Olaf Rupp - electric guitar
Rudi Fischerlehner - drums
Release date: July 2016
The cooperation between Olaf Rupp and Rudi Fischerlehner dates back to the year 2010: in different line ups – above all as a trio with Matthias Müller under the name RMF – they perform at many relevant festivals of Jazz and New Music such as Saalfelden, Ulrichsberg and Elbjazz Hamburg and publish two albums, TAM and TINGTINGK.
In 2014 the two play their first festival appearance as a duo in Aarhus, Denmark. A recording of the concert is published as a CD and is highly received by the media as “furious” and as “one of Rupp’s great moments” with “softly flowing layers” of “tempo and riot”, “the grunge, the Noise, the Stick and the Swamp” adding all the different flavours to the stew.
Barely two years later Rupp and Fischerlehner, now running under the name XENOFOX, present their first studio album HUNDRED BEGINNINGS. A large number of concerts at venues as different as Berlin’s squat bar Schokoladen, German avantgarde institutions in Bielefeld and Schorndorf or the honorable Kaleidophon in Ulrichsberg, Austria as well as an intense period of rehearsal and research were ideal opportunities for the duo to adapt their ears and instincts to each other and to focus and finetune their musical visions.
The result is an album of Improvised Music with a very unique character and a modern sound and concept, which is questioning official historiography and opening up new directions. „This can get quite loud sometimes, has a nice energy“ and „it refers to Rock Music and to Freejazz both at the same time“. To say the least.
(Quotes are taken from Bad Alchemy, freiStil and OÖ Nachrichten)
"There‘s a dense interplay and often surprising changes in structure and sound – almost complete silence, buzzing, squeaking, chiming percussion, alt rock crescendos à la Sonic Youth and prolonged reverbs... Xenofox’s debut is a beautiful album full of filigree detail, unexpected contrasts and varied moods."
Martin Schray, freejazzblog.org
"Alles fließt. Panther, Reh... Von leichter Hand gelingt das Neue, das Frische, das Unerwartete. Avantgarde mit viel Soul."