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9. EUNIC „My Unique“ Jazz Festival
DAAD Uli Kempendorff / Florian Ross / Carlos Bica / Andrea Marcelli
Uli Kempendorff (saxes), Florian Ross (p), Carlos Bica (b), Andrea Marcelli (dr)
Contemporary European Jazz
Last concert of the Eunic Jazz Festival. 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 creative German Jazz scene: virtuoso saxophonist Uli Kempendoff, refined pianist star Florian Ross coming from Köln, poetic Portuguese bassist Carlos Bica and experienced international drummer Andrea Marcelli. Kempendorff, Ross and Bica are DAAD Alumni, while Marcelli from Rome, will participate independently.
Expect wonderful compositions, surprising Contemporary creative Jazz based on musical dialog and a lot of colors!!
FLORIAN ROSS, Studium in Jazz-Kompositionslehre und Klavier an der Musikhochschule Köln. Postgraduiert ging er 1995 bis 1996 nach London an die Guildhall School of Music and Drama. Bei Lehrern wie Django Bates setzte er sich mit Werken britischer Komponisten des 20. Jahrhunderts auseinander, namentlich Benjamin Britten, Peter Warlock und Edward Elgar. Ein weiteres Jahr schloss Ross in New York City an, wo er bei Don Friedman und Jim McNeely studierte und Mitglied im „BMI Jazz Composer’s Workshop“ wurde.
Mit wachsendem Renommee bekam Ross zugleich vermehrt Aufträge, Arrangements und Kompositionen zu schreiben, zum Beispiel für das Brussels Jazz Orchestra und die NDR Bigband. Das Brüsseler Werk erschien 1999 unter dem Titel „The September Sessions“ beim Verlag „De Werf“. Die „Jazz Week Dublin“ orderte bei Ross ein Orchesterstück, das 2005 mit Joe Lovano und Jim McNeely in der irischen Hauptstadt uraufgeführt wurde.
Zu seinen Auftraggebern als Komponist für Orchester und andere große Klangkörper gehörten das Metropole Orkest, Vancouver Jazz Orchestra, „Oktoposse“, „BMI Jazz Orchestra“, Joe Lovano and RTÉ Dublin, das Brussels Jazz Orchestra, das „Cologne Contemporary Jazz Orchestra“, das Subway Jazz Orchestra und der Deutschlandfunk.
Mit Konzertreisen des Goethe-Instituts kam er als Kulturexport nach China, Indien, Sri Lanka, Südafrika, Bangladesch, Mexiko, Chile, Philippinen, Australien und Neuseeland.
Ross arbeitete bisher unter anderem mit und für Vince Mendoza, Bob Brookmeyer, der Big Band der Bamberger Symphoniker,dem Scottish National Jazz Orchestra, George Duke, John Scofield, Ron McClure.
Florian Ross lebt in Köln und ist seit dem WS2021 Professor für Jazz Komposition / Arrangement an der dortigen Hochschule für Musik und Tanz. 2006 wurde Florian Ross mit dem WDR-Jazzpreis für Komposition ausgezeichnet. Bereits 2000 erhielt er den ersten Preis des „Thad Jones Wettbewerbs“ der „Danish Radio Big Band“. Er war 1999/00 Mitglied im „BMI Jazz Composer’s Workshop.“ Für seine Komposition „Streamwalk“ erhielt er 2021 einen Deutschen Jazzpreis.
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, 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.
Bass player and composer CARLOS BICA is one of the most prolific and innovative Portuguese sound artists and has been a consistent presence on the European Jazz scene. Known for his lyrical tone on the double bass, Bica has the rare ability to write melodies that essentially are songs without words, haunting and unforgettable. Among the several musical projects he leads along with various theatre, film and dance projects, his trio AZUL with Frank Möbus and Jim Black become his showcase as a bass player and composer. For more than twenty years Carlos Bica’s AZUL has fascinated its listeners.
“The music of Carlos Bica is exciting, modern, and contagious. Bica is an attentive listener of the outside world – from which his modernity derives- and an innate songwriter. He interprets the world and plays it in melodies that we can hum or sing. In his compositions we find fragments of things that only our subconscious recognizes, but expressed in such a form that they come to light in an absolutely natural and obvious way. Nothing has to do with any form of pastiche or is a result of copy/ paste process; instead it is an evident form of storytelling made of daily experiences that in a strange way we recognize.”
– All Jazz, Leonel Santos
Carlos Bica has performed at many of the major music festivals in Europe, Canada, and Asia and has collaborated with musicians Ray Anderson, Kenny Wheeler, Aki Takase, Kurt Rosenwinkel, John Zorn, Maria João, Alexander von Schlippenbach, Lee Konitz, Mário Laginha.
Drummer/Composer ANDREA MARCELLI was born in Rome. In 1986 he obtained a Diploma in Classical Clarinet (7 years) and also in „Jazz arrangement and composition“ at the Conservatory L. Refice. He lived in Los Angeles from ’89 to ’97 and then in New York until 2001.Marcelli received a green card as „First preference alien of extraordinary abilities in the field of Jazz“ and was very active in the local Jazz scenes where he goes back from time to time. Andrea.resides since 2001 in Berlin, is married and has 3 sons, he is extremely active in the local and international Jazz scene, he also organized an Italian Jazz Festival and a European EUNIC Jazz Festival mainly at the Kunstfabrik Schlot in Berlin.
Over 200 of his compositions have been recorded and two of them are included in „The European Real Book“ and „The Digital Real Book part two“.He has successfully performed extensively on 5 continents, recorded many albums and has two releases as a leader on Verve/PolyGram and collaborated with musicians such as Wayne Shorter, David Liebman, Bob Mintzer, Allan Holdsworth, Markus Stockhausen, Eddie Gomez, Mike Stern, Don Menza, Ekkehard Wölk, Eberhard Weber, Palle Danielsson, Frank Gambale and many others. His new album „The Invisible Child“ was released in 2018.
– Wayne Shorter wrote: „Andrea Marcelli’s music is as vibrant and thought-provoking as today’s events. Andrea is such a chameleon.When I first heard his music, it struck me that he played drums,clarinet, percussion, keyboards and composed in a variety of styles that defied classification, moreover, his display of sensitivity and creative approach to the work produced.“
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