mono.kultur #26 is dedicated to Manfred Eicher, the mastermind behind the highly prestigious jazz and classic label ECM Records. Founded in 1969, ECM have by now released more than 1,000 albums, many of which were produced by Eicher personally.
Based in Munich, ECM has a long history of reviving and tirelessly promoting the avant-garde of contemporary Jazz, hosting the likes of Keith Jarrett, Jan Garbarek or Pat Metheny. At a time when Jazz was on its wane, ECM introduced a decidedly European notion to this primarily American genre, exploring new sound and different approaches to a stagnating phenomenon.
In 1984, Eicher expanded into contemporary classical music with his line ECM New Series, releasing seminal works by Arvo Pärt or Steve Reich. Both imprints have changed the face of their respective genres forever, due to the audacious release schedule, the high production standards and the aesthetic appearance of the label. All aspects attest to the personal touch of a relentlessly perfectionist visionary.
In a high-minded and challenging conversation, Manfred Eicher talked with mono.kultur about sound, silence and everything inbetween.
Interview by Bernd Kuchenbeiser
Introduction by Kai von Rabenau
Artwork courtesy of ECM Records
Design by Atelier Bernd Kuchenbeiser
- Mono. Kultur #26: Manfred Eicher
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