German born, NY based trumpeter Heberer's trio with clarinetist Joachim Badenhorst and bassist Pascal Niggenkemper performing Heberer's "cliff" works blending composition and improvisation.
Heberer, Thomas Clarino
Label: Clean Feed
Released in: Portugal
"Although a broad term, most people associate a specific set of dos and don'ts with jazz, most of them unseparable from the African-American experience. Artists like trumpeter Thomas Heberer--a German living in New York City-- challenge those seemingly holy rules by not trying to pretend; he simply is himself: A man raised and educated in Europe.
Thomas' music certainly owes something to the jazz canon but instead of being limited and exclusive, his approach is broad and inclusive, a branch of world music. His art is coming from the gut as much as from the brain; it doesn't distinguish between high-brow and low-brow: think Leadbelly, Louis, Ornette, Gesualdo, Bach and Stockhausen, all at the same time.
Heberer's trio Clarino with Belgian clarinetist Joachim Badenhorst and French- German bassist Pascal Niggenkemper--both New York colleagues--exclusively plays originals written in Thomas' innovative Cookbook notation, "a code that brings a fresh and very personal approach to blending improvisation and composition," as the artist explains. "It does so by implementing the idea of instant memory. Shaped according to a specific set of rules, musical units are improvised and memorized on the fly, and later reintroduced into the musical process--sometimes modified, sometimes not."
Thomas Heberer is one of the most interesting brassmen today, garnering credit for his excellent and innovative work, both as a trumpeter and a rare practitioner of the quarter-tone trumpet. A longtime member of Misha Mengelberg's Instant Composers Pool, Thomas has collaborated with most everybody in the field in the last 20 years. Some of his more recent employers include: Han Bennink, Karl Berger, Peter Broetzmann and Eugene Chadbourne.
The title of this CD, Klippe ("cliff" in English) is a metaphor for the music being "on the edge"; it's about respecting and knowing the past while being fearlessly ready to jump off the cliff into unknown territory, enjoying the adrenaline rush along the way. These great musicians, coming from Europe and living in the US, prove that jazz is not only an international affair these days, but that the future of this beautiful art form depends as much on the expats as it does on the "homies.""-Clean Feed Records
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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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Recorded by Ziv Ravitz at Douglass Street Music Collective, Brooklyn, in June 2010.
Thomas Heberer-trumpet, quarter-tone trumpet
Joachim Badenhorst-clarinet, bass-clarinet
Pascal Niggenkemper-double bass
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