Fritz Hauser
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Krentz Ratings:
Solodrumming (1985), 6/10
Die Trommel (1987), 6/10
Zwei (1987), 5.5/10
Die Welle (1988), 5.5/10
The Mirror (1989), 5.5/10
Pensieri Bianchi (1990), 5.5/10
2 2 1 3 2 4 3 4 1 4 1 (1992), 5/10
Deep Time (1994), 6.5/10
Space (2006), 5.5/10
Schraffur For Gong Solo (2012), 5.5/10
Pieces for Percussion (2013), 6/10
La Fourmi (2013), 5.5/10
Laboratorio (2018), 5.5/10

Fritz Hauser (1953, Switzerland) is an improvising percussionist who established his innovative and encyclopedic style (restricted to the simplest forms of drums and cymbals) with the solo performances of Solodrumming (april 1985), recorded in a building whose acoustics provide a seven-second echo, and Pensieri Bianchi (may 1990), as well as the twin discs Die Trommel (november 1987) and Die Welle (november 1988).

He also recorded several collaborations with Urs Leimgruber.

Collaborations include: Zwei (december 1987) with vocalist Lauren Newton, The Mirror (march 1989) with church organist Stephen Greider, etc.

2 2 1 3 2 4 3 4 1 4 1 (june 1992) was another solo album.

The double-disc Deep Time (october 1994 - Deep Listening, 2005) contains two performances of a Hauser composition commissioned in 1991. Fritz Hauser on percussion and found sounds with Pauline Oliveros on accordion, David Gamper on small instruments and Urs Leimgruber on saxophones improvise against a tape of found sounds. The real protagonist is the tape (and the post-processing of the instrumental sounds). Hauser's tape carries out a broad sonic excursion that explores all dimensions of sound. For example, the intensity ranges from loud/chaotic to almost pure silence (mostly the latter).

Space (Celestial Harmonies, 2006) documents a collaboration with fellow Australian percussionist Michael Askill.

La Fourmi (Creative Works, 2013), recorded live in january 2004, was a collaboration with Christy Doran (electronics and electric guitar), Hans-Peter Pfammatter (keyboards and electronics) and Urs Leimgruber (tenor and soprano saxes).

Schraffur For Gong Solo (Shiiin, 2012) contains eight improvisations for solo gong and voice.

Pieces For Percussion (2013), originally recorded in august 2009, feature a twelve-percussion ensemble, the Ensemble XII.

Fritz Hauser's Laboratorio (Hat ART, 2018) documents six pieces of solo percussion, produced generating open-air locations with bird sounds and cymbals.

Pas De Deux (november 2022) documents a collaboration with Pedro Carneiro (marimba).

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