer as 
Machinefabriek, making electro acoustic soundscapes. He released albums on labels like 12K, Decorder, Type, Home Normal and Root Strata, and collaborated (live or on record) with Stephen Vitiello, Steve Roden, Ralph Steinbrüchel, 
Gareth Davis, Frans de Waard and numorous others. He performed in Russia, Canada, Israel, Spain, UK, Chech Republic and at the renown North Sea Jazz Festival (NL).
www.machinefabriek.nu

Burkhard Beins
Born 1964 in Lower Saxony, lives in Berlin since 1995. As a composer/performer, working in the non-academic fields of experimental music, he is known for his widely abstracted use of percussion instruments in combination with selected objects. Since the late 1980's he is performing at renowned venues and festivals throughout Europe, North America, Australia/NZ and Asia as diverse as the LMC Festival (London), SKIF (St. Petersburg), Donaueschinger Musiktage, Musique Action (Nancy), ZKM (Karlsruhe), Gaudeamus Festival (Amsterdam), Liquid Architecture (Australia), Taktlos (CH), Computing Music (Cologne) and MoMA (New York).
Burkhardt is a member of the groups Perlonex, Activity Center, Polwechsel, Trio Sowari, Phosphor, BBB and The Sealed Knot, and also works with Keith Rowe, Sven-Åke Johansson, Phil Minton, Orm Finnendahl, John Tilbury, Charlemagne Palestine and many others. Meanwhile he has released more than 30 CDs and LPs on labels like 2:13 Music, Zarek, Erstwhile, 
Hat Hut, Potlatch, Absinth or Confront. 
His first Solo-CD 'Disco Prova' has been released in 2007 and combines field recordings and percussion material with digital multitracking, followed in 2009 by 'Structural Drift', a result of a sound art residency at Künstlerhäuser Worpswede.
www.burkhardbeins.de

Erik Carlsson
Erik Carlsson is an improvising percussionist whose blissful sounds resound throughout the world. Apart from performing solo, he is also heard with musicians and ensembles such as Toshimaru Nakamura, Tetuzi Akiyama, Martin Küchen, Chip Shop Music, Skogen and Mats Gustafsson's Swedish Azz.

Jim Denley
Australian flautist Jim Denley has been active on the avant-garde front since the late '70s, but he remains a very obscure figure. His importance can be compared to Jon Rose, with whom he formed the groundbreaking Relative Band in 1981. As the violinist's profile rose thanks to strange radio plays and elaborate stage antics (a lot of talent was also involved!), Denley remained in the shadows. When Rose, by 1985 the prime mover in Australian experimental music, moved to 
Berlin, Denley chose London as his new scene. 
He has played with Derek Bailey, John Butcher, Roger Turner, but mostly in Chris Burn's ensemble and with violinist Stevie Wishart, whom he married in 1987. His extended technique on flutes and alto saxophone, his acute listening skills, and his refusal to get stuck into a single format make him a first-rate improviser.
www.splitrec.com

Mats Gustafsson
Born 1964 in Umeå, Northern Sweden. Saxplayer, improviser
and composer. Soloartist and international tours and projects with a.o. Peter Brötzmann, Sonic Youth, Merzbow, Yoshimi,
Jim O´Rourke, Barry Guy, Otomo Yoshihide and in working groups The Thing, Sonore, FIRE!, Gush, Boots Brown, Swedish Azz and Nash Kontroll. Large ensemble work with Barry Guy New Orchestra, Peter Brötzmann Chicago Tentet and the 
NU - ensemble.
Mats played 1600 concerts and had over 150 recordproductions in Europe, North America and Asia. He did collaborations with contemporary dance, theater, art as well as projects with noise, electronica, contemporary rock and free jazz.
He also is a producer of international festivals and concert tours as well as work with his own record labels Slottet, OlofBright Editions and Blue Tower Records.
http://matsgus.com


Steven Hess
Steven Hess lives in Chicago, and performs with Joseph C. Mills and Adam Sonderberg as Haptic, with Sylvain Chauveau as On, and with Reto Mäder as Ural Umbo, as well as solo.
He has collaborated/recorded/performed with the likes of Pan•American, Christian Fennesz, Stefan Németh, Robert Hampson, Helge Sten, Martin Seiwert, Greg Davis, Locrian, and Jon Mueller, among others. 
Steven appeared on recordings by Dropp Ensemble, Sylvain Chauveau, Male, David Daniell & Douglas McCombs and Fessenden to name a few.
He's performed internationally at Mutek Festival (CAN), Adventures In Modern Music - Presented by the WIRE (US), TodaysArt Festival (NL), Unsound (POL), Dis-Patch (Serbia), Decibel Festival (US), CTM 09 (DE), Sonic Circuits (US), Musique Action Festival (FR), SXSW (US), Chicago Sound Maps 2010 (US), Interzone Festival (Serbia), and has toured throughout North America, Europe and Japan.
www.stevenrhess.com

Jon Mueller
As an active drummer and percussionist over the past 25 years, he became increasingly focused on a physical dialog between situation and material, often bypassing standard approaches to percussion and considering the space in which that sound is presented in order to create a larger experience for those listening. His recordings have been featured in a variety of contexts, from cassette tape to MTV, and he's performed concerts throughout the U.S., Japan, and Europe. Jon has worked with members of the groups Swans, Wilco, Bon Iver, and Rhys Chatham's Guitar Trio, as well as being a longtime member of the group Collections of Colonies of Bees, and more recently, Volcano Choir. He also collaborated with artists such as James Plotkin, Marcus Schmickler, Dan Burke, Asmus Tietchens, Lionel Marchetti, Z'EV, Jason Kahn, Jack Wright, and many others.
Jon Mueller formed the imprint Crouton in 1999, because of an interest in how people experience packaged sound and writing. Crouton published over 40 releases in deluxe presentations; each of them collaborative projects that required much listening, creative thinking, planning, discussion, organization, and hands-on implementation. Crouton also organized events in the Milwaukee and Chicago areas with artists from around the world. These were heavily documented by the press and even filmed as part of a PBS documentary. He stopped publishing via Crouton in 2009 to focus exclusively on rhythmplex.com.
www.rhythmplex.com

Espen Reinertsen
Born 1979, living in Oslo. As member of the duo Streifenjunko, Espen Reinertsen has worked with modern improvisation and extended playing techniques for the saxophone. This has led to
a lot of exciting collaborations, with Christian Wallumrød and Sidsel Endresen's duo Merriwinkle, the Japanese improvisor Tetuzi Akiyama on Akiyama/Taxt/Lønning/Reinertsen, 
Toshimaru Nakamura, and video artist Kjell Bjørgeengen.
Also working as a song writer/composer he is leading his own project, The Espen Reinertsen Organic Jukebox, which
received an award for the debut album 'Subaquatic Disco' from Trondheim Jazz Festival in 2007. He has also contributed on numerous projects with Trondheim Jazz Orchestra on commissions by Maria Kannegaard, Eirik Hegdal, Per Zanussi, Kobert, Kim Myhr, Geir Lysne, New York Voices and Vigleik Storaas.
www.myspace.com/organicjukebox

Nate Wooley
Nate Wooley (born in 1974) grew up in a Finnish-American fishing village in Oregon.  He has spent the rest of his life trying musically to find a way back to the peace and quiet of that time by whole-heartedly embracing the space between complete absorption in sound and relative absence of the same. He began playing trumpet professionally at age 13 with his father, and after studying he moved to Colorado where he studied more with Ron Miles, Art Lande, Fred Hess, and improvisation master Jack Wright. His tenure with Jack began to break Nate out of self-imposed molds and into the sound world that he has embraced as his own. 
Nate currently resides in Jersey City, NJ and performs solo trumpet improvisations as well as collaborating with such diverse artists as Anthony Braxton, Paul Lytton, John Zorn, Fred Frith, Marilyn Crispell, Joe Morris, Steve Beresford, Wolf Eyes, Akron/Family, David Grubbs, C. Spencer Yeh, Daniel Levin, Stephen Gauci, Taylor Ho Bynum and Peter Evans.
www.natewooley.com

FEATURES

MATS GUSTAFSSON
NATE WOOLEY
JIM DENLEY
ESPEN REINERTSEN
BURKHARD BEINS
JON MUELLER
ERIK CARLSSON
STEVEN HESS

TRACK LISTING 2LP / 4 TRACKS

01 Bridges: Bergerslaakbrook
Jim Denley/Espen Reinertsen
02 Bridges: Netterden Channel
Burkhard Beins/Jon Mueller
03 Bridges: Rhine
Mats Gustafsson/Nate Wooley
04 Bridges: Waal
Erik Carlsson/Steven Hess

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