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Mario Rechtern (Vienna) & Friends

SOURCE: Published: 2007-02-19
s u b c o n s c i o u s c a f e @ SPACE 186
186 Hampshire St. Inman Sq. Cambridge, Mass. 02139

Saturday, 3 March 2007 / 8:00-11:ish pm / $15 or b/o

rob chalfen / eric zinman & subconsciouscafe new chamber music proudly presents a concert by multi-reed player/visual artist

Mario Rechtern - reeds (Vienna) (Sunny Murray)
Blaise Siwula - saxophones (NYC)
Glynis Lomon - cello
Syd Smart - drums
Eric Zinman - piano and euphonium


Born in Berlin 1942, he began playing the saxophone as a teenager. At that time he claims he had a lot of sounds to penetrate and questions to ask. While officially playing clarinet and violin he had to hide his first saxophone from his parents. Regarding clarinet Mr. Rechtern says, “it was nice of them to concede to that reed but I had to practice saxophone in the forests at night, yet at 28 I was playing in jazz bands that were very quickly ended by police intervention - of course because of loudness, but all musicians agreed - that was not the reason - there was something else".

Throughout his career he has shown a deep interest in philosophical and historical texts and as with most artists this has influenced his views on art and its politics. His creative abilities were recognized by many musicians including Fritz Novotny of the Reform Art Unit who invited him to join the group for many projects that included Sepp Mitterbauer, Leena Conquest, Paul Fields, Sunny Murray and others. In 1981 Mr. Rechtern founded his own label and foundation L.ABOP. It has mutated from a laboratory of 'Harmonic Basics' to 'Open Products' in the 80's to a forum for improvised action in the 90's. It is inspired by the “open rehearsal black music orchestra" of the University of Wisconsin where he played in the 70's. It is an lsg-Austria/Vienna label carrying his name. There is no sponsor.

After many years of theatre work/stage design and fine arts he found himself self back in and around 1987 making music as before, joining and following other “cultural" paths, joining and looking for different friends and spaces. This made him return to the US to look for just a musical language and thinking and its kind of direct exchange.

born 28.12. 42 in berlin
saxophone, strings electronics, comp. scenografy, arts, texts
Studies in salzburg, mozarteum, diploma 1967, / prag, / afro-american studies, music department, university of wisconsin
Theater work in salzburg, wien, prag, teheran, trier, metz, bayreuth, lyon,paris
1981 founder of the L.ABOP bzw L.ABOR - gisel (laboratory for harmonical basics and open products/ open rehearsals)
1998 foundation of the label L.ABOP - LSG, vienna

Contact: l.abop@utanet.at

DIRECTIONS: SPACE 186: Inman Square Cambridge, near the corner of Prospect, across from the Hess Station, and next to the 7-11. Follow the walk on the left side of the building to the gallery at back. Big '186' on the side of the building.
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