Thomas Lehn














TOOT photo b/w

Phil Minton (London) • voice
Axel Dörner (Berlin) • trumpet
Thomas Lehn (Vienna) • analogue synthesizer


'In TOOT, founded in May 1998, we find the singing legend Phil Minton and the almost one generation younger Axel Dörner, trumpet, and Thomas Lehn, analogue synthesizer - at present two of the most in demand German musicians in the field of contemporary improvised music.'

Electroacoustic music in the word by word sense, improvised with a sense for the unequal timelyness of density and emptiness, performed as dialectic of tension and release. Very largely, this micro micro music', writes the Cologne music journalist Felix Klopotek about the music of TOOT, a trio in which the spectacular British vocal artist Phil Minton meets two musicians of the recent generation of the German improvied music scene. Axel Dörner, born 1964, began his musical career with the piano study, before he changed to the trumpet at the beginning of the 90's. Since he moved to Berlin in 1994, he is as one of the most in demand trumpeter in Germany involved in an immense number of most different projects. Rooted in his background of being an interpreting and improvising pianist since many years, since the beginning 90ies Thomas Lehn works in the field of live electronic music using analogue synthesizers from the late sixties, which allow a direct access to the elements of the electronic sound synthesis and an extremely spontaneous interacting. Phil Minton began his artistic career first as trumpeter already in the middle of the 60's in the orchestra of Mike Westbrook, however soon appeared as vocalist and one of the expression-strongest and most famous improvisors of the European scene.

Since with the upcoming of Free Jazz in the sixties the musical sound was been expanded among other things into the field noise, the musicians thereby operated also a 'cult of the intensity'. This is not to be found in its original pure form in TOOT, appears however break-through-transcended, as a temporary, needle-eye-expressionistic contrast settings, embedded in the environment of sensitive and fragile creations of sounds of three musicians, whose individual creations of sound merge into one another and thus hardly are to be perceived still as voice, trumpet or synthesizer.

Nearly inaudible music streams through the real time-composed textures: air breaths out of a trumpet without forming a tone, and from a mouth, which gives stridulatory, groaning, hissing, howling, bubbling sounds of itself. Minton, the miracle of voice, can immitate each noise of its colleagues, also those 20 Hz tones and other sound substances of Lehns analogue synthesizer, whose electronic sounds are able to bridge the contradiction between technology and nature.

Like coincidentally developing rhythms disappear fast again in the nothing. The poetry of this music lies in its fragility....

CD Releases

released in 2005 on Norwegian label SOFA

released in 2008 on British label another timbre

Further informations, biographies:
Phil Minton
Axel Dörner
Thomas Lehn