Where does the popularity of the bass clarinet in musical circles between Vienna and Brussels, which has lasted for a few years now, come from? Perhaps it is because its low range formulates an alternative to conventions of popular music, according to which "bass" is reserved primarily for rhythmic impulses and the spatial furnishings of the basement.
The playing of Viennese bass clarinetist Susanna Gartmayer can by no means be reduced to this. It is rather that the entire universe is grazed here: Susanna Gartmayer can do rhythm and drone, even more so melody and noise, and often everything together. Who would be a more fitting collaborator than Stefan Schneider with his minimalist rhythm and discreet cosmic exploration?
Together, Stefan Schneider and Susanna Gartmayer form the project SO SNER, which owes its existence to a concert at the Approximationen Festival in Düsseldorf in 2015. Susanna Gartmayer's bass clarinet polyphonies had impressed Stefan Schneider so much that he quickly suggested a collaboration.
With her background in fine art, Miki Yui explores the grey zones of our perception and imagination, in the fields of music, drawing, installation and performance.
Since 1999 she is known for her unique minimalistic and organic approach towards music. From a delicate tiny hiss to a distant hum, electronic sounds and field recordings are woven into music with a narrative tension. Her 7th solo album APERIO was released 2020 from Hallow Ground. In 2021 a duo album with Asmus Tietchens was released from Duesseldorfer Label TAL.
Mo Chan, sometimes DJ Kohlrabi and 1/2 Team Pommes, coming from visual art, cruising between fun and depression, construction and ruination, following her instinct for down-to-earthness. Mo Chan is exploring ocean of voice ∞ sound. Mo Chan is VJ, swimming in colourful images. And there is Aiko Okamoto, playing within these identities, bringing visual art, music, space and people together.
Susanna Gartmayer – bass clarinet
Stefan Schneider – samples, electronics
Miki Yui – electronics, field recordings, synthesizer
Mo Chan – turntables, cdjs, mixer