February 2004

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Immediately following, during the first week of September, the group ZU (from Italy) collaborated with SPACEWAYS INC. on a quartet/sextet project called Radiale that will be released on Atavistic in early spring. The quartet music was comprised of new, original material put together by ZU and myself; the sextet music documented the compositions the double trio performed during its European tour in May, 2003: “Theme De Yoyo” (by the Art Ensemble of Chicago), some Funkadelic compositions- “Trash A Go Go,” “Me And My Folks/You And Your Folks,” and Sun Ra’s “We Travel The Spaceways” and “Space Is The Place,” among others.

After this, the PETER BROTZMANN CHICAGO TENTET worked on a project in Bern, Switzerland and Karlsruhe, Germany involving a piece composed for the first time by someone outside of the band, Michael Wertmueller. This was followed by new work and recording by the duo with Paal Nilssen-Love in Norway. Our work together led to a double cd worth of material (studio and live) that will be released by Smalltownsupersound this
spring. I stayed in Norway for another week after the duo project with Paal to perform concerts with FREE FALL in celebration of the release of our first album, Furnace (Wobbly Rail).

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