Kasper T. Toeplitz plays Niblock, Toeplitz & Feiler
«Typically we worked this way : we recorded samples of bass notes, played with a bow and with an e-bow. I edited the samples, and constructed the piece using 16 tracks of superimposed samples in Protools. After the mix was completed, we reorded again with Kasper adding two live tracks.»
Kasper T. Toeplitz, composer, electric bass player and musician who has developed his work in the no man’s land between « academic » composition (orchestra, ensembles, opera) and electronic « new music » or « noise music ».
He has won several prizes and distinctions ; 1st prize for orchestral composition at the Besançon Festival, 1st prize at the « Opéra autrement/Acanthes » competition, Villa Médicis Hors les Murs (New York), grant Leonardo da Vinci (San Francisco) , Villa Kujoyama (Kyoto), DAAD (Berlin), Giga Hertz Prise (ZKM, Karlsruhe), Hors-les murs (Poland), got numerous commissions from the French Governement, the radio and works with electronic studios such as Ircam, GRM , GMEM, CRFMW, EMS, GRAME..
He also works with experimental or unclassifiable musicians such as Zbigniew Karkowski, Dror Feiler, Art Zoyd, Eliane Radigue, Phill Niblock, Francisco Lopez, Ulrich Krieger, z’ev and others…….. or with leading « new music » ensembles such as Phoenix_Basel or Zeitkratzer, and through all those years he has collaborated with numerous projects of contemporary dance, always proposing live music
He has definitively integrated the computer into the very heart of his work, as a tool of thought and composition, and as a live instrument, working on the sheer electronic noise or hybridising more traditional instruments,or developing a huge body of work on the hybrid he developped between his custom-bulid bass and live-electronics.
My intention is for chaotic, incompleyte form to serve as a counterpoint to positivistic, well-groomed and complete form. The goal is not to advocate a kind of formlessnessn but to accept the inévitable conséquences ofof the aporetic situation in which composition finds itself.the problem is how to strike a balance between the futility and necessity of striving after clarity and solidity in composition. The result is noise as form that is free of preconcived notions about either it self or its antithesis. »
Dror Feiler, an eye-bleeding composer of intifadic and eruptive lung-outs. A music thrasher, saxophonist and political activist. Born in 1951 in Tel Aviv, he has been living in Sweden since 1973. He plays many varieties of the saxophone: sopranino, soprano, alto, tenor and contrabass, as well B♭clarinet, basset horn, and contrabass clarinet. In addition, he operates computerised sound systems. With his strong sense of vocation, Dror Feiler must rank as one of Sweden’s leading composers and improvisation musicians. Recognition for his accomplishments has grown considerably in recent years, with some of the most important European orchestras, ensembles and festivals commissioning and performing his works: Stockholm New Music, Donaueschingen Musiktage, Hudderseld, Wien Modern, Tectonics Festival. He has performed and recorded with orchestras and ensembles as well as a soloist in Sweden, Russia, Yugoslavia, Serbia, Bosnia, Croatia, United Kingdom, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, Belarus, Lithuania, Latvia, Austria, Switzerland, France, Israel, Palestine, the Netherlands, Hungary, Norway, Germany, Japan, Colombia, Mexico, USA, Brazil, and Argentina. He has composed for Ensemble Modern, Klangforum Wien, Hessischer Rundfunk, Bavarian Radio Symphony, BBC Scottish Symphony, Neo, Krommata Percussion Ensemble, Kwartludium, Ascolta, Contrechamps, Ensemble New Music Tallinn, and Vertixsonora.
When commenting on his work, Feiler stresses his desire to create music that deals with the world: “I always seek to deal with the grim problems of life, like in Beat the White the Red Wedge(revolution), Schlafbrand (World War II), Let the Millionaires go Naked (revenge of the poor), Intifada and Halat Hisar (Israeli–Palestinian conflict), or Tikkun Olam (changing the world). When I compose or play I do not look for beauty, but for truth.” He often depicts images of struggle (fortissimo, at great length), although when speaking about Maavak (Struggle), he says that it “does not describe a struggle, it is a struggle.” Dror Feiler has been active in solidarity work in the Israeli–Palestinian context since 1970 (he was among the initiators of Ship to Gaza Sweden and is a spokesperson for the organisation) and has been engaged in solidarity work in Colombia since the mid-1990s.
Dror Feiler is vice-president of the Swedish Society of Composers, CEO of Svensk Musik, founder (1976) of the Lokomotiv Konkret improvisation group, founder (1983) and artistic leader of the Too Much Too Soon Orchestra.