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Who is a
multiinstrumentalist? Is it
enough to play different keyboards and edit those sounds with some
electronic effects, besides playing the normal piano? Or does that
only mean oneself is a more openminded pianoplayer?
when rehearsing and playing with „Random/Control“ - I ask these
questions quite frequently to myself. With this band I feel somehow a
little strange when I „only“ play the piano.
Johannes Bär plays every
brassinstrument that he can get into his fingers. He originally is a
classical trained trumpetplayer and studied at the conservatory
Feldkirch and at the Mozarteum in Salzburg. But besides trumpet he
also plays flügelhorn, trombone, bariton, tuba and helikon.
Broger on the other hand is also a similar multiinstrumentalist, but
on woodwind-instruments. He studied jazzsaxophon at the conservatory
Innsbruck but also plays clarinet, bassclarinet and flute besides the
normal saxes like soprano, alto and tenor.
And me? I..m really
just enjoying the tremendous diversity of sounds and all the
possibilities of combining different instruments as a composer. A
dream comes true for a composer - I can write lines in every pitch -
melodylines or basslines - these guys can play everything!
Johannes Bär and me,
connected in a musical friendship for a long time. As both of us are
around the same age, we first met at the Musicgymnasium Feldkirch at
the age of 15 and back then, we played together the first time. Also
today - in a band called „Bockbär Duo“ - we play together
Also Andi Broger and
know each other for quite a while, as they grew up in the same area
in the „Bregenzer Wald“ here in Vorarlberg. They also play
together up to this day in a band called the „Holstuonar Musig Big
Band Club“, a modern folkmusic group.
It first happend in
2007 that all
three of us played together in the „CIA - Collective of Improvising
Artists“ an ensemble founded by the New York Jazzpianoplayer Peter
It was pretty clear to all
of us that
we have to do something just the three of us - so the trio
„Random/Control“ was founded.
The name of our trio is a good
description of our music. My compositions are often arranged very
strongly and complexly but they also offer a lot of space for free
improvisation and exactly that constant change of perfect control and
complete freedom is what we love the most.
Of course freedom
doesn..t always mean randomness - but I really love to use
composition-techniques where the randomness is an important part and
so you can also read our name without the slash - as „random
Piano, Inside Piano, Electronics, Percussion, Voice, Composition
Trumpet, Flügelhorn, Trombone, Bariton, Tuba, Singing Tuba, Beatbox,
Helikon, Electronics, Percussion
Sopransax, Altsax, Tenorsax, Clarinet, Bassclarinet, Flute,