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DDK Trio - A Right to Silence

DDK Trio - A Right to Silence

Recorded June 21-25, 2021 by Benjamin Maumus at Théâtre Le Colombier, Les Cabannes, France, mixed by Benjamin Maumus, mastered by Blaise Favre. Text by Thibault Walter.

The trio's third album A Right to Silence, consisting of three CD’s, was recorded at the GMEA Albi during a residency in June 2021. Music by Jacques Demierre, Axel Dörner and Jonas Kocher.

In choosing the music to be released, the three musicians decided to apply the principle of non-influence-in-each-other's-choice that they have been practicing for years as a trio. From there, they each made their own album from the same raw recordings, separately, each on their own.

A previously unpublished text by researcher and sound artist Thibault Walter accompanies the 3CD’s box set, highlighting the process carried out by the trio and described above.

DDK Trio

Under the impulse of Jacques Demierre, the trio was created in 2014 at the Festival M t o Mulhouse (F). Made up of three major figures on the international music scene, this trio plays music that is totally oriented towards the present moment. It continues the tradition of "instant composition" - going back to Lennie Tristano and passing through the legendary Jimmy Giuffre trio - and deploys an expressive palette ranging from silence to massive acoustic eruptions while paying particular attention to the great precision of the articulation of musical discourse. An extreme care for sound and listening constitutes the core of this music which draws from the sources of today's inventive music where multiple sound universes intersect.

To date, the trio has performed nearly sixty concerts throughout Europe, Russia and Japan; at renowned festivals and concert seasons such as the Mulhouse Météo Festival, Ring Ring Festival Belgrade, Goethe Institut Festival Moscow, Super Deluxe Tokyo and Unerhört! Festival Zürich, as well as in smaller venues and outside the major urban centres. The trio has released two albums; recorded a live concert and interview for France Musique in April 2019, was recorded by RTS Espace 2 in September 2019 at Salle Ernest-Ansermet Geneva and by radio Belgrade in May 2022.

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