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DIMC 001: Denmark's Intuitive Music Conference 1997


1. First Tutti Improvisation (13:54)

2. Pause (3:44)

3. Second Tutti Improvisation (31:48)


The music on this CD was improvised freely at the opening of DIMC 97 by the musicians of which only some of the Danish participants had played together before:


Carl Bergstrøm-Nielsen (DK French horn, voice, etc)

Kumi Wakao (JAPAN Toy Swanee whistle; voice)

Robert Cole Rizzi (DK Electric guitar, pedals etc)

Nisima Marie Munk-Madsen (DK Flute)

Helene Jerg (DK Cello)

René Mogensen (DK/USA Soprano and tenor saxophones)

Frank Hiesler (D Percussion)

Henrik Rasmussen (DK Pennywhistle etc)

Claus Bech-Nielsen (DK Accordion etc)

Ivan Vinzce (SLOVAKIA/DK Viola)

Gerhard Pischinger (DK Flute)

Johan Toft (DK Marimba)



Original recording - no editing/processing.


DIMC is an annual meeting of improvisors, composers and other intuitive artists. For information on next year's congress, see: or contact Carl Bergstrøm-Nielsen, Teglgaardsvej 649, DK-3050 Humlebaek, Denmark.


Produced by Denmark's Intuitive Music Conference. Recorded by Carl Bergstrøm-Nielsen. Photos: Kumi Wakao. This CD is supported economically by KODA's Collective Blank Tape Remuneration.


(C) and (P) 1998 Denmark's Intuitive Music Conference and the musicians.


Karlheinz Stockhausen, author of the concept of "intuitive music", wrote to us about this record: "...everybody is searching for "the event" with great care: go ahead; sometimes there is indeed a "constellation" where things flourish".



Febr. 1999

Denmark's Intuitive Music Conference 1997 (Av-Art: DIMC001)

Claus Bech-Nielsen (Accordian), Carl Bergstrøm-Nielsen (French horn, voice), Frank Heisler (percussion), Helene Jerg (cello), René Morgensen (saxophones), Nisima Marie Munk-Madsen (flute), Gerhard Pischinger (flute), Henrik Rasmussen (penny whistle), Robert Cole Rizzi (guitar), Johan Toft (marimba), Ivan Vinzce (viola), Kumi Wakoo (swanee whistle, voice)

Three tracks: "First Tutti Improvisation", "Second Tutti Improvisation" and, between them, "Pause". "Pause": oh dear, you think, looking at the timings. Nearly four minutes - of what? Silence? What's the points? Is it some kind of Cagean joke? Well yes, it is, actually, but not the one you were expecting.

This disk documents the music made at the opening of DIMC '97 by a dozen delegates, most of whom had never played together before. Assuming there was no conductor (none is credited) and no pre-arranged sequence of events, the result is pretty astonishing.

Twelve strangers improvising together is a recipe for disaster; what usually happens is this. The music begins tentatively, unstructured, with no-one wishing to tread on toes. Slowly, pressure builds up as egos are forces to submit to the rather boring music which is going nowhere. Something gives, someone plays up and then it's open season. Eventually everyone is exhausted from trying to play louder than everyone else and the sound peteers out.

The DIMC delegate have avoided this chain of events so completely that one might suspect they're really a regular band and the whole thing is a hoax. The music is spacious, layered and sophisticated. The dominance of non-reed woodwing (flutes and whistles) creates a nice effect in the first piece bacause, instead of competing, the musicians play as a section. Their shifting bed of sounds, often augmented by some of the other instruments, forms a perfect foil to the percussive and very responsive work elsewhere in the group. Special mention here must go to Rizzi, who plays what in this group constitutes a solo -- a few seconds of slightly more prominent music, always interacting with the group and not a noodle in sight. A lovely contribution.

Then comes that pause. In fact, this is literally the unedited gap between the two pieces. Members of the group chat, laugh, check their tuning, make unidentifiable noises. The joke is that the group end up making a very rarefied, ambient sort of music in this gap, a music which the curators of the CD have chosen not to delete. Nothing like as focussed as the "real" improvisations, this is a diffuse, rather charming slice of life and it was the right choice to leave it in.

Also, the second piece grows quite naturally out of this candid sketching and scuffling; although it has a distinct start, the music makes more sense for hearing what came immediately before. The second performance is much more restless and much longer (over half an hour), but the group manage to sustain it. It feels as if each player has decided that instead of trying to hold the spotlight on themselves, as musicians are wont to do in such situations, they thought it would be much more interesting to keep it moving. Whenever the focus falls on one player, they do something with it and pass it on. It makes the piece a more abrasive experience, but it's an exhilarating one too. Highly recommended.

Richard Cochrane

...a CD with the title "Denmark's Intuitive Music Conference 1997"Av-Art: DIMC001). Twelve musicians (Claus Bech-Nielsen - acc, Carl Bergström-Nielsen – fr-hrn, voice, Frank Hiesler – perc, Helene Jerg – cello, Rene Mogensen – ss, ts, Nisima Marie Munk-Madsen – fl, Gerhard Pischinger – fl, Henrik Rasmussen . pennyshistle, Robert Cole Rizzi –el-g, pedals, Johan Toft – marimba, Ivan Vincze – viola, Kumi Wakao – toy swanee whistle, voice), most of them Danes, met in 1997 to a musical conference.

This is a musical conference which offers an amazing result. Some of the musicians played for the first time with each other, but one has the feeling that this is an ensemble playing regularly together.

Continuous free improvisations (two in number) are to be found on this CD, tension is built up and released again, surprise effects are not absent, communication and interaction is highlighted, musicians play together, nobody dominates, everybody subordinates to the goal of making a common music and this suceeds in a truly splendid manner.

As a curiosity, this CD contains between the two improvisations a piece called "Pause". In fact, this is the pause between both pieces in which musicians chat, laugh, tune their instruments... and suddenly a kind of music arises out of all this. Not to be compared with the two improvisations, but nevertheless interesting. One did well in not cutting this "pause" away.

Pepsh Muska in Austrian Jazzlive. See the German original at

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