"'If there ever was a battle', says Christof Kurzmann, ,it must have been the one between the guitar and the computer.' Burkhard Stangl's guitar - even an acoustic one - and Kurzmann's laptop seem not to have realized they might as well have had a problem with each other. By the way of contrast this is an almost frightening accordance. Wandering through simultaneously strangely known and intimately unexplored imaginary landscapes, the duo evokes some kind of a ,Cinéma pour l'oreille'." (Christian Scheib/curator musikprotokoll im steirischen herbst)
After knowing each other for many years, Burkhard Stangl and Christof Kurzmann started "Schnee" in 1999. They went into Vienna's Amann studios and recorded a cd with 4 tracks that was released by erstwhile records. Their first album, inspired by moviefavorites as well as by Robert Walser´s poetic meditations, sat the prismatic splendor including its smallest facets and compact crystal worlds to music and created great response within the improvised music world because of its, by that time very rare, correspondence of acoustic guitar and electronic sound manipulation. So the duo continued their work with concerts played in Austria, Germany, Poland, Italy, Slovenia and the Netherlands and tours in China and Japan. At the same time they started to experiment with their new approach within so called "new" or "improvised" music, to incorporate songformat and pop vocals into their compositions. These experiments led to the recording of a second album, "Schnee Live", which again was highly acclaimed within th e community. Besides further concerts in Austria, Germany, Spain, Southafrica and the U.S. and various cooperation's with Irene Laviña, Taku Sugimoto, Gunter Schneider, Barbara Romen, Andrea Neumann, Annette Krebs, Kai Fagschinski, Klaus Filip and others. Schnee meanwhile can be called one of the longest working groups within improvised music and one of their most intriguing, yet still experimenting formations.
In 2002 both co-founded a "pop" quintet called "The Year Of" together with Bernhard Fleischmann, Martin Siewert and Werner Dafeldecker, which by now recorded two albums on the german electronica label morr music.
Schnee - "That's what Paul Celan's lyricism would sound like if it was music not language." (Wiener Zeitung)
Christof Kurzmann, born in vienna/austria, presently lives in berlin/germany (european winter in buenos aires). Musician between electropop, improvisation and "new music". Sometimes soloist, he prefers to be part of an collective or an working group. Concerts in all continents with the exception of Australia. Organizer of various events in the music- and media-genre. Labelowner of the small independent label "charhizma" - at present out of work. Conscient objector of military- and civil-service, he still is politicly active and/or interested. He likes to travel, go to the cinemas and concerts, likes to read, even emails and messages. (But he doesn´t reply all the time)
Bands: B.Fleischmann & C.Kurzmann, My Kingdom For A Lullaby, The Magic I.D., The Year Of, 4 Rooms, qmince, Hammerriver
Most recent musical partners: John Butcher, Eden Carrasco, Werner Dafeldecker, Michaela Grill, Kai Fagaschinski, Margareth Kammerer, Billy Roisz, Marina Rosenfeld, Martin Siewert, Michael Thieke, Ken Vandermark, Ami Yoshida, ...
Burkhard Stangl, composer/performer, guitar *1960, lives in Vienna. Studies: classical guitar, later mostly electric guitar; cultural anthropology, musicology (thesis about the effects of the phonograph on cultural anthropology); founder of the advanced jazz ensemble Ton.Art (1985-1995) and the new music chamber ensemble Maxixe (1991), solo works, former member of Polwechsel, member of efzeg, trio with Dieb 13 & Billy Roisz (eh). Compositions for choir, piano, chamber music; opera-project "Venusmond" together with the poet Oswald Egger. Performed and recorded with John Butcher, Gene Coleman, Werner Dafeldecker, efzeg, Uchihashi Kazuhisa, Olga Neuwirth, Gunter Schneider, Taku Unami and others.
Cds on hatART, Random Acoustics, morr music, extraplatte, durian records, knitting factory works, quell rec, erstwhile etc.