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from “Six Fuchs”

by Fuchs, Robair, Djll, Perkis, Shiurba, and Sperry.

This group improvisation features a sextet that features Berlin-based clarinetist and saxophonist Wolfgang Fuchs with an all-star band of Bay Area improvisers: Tom Djll (trumpet), Tim Perkis (laptop), Gino Robair (percussion), John Shiurba (guitar), and Matthew Sperry (bass). This is also the last recording session by Sperry before his tragic death. Robair and Sperry have recorded together with Tom Waits, and together with Shiurba have recorded and played with Anthony Braxton. At times the music is both ambient and dark, with a richness that transcends the characterisation of free improvisation.

wolfgangfuchs.jpgWolfgang Fuchs’ first musical instruments, at the age of nine, were violin and mandolin but, during his studies at the Music Academy of Karlsruhe between 1969 and 1974 he studied saxophone and clarinet. Moving to Berlin in 1974 he has, since 1976, worked as freelance musician primarily in the area of freely-improvised music but also in a wide range of mixed-media projects featuring music and other arts.

Over the years, Fuchs has played with a large number of musicians in a variety of contexts including Fred van Hove, Paul Lytton, Cecil Taylor, Tony Oxley and Evan Parker. In 1983 Fuchs founded the large improvising group King Übü Örchestrü and has been leader ever since, with changes in personnel and size, regrouping periodically for concerts and recordings.

Some of his current projects include: Three October Meetings with contrabassist Damon Smith and percussionist Jerome Bryerton. Lingua with synthesist Thomas Lehn and percusssionist Fabrizio Spera. Holz für Europa with reed players Peter van Bergen and Hans Koch. New Flags with percussionist Roger Turner and guzheng player / vocalist Xu Fengxia.