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The Bern Project


Running time: 43.41
4-panel chipboard sleeve
Released 2010


An album of new Rhys Chatham tracks with band - something you haven't heard since the Die Donnergötter recordings of the 80s... Chatham on trumpet and electric guitar, three young swiss musicians on bass guitar, drums and trombone, plus a lot of studio trickery. More punk, noise and drones than you would expect from a new Rhys Chatham record.

In the summer of 2008, Rhys Chatham visited Bern, Switzerland for a Guitar Trio performance together with local musicians that the club had recruited for him. They rehearsed during the day and played a fabulous show that night. Rhys was blown away by the skills of the drummer and bass player and talked about plans to form a trio - half a year later he was back in Bern and introduced Julian Sartorius (drums) and Mago Flueck (bass) to new compositions he brought along. Beat Unternährer on trombone joined as guest musician.

Reto Mäder recorded many hours of these sessions on a multi-track machine. Over the next few months, Mäder listened to the recordings, separated the wheat from the chaff, selected the best parts and made pre-mixes. He even mixed different parts of the takes together and sent them to Rhys, who noted what he wanted to have changed or replaced. After more than 100 hours of work, a brand new Rhys Chatham album was finally mixed and mastered.

Julian Sartorius is one of the most sought-after improv jazz drummers in Switzerland and plays also often in rock and pop bands. Mago Flueck is part of Bern’s Garage Rock scene and currently also plays in an aspiring Dub Electronica band. Besides that he regulary plays music for theatre productions. Beat Unternährer has been a free-improv activist for many years and has taken part in many different jazz projects in Switzerland. Reto Mäder is musically active as RM74 and with his band projects Sum Of R and Ural Umbo.


1. War In Heaven
2. A Rite for Samhain
3. Scrying In Smoke Play .mp3 (11 Mb)
4. My Lady Of The Loire Play .mp3 (4.3 Mb)
5. Is There Life After Guitar Trio?
6. Under The Petals Of The Rose

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