Fuo is an ensemble from Hamburg, Germany, playing instrumental music. A japanese jazz band of the same name can be found here: 風 Fuo. Current members are Martin Schwendemann (drums, bells, percussion), Leif Rumbke (bass, guitar, floor organ, loops, funny games) and Hanne Franzen (piano, keyboard). The name Fuo was borrowed from the abbreviation of the medical phenomenon called Fever of Unknown Origin at the beginning of band activities in spring 2006, however it is considered as an acronym by now. For the concept of Fuo, often changing personnel is as typical as very diverse musical periods of creation. Former members were also: Hannes Falk (vibraphone, guitar, musical saw, floor organ), Anne Maren Falk (violoncello, stylophone), Douglas Patton (bass, guitar, clarinet, saxophone, bassoon, noises, vibraphone), Dagmar Schwerk (violin), Christian Dreker (guitar, floor organ, vibraphone) und Natali Abhyankar (bass).
The detail loving, right now live-loop-based but relaxed basic atmosphere of Fuo is swinging, transparent and often melancholic, though it can turn surprisingly into complexity, bursting improv and noise layerings at any time. This description already underlines one of their areas of expertise: To merge ingredients, methods of composition and moods which supposedly exclude the opposite side, often in one and the same track, contrasts in dynamic and density, plus frequently changing meters, as well as mostly long lasting piece durations and the absence of verse-refrain-verse schemes of arrangement.
Material of Fuo reminds one primarily of formal elements from progressive rock, ambient and in how to start it at first or in referring to rhythm, as well from indietronica and diverse jazz styles; not unlike the principles of fusion back in the 1960s and rock in opposition in the 1970s under now modified circumstances: Standing equally beside classical (rock-)band work, you will find techniques from more conceptual art music, free or structured improvisation, excessive action of live loops, electronic gadgets and discreetly included breakbeat related, latin or asian rhythms, as well as the irascible energy from several former hardcore and noise rock projects and experimentations with dynamic or dis-/ harmonic concepts of expression, otherwise ratherly appearing in contemporary classical, serial composition, respectively avant-garde.
The first longplayer of Fuo, Shmuzzle, was recorded and mixed down in january 2007 by multi instrumentalist Daniel Gädicke from Xrfarflight. The second album, Anachron, packaged in a nice 5,25"-floppy disk, was produced by Fuos bass and reeds player and Helgoland member Douglas Patton in 2009. While already exploring orchestral possibilities in shape of a noise art duo since 2011, in early 2012 Fuo released its third record, Resource: Once again produced by Daniel Gädicke and packaged in a hand hammered and individually numbered metal case. All three records are distributed - as so many indie productions - on diy basis, by Fuo itself. Vinyl versions and a fourth album are in the plannings. Nowadays, Fuo appears as a trio.
Former and contemporary music projects of those involved include: Helgoland, The Chickenoisette Splat'n'Death Boutique, Cuda, Mehr Wut, K.C. McKanzie, Marvin, Kehrsaite, Karg, Miep, Deceptive Silence, Asmodinas Leichenhaus, Eschede, Bluthusten Unplugged, Rubikon and Little Rubikon, Tsunami, Kochenmitglas, Low End Models, Zeroid, Nexus 7, Emmy Moll, Gemuesebuerger, Allie Total Blam Blam, Proof, Digger Barnes, Lowbot, Confused.
Fuo Website: http://fuofuo.net
Fuo Myspace: http://myspace.com/fuofuo
Fuo Discogs: http://discogs.com/artist/fuo
Fuo Soundcloud: http://soundcloud.com/fuo
Fuo Bandcamp: http://fuofuo.bandcamp.com/
Fuo Facebook: http://facebook.com/fuomusic
Fuo Indiepedia: http://indiepedia.de/index.php?title=fuo
Fuo Youtube: http://www.youtube.com/user/fuofuofuofuofuo
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