Who is a multiinstrumentalist? Is it enough to play different keyboards and
edit those sounds with some electronic effects, besides playing the normal
piano? Or does that only mean oneself is a more openminded pianoplayer?
Well, lately, when rehearsing and playing with „Random/Control“ -
I ask these questions quite frequently to myself. With this band I feel somehow
a little strange when I „only“ play the piano.
Johannes Bär plays every brassinstrument that he can get into his fingers.
He originally is a classical trained trumpetplayer and studied at the conservatory
Feldkirch and at the Mozarteum in Salzburg. But besides trumpet he also plays
flügelhorn, trombone, bariton, tuba and helikon.
Andi Broger on the other hand is also a similar multiinstrumentalist, but on
woodwind-instruments. He studied jazzsaxophon at the conservatory Innsbruck
but also plays clarinet, bassclarinet and flute besides the normal saxes like
soprano, alto and tenor.
And me? I..m really just enjoying the tremendous diversity of sounds and all
the possibilities of combining different instruments as a composer. A dream
comes true for a composer - I can write lines in every pitch - melodylines
or basslines - these guys can play everything!
Johannes Bär and me, we are connected in a musical friendship for a long
time. As both of us are around the same age, we first met at the Musicgymnasium
Feldkirch at the age of 15 and back then, we played together the first time.
Also today - in a band called „Bockbär Duo“ - we play together
Also Andi Broger and Johannes Bär know each other for quite a while, as
they grew up in the same area in the „Bregenzer Wald“ here in Vorarlberg.
They also play together up to this day in a band called the „Holstuonar
Musig Big Band Club“, a modern folkmusic group.
It first happend in 2007 that all three of us played together in the „CIA
- Collective of Improvising Artists“ an ensemble founded by the New York
Jazzpianoplayer Peter Madsen.
It was pretty clear to all of us that we have to do something just the three
of us - so the trio „Random/Control“ was founded.
The name of our trio is a good description of our music. My compositions are
often arranged very strongly and complexly but they also offer a lot of space
for free improvisation and exactly that constant change of perfect control
and complete freedom is what we love the most.
Of course freedom doesn..t always mean randomness - but I really love to use
composition-techniques where the randomness is an important part and so you
can also read our name without the slash - as „random control“.