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homage to josef albers, improvisations

by dirk wachtelaer / alec ilyine

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This album is the second part of my homage to Josef Albers. Alec and I spent some days in the studio, improvising in a disciplined way with the ghost of Josef Albers watching us. Although the drum parts are essentially indeed based on a method, with colours interpreted as rhythmic meters, the idea was not to work methodically but to the contrary create music in an open improvised way and at the same time stay close to the nature of Josef Albers' work. Each day we spent in the studio was very different, resulting in hours of improvisations of which these pieces are a selection, a chapter in a continuing story.

Please check my first part of my homage to Josef albers:

More information about my homage to Josef Albers:

Josef Albers (1888 - 1976) was born in Germany. In 1920 he enrolled as a student at the Weimar Bauhaus and later joined the faculty. After the nazis closed the Bauhaus in 1933 Albers emigrated to the United States and started teaching, first at the Black Mountain College, later at Yale University.
Albers was a painter, designer, photographer, typographer, printmaker and poet. He is most famous for the series, Homage to the Square. Hundreds of paintings make up this series, each painting consisting of either three or four squares of solid planes of color nested in one another. (1)
When I first saw this series I immediatily saw a relation to drumming. In 'Interaction of Colors' Albers writes about the interaction of colors, what happens between colors, and about the discrepancy between physical fact and psychic effect. Just replace 'color' with rhythm and every drummer understands what I'm talking about.
For years the work of Albers has been an influence on my playing and has been stimulating me to create new ways of playing, expanding my approach to the drums.

Dirk Wachtelaer


released March 26, 2020

alec ilyine : guitar
dirk wachtelaer : drums

recorded and mixed in Fly Studio, brussels by alec ilyine , december 2019


photo by indi wave, based on the homage to the square series by josef albers


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Dirk Wachtelaer Belgium

Dirk Wachtelaer has been playing drums for more than 30 years. He has been active in many genres but his main focus has always been on improvisation and experimentation. He has played with Paul Schutze, Toshinori Kondo, Stevie Wishart, Phillip Clemo, and many others. He recorded 3 solo albums and leads the ensemble Vanishing Pictures, creating music that vanishes when you try to label it. ... more

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