October 3rd

'Archives of the North'
@ Slought Foundation
4017 Walnut Street
Philadelphia, PA
8:00 pm, $10 general admission

Slought Foundation and Soundfield NFP are pleased to announce an evening of new and experimental music featuring Vienna/London-based ensemble Polwechsel on Friday, October 3rd, 2008 from 8:00-9:30pm. Polwechsel features Werner Dafeldecker (double bass), Martin Brandlmayr (percussion), Michael Moser (cello, electronics), and Burkhard Beins (percussion). They will be performing new compositions as well as selections from their recent HatArt CD release Archives of the North. This concert is part of the 2008-2009 Soundfield @ Slought series.

Over the past two decades Polwechsel’s output has thrived on a democratic process of specifically composing for the abilities and techniques of its cast with each member possessing a unique and developed voice in instrumental performance. During this period Polwechsel has produced divisive compositions, structured improvisation and electro-acoustic works which have all spoken intricately and explicitly on the organization of noise, the locus of technique, and the dynamism of the ensemble. -- Dean M. Roberts (December 2005).

This program is made possible in part through the generous sponsorship or support of Sound Field NFP and grants from the Argosy Fund for Contemporary Music and the Philadelphia Music Project, a program of The Philadelphia Center for Arts and Heritage, funded by The Pew Charitable Trusts and administered by The University of the Arts, with support from Bowerbird.

Werner Dafeldecker (double bass)
Martin Brandlmayr (percussion)
Michael Moser (cello, electronics)
Burkhard Beins (percussion)
vienna / london

- percussion and objects
*1964, lives in Berlin

Since the late 1980´s international festivals, concerts and tours with experimental music as a composer/performer throughout Europe and overseas. He is a member of several ensembles like Perlonex, Activity Center, Polwechsel, Trio Sowari, Phosphor, and also works with Keith Rowe, Sven-Åke Johansson, Orm Finnendahl, Charlemagne Palestine, Phil Minton, 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.

„ ...simply one of the most imaginative percussionists around, indeed making the tag 'percussionist' seem hopelessly deficient."
- All Music Guide -

"Beins transforms percussions fundamentally into resonators aimed at amplifying the sound produced by a series of different objects. "
- Musiche -

„One of the strengths of Beins' playing is his ear for the strange."
- The Wire –

„Burkhard Beins has proven to be one of those players delivering consistently intriguing releases."
- Signal To Noise -

born 4.11.1971 in Bad Ischl. Austria

Bands and projects: Radian, Trapist, Kapital band , Polwechsel
Collaborations with Siegrun Appelt, Burkhard Beins, Tony Buck, John Butcher, Peter Brandlmayr, Nicholas Bussmann, Werner Dafeldecker, Dieb 13, Axel Dörner, Christian Fennesz, Franz Hautzinger, Gina Hell, Florian Kmet, Christof Kurzmann, Klaus Lang,Toshimaru Nakamura, Andrea Neumann, Pure, Rashim, Sachiko M, Stefan Schneider, Martin Siewert, Burkhard Stangl, John Tilbury, Void, Joe Williamson, Otomo Yoshihide,..... Artist in residence 2002 in Podewil, Berlin, Soundinstallation Maag Areal Zurich 2003, honorary mention ars electronica 2002 (for Radian tg11) und 2005 ( for Kapital band 1"2cd") Festival appearances: Transmediale ( Berlin, d) , Domino festival ( Brussels, be), Donaueschinger Musiktage, Konfrontationen Nickelsdorf( Nickelsdorf, aut), Ideal festival ( Gothenburg, swe), Maerz-Musik (Berlin, d), Pukkelpop (Hasselt, nl), Music Unlimeted (Wels, aut), Taktlos (Zuerich/Basel, s ), Kaleidophon (Ulrichsberg, aut), Sonar (Barcelona, esp), Mutek (Montreal, can), Mutek (Mexico city, mex) Avanto festival (Helsinki, fin), Netmage (Bologna, it), Deaf Festival (Rotterdam, nl) WSJD festival (Warszawa, pl), Ertz festival ( Bera, esp ), All tomorrows Parties ( Camber sands, gb) Sajeta festival (Ljubljana, slo), Dispatch festival (belgrade , yu ), Offf festival (Valencia, esp) Boreal festival(Bergen, nor), Electronic spring (Madrid, esp), Wiener Festwochen (Vienna, aut) , Ars Electronica (Linz), Gaudeamus muziekweek (Amsterdam), Musikprotokoll/Steirischer Herbst (Graz/Austria),

1964 vienna

freelance musician, composer and producer. concentrating on improvisation, eletronic music and cross-over projects. a longtime sound research, pure acoustic research, and the creation of a personal sound archive are the basis for his work. co founder of polwechsel and durian records. performances, and comissions: kammermusiktage witten; berliner festspiele märz musik; sound field festival chicago; wien modern; festival hörgänge; musikprotokoll im steirischen herbst; what is music festival australia; international music festival vancouver; international festival victoriaville/canada; lmc festival london; dundee media festival; ultraschall festival berlin; swr freiburg new-music meeting; salzburger festspiele; sound installations: wien modern, sammlung essl, music for film: gustav deutsch - 7-12 work as a producer for durian records and other labels like morr music, hat.hut, mosz. kranky. worked with: luc ferrari, john tilbury, otomo yoshihide, sachiko m, john butcher, franz hautzinger, david sylvian, christian fennesz, gene coleman, jim o rourke, tony buck, klangform wien, patrick pulsinger, burkhard stangl, eugene chadbourne, dean roberts, radu malfatti, taku sugimoto, and many others.


*1959 in graz, austria .studied cello in graz and vienna,he is intensively engaged with different forms of contemporary music. performances with live-electronics. numerous pieces for cello solo have been composed at his suggestion. he has collaborated with distinguished artists such as peter ablinger, bernhard lang, isabel mundry, helmut lachenmann, alvin lucier, klaus lang, otomo yoshihide, pauline olivieros,elliott sharp, nick collins, michael maierhof, phill niblock, tony oxley, zeitkratzer, polwechsel, klangforum wien. michael moser played at numerous festivals for contemporary and improvised music: International Actual Music Festival Victoriaville, Canada, musikprotokoll im steirischen herbst, Wien Modern, Wittener Tage für neue Kammermusik, Darmstädter Ferienkurse für Neue Musik, Donaueschinger musiktage, Ulrichsberger Kaleidophon, Ulrichsberg Oö, Du Maurier international Jazz Festival Vancouver, LMC Festival of experimental music London


POLWECHSEL, Archives of the North - core cut

POLWECHSEL, Archives of the North - datum cut

POLWECHSEL, Archives of the North - magnetic north

POLWECHSEL, Archives of the North - mirror

POLWECHSEL, Archives of the North - site and setting

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