Burkhard Beins - percussion
Polwechsel formed in 1993, initially as an all Austrian quartet of Michael Moser, Werner Dafeldecker,
Burkhard Stangl and trombonist Radu Malfatti. When Malfatti left in 1997, the British saxophonist John Butcher joined
them to record Polwechsel 2 and 3, and also Wrapped Islands (with Christian Fennesz as a guest).
In 2004 guitarist Burkhard Stangl left the group and two percussionists joined them, Martin Brandlmayr from Vienna and
Burkhard Beins from Berlin. During a residency at Berlin's Tesla this quintet has recorded
Archives of the North in 2006. After recording another CD with John Tilbury (released in 2009) John Butcher
has decided to leave the group in late 2007. This has turned Polwechsel
into a quartet again.
Traces Of Wood (CD 2013) consists of four pieces, one by each group member, while their 2015 vinyl release Untitled (No.7) presents collective real-time compositions. Their 2020 CD Unseen features Klaus Lang on church organ. Polwechsel works with compositions, improvisation and the ambiguity of these methods.
Latest CD: Polwechsel & Klaus Lang: Unseen (2020) on HAT HUT
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