KONK PACK - Big Deep (12.1999)
KONK PACK is a hardcore trio made up of world class improvisers Tim Hodgkinson (Henry Cow, The Work, God, etc.), Thomas Lehn (Music In Movement Electronic Orchestra, and has also worked with Eugene Chadbourne, the Klangräumer, Paul Lovens, Shabotinski, Radu Malfatti, Gerry Hemingway, Günter Christmann, Evan Parker, etc. - "probably the world's best synthesizer player", Jim O'Rourke) and Roger Turner (who has worked with John Russell, Hugh Davies, Alan Silva, Phil Minton, John Butcher, Comforts of Madness, Steve Beresford, Evan Parker, Derek Bailey, Cecil Taylor, etc.).
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The group met at Szuenetjel Festival in Budapest 1997.
Tours in Italy 1998 and Netherlands 1999 followed.
In 2000, Konk Pack are touring in UK, Germany and Canada and perform
various other festivals.
From the first moment discovered the extremely effective rhythmic and clear energetic display involving all the body a very large quantity of fast actions and fast lack of actions poured out a dynamic varied all the time and detailed stream of sound events that gripped the imagination from start onwards in a very serious performance making unavoidable large smile
Thomas Lehn: analogue synthesizer; nervously twitching avant garde scientist using unique dirty sound.
Roger Turner: drums, percussion; famous improviser / totally visually compulsive bald player with unique "dirty" drum sound.
Tim Hodgkinson: washed-up 70's celeb bird-like hawaiian guitarist famous for unique dirty sound.
Concert Reviewabout KONK PACK performance at Festival International Musique Actuelle Victoriaville/Canada, 20 May 2000:
"Collectively improvised music comes in many forms, with as many degrees
of success. Only some genuinely presses the envelope, pushing into a
terrain where the unknown can happen and where even the best players
encounter risk. On that transcendent scale, the trio Konk Pack - Tim
Hodgkinson on table-top guitar and clarinet, Thomas Lehn on synthesizer,
and the wondrous Roger Turner on percussion - fared best among the groups
at this festival, creating music in which a barrage of discreet particles
bounced around, colliding in a universe in which chance and interactivity
blurred into one another. Playing at one o'clock on Saturday afternoon in
the festival's smallest venue, Konk Pack established a benchmark by which
other improvisers' performances would inevitably be judged."
"Definitively the best fusion of acoustic and electronic sound of the
"As for pure total improvisation, the verdict on german-english trio Konk
Pack was unanimous. Even listeners unreceptive to improvised noise
(bending frequencies and sound-textures via an analog synth, manipulation
of a guitar on a table, free percussion, etc) were won over by these
subtle sonorities superbly segued, magnificent interplay."
TIM HODGKINSONPerformer/composer. Plays clarinet, alto saxophone, bass clarinet, lap steel guitar, keyboards, vocals & electronics. Also records with percussion and viola.
Live appearances 1999 include:
Real Time Music Meeting Hamburg
Szuenetjel festival Budapest (curator)
Fonoteca Files Festival, Lisbon w. Telectu, Eddie Prevost
Bucharest with Iancu Dumitrescu, Ana Maria Avram, and Hyperion Ensemble.
Istanbul with Serhat Koksal's 2/5BZ project.
His work has included
- in rock:
- As an improviser:
- Also in more stable groupings -
- As a composer
Radio and international festival commissions include Stop Mortal, 50 min.
suite for piano trio, sampler and voice (Dagmar Krause), in response to
the work of Tadeusz Kantor, performed at Nancy Musique Action, Queen
Elizabeth Hall London, Konfrontazionen Festival, Cantiere Internazionale
d'Arte di Montepulciano, Ny Musikk, Bergen, and Nordlyd Festival,
- with romanian composers Iancu Dumitrescu & Ana-Maria Avram: Black Death & Errors in Construction performed by Hyperion Ensemble at Nancy Musique Action, conducted by Dumitrescu.
Perform as soloist with G.ENESCU ORCHESTRA conducted by Jean-Louis Vicart, playing Avram & Dumitrescu pieces for Romanian Radio 70 Year Celebration Festival. Released on CD summer 1999.
- with OSSATURA electro-acoustic group; tour Europe & record Dentro CD, 1998
- completely brilliant European electro-acoustic sound collage construction - Spanning the Globe NYC
- a remarkable recording...group composition of rare distinction - The Wire CONTACT Tim Hodgkinson
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Since the early 1980s Thomas Lehn has been working as a performer, interpreter, composer and improviser of contemporary music. His individual style of musical expression is rooted in the experience of a broad spectrum of musical fields. After studying recording engineering at the Hochschule fuer Musik in Detmold (Germany), he moved to Cologne and studied both classical and jazz piano at the Hochschule fuer Musik Koeln.
As an interpreting pianist he has played concerts since 1982 - performing both contemporary new music including numerous first performances and traditional composed music of the classical and romantically period. In 1989 he initiated the chamber ensemble Trio Dario and four years later the Mengano Quartett. Focussed on performing compositions of the contemporary avant-garde, he is pianist of the Nova Ensemble Wuppertal.
Parallel to his work as a pianist, he concentrates on composing and performing electronic music. Based on his background as an interpreting and improvising pianist in classical-, contemporary and jazz-music, he developed his individually langguage in live-electronic music. The electronic equipment he uses consists of analogue synthesizers of the late 1960s. The facilities of these 'historic' instruments - e. g. to modify electronic sounds very directly as well as to combine and to control several parameters at the same time - allows him to spontaneously act and react in close contact with the process of tension, space and structure of the music during its performance.
Thomas Lehn has played concerts in Austria, Belgium, Denmark, England, France, Germany, Hungaria, Italy, Netherlands, Spain, USA and Canada. He has repeatedly collaborated with a number of musicians of the international avantgarde, as there are among others John Butcher, Guenter Christmann, Axel Doerner, Phil Durrant, Alexander Frangenheim, Mats Gustafsson, Gerry Hemingway, Tim Hodgkinson, Paul Lovens, Radu Malfatti, Andy Moor, Evan Parker, Keith Rowe, Roger Turner and Peter van Bergen.
Lehn has been repeatedly invited to perform at international festivals and for TV and radio productions. He has been involved in projects promoted and/or supported by Goethe-Institutes in Budapest, London, Roma, Manchester, Marseille, York and Chicago.
Thomas Lehn lives in Cologne.
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Roger Turner grew up amongst the Canterbury musical life of the 1960s with a strong broad jazz root and also with local experience in blues and pop. He moved to London in 1968 and worked with the Ghanian drum ensemble Mask and toured with the experimental and innovative Ritual Theatre.
Since 1974, he has primarily concentrated on opening a more personal percussion language. Extensive solo work followed (including concerts at the Bracknell Jazz Festival and the Bruxelles Festival of Percussion) and he was also granted two Arts Council bursaries (1980 and 1983) for investigation into percussion and electronics. It was during this period that he recorded his solo LP The blur between, though it focusses on very specific aspects of percussion and certainly does not represent his wide current interests.
In 1984 and 1985, he undertook workshop residences at Alan Silva's INSTITUT ART CULTUR PERCEPTION in Paris. In the same period, collaborations with experimental rock musics and open song form included extensive duo work with Annette Peacock (1983-1985) and recordings with post-wave band THE NOSE Flutes (1986-1987).
Roger Turner has worked with numerous jazz-based ensembles including those of Elton Dean, Alan Silva and Lol Coxhill. Music making with European and international improvisors in ad hoc and group collaborations has over the years included Toshinori Kondo, Derek Bailey, Johannes Bauer, Evan Parker, Cecil Taylor, and Otomo Yoshihide. His current main collaborations are THE PHIL MINTON QUARTET with Veryan Weston and John Butcher; THE RECEDENTS with Lol Coxhill and Mike Cooper; IN THE TRADITION with Alan Silva and Johannes Bauer; duos with John Russell and Phil Minton; and projects with Martin Klapper and the GUSTAFSSON/MUNTHE/STRID/TURNER QUARTET.
Performances in major festivals have included: Edinburgh; Actual, London; Setubal and Avante, Portugal; CRIM, Pisa; Bracknell, England; Ulrichsberg and Nickelsdorf Austria; Kongsberg, Norway; Philadelphia Free Music; Taklos, Switzerland; Chantenay, France; Budapest; Berlin Jazzfest; Camden Jazz Festival, London; Vancouver; Victoriaville; Sound Symposium, Newfoundland; Banlieu Bleu, Paris; Vandoeuvre; Copenhagen Voice Festival; Macau; etc.
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