”uproot” is an improvised music formation based in Berlin.
The group exists in two incarnations: “uproot trio” is an electroacoustic trio consisting of Ganesh Anandan (IN/CA) on shruti stick and microtonal metallophones, Kriton Beyer (GR/DE) on harmonium and objects and Marcello Lussana (IT) on live electronics. The trio works with the use of both the natural sounds of the acoustic instruments as well as with preparation of these instruments, the use of objects and extended techniques. The interplay of the two acoustic musicians is linked and fused with the use of live electronics, creating a sonic hall of mirrors where the beginning and the end of any sound merge and the sound source begins gradually to disappear. Faint harmonic shapes shine through dense clusters of sound, complex rhythms are subtly woven into organic soundscapes, elusive microtonal structures fade gently in and out, sounds fade to noise and back to sound again and create a world of surreal sonic phantom images.
“uproot duo” consists of Ganesh Anandan on shruti stick and microtonal metallophones and Kriton Beyer on daxophone. The sound of the duo is distinctively different than that of the “uproot trio”: The acoustic dimension of the music is more evident here and the music more direct without the extensive use of electronic audio processing that is characteristic for the trio.
Ganesh uses a wide variety of percussive instruments, self-built microtonally tuned metallophones and the shruti stick that blend surprisingly well with Kriton’s daxophone and his electronic toys that function so very differently regarding every musical aspect: The sound is more organic and the two musicians and their instruments complement each other perfectly in sound, timbre and texture, in skillful play and in savvy real-time composition.