Nephlokokkygia 1992 – Hans Koch/Paul Lovens

      In Sofia

To be free. What does that actually mean? Not in a social or even political sense. But as a human being? As a musician? When we speak of free improvised music, freedom is the mother of all things. And that in a literal- al sense. You free yourself from yourself. As human beings, we always act with the sum of what we have collected, stored and reflected in all the years before. An improviser does not have to apply his knowledge and skills intellectually, but instinctively. So, that things do not emerge by necessity or intention. They simply happen.
Paul Lovens and Hans Koch are both masters when it comes to such development processes. Especially the duo formation challenges self-liberation like no other constellation. In a solo setting, instinct is confronted too much by the intellect and there is no counterpart to help when the struggle between holding and letting go seems to be lost. And in a larger formation? In challenging moments, silence becomes a tempting alternative. This does not work in a duo. Every tone, every sound, every noise demands a response. And the sum of the sounds again demands answers. Or counter-questions. Or provocations. In a duo, the tones are released, set free, and the originators orient themselves to the developing sound architecture. In the best case, the sound takes control of the narrative and the musicians become suppliers…and are amazed themselves by the dancing molecules that begin to map the space in constantly changing constellations. This process is always also a departure. The musician leaves the place he was in before the very first note. From this point of view, it is not surprising that Koch and Lovens chose as title for this record „CloudCuckooLand“, named after the place that Aristophanes describes in his play „The Birds“. It is the name for a world that people can only dream of. Only those who are able to fly can reach this vanishing point. This place where bureaucracy, mistrust and envy have no place anymore. If we stay with Aristophanes, then Lovens and Koch are Pisthetaerus and Euelpides, the two main protagonists of „The Birds“. Two men who transform themselves into birds and thus fulfill their dream of flying.
Lovens and Koch knew each other briefly from larger for- mations, but these recordings from a tour through Eastern Europe in 1992 show the two of them as a duo for the first time. It is their second joint release. In 2010, a live recording from Rome in a trio formation with singer Sabina Meyer was released under the title „Mood Swing 3“. The order of the four tracks of the present album corresponds to the chronology of their recording date. Their titles only refer to the respective departure point of their flights, their endeavour to find the place of fulfilment, to approach it from a different perspective, to reformulate it, to create it. At the beginning of „In Sofia“, the first piece, one can still sense the inner struggle to which the two protagonists are subjected. Both defy gravity, which tries to keep them on the ground. Slowly but surely a first flight altitude sets in and the musicians gently abandon their function as pilots, begin to ignore the flight instruments in the cockpit and subsequently begin the state of free floating. The following three pieces are each based on the experience of the previous ones and underline the steadily growing flying skills that the duo has acquired over time. The result of this self-liberation leads to a dialogue between two poets who, with their pas de deux, cause the molecules to vibrate in a way that even listeners willing to travel are freed from any fear of flying and inevitably become partners in crime. It is not only the seriousness and the uncommon profundity of these four dialogues, but also the palpable joy of life, paired with a humour à la Buster Keaton, which not only gives the musicians, but also us listeners, moments that the Germans call „Sekun- denglück“ (seconds of happiness).
CloudCuckooLand“ also documents in an impressive way that the creation of a new world is connected with confrontation and friction. It is only when two apparently different characters, who challenge each other to the utmost, are brought territory. In the field of tension between form and content, they are among the guerrilla fighters who have dedicated themselves to the latter. Pisthetaerus and Euelpides are described in Aristophanes’ „The Birds“ as two middle-aged men, the same age as Lovens and Koch were when these recordings were made. However, it is only thanks to their acquired wisdom that 28 years later they decided to share their very personal journey to „CloudCuckooLand“ with us. – Rudolf Amstutz, November 2020

  Praed Orchestra! – Live In Sharjah  

released November 9, 2020
Paed Conca: Clarinet, Electric Bass, Electronics / Raed Yassin: Synthesizers, Vocals, Electronics
Alan Bishop: Alto Saxophone, Vocals / Nadah El Shazly: Vocals, keyboard, Electronics
Christine Kazarian: Electric Harp / Hans Koch: Bass Clarinet, Soprano Sax
Martin Kuchen: Tenor Saxophone, Baritone Sax / Maurice Louca: Keyboard, Organ
Radwan Ghazi Moumneh: Buzuk, Vocals, Modular Synthesizer / Sam Shalabi: Electric Guitar, Oud
Ute Wassermann: Vocals, Mouth Harp, Whistles / Khaled Yassine: Drums, Percussion, Darbuka
Michael Zerang: Drums, Percussion

    Christer Botén Composer & Clarinet Player/Sweden

Releases Nov. 20, 2020/Bandcamp

1. NIGHTRAIN 13:57
IT 09:37
ZON 36:04


„Archytas Curve“ Recorded 2020 – KOCH, KOCHER & BADRUTT Hans Koch, Bb-clarinet, Jonas Kocher, accordion Gaudenz Badrutt, electronics Wide Ear Records Zürich – Photo: Christoph Lanz


” Telepathie Orchester I + II “

Idee: Guy Bettini / /      
Mo 22.06.2020 : TeleOrchester I              So 28.06.2020: TeleOrchester II

This is is the second Concert of the SWISS TeleOrchestra
When making music telepathically, each musician is alone in his or her rooms to improvise with the other musicians in isolation. No musician can hear or see the other player. Thanks to a synchronized signal, each individual musician starts the audio recording in their own rooms and plays for 40-50 minutes, depending on their musical perception. Afterwards, the individual audio recordings are stopped and sent to the studio. The tracks of the individual musicians are synchronized exactly with the time code. The sound engineer only makes an effort to balance the volume. Only then does the music of the entire ensemble emerge as a unified work and become an audible experience.Thanks to recording technology, the music of a telepathic ensemble is heard for the first time in the world

Live In Valparaiso 2017 Chile
with Thomas Peter el + Hans Koch Bcl Peter el + Hans Koch Bcl
Thomas Peter el/Hans Koch on Bandcamp
at the Acéfalo´s Microconciertos series

“le souffle du temps II“ – Judith Wegmann HatArt Records

      L'ombre du Jour - Hans Koch

Judith Wegmann beauftragte die sieben Schweizer Komponisten Hans Koch, Daniel Andres, Luzia von Wyl, Tobias Meier, Cyrill Lim, Edu Haubensak und Kevin Juillerat/Benoît Renaudin, über ihre 2017 erschienene CD je ein Werk – quasi als Reflektion – zu komponieren.

Magnus Granberg
„Als alle Vögel sangen mein Sehnen und Verlangen“

      „Als alle Vögel sangen mein Sehnen und Verlangen“ - Magnus Granberg

Michael Pisaro
„Achilles, Socrates, Diotima “The Poem of Names, No. 2“

Michel Pisaro

      „Achilles, Socrates, Diotima “The Poem of Names, No. 2“ - Michel Pisaro

“Incunabulum” Herbal Concrete Disc 1901
Recorded 2018  –  Jacques Demierre p-spinet/Hans Koch reeds

      Track 1 - But There Were No Words

DVD – Now Available – A Film by

Davix and Karim Patwa with
Koch–Schütz–Studer and The Young Gods
See Trailer

Insub Meta Orchestra – 2nd LP “Choices & Melodies” (2018)
LP released by INSUB..

      Insub Meta Orchestra - choices & melodies _back

With: Alexis Degrenier (hurdy-gurdy) – Anna-Kaisa Meklin (viola da gamba) – Angelika Sheridan (flutes) – Antoine Läng (voice) – Anouck Genthon (violin) – Bertrand Gauguet (saxophone) – Brice Catherin (cello) – Bruno Crochet (laptop) – Christophe Berthet (saxophone) – Cyril Bondi (conduction, harmonium) – d’incise (laptop, harmonium) – Daniel Tyrrell (acoustic guitar) – Dorothea Schürch (voice) – Eric Ruffing (analog synthesizer) – Gerald Perera (electric doublebass) – Hans Koch (clarinet) – Heike Fiedler (voice) – Ivan Verda (electric guitar) – Jamasp Jhabvala (violin) – Luc Müller (floortom, melodica) – Maxime Hänsenberger (percussion, melodica) – Raphaël Ortis (laptop) – Regula Gerber (doublebass) – Rodolphe Loubatière (snare drum, melodica) – Sébastien Branche (saxophone) – Sandra Weiss (bassoon) – Steve Buchanan (saxophone) – Thierry Simonot (laptop) – Violeta Motta (flutes) – Vinz Vonlanthen (electric guitar) – Wanda Obertova (voice) – Yann Leguay (electronic)

 Insub Meta Orchestra – 1st LP ‘13 unissons’ & ‘27anothertimbre at117

Co-ordinated and composed by Cyril Bondi & d’incise Alexis Degrenier (hurdy-gurdy) – Anna-Kaisa Meklin (viola da gamba) – Angelika Sheridan (flutes) – Antoine Läng (voice) – Anouck Genthon (violin) – Bertrand Gauguet (saxophone) – Brice Catherin (cello) – Bruno Crochet (laptop) – Christophe Berthet (saxophone) – Cyril Bondi (harmonium, bass drum) – d’incise (laptop) – Daniel Tyrrell (acoustic guitar) – Dorothea Schürch (voice, singing saw) – Eric Ruffing (analogue synthesizer) – Gerald Perera (electric double bass) – Hans Koch (clarinet) – Heike Fiedler (voice) – Ivan Verda (electric guitar) – Jamasp Jhabvala (violin) – Luc Müller (floor-tom, melodica) – Maxime Hänsenberger (bowl, harmonium) – Raphaël Ortis (laptop) – Regula Gerber (double bass) – Rodolphe Loubatière (bowl, cymbal) – Sébastien Branche (saxophone) – Sandra Weiss (bassoon) – Steve Buchanan (saxophone) – Thierry Simonot (laptop) – Violeta Motta (flutes) – Vinz Vonlanthen (electric guitar) – Wanda Obertova (voice) – Yann Leguay (electronics)

You are here”Intakt Records
Fred Frith – Electric Guitar, various small objects
Hans Koch – Bass Clarinet, Soprano and Tenor Saxophones, spit

      Just a Crack - Fred Frith/Hans Koch


    Recorded At – Alchemia by – DTS Studio, Kraków

Alto Saxophone – Trevor Watts / Baritone Sax, Tenor Saxophone, Reeds – Mats Gustafsson Bass – Barry Guy / Composed By – Barry Guy (tracks: 1-2, 3-5) Percussion – Paul Lytton, Raymond Strid / Piano – Agustí Fernández / Tenor Saxophone, Soprano Saxophone – Evan Parker / Tenor Saxophone, Soprano Saxophone, Clarinet – Hans Koch /Trombone – Johannes Bauer / Trumpet – Herb Robertson / Tuba – Per-Åke Holmlander / Violin – Maya Homburger

Layout – Małgorzata Lipińska/Liner Notes – Maciej Karłowski/Liner Notes [Translation] – Philip Palmer (2)/Photography By – Krzysztof Penarski, Lars Jönsson / Producer – Marek Winiarski / Recorded By, Mixed By, Mastered By – Rafał Drewniany

Recorded during the 5th Krakow Jazz Autumn Festival, Alchemia, Kraków, Poland
November 16, 2010 (1-1 to 3-4)/November 17, 2010 (3-5)/November 18, 2010 (3-6 to 4-5)
November 19, 2010 (5-1 to 5-4)
Not Two Records ‎– MW902-2 / Format: 5 × CD, Album, Limited Edition / Poland /Mar 2013

`Social Insects` Flexion Records
Hans Koch Bcl-ss/Gaudenz Badrutt electronics
Also as Free Download

Social Insects
      Track 3 - Hans Koch & Gaudenz Badrutt
      Track 4 - Hans Koch & Gaudenz Badrutt
      Track V - Hans Koch & Gaudenz Badrutt
      Track VII - Hans Koch & Gaudenz Badrutt

“Social Insects II”
Recorded in La Voirie, Biel/Bienne 2014/Confront rec ccs 55
Bass Clarinet – Hans Koch/El – Gaudenz Badrutt / Mastered By – Giuseppe Ielasi

      Track I-Hans Koch/Gaudenz Badrutt

’Lufft’ Unit Records
Hans Koch bcl – Daniel Glaus Windynamische Orgel

      In Lufft geritzt - Daniel Glaus / Hans Koch

`Wucherungen`Herbal International
Thomas Peter el/objects – Hans Koch bcl/ss


      Track 1 - Thomas Peter / Hans Koch

’Cold Duck’ S4 Monotype Records
John Butcher / Hans Koch / Christian Kobi / Urs Leimgruber _ 4soprano saxophones

      Track 1 - John Butcher / Hans Koch / Christian Kobi / Urs Leimgruber

‘London Duos and Trios’ Intakt Records
Pat Thomas el Hans Koch Kbcl
London Duos and Trios

      Track 1 - Pat Thomas El - Hans Koch Kbcl

‘Erfolg’ Des/Pot
Hans Koch Solo


      Track 4 Bcl - Hans Koch
      Track 2 Tenor - Hans Koch

`Koch–Schütz-Studer feat. Shelley Hirsch` Intakt Records
`Walking and stumbling throug your sleep`


      Track 1 - Koch/Schütz/Studer + Shelley Hirsch - What Pushes Me Up, What Goes Down the Drain - Let It Snow

‘Roots & Wires’ Intakt Records
Koch-Schütz-Studer + M. Singe/DJ I-Sound

Roots & Wires

      Track 1 - KSS + M. Singe/Dj I-Sound
      Radio Burst - Koch-Schütz-Studer

Holz Für Europa “Comite Imaginaire” 28.04.1997

      Turn Around (Version One)

Peter van Bergen, Wolfgang Fuchs, and Hans Koch created a single spontaneous composition during a live concert in Berlin 28.04.1997.

    Conductions 143/1 143/2 – Butch Morris – January 2007

      Conduction 1432 Part 3

Ensemble Laboratorio Novamusica

Bass Clarinet – Armand Angster, Hans Koch, Peter Van Bergen, Wolfgang Fuchs
Conductor – Butch Morris (tracks: 1-1 to 1-5, 2-2 to 2-6)
Double Bass – Andrea Carlon
Drums – Peter Gallo
Ensemble – Ensemble Laboratorio Novamusica
Flute [Flutes] – Cecilia Vendrasco
Harpsichord – Carlo Carratelli (tracks: 2-1 to 2-6)
Piano – Giovanni Mancuso
Trombone – Umberto de Nigris “Barone”*
Trumpet – Ilich Fenzi
Upright Piano – Carlo Carratelli (tracks: 1-1 to 1-5)
Viola – Piergabriele Mancuso

`Uluru` Intakt Records
Hans Koch Solo


      Track 1 - Hans Koch
      Wood'N'Timbales - Kontrabass-Klarinette-Hans Koch + Bata Drum
      Last Edit La Habana - KSS wth Cuban Musicos


Ich entschloss mich, den Selbstversuch so zu gestalten, dass ich während 24 Stunden jede Stunde wiederholt drei kleine Musikstücke von ca. 2 Minuten spielen würde.
Das erste Stück ist eine ausgeschriebene Komposition von Cornelius Cardew (Mountains).
Das zweite Stück ist eine Komposition von Thelonious Monk (Gallop`s Gallop).
Das dritte Stück ist eine Improvisation mit Mehrklängen (Multiphonics).
Dies ergibt 24 Takes von ca. 6 Minuten. Ich werde nach jedem Take eine spontane Notiz (musikalische Bewertung) aufschreiben, welcher später von Gaudenz Badrutt (Supervisor) unabhängig von meinen Notizen bewertet wird.
Die Länge und das Tempo der Stücke werden nach jedem Durchgang aufgeschrieben.
Der Körperzustand, die Motivation, das Material (Blätter) und die Technik (musikalisch) werden nach jeder Aufnahme bewertet.
Die Körperwärme und der Puls werden vor und nach jeder Aufnahme neu gemessen.
Das Ganze wird zusätzlich auf Video festgehalten.

(Hans Koch)

Filmmusik – Chhota Paisa (small money) von Hans Koch/Musik + Rashmi Kaleka/Film

Chhota Paisa (small money) Pro Helvetia New Delhi is delighted to be associated with KHOJLIVE12 – an evening of live performances organised by the KHOJ International Artists’ Association and to present Chhota Paisa (small money) a collaboration between the Swiss musician, Hans Koch and the Indian artist, Rashmi Kaleka and Suchet Malhotra. Friday, 27th January, 2012 from 4:00pm to 9:30pm at BlueFROG, The Kila, Seven Style Mile, Opposite Qutub Minar, Mehrauli, New Delhi The work Chhota Paisa (small money) is a collaboration between the Swiss musician, Hans Koch and the Indian artist, Rashmi Kaleka and was commissioned by Pro Helvetia – Swiss Arts Council in 2011.