Unusual combinations of bass clarinet and trumpet in a quartet setting blending Joachim Badenhorst and Thomas Heberer, with Pascal Niggenkemper on bass and drummer Joe Hertenstein on drums.
Label: Red Toucan
Catalog ID: RT 9342
Squidco Product Code: 14691
Packaging: Jewel Tray
Recorded live to 2-track by Rick Krahn, NYC in February 2010.
Thomas Heberer-trumpet, quarter-tone trumpet
Joachim Badenhorst-bass clarinet
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1. Polylemma 3:56
2. Garden 6:11
3. Sugar's Dilemma 5:16
4. Stratigraphy 6:14
5. One Ocean at a Time 6:00
6. Crespect 6:09
7. Banners n' Bubbles 8:07
8. Nupeez 4:02
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European Improv, Free Jazz & Related
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"...The unusual combination of bass clarinet and trumpet in this quartet setting is what I wanted to suss out. And the way Joachim's sound blends with Thomas' and how their playing carries each other's playing through the landscapes thrills me every time they phrase and improvise together. Having played music with Pascal for more than ten years now, he was again not only the old friend and great musician he is, but also the multi-dimensional artist who continues to surprise me and challenges my own playing and writing every time we get together. What you are holding in your hands is the result of a new collaboration and a new sound of European quartet improvisation developed in New York City - the debut recording of POLYLEMMA... ...which is a choice from multiple options, each of which is (or appears) equally (un-) acceptable or (un-) favorable. Confronting this polylemma - this wall of options - and making these choices was and continues to be a joyful, liberating, and highly rewarding experience; a never ending story and our plea and model to encourage you to self-expression." -Joe Hertenstein
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"New York City-based German-French bassist, composer and improviser Pascal Niggenkemper is a performing and recording artist active on the creative music scene in the US and in Europe.
From 1999-2005 he was musicaly active in Cologne having studied jazz & classical double bass at the Hochschule für Musik. In 2005 he received the DAAD award and moved to New York.
From 2008 to 2010 Pascal led the PNTrio with Tyshawn Sorey and Robin Verheyen. (CD "pasàpas" Konnex 2008 & "urban creatures" JazzHausMusik 2010). The trio toured extensively in Europe performing at the Jazzcologne Festival, Jazzherbst Konstanz and at the Kennedy Center in Washington. Recordings for the WDR and the BR Radio.
In cooperation with Jazzdor Strasbourg-Berlin, Pascal formed the septet vision7 that performed at Jazzdor Strasbourg-Berlin, Vive le Jazz in Cologne, Jazz à la Cité in Paris and at the Pori Jazz in Finland. (CD 'Lucky Prime' clean feed records Sept 2013)
In September 2011 Pascal released with Simon Nabatov and Gerald Cleaver the CD/LP upcoming hurricane on NoBusiness Records which is listed among 'Albums of the year' 2011 in the 'The New York City Jazz Record'. The trio performed in Canada and the USA.
He recently recorded a new solo program called: 'look with thine ears' music for bass & preparations was premiered at the Jazzdor Festival in Strasbourg in November 2013. The CD was released in March 2015 on clean feed records. He performed for the France Musique radio broadcast by Anne Montaron called 'a l'improviste'.
In 2014 he presented the double trio 'le 7eme continent' with the program 'talking trash' at the Vive le Jazz festival in Cologne, Germany and the concert was broadcast by WDR3 radio. Their CD was released in May 2016 on clean feed records and the group performed in France, Belgium and Germany.
Pascal is co-leading the groups baloni with Frantz Loriot viola and Joachim Badenhorst clarinets (CD 'fremdenzimmer' 2011, 'Belleke' 2014 & 'Ripples' 2015 clean feed records) PascAli a duo for two prepared basses with Sean Ali (CD 'suspicious activity' creative sources 2012) and Miner's Pick with Thomas Heberer. (CD 'miner's pick' FMR records 2014)
With friends, he curates in NY the house concert series ze couch, where every month artists meet to present their work.
Festival presence includes: Jazzdor Strasbourg-Berlin, Vision Festival New York, Umbrella Festival Chicago, Banlieues Bleues Paris, Strade del Cinema Aosta, météo Mulhouse, Jazzcologne, JIGG Lisbon, Taktlos Zurich, Jazz à la Cité in Paris, ESCUCHA Madrid, Washington DC Jazz Festival, Pori Jazz Festival, Middelheim Antwerp, Grenzenlos Köln, undead Jazzfest NYC, D'Jazz Nevers, NewAdits Klagenfurt, Font New York, Music Unlimited Wels, Vive le Jazz Cologne, GONG Aarau, Konfrontationen Nickelsdorf, Ljubljana Jazz Festival etc...
He received the following scholarships/grants: DAAD, Henry Mancini Institute, North Rhine-Westphalia composition stipend."-Pascal Niggenkemper Website (http://www.pascalniggenkemper.com/bio_english.html)
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