Christian Kesten - Untitled (solo for accordion) (2014)
(Written for Jonas Kocher and premiered in Paris in April 2014)
The accordion contains some remarkable mechanical characteristics. In the highest register of the right hand, the last few buttons don’t play the expected tones. The pitches are simply too high. The necessary reeds would be too small and fragile to produce them. These buttons transpose the tones an octave down. The buttons in the neighbouring octave do play the expected tones. One might assume that the two octave registers would actually play the same pitches. But as they play them on different reeds, there is a slight microtonal difference. - ck2016
Stefan Thut - Eine/r 1-6 (2007)
If the full set of chromatic pitches within a wide range is randomly generated the probability of new pitches appearing decreases. Repeated events become silences. A group of two or three pitches is represented here by the variables y and z, single events by the variable x, reminiscent of a single point in Euclidean space. The present score mirrors the concluding section of the above procedure. - st2016
"This is also pretty minimal, sparsely alternating between high and low pitched drones, but in a different, more interesting way. The use of silence brings you in and makes the drone that much more engaging. Overall, this is a mixed bag for me. “eine/r 1-6” was great, and it is interesting to hear someone really push the limits of their instrument. If you are a fan of the accordion, this is one to check out."
"Une musique expectative, dans un enchevêtrement rythmé par des sons péri urbains, lointains, qui nous ramènent au quotidien."
(Cyril Lanoë, Revue & Corrigée)
"L’azione è encomiabile e non raffazzonata, il risultato, uno studio espressivo credibile e concentrato, l’ascolto, se non adeguatamente frollati, una certa prova di coraggio. A me non dispiace, ma starci accorti, in questo caso è più che un invito."
(Marco Carcasi, Kathodik)
"On ne sait plus trop si la musique vient ponctuée le silence, si elle remplit l'espace, si c'est le bruit de fond qui constitue l'espace sonore dans lequel les notes disparaissent ou si la musique est constituée d'un silence qui tente vainement de prendre place. Il s'agit là encore d'une musique délicate et précise."
(Julien Heraud, improv-sphere.blogspot.fr)
released November 15, 2016
Jonas Kocher, accordion
Recorded at Studioboerne 45 Berlin in July 2014 by Christoph Schlimbach
Mixed by Jonas Kocher
Mastered by Ilia Belorukov