8. EUNIC / My Unique Jazz Festival : Kempendorff / Jahnel / Berkmann / Marcelli Quartett // DAAD // Italy

Sa 02.10. – Beginn: 21:00 Uhr – Eintritt: 15/10 €

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8. EUNIC “My Unique Jazz Festival”, Jazz aus Europa

DAAD / Italien, Kempendorff / Jahnel / Berkmann / Marcelli Quartett

Uli Kempendorff (sax), Benedikt Jahnel (p), Tom Berkmann (b),
Andrea Marcelli (dr)

ECM and Contemporary European Jazz

DAAD – Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst

This very special European band wishes to convey with their original compositions and colors, positive and energetic feelings to the listener and bring everybody a wonderful beginning of the New Season!!  Four great soloists from the Berliner Jazz scene: creative saxophonist Uli Kempendoff, refined pianist Benedikt Jahnel, solid bassist Tom Berkmann and veteran international drummer Andrea Marcelli. 

Expect Contemporary and creative Jazz and a lot of colors!!

ULI KEMPENDORFF was born in Berlin in 1981. Jazz Saxophone and Improvisation studies at „Hanns Eisler“ Conservatory in Berlin and at City College, NYC. His work is documented on over two dozen CDs and LPs and radio broadcasts, on labels like WhyPlayJazz, ECM, Enja/Yellowbird, Philophon, jazzwerkstatt or Four Music. Among those are five of his own productions with his groups „Field“ and „Yellow Bird“. Aside from his own projects such as „Field“ he has been active in groups with Ulrich Gumpert, Benjamin Weidekamp, Felix Henkelhausen, Wanja Slavin, Rudi Mahall, Markus Pesonen, Pablo Held, Julia Hülsmann, Tobias Delius, Mike Pride, Christian Weber; he has toured and played with SEEED, Rolf Kühn, Jimi Tenor and ‚Little‘ Jimmy Scott.

In 2010, he started the concert series „Serious Series“ which he programmed until 2014. In 2016, he programmed the concert series „In Between Festivals“ in Wroclaw (PL), as part of the city’s European Capital of Culture tenure. This was done in collaboration with Marc Schmolling, Stiftung Zukunft Berlin and MicaMoca. Until 2018 he also co-programmed the series „JAB 105“ at Berlin’s club A-Trane with Gebhard Ullmann.

Concerts and teaching brought him to the Ivory Coast, Canada, the US, South America, Mexico and to many countries in Europe. Kempendorff received several grants from the city of Berlin, was a DAAD-scholar from 2006-2007 in NYC and spent a month at the Stadtmühle Willisau in Switzerland as a grantee of the Alfred-Köchlin-Foundation.

In addition, he was a founding member and head of the IG Jazz Berlin, a kind of union lobbying for better funding for the arts in Berlin. In this function, Kempendorff also spent time as a spokesman for music in the Coalition of Berlin’s Independent Scene and was active in cultural politics on the state and federal level from 2012-2016.

BENEDIKT JAHNEL – piano.  ECM recording artist.
„Er gehört zu den vielseitigsten Pianisten der aktuellen deutschen Jazzszene. Bekannt wurde er einem breiteren Publikum als Pianist der Band Cyminology um die Vokalistin Cymin Samawathie. Doch daneben hat der heute 32-jährige Benedikt Jahnel an seiner eigenen Musik gefeilt. Erfahrungen aus Cyminology oder dem Quartett Max.bab helfen dem Diplom-Mathematiker beim „Ausbalancieren der Elemente“. Es geht um die Balance zwischen komponierten und improvisierten Teilen, zwischen den Rollen im Trio-Spiel mit Bass und Schlagzeug.“
– WDR, Bernd Hoffmann, Februar 2013

“Jahnel is undoubtedly an advanced investigator of provocative rhythmic number-games.”
– JF, The Guardian, Januar 2013

“Kristallklare Transparenz. Komplexe Rhythmen mit filigranen Strukturen, liedhafte Melodien …” 
– Uli Lemke, Jazzthing, November 2012

“Gegensätze, überraschende Wendungen und die Lust am Experiment. Jahnel zeigt ein Faible für starke Stimmungen, für erzählende Musiker der es gelingt, Gefühle und Bilder bei den Zuhörern zu erzeugen.”
– Heribert Riesenhuber, Münchner Merkur, Oktober 2012

 Drummer/composer ANDREA MARCELLI moved to the USA in 1989, spending eight years in Los Angeles and four in New York City. He has resided in Berlin since 2001. Two of his tunes are included in both “The European Real Book“ and “The Digital Real Book part 2“. He is leading an active international musical life, performing with Wayne Shorter, Don Menza, Allan Holdsworth, Mike Stern, Bob Mintzer, Eddie Gomez, Ralph Towner, Eberhard Weber, Markus Stockhausen, Palle Danielsson, John Patitucci, Mike Mainieri, Hiram Bullock, Frank Gambale, Andy Summers and others. He recorded many albums and two critically acclaimed Cds with legendary Major Label Verve/PolyGram.

John Kelman schreibt:
„…Marcellis Kompositionen transzendieren simple Melodien, die den

Zuhörer zu bekannten und unbekannten Plätzen entführen, versteckte Emotionen ans Licht bringen… Da ist die Reife des Konzeptes, die klare Vision, die ‚Beyond the Blue’ zu einer Art Markenzeichen Marcellis wird.“

TOM BERKMANN – bass He grew up in a small village in the beautiful Bavarian Alps.Tom started studying Jazz Bass at the Richard-Strauss-Conservatory in Munich with Paulo Cardoso and after to Berlin to study at the Jazz Institute with Greg Cohen, Kurt Rosenwinkel and John Hollenbeck. He was a DAAD scholar (German Academic Exchange Service) and graduated from Manhattan School of Music in New York with a Master of Music degree, where he studied with Jay Anderson, Phil Markowitz and David Liebman. He was a semifinalist in the Jazz Competition of the International Double Bass Convention “Bass 2010” in Berlin. For composing and performing the soundtrack of the movie “Oh Boy” he received the German Academy Award for Best Filmscore and the German Critic’s Award for Best Soundtrack at the Berlin Film Festival Berlinale in 2013.

Medienpartnerschaft: Kulturradio von rbb, Jazz Podium Magazine

Zum achten Mal wird mit einem eigenen Berliner Festival der Reichtum des europäischen Jazz mit seinen unterschiedlichen Wurzeln, Dialekten und neuen Entwicklungen vorgestellt.

Neben den wunderbaren Musikern aus viele europäischen Ländern, veranstalten in diesem Jahr europäische Kulturinstitute und Botschaften aus dem EUNIC Berlin Netzwerk mit ihren Partnern das Festival. Jede einzelne Band präsentiert dabei eigene Kompositionen und interpretiert bekannte Stücke aus ihrem jeweiligen Land neu oder in freier Improvisation. Darüber hinaus werden die Künstler ihre musikalische Herkunft aber auch auf neue Art miteinander verbinden, wenn jeden Abend Musiker verschiedener Kulturen direkt aufeinandertreffen.

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