With his very impressive
individual sound the Norwegian trumpeter
who lives in Copenhagen, can be added
to the list of charismatic compatriots
such as Nils Petter Molvær and Arve
Henriksen. He has developed into one of
the most sought after trumpeters in Denmark
and he tours all over the world. He began
playing the cornet at the age of 10 and
went on to play jazz at 15 playing in
a variety of Norwegian formations. Between
1997 and 2002 he studied at the Rhythmic
Conservatory in Copenhagen.
His present bands: Eivind Aarset Sonic Codex (N) / Josefine Cronholm (S), Susi Hyldgaard, New Jungle Orchestra / jogujo circuit / fattigfolket / triåveræinne / TysTys / Copenhagen Art Ensemble / Anna Brønsted
/ Wetle Holte (N)
He started with piano
lessons at the age of 4 and is considered
to be one of the best German jazz pianists.
Between 1997 and 2001 he studied at the
UNIVERSITY OF MUSIC AND PERFORMING ARTS
in Mannheim and received several international
prizes and distinctions. Between 1998
and 2001 he played in the concert formation
of the Bundesjazzorchester under the direction
of Peter Herbolzheimer and south European
tour. Concerts featuring Albert Mangelsdorff,
Rolf Kühn, Dieter Ilg, Adrian Mears, Hans Decker,
Jürgen Seefelder, Thomas Stabenow,
Hazy Osterwald etc.
Various cd productions with Jürgen
Seefelder and Dave Liebman, Johannes Enders,
Keith Copeland and Marc Abrams; Alberto
Menendez, Thomas Stabenow and Sebastian
Merk; Thomas Siffling Quartet; Bujazzo;
L 14,16; Changes; Fritz, Münzer Tentett
He is the topical jazz prizewinner of the land Baden-Wurttemberg !!!
The Munich musician studied
the jazz trombone at the Würzburg
Conservatory under Richard Roblee. For
the last 4 years he has devoted himself
more and more to electronic music. His
present instrument is the laptop. Apart
from preproduced atmospheric sound clusters
(frequently sampled and alienated everyday
noises such as coffee machines or footsteps)
with which he improvises on stage he also
samples his fellow musicians playing at
live gigs. In so doing he channels the
material through various filters and programmes
edits them live and then enters into a
dialogue again with other band members
at suitable points.
claviola, percussion, keyboards, electronics
Began to play the organ
in the age of 4. Now he mainly plays keyboards
and piano, but also claviola, melodica,
mallets and percussion. Music education
Since 1999 pianist, singer and composer
of Regensburg-based nujazz band Calophain's
Loft, guest musician in the folk band
Lawaschkiri. Several improvisations and
compositions for (dance) theatre and audio
book productions as well as for many literature
or art performances.
3 CD releases before his debut with his
electro-acoustic project dunkelgrün.
In 2005 the mainly improvised avantgarde
album Nacht was released (with Michel
Pilz, Burkard Kunkel and Roland H.H. Biswurm).
Autodidactic singer from
Munich. She used to play classical piano
for a long time, sang in the Regensburg-based
nujazz band Calophain's Loft and in classical
Her former band mate Sebastian Voigts asked
the psychologist to join a new music project.
Saskia Geiß sings the surreal dream
fragment lyrics to the weird electro-acoustic
sound of dunkelgrün.
playing the violin at age 9 and switched
to guitar at 15. He later studied jazz
guitar at The Royal Conservatory in The
Hague, Netherlands, where he graduated
with a Masters Degree in 1999. After having
lived in Holland for over 8 years he moved
to Oslo, Norway, where he worked as a
player and composer before moving to Cologne,
Germany, in 2004.
Florian Zenker has played
with various formations all over Europe
(Germany, Holland, Belgium, Switzerland,
Poland, Italy, Spain, Norway, Iceland),
in Canada and Columbia, and has performed
on many renowned festivals such as the
North Sea Jazz Festival (Netherlands),
International Jazz Festival Bogotá
(Columbia), Jazzfestival Selfoss (Iceland),
Ryfylke Festival (Norway), Jazzfestival
His band „Florian Zenker/ Christian
Kappe 4tet“ won several major competitions
between 1997 and 2000.
As a composer, Florian
Zenker has written most of the material
of the „Florian Zenker/ Christian
Kappe 4tet“, contributed compositions
to CD-productions of groups as Gruppen
NIMBUS, Christof May’s Timequake
and YEAST, and composed a major part of
the repertoire of his new group „tiny
He has also written as music for TV-shows,
commercials and documentaries in Norway,
as well as over 70 jingles for various
radio-stations in Holland, Germany and
Austria. Since he moved to Cologne Florian
has started writing for short films and
Florians main instrument
is the electric jazzguitar, besides that
he frequently uses other guitar-related
instruments such as a custom-made 11-string
cittern. For many years now he has specialized
in the creative and innovative use of
electronic effects to get unusual sounds
out of his instruments, resulting in a
highly personal trademark sound.
double bass, electronics
Jens Loh started playing
the violin at the age of 6 years and briefly
tried out guitar before discovering the
double bass. He developed his unique musical
language during his 8 year-long musical
exile in the Netherlands, Europe´s
Jazz-Mekka. Besides working with Jazz-artists
as Ingrid Jensen, Ack van Rooyen, Phillip
Harper, Phil Maturano and Jarmo Hoogendijk,
Jens Loh is active in projects as the
Thomas Siffling Trio, the “couch-ensemble”
and his own band “tiny tribe”.
Jens Loh has toured all over Europe, China
and Southeast Asia and performed on renowned
festivals as the North Sea Jazz Festival,
Jazzfestival Getxo and Jazzfestival Ibiza.
He was a steady member of the house band
of the Dutch Radio 1 show “NCRV
Hier en Nu Nieuwspoort” and has
appeared on numerous Radio-, TV- and Filmproductions.
Jens Loh has established himself as a
highly sought-after bassplayer with a
unique personal style and continues to
perform and record Europe-wide.
Mussawisade was born in Teheran, Iran
in 1973. He was first educated in Persian
classical percussion by Arjang Kamkar
and the Tonbak-Master Farhangfar. In 1983
he immigrated to Germany where he started
to play piano and cello.
Later on he studied Latin
American Percussion at the Rotterdam Conservatory
for Music and Dance. He attended classes
with Luis Conte, Martin Verdonk, Nickey
Marrero, Glen Velez and Alex Acuna. Since
1999 he continuously studied at the Conservatory
of Santiago de Cuba and Havana and took
private lessons with several local greats
of the Cuban music scene. Always striving
for new perspectives, Afra went on to
study South Indian percussion at the Karnataka
College Of Percussion during 2003.
He has performed with
numerous projects and artists including
the likes of Schäl Sick Brass Band,
Zuco 103, WDR Big Band, Scapino Ballet
Rotterdam, Don Abi, SFEQ and Praful, just
to name a few.
Since 2004 Afra is touring
heavily with German saxophone wizard Praful,
especially in the U.S. where his single
"Sigh" went on to became a No.
1 hit in the U.S. Jazz Billboard Charts.
The following album "One Day Deep"
went on to become a huge success in the
Afras´ most recent
credits include live gigs and recordings
with the WDR Big Band (feat. Joe Lovano),
German trumpet player Christoph Titz,
Violinist Oene van Geel, Barana and Co.
(feat. Cello player Ernst Rijsiger) and
Argentinian arranger/saxophone player
Afra translated his goal
to incorporate different styles of percussion
from all over the globe to his highly
original and musical setup. This combined
with his fluent feel has made him a much
asked artist in the contemporary European
music scene, both as a live playing artist
and session musician.
van Geel (1973) studied violin (jazz)
and composition / arranging at the Rotterdam
Conservatory. After this he studied South
Indian and contemporary music with Rafael
Reina at the Amsterdam Conservatory.
Whether he is playing
violin, viola, percussion or composing:
Oene is always integrating elements from
different musical traditions into his
own music. Main influences are: jazz and
improvised music, funk, contemporary music,
classical and ethnical music from around
As a band leader and sideman
he is very active in the Dutch and European
jazz scene. With a wide variety of groups
Oene toured around Europe, Canada, the
United States, India , Russia, Japan and
the Dutch Antilles.
His main musical activities are: The Zapp
String Quartet, Osmosis (an international
jazz group he co-leads with Mark Haanstra),
Benoit Delbecq Unit and Pavlov.
In the past years Oene
played with: Benoit Delbecq, Guillaume
Orti, Mark Turner, Mark Helias,
Mark Haanstra, Jozef Dumoulin, Chander
Sardjoe, B.C. Manjunath, David Kweksilber,
Guus Janssen, Mike Kenealy, Mola Sylla,
Ernst Reijseger, Jim Thirwell, Wiek Hijmans.
Michael Moore, Anton Goudsmit, Eric Vaarzon
Morel, George Coleman and many others
Oene van Geel was the
winner of the Anderson Jazz Award 2002
at the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, where
he played with the Jazz Orchestra of the
Concertgebouw. With the band 'On The Line'
he won the Dutch Jazz Competition 2001,
as well as the award for the best soloist.
With his group 'Mosaic' he won the Jur
Naessens Muziekprijs 2000.
As a composer Oene writes
a lot for his own bands and often has
assignments for other groups. In 2002
he was awarded the composition assignment
for the SJU Jazz Festival (VPRO) and the
Marathon Festival (NPS). He got the composition
assignment for the North Sea Jazz Festival
He grew up in the rich
music-scene of Oslo, and has used his
artistic talent in a variety of contexts
through the years, as a musician and composer.
The recent years his musical output has
been focused on the use of electronics
and computer-manipulated sounds together
with his developed instrumental skills,
creating a personal style of guitarplaying,
spanning from familiar guitar to subtile,
In addition to performances
with electronic trio jogujo circuit, August
Engkildes elektro-jazz-project EPO and
his own solo-project under the name sugarghost,
he has composed and performed music for
poetry, theater, performance-art, film
and modern dance.
Educated as teacher in
classical percussion 1998, and is now
studying vibraphone at Rytmisk Musikkonservatorium
in Copenhagen. Has played in free-jazz
and fusion-projects, but is mostly known
for his work with DJ's like DJ Al Lindrum
and DJ Schack in clubbing-scenes like
Lust@Rust and LIPS. He is featured on
Kresten Osgood's records, latest the IkschelTaschel-project
and is currently also working in Breath,
and as muscician in the band behind Carla
After his studies in classical
music he was the winner of various "Jugend
jazz musician Since 1977 he has been a
member of different jazz formations, from
duos to Big Bands. He has taken part in
active concert-, session and studioworks
. He has toured widely in Europe
. Concerts, projects and productions show
the most diverse ranges of jazz from Blues
and modern jazz to avant-garde and Ethno
instruments, vocals, electronics
Autodidact, Studies in
Education, Studies in Film Science in
Sweden . Various live and studio projects
with German and Swedish jazz musicians.
Workshop activities throughout the area
in music and IT. Various video projects for art and technical exhibitions and Livevideoperformances (a.o. for Böhm-Halle-Sell and Eivind Aarset).
He has made several productions over the
last ten years in his own studio.
Lernte ab seinem 10. Lebensjahr
Posaune. Machte 1990 seine ersten Jazzerfahrungen
in lokalen Big Bands. Unterricht bei Roland
Herter-Flöß. Workshops bei
Bobby Burgess und Ray Anderson.
Festes Mitglied bei der Jazz Point Big
Band und dem Jazz Point Quintett.
Häufige Auftritte als Gastsolist
in verschiedenen Bands.
Unbegleitete Soloprojekte im Zusammenhang
mit Literatur und Kunst.
Aktuelle Band: Lips, Sticks & Fingers
Since 1976 he has given performances in
jazz, theatre and dance. Permanent member
of the groups of "Four or more Flutes",
"The Mahdi Milla Rhythm ‘n' Jazz
company ", "Poetry and jazz",
same but different”, solo program.
Composer and guitarist
of the rock opera "Lissy". Toured
Austria and Switzerland in 1991/92 with
the “Lissy” project. Engagements at theVienna
Youth Thertre, classical study period
at the Conservatoire Vorarlberg. Studies
in Jazz at the Frankfurt music workshop.
Member of various groups, among others"Colour
Born in 1956 in Villingen-Schwenningen
, began to play the transverse flute at
the age of 14.
He soon gained his first
experience in rock and jazz music. In
1975 he came to Austria , where in 1981
he completed his studies in classical
music (flute) at the conservatoire of
Bregenz/Feldkirch. At the same time he
gained further training in jazz improvisation
at workshops and through self-study. After
his studies he concentrated on the saxophone
(instruction with Leszek Zadlo) and played
in many ensembles (from duos to bigbands)
in Austria , Germany and Switzerland .
He had several concert commitments, radiot
and television productions, disk recordings
and invitations to workshops.