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Mind Like Water

Sophie Hassfurther, Oguz Büyükberber: Mind Like Water


My next album entitled Mind Like Water will be released in March. Mind like water refers to a zen analogy. To me it boils down to: water responds intuitively, follows its path even when there are obstacles and immediately afterwards regains its original state.

I would love to say that I live this much in the present, but as life has it, this state of mind is rather rare. I find it great however to get back to the analogy, when there is distraction and too much noise from my various obligations. Deal with whatever is there, and move on.

Mastering will always be very a delicate part of finishing a recording. It is a process of listening, fine-tuning and listening again. But only when you are in the Now, the outcome will matter. Ollmann of Feedback Studios did a super nice job. His input was and is invaluable to this production. I keep listening back to the recording. Is there something to improve about the song order? Do i hear every note clearly? Is the room live? Is there something in the mastering that needs more adjusting?


As little as mind like water applies to my everyday life, the analogy is very much applicable for my life in music especially for improvised music. When you improvise, alone or with others, there will always be musical and nonmusical distraction. Non musical distractions are self explanatory, I would think. Musical distraction is when the music takes you places you did not expect. When you respond intuitively, when you are “in the zone”, great things can happen.

Some tunes still need a title. Interesting to note that the great majority of musician friends I have, find it hard to give their instrumental pieces a title. Then again, it is no wonder, that for centuries composers used mainly terms that refer to the form and often overall character of the piece. Take Sonata, a specific form of a composition, meaning a piece played – as opposed to sung – or Passacaglia, originally a Spanish folk dance, later used as musical form of a serious character in triple meter, or Air, a song form going back to the Italian vocal composition called aria.

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Mind like water. Well, sometimes.

Hassfurther / Büyükberber: Mind Like Water


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Spirals and stacked triads

Just got the first draft of a book my dear friend and musical partner Oğuz Büyükberber is writing. Triads and scales are spiraling in my head!

Heute Abend im Blue Tomato!

@Mario Vavti , Hannes Enzlberger und ich heute Abend um 20:30 im Blue Tomato


SophieSophie wrote the following post Mon, 22 Oct 2018 13:26:05 +0200
t.o.n. in Vienna
Nach mehrjähriger Schaffenspause tritt das Trio Hassfurther/Vavti/Enzlberger, alias t.o.n. (Telefonzellenorchester Nonntal, Trio ohne Namen, Tricentric organized nerds, Tiramisu ohne Nussfülle…), wieder in Aktion. Viele neue Songs sind inzwischen entstanden, und so präsentieren die drei ein funkelnagelneues Programm in bewährt lässiger Manier – Ausflüge in die französische Filmmusik nicht ausgeschlossen. Chill-out-chamber-music im Geiste der Großen Ungereiztheit.

Sophie Hassfurther – Sax
Mario Vavti – Posaune
Hannes Enzlberger – Bass

22. November, 20:30
Blue Tomato
Wurmsergasse 21, 1150 Wien

Aeolian Chord

Researching extended techniques for harp to write a piece for harp and recorder with the Greek myth of Aeolus/Odysseus in mind. Guess what, there is a technique called Aeolian Chord on the harp! 😉

This Friday in Salzburg

Take The A-Train Festival
Hotel Hohenstaufen
2018-09-14 18:30

Hassfurther Büyükberber Duo
by Sophie Hassfurther on Vimeo

Greetings world!

Greetings from my favorite work space




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I have to say is quite ok to have your lunch break from rehearsing in the refreshingly cool cafeteria of Landestheater Salzburg…


Das Instrumentarium / The Instruments

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Premiere am Sonntag 27. Mai


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Favorite Duo Records, Day 5

!Anima Jazz

This is day five of five. My last recommendation for the dear fediverse community.

Gil Evans Steve Lacy Paris Blues
Gil Evans piano, electric piano
Steve Lacy sax
Recorded 1987, released 1988 on Owl Records.

The record was rated 1,5 on AllMusic, user rating is at 4,5 of five stars.

Gil Evans & Steve Lacy – Paris Blues


From the eponymous album

Favorite Duo Records, Day 4

!Anima Jazz

Steve Coleman Dave Holland: Phase Space
Steve Coleman sax
Dave Holland bass
Recorded 1991, released 1992 on DIW

Dave Holland & Steve Coleman (Duo) "Syzygy"


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