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Trapist, a Vienna based trio, is Joe Williamson on bass, Martin Siewert on guitar, and Martin Brandlmayr on drums. The group formed when a friend, Silvia Faessler, invited them to play a concert at the Rhiz in Vienna. That concert and their first meeting became their debut CD on Hat Hut. It was not until several weeks after this first meeting when the group decided to continue working together and came up with their name. The name came from the Trappist fraternity whose devotion is demonstrated by their silence. Restraint is a key word in the Trapist musical vocabulary, thus the name felt like a good fit. They dropped a “p” allowing the word to also make an obtuse reference to trapez, the German word for the free flowing trapeze. Ballroom, their first studio album, was recorded on May 2nd 2002 at Amann Studios in Vienna. The basic tracks were all improvisations (as are their live shows to a high degree). Trapist then brought the recording to their home studios where they overdubbed and drastically edited using instruments including a vibraphone, a collection of analog synthesizers and modulators, as well as a few software-based treatments.

The trio is a group of experienced improvisers who collectively like to explore and question familiar surroundings and contexts for both art and music. They think not only about melodic and emotional elements of music but additionally look at structures and forms. Although the group is relatively young, they already have as individuals an impressive musical resume. Bassist Williamson has collaborated with [/


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  • Metaknite

    it's okay

    28 Oct 2013 Reply
  • IAmDillin

    any album with Brandlmayr & Siewert is gold!

    23 Sep 2013 Reply
  • bloodmaw

    new album is great

    11 May 2012 Reply
  • panmaki86

    ney.volume, transclumber...

    30 Jun 2011 Reply
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  • gigotdagneau

    It seams that there are 7 breweries aloud to use the trappist label. 6 in Belgium (Achel, Westvleteren, Westmalle, Chimay, Orval and Rochefort) and one in the Netherlands (La Trappe).

    3 Jan 2010 Reply
  • nadirauxpommes

    First album is awesome.

    4 Jan 2009 Reply
  • jaakperquy

    trappist, being a label for bear, made by monniks in a monnestry. Only 6 breweries (worldwide) can have that label 5 from Belgium ( 3 flanders , 2 wallonia) and one from Holland (the Netherlands); I wish ostrean music groups would have the right to call them trappist. I would drink to that.

    18 Mar 2008 Reply
  • jaakperquy

    Van z'n sokken gereden... Flemish variant of the dutch concept: being blown out of he's shoes... Wham! Great!

    18 Mar 2008 Reply

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