John Eckhardt, Solo Double Bass.
Dec15th 2010, Sammlung Essl, Klosterneuburg / Austria.
Filmed by Karlheinz Essl.
JOHN ECKHARDT - XYLOBIONT
Among biologists, the term "Xylobiont" means "living with / by / through wood" and hints at the organic qualities of this music, which is neither strict composition nor free improvisation. In part, it builds upon Eckhardt's personal instrumental technique, which is informed by his frequent encounters with the music of Feldman, Ligeti or Xenakis as well as by his long lasting practice of improvisation. His approach is not an end in itself: he developed organic systems, whose focused observation, careful influencing and sensuous development form the substance of his contemplative music.