Ives#1 is a project founded in 2007 by Michael Wertmuller (Alboth, Peter Brotzmann Trio) - vox Marino Piaklas (Steamboat Switzerland, Peter Brotzmann Trio) - bass Thomas Mahmoud (ex Von Spar, Oliver Twist Conspiracy) - drums Gerd Rische - electronics In the early 90s, Swiss drummer Michael Wertmuller and his band Alboth! (that was occasionally produced by Kevin Martin of God, Techno Animal, The Bug) made a benchmark exploration of new terrain somewhere between Metal, Free Jazz and Noise. In the meantime the classically trained multi-instrumentalist plays in Free Jazz trumpeter Peter Brotzmannâ€™s Trio and is a much sought after composer, whose works are performed at major New Music festivals. Amongst other things heâ€™s collaborated with Wolfgang Hilbig and composed pieces for the legendary Peter Brotzmann Chicago 10tet and for bassist Marino Piaklasâ€™ formation, Steamboat Switzerland. Thomas Mahmoud used to be lead vocalist with the Cologne band, Von Spar, with whom he created a surprising, innovative amalgam of Post-Rock, Indiepop and Prog-Rock before leaving the band after its second album. Mahmoudâ€™s primary interest since launching his solo project, Softgod has been electronic and electro-acoustic music. During a joint artists-in-residency sojourn at the Berlin Academy of Fine Arts, WertmÃ¼ller and Piaklas met Gerd Rische, a musician and director of the Academyâ€™s electronic studio. After WertmÃ¼ller had participated, at Thomas Mahmoudâ€™s invitation, in the latterâ€™s adaptation of an old Dada screenplay, "Der Pleitejazz" by Paul van Ostaijen, he invited Mahmoud to join in rehearsals with Piaklas and Rische at the Academy.