The trio of Belgian reedist Joachim Badenhorst, French-Japanese violist Frantz Loriot, and French-German bassist Pascal Niggenkemper formed the Baloni trio in Brooklyn in 2008, presenting a blend of chamber and free jazz; reserved to frenetic playing that consistently surprises.
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Recorded live at Exploratorium, Berlin, April 11th 2013 by Johannes von Wrochem.
Joachim Badenhorst-bass clarinet, clarinet, tenor sax
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"It's exactly as they present it: music "based on the listening to the other, the exploration of the unknown and the vertigo of the moment". The classical contemporary format blends with the urgency of improvisation, and if it sounds melancholic at times, with lyrical and contemplative dark colors, it can also be intense and unquiet. There's timbre exploration and beautiful melodies, abstract textures but also a driving force obviously coming from jazz. Mostly, there's a kind of soundscaping only differentiated from ambient music because there's an exquisite harmonic work that sucks you in.
Europeans Joachim Badenhorst (Hans Bennink's Trio, Tony Malaby's Novela, Thomas Heberer's Clarino), Frantz Loriot (Joelle Léandre, Barre Phillips, David S. Ware) and Pascal Niggenkemper (Tyshawn Sorey, Simon Nabatov, Frank Gratkowski) met in New York and started this trio project with the conviction that there's much to do yet when combining written and spontaneous composition, and truth is you can't distinguish when the score stops and improvisation begins - the frontier lines between the two processes mix in unexpected ways. This is complex music without being difficult. Any development seems so natural and so honest that all elements happen and flow with a strange simplicity. Call it probability, even if you never imagined something like this before."-Clean Feed
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"Joachim Badenhorst (°1981 Antwerp) has been active in the experimental and improvised music scene in Europe and abroad for the past 15 years. Following his master degree in jazz studies at the Royal Conservatory of the Hague, he has since divided his time between Belgium and cities in the US and Europe, collaborating and recording with jazz and experimental music ensembles and artists, such as Han Bennink, Tony Malaby and Noël Akchoté while incessantly exploring the visceral elements of sound. His output ranges from solo improvisation to leading large formations, such as his own Carate Urio Orchestra.
Badenhorst is artistically interested in integrating ideas from various different art medias into his musical compositions. He also takes deep interest in revealing the inherent relation between contemporary and traditional musics, having collaborated with traditional musicians from Turkey and Japan, and toured in China with reinterpreted traditional Chinese music.
In recent years, Badenhorst is contemplating the evanescent site specificity of sound as well as the relation between space and sound. In recent years, his work has taken a deeper focus on composition, namely that of computerbased composition and processing. Through continual research and experiment, he delves into a reimagination of the boundaries between improvisation and composition, of abstract sound explorations and harmonic passage, and continues to attempt at a personal aesthetic language that interact with spaces and engage with different audiences.
Badenhorst appears on over 50 cd's on over 10 record labels. In 2012, he launched his own label KLEIN, as a creative platform to initiate collaborations, experiment and play with unconventional design, and as an outlet for fringe musical projects.
Since 2010 Badenhorst has been developing his solo programme consisting of improvisations and compositions for solo acoustic and electroacoustic wind instruments."-Joachim Badenhorst Website (http://joachimbadenhorst.com/bio_photo.html)
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