Reform Art Unit, The

Also known as R.A.U., Reform Art Unit
Members of Reform Art Unit, The: Franz Koglmann, Fritz Novotny, Giselher Smekal, Heinz Jäger, Joseph Traindl, Karl Wilhelm Krbavac, Muhammad Malli, Paul Fields, Peter Wolf (3), Sepp Mitterbauer

Discography of Reform Art Unit, The:

# Release title Total tracks Type of release is Imprint date Label
1 For John Coltrane And Pablo Picasso 4 Audio 1996 Voves Productions
2 The Reform Art Unit With Alaeddin Adlernest 5 Audio 1977 Kovarik's Musikothek
3 Vienna Jazz Avantgarde 6 Audio 1971
4 Illumination 4 Audio 1995 InRespect
5 Subway Performance 2 Audio 1994 Granit Records (2)
6 Darjeeling 3 Audio 1970 WM Produktion
7 Reform Art Unit 3 Audio RAU Records
8 The Garden - Suite For Drago Prelog 17 Audio 2011 Art Records (5)

Founded in December 1965 by [a=Fritz Novotny], his wife Kristin, [a=Sepp Mitterbauer] and [a=Muhammad Malli], this pioneering Vienna based improvistional jazz collective saw the contribution of more than 200 musicians over 4 1/2 decades, many of them giants of free & avant-garde jazz like [a=Carla Bley], [a=Don Cherry], [a=Sunny Murray] or [a=Michael Mantler], some of them rock session musicians like [a=Peter Wolf (3)] or [a=Paul Fields].

Over the long timespan, elements of chamber music and Eastern European folklore were also incorporated.

The Reform Art Unit is also associated with the Viennese School For Free Improvisation.

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