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03-07-1964 - current


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Cor Fuhler

When Cor Fuhler (Barger-Oosterveld, 3 July 1964) moves from the province of Drenthe to Amsterdam, he is mainly a pianist. He does, however, have a preference for odd and special sounds, and he soon starts playing inside the piano, preparing it Cage-style and using mallets, ebows (a kind of ...
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Biography Cor Fuhler

When Cor Fuhler (Barger-Oosterveld, 3 July 1964) moves from the province of Drenthe to Amsterdam, he is mainly a pianist. He does, however, have a preference for odd and special sounds, and he soon starts playing inside the piano, preparing it Cage-style and using mallets, ebows (a kind of electronic bow) and other objects. He starts looking for obscure electronic organs, harpsichords and other unusual keyboard instruments. He builds his own so-called 'keyolin', a violin that can be played with keys. He uses all these keyboards on his own groups, such as the chamber-like ensemble Carduelis Carduelis, the trio Fuhler/Bennink/De Joode, the Cortet and the larger Corkestra. His interest in analog synthesizers and electronics (sometimes combined with acoustic instruments) has an outlet in the duo with Gert Jan Prins, The Flirts, and the international electronics orchestra MIMEO, of which he has been a member since 1997. He currently leads a new improv group, Pluk de Dag, in which he plays the guitar.

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Palinckx   toetsinstrumenten

1983 - 1989

Whilst still at the Amsterdam conservatory Cor Fuhler starts some groups of his own: a trio (with Jan Hans Berg, double bass and Martin van Duynhoven, drums) and the chamber-like quintet Wakker op Zee. This features Fuhler (piano and harmonium), Paul Pallesen (guitar), Arjen de Graaf (viola) , Misha Kool (double bass) and Panc Daalder (marimba).


Fuhler forms the sextet Canabina Canabina, with trombonist Joost Buis, oboist Eduard Wesley (later Maud Sauer), violinist Alison Isadora, synthesizer player Michiel Scheen and double bassist Jan Nijdam. To steer clear of the hash connotations he changes the name to Carduelis Carduelis, and takes clarinettist Ab Baars in the group to replace Maud Sauer. In this line-up the ensemble continues until 1996. In 1994 they perform a suite, commissioned by the province of Drenthe, for which singer Jannie Pranger is added to the ensemble.


The Amsterdam Bimhuis's artistic director, Huub van Riel, invites Cor Fuhler to participate in the second October Meeting. Here he plays with a quartet he himself assembles, with cellist Tristan Honsinger, double bassist Maarten Altena and drummer Wim Janssen.


With singer Han Buhrs, double bassist Wilbert de Joode and drummer Michael Vatcher Fuhler forms the new collective group Diftong, which also performs during the Podiumprijs award ceremony for Buhrs in the Amsterdam Bimhuis. For this occasion Buhrs invites American trombonist George Lewis as a special guest with the quartet.


Brothers Jacq (guitar) and Bert Palinckx (bass) take Cor Fuhler into their band Palinckx. The Naked Girls From Tilburg is the quintet's first CD, with trombonist Joost Buis and drummer Jim Meneses. The Psychedelic Years and Border – Live in Zürich are to follow, before Fuhler leaves the group in 1997.


The trio Fuhler/Bennink/De Joode is formed and produces a first CD, Zilch, in very limited edition on Fuhler's own Conundrom label in 1998. In the same year a second CD, Bellagram, follows. This receives wider distribution through the Geestgronden label. In 2002 a third one appears: Tinderbox, for DATA Records. The trio performs widely in the Netherlands, but also at international festivals, such as Moers (Germany), Nickelsdorf (Austria), Bologna (Italy), Toronto, Calgary and Vancouver (Canada).


An avid gamelan fan, Fuhler writes both the script and the music for a musical drama, Wayang Detective, for gamelan, improvisors and a wayang player.


The international MIMEO orchestra takes Fuhler on board. Here he combines the acoustic piano with analog live electronics. The only other Dutchman in the band is Gert Jan Prins, with whom he strikes up a regular partnership.


In flutist Anne La Berge and percussionist Steve Heather Fuhler finds two like-minded musicians regarding the use of electronics in combination with acoustic instruments. The threesome start a concert series in Amsterdam, dubbed Kraakgeluiden (the name is a word play, since the verb 'kraken' in Dutch means both 'making a crackling noise' en 'squatting', since all concerts take place in Amsterdam squats).


With Wilbert de Joode, Eric Boeren, Tobias Delius and Wolter Wierbos he starts the musicians' collective Stichting dOeK (de Oefening de Kunst – Practice & Art). The foundation aims at promoting improvised music, and organizing an annual festival where dOeK members present their own groups, and engage in (ad hoc) collaborations with international improvisors. With Gert Jan Prins (who mainly experiments with the sonic possibilities of 'badly' tuned radios and television sets) Fuhler forms the electronics duo The Flirts. They tour the US, Australia and New Zealand. The American label Erstwhile Records releases their first eponymous CD.


The Cortet (featuring saxophonist John Butcher, synthesizer player Thomas Lehn and harpist Rhodri Davies) tries to achieve an idiom that resembles electronic music, largely using acoustic instruments. Their recording debut HHHH is released by the Unsounds label. The larger Corkestra also uses acoustic instruments, and combines woodwinds (flutist Anne La Berge and reed players Tobias Delius and Ab Baars), strings (guitarist Andy Moor, cymbalom player Nora Mulder and double bassist Wilbert de Joode) and percussion (Tony Buck and Michael Vatcher). The nonet records an eponymous CD, which DATA Records releases in 2004.



Japanese guitarist and band leader Otomo Yoshide asks Fuhler to join his large New Jazz Orchestra, again combining acoustic instruments and electronics. Fuhler records two CDs with the group, ONJO, and Out To Lunch (with recreations of the music of Eric Dolphy).


In the group Het Kabinet Cor Fuhler assembles a set of musicians playing slightly obsolete instruments. Aleks Kolkowski plays the Stroh-violin, an instrument with a kind of horn attached to it. Frank van Bommel seats himself behind an harmonium, Jacq Palinckx plays the lute, and Michael Vatcher the glass harmonica. The group performs at the dOeK Festival # 5½ . Recordings made there are released by Fuhler on his own Conundrom label.


Cor Fuhler assembles a trio with German (slide) trumpet player Axel Dörner and Australian harpist Clare Cooper for the dOeK Festival # 6. The group continues as Crax, en in 2008 Fuhler releases a first short CD on his Conundrom label.


To express his love for strings, Cor Fuhler founds a new quartet, Pluk de Dag. In this he himself takes up the guitar, Nora Mulder plays cymbalom, Oscar Jan Hoogland electric clavichord and Wilbert de Joode double bass.

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