Finnish guitarist Lauri Hyvärinen is known to our listeners for his participation in Horst Quartet’s Edged Timbre released by Intonema in 2017. His work on the solo album Cut Contexts was carried out in 2020-2021, when musicians suddenly had a lot of time for studio work. This prompted Hyvärinen to listen and select the recordings of previous years and, on their basis, create 5 pieces, each one clocking in at 7 minutes. The result is an unpredictable and varied album, in which deliberate instrumental impulses coexist with coincidentally occurring environmental sounds, at the same time obeying the will of the composer and directing his thought. On one hand, this is a collage technique, due to which there are unexpected twists in the music. On the other hand, this is extremely focused guitar playing in a minimalistic manner. On the third hand, these are field recordings, attuning to attentive listening.
Gaudenz Badrutt & Ilia Belorukov
In 2013, the collaboration of electronic musician Gaudenz Badrutt and saxophonist Ilia Belorukov began in a trio with accordionist Jonas Kocher, and in 2014 the album Rotonda was released on Intonema. Since then, time has passed, Badrutt and Belorukov have toured also as a duo, Belorukov later switching to a modular synthesizer. In March 2019 in Biel/Bienne, the duo fruitfully worked in a new context, looking for fresh ways to interact, not only with each other, but also between electronic setups, in which complex patches and processing chains are filled with feedback and, therefore, unpredictability. The album Sauerkraut is a document of free improvisation in an extremely wide framework from barely audible field recordings and reductionism to the deafening chaos of electrical processes of live sampling and synthesizer modulations.