This is the piece we performed at the TFNM in Zurich and recorded at the radio studio in Lugano. It's scored for the ensemble of 7 musicians with one or more freely improvising soloists (with no score or any limitations whatsoever, which is a highly inspiring concept I'd like to see more of in contemporary music). Here is the radio version, with Patrick Crossland (tb), Raphael Camenisch (sax) and myself as the improvisers (the picture is a screenshot of the septet score)
The piece that gave Ensemble Laboratorium its name in 2005. This is from a compact 120 minute version (37 movements out of 55) with which we toured a few festivals in 2012/13, with Vinko himself joining us on stage as a conductor for "Exercises Articulatoires". The full piece lasts about twice as long.
This project was a brainchild of Patrick and myself, and is maybe even my personal favorite among all the programs we did with Laboratorium. Patrick made three wonderful arrangements of Nancarrow's studies No. 6, 7 and 14, and I arranged Pulau Dewata, the program also included "Greeting Music" and "Et je reverrai cette ville etrange" as well as Nancarrow's "two canons for Ursula" which you can listen to here and here, in the interpretation of my good friend Artur Avanesov.
I scored Pulau Dewata for violin, cello, oboe, trumpet, trombone, 2 melodicas, marimba and piano. The intention was to move away from the usual happy-go-lucky instrumentations with a lot of Balinese percussion, because my feeling is that although the piece is certainly named after, and heavily influenced by Bali, it still has a lot of Vivier's typical inner darkness and alienation, which I think was brought forward with the creepy colors of the melodicas. If there are any Vivier afficionados reading this who are familiar with other arrangements of Pulau Dewata, please, I'd be really glad to hear your comments.
And here is the Study No. 6, scored for three winds and four strings. I'll probably upload the rest of the pieces as well, when I get the time.
A hidden gem I recently found on the internet, a 2 am sextet session with Patrick, Rie, Tucker Dulin, Andrew Lafkas and Gill Arno, recorded at Gill's place in Brooklyn, after we came back from the Laboratorium concert.
Here's the link, make sure to scroll until the end of the post, that's where the sound-file is:
This is a myspace profile of one of the side projects of Ensemble Laboratorium, a stillborn free improv trio called Vibrating Luggage, which has had nearly one public appearance.
Still, there were two very productive late-night recording sessions after and in-between Laboratorium rehearsals (the period is around 2008/2009), and the two tracks have survived on a forgotten myspace page:
The embedding doesn't work, so here's a link:
I was always terrible at acquiring, keeping and uploading my own recordings; so here are mostly some audio and video links I could scavenge from various sources around the internet, in no particular order. A lot of the really good stuff is missing, but that's how it is...