The music of DRIFT is noisy, harsh, imperfect, sometimes complex, magic, rhythm-driven, always awake, active. All kinds of drifts, of being-driven-by or driving, are being explored.
Hübsch's roots, punk, rock and brass music are inspiration for the compositions he writes for this quartet. More inspiration comes with the players: Isabelle Duthoit, voice and clarinet virtuoso from Paris, Joris Ruehl, clarinetist, sound researcher and highly-gifted interpreter, also from Paris and Christian Lillinger, intransigent improvisator from Berlin. The quartet dives into the flow of play, on top and deep inside of the written parts.The Improvisations are energetic and wild.

Drifting refers to a driving technique and to a motorsport where the driver intentionally over steers, causing loss of traction in the rear wheels through turns, while maintaining vehicle control and a high exit speed. A car is drifting when the rear slip angle is greater than the front slip angle prior to the corner apex, and the front wheels are pointing in the opposite direction to the turn (e.g. car is turning left, wheels are pointed right or vice versa), and the driver is controlling these factors. As a motor sport, professional drifting competitions are held worldwide. Drift challenges drivers to navigate a course in a sustained sideslip by exploiting coupled nonlinearities in the tire force response.

According to Sapir, drift is the unconscious change in natural language. He gives the example Whom did you see? which is grammatically correct but is generally replaced by Who did you see? Structural symmetry seems to have brought about the change: all other wh- words are monomorphic. The drift of speech changes dialects and in long terms, it generates new languages. Although it may appear these changes have no direction, in general they do. For example, in the English language, there was the Great Vowel Shift, first described and accounted for in terms of drift by Jespersen (1909Ð1949). The underlying cause of drift may be entropy: the amount of disorder (differences in probabilities) inherent in all linguistic systems.


Carl Ludwig Hübsch
Renowned mostly self-teached tuba player, drummer, improvisor and composer. International collaborations in Jazz, Improvised and New Music. Numerous radio- und CD-productions. Composes also music for theatre and for collaborations with visual artists. Toured in Asia, Africa and the USA. Fellowships in USA and Switzerland. Jazzpott Award Essen. Composes for, leads and co-leads several ensembles of various sizes. Actual projects: Hübsch's Longrun Develoment of the Universe (Hübsch, Schubert, Wierbos, Hemingway) Hübsch's Primordial Soup (w/Doerner, Griener Gratkowski), Multiple Joy[ce] Orchestra, Ensemble ]H[iatus, Hübsch Lehn Zoubek Hautzinger, Hübsch van Bebber Blonk.

Isabelle Duthoit - clarinet, voice
Isabelle Duthoit (*1970) studied classical music in the Conservatoire National Superieur de Musique et de danse de Lyon. Soon she focused on contemporary music and has been collaborating with several composers. As an improviser she initiated projects like triolid, Trio Canape (with photo and phonography), Fogo (rock band), the duet with Jacques Demierre and the trio with Luc Ex and Johannes Bauer. Further she is a member of Sol 12 and Hiatus. Since 2000 she developed a particular and personal way of singing, connected to primitive sounds and screams, a voice before language. She sings in duo with Phil Minton and as soloist. In 2008 she was a resident at the Villa Kujoyama in Kyoto (Japan) and she worked with N™ and Bunraku singers. She write music for the theater and works with the Cie Lazaro, Cie Tsara and "La revue eclair" In 2009 she composes with Jacques Demierre and Alexandre Simon, the piece "Blanc" at The‰tre du Grutli at Geneva Between1995 and 2005 she directed "Fruits de Mre" a festival for experimental music, dance, cinema in collaboration with Jacques Di Donato. Since 1997 she is teacher for clarinet and improvisation at the Evry Conservatoire ( Essonne / France).

Joris Rühl - clarinet, bass clarinet
After having studied classical music and electroacoustic in CNSMD from Lyon, he plays now mostly in the fields of contemporary and improvised music. He played or plays in contemporary music in ensembles like "L'instant donne", "Hiatus" or "United Instruments of Lucilin". He is also involved in free improvised music and performances. The German label "Neos" releases his quintet "Les Emeudro•des". With them, he also develops an electro acoustic musical project involving interactions with computer (presented in IRCAM's atelier du forum). He is member of the "Timeart Ensemble" (improvised music and multimedia) based in Cologne. He took part to festivals such as, Moers Festival, Fruits de Mhre, Hundert Grad in Berlin, La force de l'Art at the Grand Palais in Paris. He played with musicians like Michel Doneda, L Quan Ninh, Thomas Lehn, Eivind Lonning, Nils Ostendorf, Anthony Pateras, Eve Risser, Joel Grip etc. He is also involved in the label "Umlaut Records", which produces and supports young artists in the fields of jazz and improvised music.

Christian Lillinger - drums
Christian Lillinger - Schlagzeug, Percussion Geboren am 21.04.84 in Lübben, begann er mit dem Schlagzeugspiel im Alter von 13 Jahren und studierte Schlagzeug von 2000 bis 2004 in Dresden bei Günther "Baby" Sommer. Von 2001 - 2003 war er Mitglied im "Bujazzo", Leitung Peter Herbolzheimer. Er ist Preisträger des internationalen Improvisationswett-bewerbes in Leipzig, 2000.Seit 2002 intensive Zusammenarbeit mit dem Trio HYPERACTIVE KID. Seit 2008 Gründung seiner eigenen Band GRUND, welche September 09 auf dem Label Clean Feed erschien. 2009 Mitbegründer der Band GRüNEN, welche im September 10 auf dem Label Clean Feed erscheint. 2010 Konzerte und Zusammenarbeit in der Band von John Tchicai mit Christopher Dell und Jonas Westergaard, welche Dezember 2010 auf dem Label Jazzwerkstatt erscheint. Konzerte und Festivals spielte er auf dem Moers Festival in Italien (Vincenza Jazzfestival), Polen, Türkei, Schweden, Dänemark (Kopenhagen Jazzfestival), Holland (Doek Festival),Portugal (Jazz ao Centro in Coimbra), Kroatien, Belgien, österreich, Slowenien, Ungarn, Frankreich (Jazzfestival Reims). Konzertierte mit Joachim Kühn, Rolf Kühn, Gerd Dudek, Mederic Collingnon, Claudio Puntin, Pete Rende, Gunther Hampel, Rudi Mahall, John Schröder, Mack Goldsbury, Jonas Westergaard, Joe Williamson, Daniel Erdmann, Hendrik Walsdorff, Christopher Dell, Gebhard Uhllmann, Ernst Ludwig Petrowski, Mathias Schubert, Urs Leimgruber, Günther "Baby" Sommer, Johannes Bauer, Manfred Schoof, Claudio Puntin, Simon Nabatov, Tobias Delius, Wolter Wierbos, Frank Gratkowski, Axel Dörner, Wadada Leo Smith, Carl Ludwig Hübsch, Barre Phillips, John Tchicai, David Liebmann, Wilbert De Joode, Evan Parker u.a.