Balance Point Acoustics is proud to announce the release of BPA012,
Ausfegen: Dedicated to Joseph Beuys. The cd features an exciting
new quartet of musicians from both the Chicago and San Francisco Bay
Area improvisation communities:
Paul Hartsaw (Chicago) – soprano and tenor saxophones
Kristian Aspelin (Bay Area) – guitar, broom
Damon Smith (Bay Area) – double basses
Jerome Bryerton (Chicago) – percussion
Included with the cd are insightful liner notes by Joe Morris. Below
is an excerpt from Mr. Morris’s notes:
“When the world catches up, it will find that there are just as many
future-seeking musicians now as there ever were. The amount of soul
needed to persevere with new ideas and with the goal of suggesting a
new viewpoint is the same as it ever was, and is present on this
Also included are liner notes from Damon Smith. As Damon explains in
his notes, the title for this cd came about toward the end of the
recording session when he felt a different approach was needed for
the last piece. Seeking more distance from the instruments, he
immediately thought of Joseph Beuys and his performance/vitrine
“Ausfegen.” He subsequently asked Kristian to play this guitar with
a broom, while Damon played two prepared double basses. The result
is track #7 on the cd and the inspiration for the title/theme of the
cd as a whole.
Ausfegen is Available on cd by paypal from:
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Or Check or MO made out to "Damon Smith" $15 pp
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Since moving to Chicago in 2000, Paul Hartsaw (1973) has performed
and collaborated with such standouts as Bill Brimfield, Jim Baker,
Frank Rosaly, Tim Daisy, Jerome Bryerton, Kyle Bruckmann, Nathaniel
Braddock, Anton Hatwich, Keefe Jackson, Karl E.H. Seigfried, Jeb
Bishop, Dave Rempis and Mike Reed, both as a sideman and leader.
Paul’s main focus is in organizing the improvising ensemble Desiring-
Machines (1997–Present), and leading the Paul Hartsaw Trio/Quartet
(2002-Present) as well as composing for various large ensembles
including the Tentet and the Socio-Cybernetic Music Machine.
Associations include the Astral-Terra Trapeze Unit led by Kurt Hill
Iselt, Keefe Jackson’s Project Project, Scott Rosenberg’s Creative
Orchestra and Big Band, and Vytis Navinskas’ Baltic Asteroids, a
Lithuanian/American jazz collective.
Using an unadorned, pure sound as his template, Kristian’s goal is to
rigorously explore and extract from his instrument the melodies,
rhythms, harmonies, and/or textures needed to express or complement a
given moment in the context of improvisation.
Kristian has studied with a number of leading improvisers in various
genres, including Joe Morris, Steve Lantner, Gerald Cleaver, Larry
Ochs, Liberty Ellman, David Fiuczynski, and John Schott. He has
performed and/or recorded with artists such as Damon Smith, Kyle
Bruckmann, Joe Morris, Scott R. Looney, Weasel Walter, Jerome
Bryerton, Paul Hartsaw, Marco Eneidi, Biggi Vinkeloe, Ralph Carney,
Henry Kaiser, Moe! Staiano, Donald Robinson, and Phillip Greenlief.
Double bass player Damon Smith studied both classical and jazz bass
with Lisle Ellis, Bertram Turezky, Joëlle Leandré, John Lindberg,
Mark Dresser, and others. He has also done considerable research of
the ´sonic palette´ of the double bass. This has resulted in a
personal, flexible improvisational language based in the American
jazz avant-garde movement and European non-idiomatic free
improvisation. He is also very influenced by visual art, film, and
dance. Work with director Werner Herzog and an early performance
with the Merce Cunningham dance company reflect this. He has
collaboratted with a wide range of musicians, including Cecil Taylor,
Marshall Allen (of Sun Ra´s Arkestra), Henry Kaiser, Fred Frith,
Wadada Leo Smith, Marco Eneidi, Wolfgang Fuchs, Peter Brötzmann, and
Peter Kowald. He works often in the Bay Area Creative Music Community.
Jerome Bryerton’s work involves the use of textures, rhythms, and
gestures derived from Eastern and Western percussionists (Paul
Lytton, Elvin Jones, and Le Quan Ninh). Visual artists and post-
modern writers are added to the equation; particularly influential
are concepts from visual artists Gerhard Richter and Joseph Beuys.
Equally important are the philosophies, phrasing, and structures of
writers Jean Baudrillard and Philip K. Dick: exposing the hyper-real.
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