'Les avantages d'une haie de troènes' is a French-German community project.
The Duos André D. / Christophe Meulien (france) and Henner Gräf / Frank Wilke (germany) had already existed for a long time.
The interplay of these two duos in the quartet form is a new musical adventure and a process of getting to know each other over geological borders with musical means under use of the new electronic communication channels of our time.
The album is an exploration of sounds and rhythmical patterns coming spontaneously and concretely into mind, without any abstraction from or reference to anything.
There do not exist any musical agreements in advance between the musicians; this creative process requires a high degree of readiness to perceive and accept actual emotional states and to transform them into played notes.
So each track is a unique work, played once, recorded and mixed.
Recorded in Germany (Sirrenberg, Sprockhövel) and France (Cuers & Aspremont); December 2012.
Frank Wilke: Born in 1962, his first musical preferences in the mid
sixties of the last century were acquired on the parental turntable player
sitting cross-legged. Even here, there was a strong interest in wind music.
At the age of 25, he got a classical education on tenor saxophone. In
the years 1990 to 1995 he was a member of the punk-jazz band
"Transformer" (associated with the "Initiative Musik und Kunst
Wanne-Eickel e.V.", Germany), later participating in various local
saxophone ensembles of the Ruhr. After prolonged musical dormancy, he
departed from the saxophone and started self-taught trumpet
playing (2005), with an emphasis on free jazz.
Within this context his music is supported by a spontaneously designed
compositional framework with an emphasis on formal details. A balance of
design and compositional freedom is always sought. Furthermore, since
2009 he is a founding member of the free jazz connection "freivomhieb"
with Henner Gräf and Uwe Juchum. Since 2010, he added more instruments
(french horn, trombone) and turned to electronic sound enhancements.
Christophe Meulien makes some music, improvised and free.
A guitar player, he also uses electronic tools, piano, and voice for his music.
In 2005, he participates in Barre Philips' workshops organized every month by this wonderful musician at Puget-Ville. Other important meetings followed: Henri Roger and So-what, Philippe Festou and Sound-painting, Corinne and Georges Montanard with whom he created the collective GMC … He participated in diverse projects with Alain de Fombelle Henri Roger and Jean Pezzali, Lerouge, J-P Capes and Maria Petrova, GMC, Antoine Ulmann, Ophélie Brunet, Yoko Sato, Pascal Vandenheuvel, André D, etc.
André D. (Bass, Glockenspiel, synth & objects):
Musician without borders, self-taught, motivated by atonal and improvised musics, he made his sound experiments both in groups and solo since the end of the 90s.
In 2011, he created "Darius Improvise" to produce & play free-form music (free-jazz, experimental, electro-acoustic, noise, improv...) Several albums were published by European, Australian and Canadian netlabels.
An active member of the souncloud network, he experiments in association with musicians of whole worlds and the creative possibilities offered by the exchange of digital files.
"Drummers are important within the band and alongside with the
guitarists they drag in the most girls!" I was told as a teenager. So I
became a young drummer ...
The 80`s passed in various punk bands in the Dortmund (Germany), such as
"THC" or "Chauvinist and Friends".
In 1990 came the deliberate departure from the classic drumplay;
further learning of various percussion instruments and the turn to
metric free playing. It arose as a result of participation in various projects of improvised music (like the cult band "Rudi pohlt") within a pool of musicians from the Ruhr area, whose common goal was and still is to "play together" as a form of communication.
2009 saw the foundation of the trio 'freivomhieb' with Frank Wilke (brass) and
Uwe Juchum (reeds).