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Ftarri 222
release date: 29.10.2006

Kai Fagaschinski | clarinet (right)
Michael Thieke | clarinet (left)

Margareth Kammerer | voice & guitar (on 5)
Derek Shirley | double bass (on 7, right)
Christian Weber | double bass (on 7, left)
Christof Kurzmann | remix with additional voice (8)

1 einfache Freuden 7’37 > listen
2 we already know … 6‘03
3 wenn alles wehtut und nichts mehr geht 8‘31 > listen
4 feathered machine song 7‘18
5 and the morning 5‘50
6 rollig 6‘34
7 lovetone 9‘16
8 hauntissimo (for Lucy & Richard Stoltzmann) 4‘47

All compositions by Kai Fagaschinski and Michael Thieke, except „and the morning“ by Kai, Michael and Margareth Kammerer, „lovetone“ by Kai, Michael, Christian Weber and Derek Shirley, and „hauntissimo“ by Christof Kurzmann.
Recorded by Michael at KuLe (1-4, 6), at Maggy’s flat (5), at Derek’s flat (7), and by Christof at his flat (8), all in Berlin between July 2003 and June 2005. The duo pieces were recorded with the kind help of Nicholas Bussmann.
Mixed by Michael and Kai.
Mastered by Martin Siewert at Motone Sound Services, Vienna.
Cover designed by tanabemse.
Many thanks to Maggy, Derek, Christian, Christof, Nickel, KuLe, Martin, Maz, and tanabemse.

Ftarri release info:
mainstream is the debut album of The International Nothing – the duo project of Kai Fagaschinski and Michael Thieke, two Berlin-based clarinetists who are composers as well as improvisers. All eight of the tracks on this recording are composed works. In addition to five pieces focusing on the resonance of the mellow, limpid timbres produced by the two clarinets, there are a couple of tracks seasoned with songlike elements and vocalization by guest musicians, and one tune featuring two contrabass players. The album as a whole offers just the right amount of diversity and breadth. Guest musicians are Margareth Kammerer (voice, guitar – track 5), Christof Kurzmann (remix, voice – track 8), Derek Shirley (contrabass – track 7), and Christian Weber (contrabass – track 7). mainstream is the first release from the new label Ftarri, an offshoot of the Improvised Music from Japan label.

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