+3dB Records

Michael Duch


+3DB010 • 2010

First solo album from bass player extraordinaire Michael Francis Duch, exploring 1960’s experimental works as vehicles for contemporary improvisation.

Duch is a highly generous musician and improvisor. This is equally audible as he moves in the outskirts of reductionism, flirts with noise, engages in the domain of contemporary composition or happily endulges in the joys of free jazz. Mixing a keen and exploring sense of sound with firm and insisting formal thinking, he approaches his bass both as a source of personal expression and as a tool to discover new ways of music making.

Having performed internationally over the last ten years and contributed to more than 20 recordings, Michael brings a wide range of influences to his current project: A quest to revisit, test and bring new life into the sparse scores of early experimental music. These works, although composed as tools to inform non-improvisors challenged to leave the conventions of traditional notation, are being set up as vehicles to rearticulate the ideas of a full fledged free improvisor.

Duch’s album is the first in a new series from +3db called ”Music for ONE” – showcasing artists working with different forms, strategies and approaches to improvising in a solo format.


Recorded in Grieghallen Studio by Davide Bertolini
Produced by Bjørnar Habbestad
Mastered by John Hegre and Bjørnar Habbestad




  • Edges (Wolff)
  • December 1952 (Brown)
  • Octet ยด61
  • Projection 1
  • For Strings