Cruel Optimism: Heinz Riegler

Heinz Riegler and I have known one another for the better part of two decades. In the early 00s, I formed I/O3 with him and keyboardist Tam Patten and recorded a number of very early editions for Room40. Heinz also played on several of my early solo records. Having relocated to his homeland of Austria, we haven’t had some many opportunities to collaborate in recent years. Early this year Heinz returned to Australia and over one afternoon we recorded some overdubs that greatly shaped two of the pieces on Cruel Optimism. A few weeks later Heinz recorded some more sections for Object Of Projection, which were the closing passages for that piece. He is an incredible force and I count myself as very fortunate to have had benefitted from his contributions to this album. (Photo by Bryan Spencer)