Guitar and Drums Duo
The duo Hein / Daisy
plays free improvised music. Their music is created in the moment of the performance, without concepts or compositions being made beforehand. But that doesn’t mean that they are not creating an aesthetic concrete musical form in real time. The extension of the traditional vocabulary of their instruments and the language of free improvised music forms a strong basis which they use to create a landscape of sounds in which silence plays an important role and forms a defined quality of sound.
The guitarist, soundartist, philosopher and composer Nicola L. Hein
is one of the busiest players on the German scene of improvised music. He plays the guitar with his hands and plectrum but also with a lot of different objects: screws, rulers, iron wool, violin bow, abrasive paper, magnets and many other objects which are part of his musical vocabulary. The result is his very own world of sounds, which is using the rich potential of the guitar as a creator of sounds. The manual creation is a very important character of this sound world, which never gets distorted by the use of electronic effects.
He has collaborated with musicians like Evan Parker, John Russell, Paul Lytton, Frank Gratkwoski, Michael Vorfeld, Rudi Mahall, Christian Lillinger, Tobias Delius, Liz Allbee, Axel Dörner, Thomas Lehn, and Alfred Zimmerlin.
– Drummer/Composer has been active on the international improvised music scene since the late 1990’s
He owns and operates Relay Records, documenting much of the work he has been involved in since 2011.
Tim co-curates the Option Series at Experimental Sound Studio which explores contemporary perspectives on improvisation and composition in a ‘salon’ format, enabling local, national, and international artists to publicly discuss their practice and ideas as well as perform
Tim lives in Chicago.