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Les Espaces Électroacoustiques II
Melissa Galosi - Games
David Six - Karkosh
Hélène Pereira - Azoth
Knoedel - Still
Coastline Paradox - Welf & Eiger
Simon Zöchbauer - Achad
Christian Winther Christensen - Almost in G
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Edition III

Our latest releases this time are rather special: they premiere our 3rd and final edition! In line with its name, “III”, it proudly sports a tripartite artwork and opens up the 3rd dimension of col legno’s very own universe. Its main characteristics are reduction, minimalism and total artistic freedom and thereby reflects the digital within the analog so to say ... and for this very special occasion we have selected three very special artists from Italy, Austria and France as our premiere guests, all of whom pursue a very own approach in their three very different programmes, by totally matching and representing the idea and the spirit of "III". 
New Release

Knoedel: Still

Knoedel are back! With a very special mix between contemporary and traditional, they return after a 17 year abstinence. Absolutely worth listening!
Find the album right here.
New Release

Coastline Paradox: Welf & Eiger

On Welf & Eiger, the quintet Coastline Paradox - following their name - are active in exactly that space between ocean waves and landmass, between sea spray and scree, movement and rigidity, fluid and fixed. This area is all one experimental field. Translated into the music this means, in the words of Richard Köster, the ensemble’s founder, trumpeter and composer: ”The more closely you examine it, the more nuances you can discover.”
Find the album right here.
New Release

Christian Winther Christensen: Almost in G

A distinctive language, an original tone, a unique voice – all these phenomena are rarely experienced as convincingly as in Christian Winther Christensen’s music. Earlier periods may flicker up once in a while, yet this music is fundamentally and radically of the 21st century. Yes, these are classical instruments. And yes, this is New Music. But the familiar elements are assembled and rearranged in ways that make you want to listen to this music again and again, wherever you are, whatever you’re doing ... and regarding SCENATET we're delighted to welcome one of the most innovative ensembles in Europe with us at col legno! Find the album right here.
New Release

Simon Zöchbauer: Achad

Achad – such a lovely title for a touching musical search for meaning and self, accompanied by the famous Koehne Quartett as well as producer and electronics technician Sixtus Preiss. The great questions of our origin, current condition and the greater whole are posed to us all as listeners. Find the album right here.
New Release

Annette Bik: Double Bach

On her first solo album, Annette Bik (violinist with the Klangforum Wien) presents a fascinating experiment: she asked leading contemporary composers to write a double of each movement of Bach’s famous “Partita in h-Moll” - so we as listeners are in the unique situation of being able to experience a Bach double double, a stroke of genius in the mirror of our times, a fascinating auditory document where the greatest virtuosity and immediate impact come together in a rare coalescence. Find the album right here.
New Release

Martin Ptak: River Tales

Film music and improvisation, childhood memories and farewells, surface and depth effect, trombone choir, tapestry of strings and piano patterns. [...] Trombonist, pianist and composer Martin Ptak finally presents his new longplayer called River Tales: a long lingering soundtrack from the source of the river to its opening in the sea – and for all the way in between! Find the album right here.
New Release

Ketan Bhatti: Nodding Terms

New music and groove – does it work and does it exist? Musical crossover artist Ketan Bhatti nods ... and delivers proof with his remarkable solo debut Nodding Terms on which he teams up with the German-Icelandic Ensemble Adapter as well as his studio neighbours Paul Frick and Jan Brauer (from Brandt Brauer Frick)! [...] This is music which without fail makes the listener nod along – as per the album title. Not just because of its beat, but because it’s clever, too. Find the album right here.
New Release

Franui: Ständchen der Dinge

Franui celebrate their twenty-fifth year – a welcome occasion for an anniversary album, with many guests and fellow travellers, some new pieces, some old but previously unreleased recordings, and some of their greatest musical moments from the past quarter century, including tracks from albums that have been out of print for years. The rest is history! Find the album right here.
Recommendations
Alma

Nativa

Firmly rooted in traditional folk music from Austria yet branching out in every possible musical direction, Alma make music that comes straight from the soul and goes directly your legs. 
Trio Catch

In Between

Of transgressions and abysses, dangers and beauty: Trio Catch! 
John Cage

Melodies & Harmonies

"Six Melodies" (1950) and "Thirteen Harmonies" (1985): Annelie Gahl (violin), Klaus Lang (Fender Rhodes) and col legno present an excitingly accessible John Cage. 
Visuals
Coastline Paradox 5: Teaser
SCENATET: Nice Guys Win Twice
Martin Ptak: River Tales (Live)
Federspiel: Da wo's beginnt
Lukas Lauermann: wir sind abgründe (ein brunnen der in den himmelschaut)
Franui & Florian Boesch: ALL WAS WELL AGAIN

Alma: Oeo (Teaser)
iris electrum: of tigers and owls (no future, no past)
Alma: Morocco
CPSS: Bold
Classics
Morton Feldman

Crippled Symmetry

Music and carpets? Well, the latter’s slightly irregular patterns certainly inspired Morton Feldman to write his Crippled Symmetry (1983). 
John Cage

Sonatas and Interludes

The master of the prepared piano tackles small musical forms with his accustomed originality in his Sonatas and Interludes. 
Alban Berg

Songs from the Youth

Even before he became Arnold Schönberg’s student, Alban Berg wrote some 40 Jugendlieder, ’early lieder’: Romantic poetry as mirrored by the Fin de Siècle. 
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Steven Stucky
Listening to Contemporary Music
A timeless keynote about finding a relationship to music of our times. 
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