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by Philipp Schaufelberger, Christian Wolfarth

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Philipp Schaufelberger git
Christian Wolfarth dr

Anthropologists normally research human characteristics, but here, if the title of this album is to be taken literally, we are invited to discover the researchers themselves, along with their discipline.Christian Wolfarth and Philipp Schaufelberger constitute an offshoot of this science – one that works with artistic tools.
Lil' Darling, Stompin' at the Savoy, Mood Indigo and Sweet Georgia Brown: The repertoire sounds like big band, like I'm-sure-I-know-this-one and it's-been-a-while. However, this selection did not stem from any desire to historicise, but from re-encountering this musical heritage from today's perspective.
The tracks remain formally intact and a constant pulse is generally evident, but within this idiom, a dialogue takes place, which has an unreserved openness more commonly found in improvised music. Or, as one concert goer once put it: It is a pleasure to listen to these musicians listening!
Schaufelberger's stripped-down guitar play and Wolfarth's lean drumming, his kit consisting of merely a snare and two cymbals, make this music a sophisticated and uncongested affair, which, despite all its omissions, is always complete.
Here, the unsaid is an important element, and for one or two listeners, via their personal histories of hearing the familiar tracks, the old big-band era might begin to gently shimmer through.

Während der Anthropologe normalerweise zu menschlichen Eigenarten forscht sind wir hier eingeladen, die Forschenden selber und ihre Disziplin zu entdecken. Wenn man den Titel dieses Albums einmal wörtlich nimmt.
Christian Wolfarth und Philipp Schaufelberger bilden allerdings einen Seitenzweig solcher Wissenschaft, der mit künstlerischen Werkzeugen operiert.
Lil' Darling und Stompin' at the Savoy, Mood Indigo und Sweet Georgia Brown: das Repertoire klingt nach Big Band, nach kenn-ich-doch und lang-ists-her. Es ist aber kein historisierendes Anliegen, sondern eine Wiederbegegnung mit diesem musikalischen Erbe aus heutiger Perspektive, welche zu dieser Auswahl führt.
Zwar bleiben die Stücke formal intakt, auch ist ein durchgehender Puls in der Regel erkennbar. Innerhalb dieser Idiomatik findet jedoch ein Dialog statt, den man in dieser bedingungslosen Offenheit eher aus der improvisierten Musik kennt. Oder wie es ein Konzertbesucher einmal formulierte: es ist eine Freude, diesen Musikern beim Zuhören zuzuhören!
Schaufelbergers reduziertes Gitarrenspiel und das schlanke Schlagzeug von Wolfarth, welches mit einer Snare und zwei Becken auskommt, machen diese Musik zu einer filigranen und luftigen Angelegenheit, die bei allen Aussparungen immer vollständig ist. Das nicht-Gesagte ist dabei wichtiger Bestandteil, und über die persönliche Hörgeschichte mit den bekannten Stücken schimmert beim einen oder der anderen Zuhörerin vielleicht dann doch ganz zart die alte Bigbandzeit auf.

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released September 1, 2019

Recorded direct to two track by Philipp Schaufelberger, Zürich, November 7 and 8, 2018
Pre-Master Alex Huber, Artwork Corinne Hächler
Thank You: Alex, Balz Coray & Gamper Bar, Corinne, Nils Wogram, Tobias Meier, Tobias Oehmichen
WER 042 / C&P Philipp Schaufelberger 2019 / All Rights Reserved

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WideEarRecords is a musician-run collective, platform and record label based in Zürich. We are dedicated to releasing fresh exciting original music from the vibrant Swiss scene and from friends living abroad, leaving as much control as possible to the artists over their music and artwork. Although most of our releases so far tend to be in the field of improvised music we are stylistically open. ... more

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