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CLOG feat. Frank Gratkowski

Goethe Institut and Improvised Music Company present

CLOG featuring Frank Gratkowski

Thursday 21st February,

Goethe Institut,

37 Merrion Square, Dublin 2.

8pm €10/8

Frank Gratkowski - reeds

Rob Casey - piano

David Lacey - drums

Seán Óg - saxophones

with special guest

Marguerite Papazoglou - dance

Frank Gratkowski will make his Irish debut with Dublin based trio CLOG in an evening of improvised music, interaction and movement which will also feature Greek dancer Marguerite Papazoglou.

The programme will include a solo set from Herr Gratkowski along with a quartet set and finally a quintet improvisation with dance.

Frank Gratkowski is a major figure among European improvising musicians, having performed and recorded with musicians including Mi chael Moore, Greg Osby, Kenny Wheeler, Louis Sclavis, Ernst Reijseger, Phil Minton, Peter Brötzmann, Mark Dresser, Mark Feldman, Han Bennink, Mal Waldron and Misha Mengelberg.

His biography includes past performances at festivals across the world, a hectic touring schedule as well as several projects with some of the most important voices in contemporary creative music today.

CLOG is a trio dedicated to contemporary improvised music. Rob Casey, a virtuoso pianist, holds a degree from Leeds University as well as a masters in music technology from Trinity College, and has impressed audiences recently with a surefooted technique and an unwavering artistic approach.

David Lacey is well established here as a percussionist concentrating on free improvisation, using both traditional acoustic drumset and percussion/objects manipulated via crude electronics.He has performed regularly with Fergus Kelly, Jurgen Simpson and laptop musician Paul Vogel in contexts ranging from free jazz to chamber music. He has also performed with English improvisers Derek Bailey, Eddie Prevost, John Edwards, Rhodri Davies, Keith Rowe and John Butcher.

Seán Óg is one of the bright lights on the Dublin creative music scene. His music sits somewhere between free improvisation, avant-garde composition, and contemporary jazz. "He brings a forceful mixture of irreverence and seriousne ss to his projects." - Journal of Music in Ireland. .His work with his own group Trihornophone led to winning Music Network's Young Musicwide Award in 2007.

After an initial training in theatre Marguerite Papazoglou moved towards contact-improvisation dance, butoh, and improvisation techniques. She has studied with Julyen Hamilton, Simone Forti, Emmanuel Grivet, Carlotta Ikeda and Yoshito Ohno. She has notably choreographed dance scores for multidisciplinary performances (e.g. interactive technologies at Festival Villette Numérique in 2004, video at Festival Urban Bodies in Cyprus 2006, installation at Chisenhale Dance Space in London 2007). She has worked with many well recogn ised musicians including Antonis Anissegos, Frank Gratkowski and Thymios Atzakas.

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