|Axel Dörner. Drawing: Geoff Winston(*)|
(Café Oto – second night of a 2-night residency – 18th June 2011. Review by Geoff Winston)
Dörner played a rarely seen ‘Firebird’ slide trumpet, with an angled bell to allow the functioning of the 4-stop short slide – the original was built for Maynard Ferguson, but that’s where all affinities with the Canadian trumpeter and bandleader begin and end.
The electronics which Dörner uses include a form of valve synthesiser which is detachable from the trumpet, plus a foot pedal for samples and other effects. The mutes were wafted in front of the trumpet bell to create air flows, and he would also move from side to side in front of the mic which caught the sounds of his exhaled breath. Muted washes and rushes served as a foil to intermittent piercing brass blasts.
Mark Sanders’ contribution on percussion was pure acoustic invention; his flattened drum rolls, light scrapings and fine brushwork set in motion Dörner’s sequences of mechanical hisses, jet engine rumbles, an unnervingly invasive aero-copter intrusion and the near silence of steam and breath. With Minton, both were seated, as if to emphasise the conscious restraint in their delivery.
(*)Image copyright Geoffrey Winston. All Rights Reserved.