The work of the Italian-French-German quartet “Die Hochstapler” (The Impostors) is based on questions of language and communication. Refraining from any use of notation, rules and strategies developed out of poetry, card games, alphabets and other sources of inspiration form the grammar for the hochstaplerish discourse.
The main source for these concepts lies in the discovery of the writings of one exceptional musician and linguist from Chicago: Alvin P. Buckley. A pioneering scientific resarcher in the field of probability theory as much as a versatile musician back in Chicago, Buckley retired from active music making after an epiphanic encounter with Stockhausen, but kept writing down ideas for musical games, structures and strategies for collective composition, as well as melodic fragments and short philosophic aphorisms, in his journal.
The vast majority of entries in Buckleys journal (1959-1964) circle around how musical communication could potentially be organised. Buckley applies mathematical laws to musical settings and derives rules and strategies out of card games and alphabets.
50 years after his untimely death in a tram accident on June 15th, 1964, Buckley’s pioneering ideas come to life in the music of Die Hochstapler: Four independent voices, free to suggest, pretend, agree, disagree or ignore at any time of the game, collectively build up a rhetoric, full of hints and references, playful and ever changing.
DIE HOCHSTAPLER plays THE MUSIC OF ALVIN P. BUCKLEY (UMLAUT RECORDS / CD + booklet)
DIE HOCHSTAPLER have appeared in various festivals and sites all over Europe (Cable Festival Nantes, Festival Météo Mulhouse, Jazz d´Or Berlin, Umlaut Festival Berlin, Cité de la Musique Paris, Hagenfesten Dala-Floda, etc.). Their 2CD set “The Braxtornette Project” has been released on UMLAUT Records to great critical acclaim (see below).
Next to their remarkable instrumental competence, the four members of “Die Hochstapler” are also incredible card players. On their long tours they like to indulge in various central European card games, which they practice in order to improve their reaction and strategy skills. They even developed a game on their own called “Hochstaplerei”, which they pre-sented at the Umlaut Festival Berlin 2014.
THE BRAXTORNETTE PROJECT
Die Hochstapler’s previous project “The Braxtornette Project”, a work on the musics and philosophies of both Anthony Braxton and Ornette Coleman, has been performed at various festivals and venues in Europe between 2011 and 2014. A recording in four parts has been released as a double CD on Umlaut Records to much critical acclaim.
“Sensationell gut gelungen” Curt Cusine, skug
“Excellent projet, vivement conseillé.” Julien Héraud, Improv-Sphere
“Excellent album” Franpi Barriaux, Citizen Jazz
“Anyone with more than a passing interest in either composer, or simply interested in the current European jazz scene, should snatch this baby up.” Brian Olewneck, Just Outside
“Allt sprudlar som glad kolsyra.” Leif Carlsson, Lira