THE HELIOPOLAR EGG ~ HELIOPOLIS ’72 / KARACHI ’75

LP (180 Gram)
Original Artwork by Michael Ranta
Numbered & signed edition of 25 ex.
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Date of Release: TBA

Hartmut Geerken is an artist and arts organizer. As a percussionist, he has collaborated with a variety of free jazz musicians such as Sun Ra, John Tchicai, Sainkho Namtchylak. As a poet, he is a practitioner of concrete poetry and organizes events such as the annual Bielefeld New Poetry Colloquium. As an actor, he appeared in six films by Herbert Achternbusch and appeared in two of Achternbusch’s plays at the Munich Kammerspiele. From 1991–1992, he held the Chair of Poetics at the Folkwang Hochschule in Essen.

Geerken studied orientalism, philosophy, German studies and comparative religion in Tübingen and Istanbul, and produced a dissertation on Hellmut Ritter. He gave German language courses in Turkey for the first Turkish guest workers planning to go to Germany. As an employee at the Goethe Institute, he lived in Cairo from 1966–1972, in Kabul from 1972–1979, and in Athens from 1979–1983. Since then he has lived in Herrsching am Ammersee. Hartmut Geerken Website

Michael Ranta Percussionist/composer Michael Ranta (US, 1942) is a key figure in the world of contemporary avant garde music. He studied composition with a.o. Lejaren Hiller and Herbert Brün, recorded and performed in all Harry Partch productions between 1960 and 1968. In the late 60’s he moved to Cologne and worked with Lachenmann, Kagel, Stockhausen, Riedl… In 1970 he took part in the Osaka World Expo as member of Stockhausen’s ensemble. Ranta lived in Taiwan from 1972 till 1979 where he taught music history and percussion. Meanwhile he performed with a.o. Takehisa Kosugi, Toshi Ichiyanagi, Toru Takemitsu and worked in the electronic music broadcast studio in Tokyo (NHK). He was also part of the ephemeral group ‘Wired’ with Mike Lewis, Karl-Heinz Böttner and Conny Plank that only did one single studio session resulting in that legendary LP on the ‘Free Improvisation’ box set on the Deutsche Grammophon. In the mid 70’s Ranta performed intensively with Hartmut Geerken all over Asia and North Africa. Back in Germany Ranta formed the percussion group Transit, worked with Jean Claude Eloy and also provided music for theatre, dance and documentary film. Ranta privately released a couple of intriguing solo albums through Asian Sound which is also the company he founded specializing in distribution of Oriental percussion instruments. Since 2010 Belgian label Metaphon has been releasing major works from his archive including the highly acclaimed ‘MU’ sessions with Mike Lewis and Conny Plank. Michael Ranta is one of those rare composers able to organically melt his wide artistic span into a singular but yet diverse universe morphing his rich vocabulary as a percussionist with the Oriental esoteric tradition, the psychedelic underground and the realm of electronic/concrete minimalism. Michael Ranta Website

program notes of cairo 1972
program notes of cairo 1972

A Side
-February 13, 1972, House of Hartmut Geerken, Heliopolis, Eqypt 18:43
B Side
-May 10, 1975 Live at USIS, Karachi, Pakistan 06:57
-February 15, 1972 Live at Goethe Institute, Cairo, Eqypt 11:45

A1 & B1 are: Hartmut Geerken, Michael Ranta
A Side Very first meeting between Geerken & Ranta
Instrumentation: Sun Ra’s Sun Harp, Argool, Zummarah, Singing Tube, Violin, Temple Blocks, Swarmandal, Piano, Piano Strings, Mbira, Percussion Environment, Hamboning.

B2 are: Hartmut Geerken, Michael Ranta, Hubertus von Puttkamer, Omar El-Hakim
Instrumentation: Piano, Piano Strings, Prepared Piano, Argool, Sun Ra’s Sun Harp, Flute, Pan Flute, Gitare, Drums, Short Wave, Brummtopf, Percussion Environment, Prepared Tape

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Artwork Description:
Prints of paintings by Wayne Jacob (Michael Ranta)
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