NO SUGAR - post-postmodern folk music
No Sugar (usa): Liz Allbee, trp., electr., George Cremaschi, dbass, electr.
No Sugar + Wissel&Lytton, Georg Wissel, (prep.)saxes, Paul Lytton, perc.
NO SUGAR– post-postmodern folk music
The music of NO SUGAR meets at the crossroads of the duo's diverse background: trumpet, analog electronics and contrabass creating intimate post-everything structures built with pieces of free improv, classic electronic music, folk song, and noise. Compact improvisations that reveal their other lives as compositions, narratives in a foreign language familiar to all.
NO SUGAR has been playing together for many years, in various guises: Vinnie 'n' Minnie, Jon Raskin Quartet, Neo-Realist, Moekestra!, sfSound, and Monday Night Abuse among many others, as well as touring with Butoh dancer Ryuzo Fukuhara. NO SUGAR has performed in Italy, Slovenia, Austria, Czech Republic, Poland, Estonia, Germany, Netherlands, and USA. They used to be neighbors, and could hear each other playing through open windows. Now they need airplanes to see each other.
LIZ ALLBEE is a voracious musician whose work spans many genres, encompassing new music, improvisation, electronic composition, Asian folk and pop, noise, minimalist, free jazz and experimental rock. She has played with a wide array of musicians, including Anthony Braxton, Leo Smith, Cecil Taylor, Rova, Hans Grusel, Birgit Uhler, Gino Robair, Yugen Japanese Noh Theater, SFSound, and with members of Caroliner and the Sun City Girls. She lives in Oakland, CA.
GEORGE CREMASCHI was born in New York City, and studied music and composition there. He has played with, and written for, dancers, rock bands, installation artists, improvisers, poets, film, theater groups, orchestras, and pop divas. Greg Goodman, Matthew Ostrowski, Andrea Parkins, Burkhard Stangl, Mats Gustafsson, Nicolas Collins, Evan Parker, Trinh T. Minh-Ha, Kai Fagaschinski, Dieb13 and Lę Quan Ninh are some of his favorite people to work with. He has appeared on over 30 recordings on the Apestaartje, Evolving Ear, Black Saint, Leo, Beak Doctor, Emanem, Rastascan, Music & Arts, Nine Winds and 482 Music labels. He currently lives in Tábor, Czech Republic, where he is a curator and administrator at CESTA, an international arts residency center.
PAUL LYTTON - percussion is one of the most distinguished percussionists in Improvised music. Since the mid-sixties Paul Lytton is playing together with the leading english Improvisers like Evan Parker, Derek Bailey, Paul Rutherford, Barry Guy, Howard Riley, Jamie Muir, John Stevens, Trevor Watts…. Allready at the begin of the sixties he started to construct his own percussioninstruments and modifying naturally created sounds by electronic means. To realize his imagination of sound, Paul Lytton has develloped a new way of playing as well as a new instrument. Since the mid-seventies Paul Lytton lives in Belgium and has a long lasting collaboration with percussionist Paul Lovens. Beneath the famous trio Paul Lytton, Evan Parker and Barry Guy, King Ubu Orchestru, Globe Unity Orchestra, London Jazz Composers' Orchstra and groups of Ken Vandermark he left his musical traces with many other projects all over the world.
GEORG WISSEL - (prepared) alto-/ tenorsaxophone, obone, a.o.
Affected by his hometown's (Wanne-Eickel) music-scene he made his first important experiences in Improvised music recording and touring 1986-'88 in Europe and Southamerica with W.-E. trio 'Pöhlmusik' along with Jon Rose. Inspired by his collaboration with electronic musicians, he began also (beside working on instrumental playing-technics) searching for new sounds by preparations, which by the time have become an integral part of his playing. He is working internationally, performing solo and with permanent groups like 'BLANKDISC TRIO' along with serbian fellows Srdjan Muc (e-git) and Róbert Rózsa (electr.); 'CANARIES ON THE POLE' with Mike Goyvaerts (perc), Jacques Foschia (cl) and Christoph Irmer (v); 'ADAM NOIDLT MISSILES' or in projects together with …Lawrence Casserley, Malcolm Goldstein, Gunda Gottschalk, Lou Grassi , Tim Perkis, Melvyn Poore, "LondonImprovisersOrchestra"… on festivals e.g. "ReDiscover/O-Ucesnicima",Belgrade; "Frakture-Festival", Liverpool; "HumanoiseCongress",Wiesbaden; "FreeMusicFestival", Antwerp; "Colour Scape"; "TransArt",Bozen, “Moers-Festival”...