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Journey To The Source
Fuasi Abdul-Khaliq(ts,ss), Rolf Zielke(p), Max Hughes(b), Kenny Martin(dr)
“Journey to The Source” (formally known as Fuasi and Ensemble) is a Jazz quartet, which has been performing in and around Germany, Poland, Spain, Switzerland, Portugal and France since it’s founding in 1995. The new name the members chose, reflects the need for everyone in the group to compose and perform new original compositions.
Together they have created a very unique sound, which is identifiable from the first notes they play. Their music comes from the influences of „Blues“, „Hard Bop“, „Far Eastern“, “Oriental”, „African“ and „Funk“ which creates a sound full of spirit, depth and energy. They have recorded and produced several CDs over the course of their 25 year tenure together which includes „Fuasi & Ensemble „, „Fuasimodo Rings A Bell“, „Fuasi & Ensemble Live at Café Central in Madrid Spain“ and “The Afro-Cubano Latin Jazz Connection”, which were all live recorded concerts. They are currently in pre-production working on their next CD, which is schedule to be released at the end of 2019. This will be the 2nd studio production following their lastest studio production named “The Abakuá”.
Fuasi Abdul-Khaliq – saxophone, clarinet, flute. He comes from Los Angeles, California where he studied composition, arranging and performance in the U.G.M.A.A. Foundation (Union of God’s Musicians and Artist Ascension) with „Horace Tapscott and the Pan-African Peoples Arkestra“. He is currently a music history curator at the Werkstatt Der Kulturen in Berlin.
Rolf Zielke – piano. He comes from Hameln, Germany where he performed and worked with Charlie Mariano, Mike Stern and David Friedman, to name a few. He is also currently a teacher at the “Jazz Institute Berlin” and a leader himself with several CD’s in his discography.
Kenny Martin – drums. He comes from New York, New York and studied at the Berkley School of Music in Boston and with such greats as Tony Williams, Jack DeJonette, Billy Cobham , and Narada Michael Walden . He has also toured and recorded with“Defunkt“, “Seed”, Red Holloway”, and Bob Singleton’s „Golden Gospel Singers“, to name only a few.
Maximilian Hughes – e.bass. He comes from a very musical American family in Kaiserslautern and has been encouraged to learn all types of music from a very young age. Max studied Classical and Modern composition at the University of California San Diego, and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Music from the Berklee College of Music. Max has guested on many projects and recordings including Chaka Khan, John-Paul Bourelly, Wolfgang Dauner, and Jocelyn B.Smith. He is currently teaching at the Jazz Institute Berlin (JIB) and is a published author: “Find Your Individual Way, Creative Solo Bass“, published by the AMA Verlag GmbH, Brühl.