Mann im Fahrstuhl (The Man in the Elevator)

Mann im Fahrstuhl (The Man in the Elevator)

by Heiner MüllerHeiner Müller


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Using the texts of playwright Heiner Muller and collecting a wide range of imaginative musicians, Heiner Goebbels constructed a fascinating music-theater piece that mixes languages and musical styles. The text, read and sung by Arto Lindsay, concerns the thoughts and fears of an employee summoned to his boss' office and has something of a Brazil-like aura about it. Perhaps coincidentally, Lindsay interjects some Brazilian songs into the proceedings. But the highlight is the performance by this stellar ensemble, ranging from free to punkishly tinged jazz-rock to quasi-African. There are outstanding contributions from guitarist Fred Frith, trombonist George Lewis, and the late Don Cherry on trumpet, voice, and the African hunter's guitar known as the doussn'gouni. Goebbels brews a rich stew of overlapping languages and styles in a dense matrix that creates an appropriate feeling of angst, but never loses a sly sense of humor. If anything, some of The Man in the Elevator is reminiscent of Carla Bley's better work and fans of hers as well as curious rock listeners should have no problem enjoying this one.

Product Details

Release Date: 05/23/2000
Label: Ecm Import
UPC: 0042283711020
catalogNumber: 837110
Rank: 68985

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Heiner Müller   Primary Artist
Don Cherry   Trumpet,Vocals,Voices,Doussn'gouni
George Lewis   Trombone
Heiner Goebbels   Synthesizer,Piano
Ned Rothenberg   Bass Clarinet,Saxophone
Arto Lindsay   Guitar,Vocals,Voices
Fred Frith   Bass,Guitar
Charles Hayward   Drums,Metal Percussion,Metal Objects
Ernst Stötzner   Vocals,Voices

Technical Credits

Don Cherry   Composer
Heiner Goebbels   Arranger,Programming,Producer
Manfred Eicher   Producer
Charles Hayward   Contributor
Mike McMackin   Engineer
Dieter Rehm   Artwork,Cover Design
Ary Barroso   Composer
Cartola   Composer
Peter Fey   Engineer
Mike Krebs   Cover Photo
Henschelverlag Kunst   translation
Gisbert Lackner   Engineer
Reinhard Zwierlein   Engineer
Mort Green   Composer
Heiner Müller   Composer

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