POLWECHSEL

Polwechsel by Kai Bienert
beins, moser, brandlmayr, dafeldecker. photo: kai bienert, 2015

Burkhard Beins - percussion

Martin Brandlmayr - percussion, vibraphone

Michael Moser - cello

Werner Dafeldecker - double bass









Watch: Polwechsel live in Sibiu/RO, 2011


Polwechsel formed in 1993, initially as an all Austrian quartet of Michael Moser, Werner Dafeldecker, Burkhard Stangl and trombonist Radu Malfatti. When Malfatti left in 1997, the British saxophonist John Butcher joined them to record Polwechsel 2 and 3, and also Wrapped Islands (with Christian Fennesz as a guest). In 2004 guitarist Burkhard Stangl left the group and two percussionists joined them, Martin Brandlmayr from Vienna and Burkhard Beins from Berlin. During a residency at Berlin's Tesla this quintet has recorded Archives of the North in 2006. After recording another CD with John Tilbury (released in 2009) John Butcher has decided to leave the group in late 2007. This has turned Polwechsel into a quartet again. Their latest CD Traces Of Wood (2013) consists of four pieces, one by each group member, while their 2015 vinyl release Untitled (No.7) presents collective real-time compositions. Polwechsel works with compositions, improvisation and the ambiguity of these methods.

New vinyl LP: UNTITLED (No.7) (2015) on GOD Records
Latest CD: TRACES OF WOOD (2013) on HAT HUT



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