composer | improviser | interpret
violine | viola | fiddle | rebec | lyrica | voice
Albrecht Maurer - violin, composition
Elisabeth Fügemann - cello
Joscha Oetz - double bass
Christoph Hillmann - drums
Flow is a new term, the highest happiness in playing is called flow. In the flow of time, Maurer improvised solo material, which he condensed and "re-designed" for this cast. The result is an exciting journey in the "Tonstrom" with Albrecht Maurer as helmsman. Behind the Tonstrom Quartet hides a string trio with percussion and at the same time a rhythm group of bass and drums with two melody voices above. The distribution of tasks changes until strings accompany a drum solo. Everything seems possible here. The quartet celebrated its premiere in the loft. The video shows a concert recording in the Musiklabor Cologne.
The material of this program came from a recording session in a studio in France, Maurer played solo - white sheet of paper, a journey to the sources of his own tonal language, personal, forgetting, searching, inquiring...
The result was a collection of pieces, most of them with related source material, starting points for a wide variety of developments. In a second process, Maurer condensed this material, listened to it and turned it into a model for further compositional processes.
"For me, this way of writing is a new way of not allowing the unplayable or too much constructed to emerge in the first place and of following the FLOW of music. Albrecht Maurer.
In this quartet, improvisations are again conceived and new encounters are made possible.