Martin Klapper


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AllMusic Review by François Couture

Momentaufnahmen is a strong studio session by three young musicians from the German free improvising scene, not the gutsy one that saw the rise of Peter Brötzmann in the 1960s, but the minimal, more experimental one of the 1990s, from which players like Axel Dörner and Franz Hautzinger arose. Trumpeter Birgit Ulher follows a path similar to these two sonic extremists, as she focuses on mouth and piston sounds, tongue tricks, and textures, instead of phrasing and conventional playing. The up and coming (at least in 1999-2000) trumpeter is surrounded by bassist Jürgen Morgenstern and Martin Klapper on toys and electronics. Morgenstern turns out to be a limited player. His role is confined to following the developments as opposed to pitching in new ideas. His work is nonetheless suitable. The wild card throughout this CD is Klapper. Whenever a strange, unusual sound is heard, the listener's mind turns to him: He uses squeaky toys, funny percussion instruments (like the vibraslap), kazoos, and non-intrusive electronics. It does not turn the whole thing into a circus -- Klapper remains tasteful, but unsettling. His contribution contrasts heavily with the more austere grounds of Ulher and Morgenstern. Tracks two, three, and 11 (all tracks are untitled) are all refreshing free improvisations. Momentaufnahmen is stronger and more captivating than Umlaut, Ulher's other release in NURNICHTNUR's Improvisers series.

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