M.Schedel, from the Computer Music Journal

Ulrich Maiss and Butch Rovan...used gesture to great effect in their works. With Mr. Maiss on cello and Mr. Rovan on bass clarinet the audience had a great time listening to two European free-jazz influenced works. They had a lot of fun onstage together in Return of the Habaneros at points playing air cello and air clarinet... I thought this was one of the best performances.



Ulrich Maiss [cello, electronics], born in Düsseldorf, lives in Reiffenhausen, Germany. He works with Lou Reed, Zülfü Livaneli, Joseph "Butch" Rovan, ChillFactor 5, Lynn Miles, Alexander Veljanov, Theodor Franck, Element Of Crime and wortfront, to name but a few. Well known as a performer of contemporary European chamber music, he has also performed with various rock and folk acts throughout Northern Europe, Greece and Turkey. His solo projects in the field of experimental music led him to Japan, the U.S. and Canada. Visit his site.

Butch Rovan [clarinets, electronics] is a media artist and performer at Brown University, where he co-directs MEME (Multimedia & Electronic Music Experiments). Prior to joining Brown he directed CEMI at the University of North Texas, and was a compositeur en recherche at IRCAM. Rovan has received prizes from the Bourges International Electroacoustic Music Competition, the Berlin Transmediale International Media Arts Festival, and his work has appeared throughout Europe and the U.S. Most recently his interactive installation Let us imagine a straight line was featured in the 14th WRO International Media Art Biennale, Poland.