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Schirmer, Brode Unit (w/ Jan Roder / Matthias Broede): Berlin, Germany (FMR)

Led by bass clarinetist Tobias Schirmer and harmonica player Matthias Broede, also on piano, with Jan Roder on bass and drummer Bernd Oezsevim, this German quartet blends contemporary jazz through four original Brode compositions and two collective improvisations, performed with melodic intent and tight, quick interaction as recorded live at Tito's Zentrifuge in Berlin.

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Bernd Oezsevim-drums

Tobias Schirmer-bass clarinet, clarinet

Jan Roder-bass

Matthias Broede-harmonica, piano

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Label: FMR
Catalog ID: FMR 619
Squidco Product Code: 31217

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2021
Country: UK
Packaging: Digipack - 3 panel
Recorded at Tito's Zentrifuge, in Berlin, Germany, on February 3rd, 2020, by Tito Knapp.

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"Recorded on the 3rd Feb in 2020 at Tito's Zentrifuge in Berlin Germany, 'Imaginary moments in a city' presents something different in that its rare to hear a grand harmonica (here played by Brode Shirmer) in an improvised context and it works amazingly well! A fascinating new innovative group in the FMR stable! This brand new line up from Berlin offers music between Free Improv, Composition and Contemporary (Free) Jazz. The unusual instrumentation with harmonica, clarinets and piano together with the compositions and the strong musical characters of the players create an original and independent group-sound with a dense and compact interaction."-FMR

Artist Biographies

"Bernd Oezsevim has been playing the drums since he was nine years old. After starting out in music associations and big bands, he began to experiment with smaller ensembles in his youth. At the age of 14 he won first prize at "Jugend Musiziert" and two years later, at the "Best European Youth Drummer" competition at the "Super Drumming Festival" in Lahnstein, he took third place. In 2000 he took part in "Jugend Jazzt" and won several prizes with the band "F.A.T.", including the soloist award.

From 2002 he studied jazz music at the Folkwang University in Essen and quickly became one of the most sought-after drummers on the scene. During this time he began working with dancers and actors and he recorded stage music for dance and theater pieces in Germany, Austria and Switzerland.

Bernd won the "JazzWerkRuhr Prize" with the bands "Without 4 played three", "Matovs Garage", "Zodiak Trio" and "Invisible Change".

2011 finalist at the "New German Jazz Prize" in Mannheim with the Zodiak Trio and at the same time winner of the Soloist Prize.

Since 2002 he has been touring the world regularly with the jazz icon Gunter Hampel, and also gives several children's workshops with him every year.

In recent years he has worked and played with Gunter Hampel, Perry Robinson, Rupert Stamm, Matthias Schubert, Steve Swell, Daniel Carter, Sabir Mateen, Florian Weber, Randy Brecker, Michael Gibbs, Uri Caine, Bart van Lier, Dieter Glawischnig, Nyguen Le, Gerd Dudek, Angelika Niescier, Philipp Schug, Frank Wingold, Ulla Oster, Dan Weiss, Rudresh Mahantappa, Wayne Krantz, Eric Revis, Jorge Sylvester, Norah Mc Carthy, Elliot Levin, Sven Decker, Dave King, Dave Douglas, Gunnar Plümer , John Taylor, Roman Babik, Markus Braun, Ingo Marmulla, Katrin Scherer, Kenosha Kid, Oliver Maas, John Dennis Renken, Andreas Wahl. Johannes Schleiermacher, Sebastian Räther, Veit Lange, Andreas Lang, Silke Eberhardt, and many others."

-Real Live Jazz.DE (

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"Tobias Schirmer (saxophone, clarinet)

Tobias Schirmer studied saxophone and clarinet at the University of Music "Hanns Eisler" in Berlin from 1997 to 2004, including Gerard Presencer, Gregoire Peters, Gebhard Ullmann and Jiggs Wigham. He has played with various ensembles from jazz and improvised music at home and abroad, including Jazzfestival Reykjavik 2005, Japantournee 2008, and has been involved in studios."

-Music Lessons in Kleinmachnow (Translated by Google) (

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"Jan Roder (* 1968 ) is a German jazz bassist.

Roder studied music in Hanover. He began his career as a rock musician and lived longer periods in Brazil. In 1995 he came to Berlin, where he played touring and concerts with musicians such as Ulrich Gumpert, Ernst-Ludwig Petrowsky, Manfred Schoof, Uschi Brüning, Joachim Kühn, Aki Takase, Gunter Hampel, Mircea Tiberian and Axel Dörner.

As a successor to Joachim Dette, he is the band Disappointment, together with Axel Dörner, Rudi Mahall and Uli Jenneßen, who, together with Alexander von Schlippenbach, has the complete work of Thelonious Monk in his repertoire. Together with Björn Lücker and Henrik Walsdorff, he is the group The Most. He is also a member of the Caciula Trio (with Maurice de Martin and Ben Abarbanel-Wolff ), JR 3, the Silke Eberhard Quartet and the Zoran Terzic Trio, and performs as a duo of Maria Răducanu."

-Wikipedia (translated by Google) (

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"Matthias Broede is as a harmonicist, pianist, improviser & composer one of the most original German musicians.

He is the winner of the WDR JAZZ AWARD 2013; he is also the winner of the Berlin Studio Award Jazz 2015.

As a leader he recorded

- with his OH!-KESTER-OSLOER-3

"Where is Wedding" (Unit Records, 2017),


"Instinct to Play" (Jazzwerkstatt, 2013),


"Space Between Intervals" (Quadrant Records, 2012),


"From East To West:Strange Beauty Of The World" (Mr.D.Music, 2003),


"European Faces feat.Wolfgang Engstfeld" (GLM, 1999).

He also recorded as a sideman with the Norbert Gottschalk Band "Two Sessions" (Dr.Jazz Records, 1993) and "Light Weight Sight" (Dr.Jazz Records, 1988)

which won an award from the "Deutsche Schallplatten Kritik" , with the Axel Fischbacher Group "Moods" (Blue Flame, 1989) and "Spots From The Academy" (Dr.Jazz Records, 1994)

and with Othella Dallas a Live-CD at the Stadtgarten Cologne "Fever For Bluesy Jazz" (Mons Records, 1995) .


He worked with the MATTHIAS BROEDE GROUP feat. tenorist Paul Heller (now playing with the WDR Big Band in Cologne)

and with BIG4SWING with Joachim Schönecker - git, Peter Weiss - drums, Volker Heinze - bass.

From 2008 until summer 2012 he was living in Barcelona.

In September 2011 he recorded his album

"Instinct to Play" with Claudio Puntin (clarinet, bass clarinet), Oliver Potratz (bass) and Alex Huber (drums) in Berlin, where he was also working with musicians like Kalle Kalima, Greg Cohen & Gerhard Gschlössl among others.


This award - one of the most important jazz awards in Europe - is given by the West German Public Radio (WDR) and is selcted during a "Blindfold Listening" by an international jury of musicians and journalist.

With his trio with the finnish guitarist KALLE KALIMA & multi-instrumentalist JOHN SCHRÖDER (here playing drums) MATTHIAS BROEDE is also the WINNER of the STUDIO AWARD JAZZ 2015 given by the SENATE of BERLIN.

In the same year they recorded the next album "Where is Wedding ?"

-Matthias Broede Website (

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Track Listing:

1. Prominent Promenade On Planufer 11:56

2. Two In Monbijou 3:25

3. Viktoria Goes Parking 3:18

4. Sommerfrische Humboldt 15:56

5. Please Cross At Kaiserteg 3:49

6. West Ending 9:01

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Collective Free Improvsation
European Improvisation, Composition and Experimental Forms
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