A New York-born trio of European free improvisers, bassist Pascal Niggenkemper, clarinetist Joachim Badenhorst, and viola player Frank Loriot present a unique orchestration that blends contemporary compositional forms with free improvisation in sublime ways.
Label: Clean Feed
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"After the success of their debut recording (Jazz Magazine gave "Fremdenzimmer" a Choc award, for instance) and extensive touring ('CONCERT OF THE YEAR 2012' in Jazzman by D. Cristol), Baloni is back for more slow boiling, chamber jazz-like, surrealistic soundscapes.
Puzzled? Well, there's much: this is a New York-born trio, but the musicians gathered are from Europe. Joachim Badenhorst (check him with Han Bennink's Trio, Tony Malaby's Novela and Thomas Heberer's Carino), Frantz Loriot (partnerships with Joelle Léandre, Barre Phillips and David S. Ware, among others) and Pascal Niggenkemper (you heard him with Gerald Cleaver, Frank Gratkowski, Tyshawn Sorey and Simon Nabatov) play a music with obvious European roots (yes, the classical and contemporary influences are self-evident), but they do it the Big Apple way.
This means there's in "Belleke" an elegancy in the scores reminiscent of, let's say, someone like Erik Satie and the Impressionist composers, but the drive, the improvisational focus, the unquietness are distinctive of the American creative jazz. Imagine the minutes before a storm: what you hear is that dark, and that menacing."- Clean Feed
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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 at the Loft, in Cologne, Germany, on May 31st, 2012, by Christian Heck.
Joachim Badenhorst-bass clarinet, clarinet, tenor sax
Pascal Niggenkemper-double bass
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1. Belleke 3:57
2. Building Nothing Out Of Something 3:53
3. Mon Seul Desir 6:20
4. Feuertreppe 6:37
5. Turning Inwards, Like A Glove 4:06
6. Heaving Hearts 3:10
7. Forgetting 2:51
8. Casse Meditative 2:25
9. Snowflakes 5:19
10. What Grows Beneath 8:42