The German-Canadian improvised music trio Hübsch Martel Zoubek—featuring Carl Ludwig Hübsch on tuba, Pierre-Yves Martel on modular synthesizer and viola da gamba, and Philip Zoubek on prepared piano—is preparing to release a fifth album, with special guest Tiziana Bertoncini on violin. Recorded at the Loft in Köln in September 2023, the live concert recording will be out in the fall.

In the meantime, you can listen to the trio's previous releases on Bandcamp

The Chorales Revisited

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In May 2024, a film score project I was working on was delayed, leaving me with unexpected free time. Knowing I would be scoring for viola da gamba and harmonium, I began recording various ideas to prepare for the work ahead. One of these ideas happened to be J.S. Bach’s chorale "Ach Gott, vom Himmel sieh darein" ("Oh God, Look Down from Heaven"). This sparked a creative surge, leading me to arrange and adapt several of his chorales. A week later, the album you see here was completed.

Since my adolescence, the music of J.S. Bach has been a constant companion, especially his instrumental works like the Goldberg Variations, Brandenburg Concertos, his sonatas for violin or viola da gamba, and of course, his six cello suites. With so many exceptional recordings of his music, I often wondered how I could bring something new to this rich tradition. I decided to proceed by way of subtraction, paring down the music to its essence.

Consequently, in certain arrangements, only the melody from the hymn is used, leaving little of Bach's original harmonic structure. Nevertheless, I first heard these melodies in Bach’s chorales, and for me, he is nowhere as present as in these hymns. In recognition of this, I offer these recordings under his name.

Though it came to me suddenly, it seems this album has been slowly forming over time. I hope you find joy in listening to it.