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Durrant/Lehn/Malfatti: Dach

Radu Malfatti has been a major presence in
the European free improv scene since the
early seventies. He’s been a member of such
stellar bands as the Brotherhood of Breath,
the London Jazz Composers’ Orchestra, and
the King Ubu Orchestra, aswell as countless
small groups. Since the early nineties, Malfatti
has focused solely on developing a unique
style of superspare, tranquil music, both in his
compositions and his improvisations.

Phil Durrant has worked in a wide range of
settings, in bands such as Lunge and
Ticklish, and in acoustic and electroacoustic
projects with John Butcher. While Durrant is
an expert with live electronics, here he
performs exclusively on his
original instrument, the violin. Thomas Lehn’s
unique analogue synthesizer skills have
made him one of the most prominent figures
on the European festival circuit, in bands such
as Konk Pack and Toot, as well as in duos
with Gerry Hemingway and
Marcus Schmickler, both of which have
previously been documented on Erstwhile.
Both Durrant and Lehn are integral members
of the all-star MIMEO electronic orchestra.

dach (German for roof) is the second disc by
this trio, following beinhaltung (Fringes), and
is a live recording from the 1999 Kaleidophon
festival in Ulrichsberg, Austria. dach is an
environmental improv record, in the tradition of
Derek Bailey/Min Tanaka-Music And Dance
(Revenant). Only the rain falling on the white
plastic roof is audible as the performance
begins. As the sun gradually emerges,
warming the roof’s metal supports, the
creaking and cracking roof becomes a fourth
sound source for the remainder of the
performance. The artwork is composed
entirely of photos of the venue, primarily of the
roof, as captured by Olga Dafeldecker. dach
occupies the zone between silence and
sound, forcing the listener into a state of

“Having released the first cd by this trio, I was
very curious to see how far they could
go……so?…..impressed, excited, sad (for not
being there at the concert), and a bit jealous
(for not releasing this one too!!!). Pure, simple
and extremely complex all at once, with an
attention and care to details and dynamics
that leaves me amazed. Yes, I already have
one title for my ‘best of 2001’ lists!” —
Giuseppe Ielasi

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