Meinrad Kneer Quintet - photo by Christian Betz
Phosphoros Ensemble
photo © Sara Ercoli

Meinrad Kneer's Phosphoros Ensemble

Almut Kühne – soprano
Uli Pleßmann – reciting voice, actor
Frank Gratkowski – clarinet & bass clarinet
Kathrin Pechlof – harp
Meinrad Kneer – double bass, composition

Two new creations in one: the chamber music group Phosphoros Ensemble and a project based on the poetry of German writer Christian Morgenstern (1871-1914).

Meinrad Kneer is not new to the exploration of poetry through music. After having dedicated a project to the Russian absurdist Daniil Kharms and another one to the Russian futurist Velimir Khlebnikov, for him, the logical next step was Morgenstern. His oevre has many different facets: next to its famous humouristic wit, there is a philosophical/ serious side and a peculiar sound poetry. Above all, his rhythm and his neologisms are legend.

The program consists of Kneer's original compositions and collective improvisations on poems, recited by Uli Pleßmann.

CD's:
Meinrad Kneer's Phosphoros Ensemble plays Christian Morgenstern (2015), Unit Records (UTR4614)
www.unitrecords.com/page.php?pid=1100&fid=4267

Info and mp3's:
http://ensemblephosphoros.blogspot.de

Meinrad Kneer's Phosphoros Ensemble - photo by Christian Betz
Meinrad Kneer Quintet
photo © Christian Betz

Meinrad Kneer Quintet

Sebastian Piskorz – trumpet
Peter Van Huffel – alto saxophone
Gerhard Gschlößl – trombone
Meinrad Kneer – double bass, composition
Andreas Pichler – drums

This new Berlin based band is the new artistic product of double bass player and composer Meinrad Kneer. His compositions are played by a fine group of jazz musicians and improvisers. Most of the repertoire has been written exclusively for this combination of players and some pieces have been adapted and rearranged for them. Kneer's music, influenced by numerous musical styles as jazz, improv, ethnic music, new music and rock, feeds these experienced players to discover new grounds of unexpected interplay and powerful improvisations.

Info and mp3’s:
http://meinradkneer5tet.blogspot.de

Trio Baars/ Kneer/ Elgart

Trio Baars/ Kneer/ Elgart

Ab Baars - tenor saxophone, clarinet, shakuhachi
Meinrad Kneer - double bass
Bill Elgart - drums

An intimate confrontation on sly musical improvisation levels. Together, they meander between form and abstraction, consensus and dissent, dissonance and echo, but the real power lies in the seemingly endless variations of timbre, which take place in their dialogues. Beautiful poetry!

"Baars, Kneer and Elgart won over the entirely filled church with perhaps the most intensely concentrated concert of these four days. Mightily beautiful. So beautiful even, that we didn’t want to interrupt its reverberating beauty with the performance of the next band, later in that same church."
(Guy Peters in www.enola.be about our performance at the 'Nickelsdorf Konfrontationen Festival 2012')

CD's:
Windfall (2010), Evil Rabbit Records (ERR10)
www.evilrabbitrecords.eu/err10.html

Give no quarter (2013), Evil Rabbit Records (ERR20)
www.evilrabbitrecords.eu/err20.html

Rose / Kneer / Barrett
Rose / Kneer / Barrett
photo © Bärbel Schnellen

Rose / Kneer / Barrett

Jon Rose – violin
Meinrad Kneer – double bass
Richard Barrett – electronics

These three musicians first played together as a trio in early June 2012 in Berlin. Instantly they decided to go on working together in this trio setting. The high energy and intensity of their interplay and the spontaneous interweavings of strings and electronics give them a unique voice and place within the genre of free improvised music. The acute sensitivity to timbre and form brought to the music by all three performers produces a music which can explore meticulously the microscopic life inside a texture, or veer between fine nuances and rough collisions of sounds almost instantaneously.

CD's:
Colophony (2013), Creative Sources (CS229)
http://www.creativesourcesrec.com

Sequoia

Sequoia

Antonio Borghini - double bass
Meinrad Kneer - double bass
Klaus Kürvers - double bass
Miles Perkin - double bass

After several free improv sessions in various duo and trio formations in 2010, the four Berlin based bass players Antonio Borghini, Meinrad Kneer, Miles Perkin and Klaus Kürvers finally met as a quartet in March 2011. Ever since, they created together music on the basis of the sonic possibilities of the purely acoustic played double bass. It is crucial for the quartet, that their music is built on the diverse individualities of the involved players, but at the same time they manage to realize a unique ensemble sound.

CD's:
Rotations (2014), Evil Rabbit Records (ERR21)
www.evilrabbitrecords.eu/err21.html

Willers / Kneer / Marien

Willers / Kneer / Marien

Andreas Willers - electric & acoustic guitars
Meinrad Kneer - double bass
Christian Marien - drums

A Berlin power trio of the more subtle variant: a lively but always grounded bass and drum ranging from minimalistic shavings to energetic bursts are mixing brilliantely with the rich palette of the sometimes whispering, sometimes screaming guitar. Trail and aim is the reduction and actualisation of an idiomatic musical language and creation of a current, clarified improv music. Simply put: finesse, irony and musicianship are being topped off but that certain, just right amount of criminal energy.

CD's:
Nulli Secundus (2011), Creative Sources (CS222)
www.creativesourcesrec.com

Andreas Willers' 7 of 8
Andreas Willers' 7 of 8
photo © Lothar Fietzek

Andreas Willers’ 7 of 8

Matthias Schubert – tenor saxophone
Frank Gratkowski – alto saxophone, clarinet, bass clarinet
Tom Arthurs - trumpet
Jörg Huke - trombone
Andreas Willers - guitar, composition
Meinrad Kneer – double bass
Christian Marien – dums

Current Berlin-based version of the Andreas Willers Octet

info/mp3:
http://www.andreaswillers.de/7of8.html

van Veenendaal/ Kneer/ Sun

van Veenendaal/ Kneer/ Sun

Albert van Veenendaal - piano
Meinrad Kneer - double bass
Yonga Sun - drums

During some inspiring duo encounters, Meinrad Kneer and Albert van Veenendaal discovered that their conceptions about improvisation and playing together are very similar. Very naturally the desire arose to establish a trio in which they could give shape to their musical ideas. It has been their starting point to play original material in which composition and improvisation organically merge. To reach this goal, they use a vast vocabulary of improvisation techniques. In the drummer Yonga Sun they found their perfect partner. These three authentic musicians allow themselves to be guided by their intuition and inspiration. Time after time they are amazed by the various ways a composition can sound. The performances of their musical pieces are led by a strong sense of form and groove and can be described as epical musical adventures.

CD's
1. Songs to Dance Strangely With (2005), TryTone (TT559-029)
2. Predictable Point of Impact (2006), Evil Rabbit Records (ERR04)

Klare/ Platz/ Kneer/ Elgart

Klare/ Platz/ Kneer/ Elgart

Jan Klare: alto saxophone, clarinet, fluten
Jeff Platz: guitar
Meinrad Kneer - double bass
Bill Elgart: drums

This ensemble presents its own approach to freely improvised music, combining each musician's personal technique and artistic interpretations. The group offers a uniquely fresh perspective on the U.S. vs. European sensibilities to modern improvised music drawing from a vast background of individual experience.

CD's:
Modern Primitive (2011), Evil Rabbit Records (ERR18)
www.evilrabbitrecords.eu evilrabbitrecords.eu

 
Spoon 3

Spoon 3

Jodi Gilbert - voice, electronics
Albert van Veenendaal - (prepared) piano, sampler
Meinrad Kneer - double bass

With Spoon 3 we are developing an intimate and theatrical vehicle for a music which is highly stylized and very personal. The tunes/songs are self-composed with texts written or found by the musicians and through improvisation set into a clear form. Raw emotional texts, beautiful, poetic, histrionic, and angry, crossing over into vocalise that steers far away from jazz scat singing, but looks for the grooves that underlie it all. It is a classic trio combination, piano, bass, voice , looking to fit in and subvert this well-known constellation. Beauty, confrontation, and adventure, teeming up with the expressiveÝpossibilities offered within this transparent setting.

We are exploring an electronic level, to see if we can add an additional depth to the acoustic playing with the emphasis on how the acoustic and electronic components interact and build on the material to add a fuller dimension. It is not necessary to find something new with this technology, as the technology is so complex,and this complexity is not interesting to us. We are looking to put passion in an otherwise cold distant technology and using the electronics to make choices on the spot to create a human world of sound.

CD's:
Seductive Sabotage (2008), Evil Rabbit Records (ERR05)
www.evilrabbitrecords.eu evilrabbitrecords.eu

Bite the Gnatze

Bite the Gnatze

Michel Duijves: clarinet/bass-clarinet
Steven Kamperman - clarinet, alto- & soprano saxophone
Joost Buis: trombone/lapsteelguitar
Paul Pallesen: guitar/banjo/vocals
Frank Van Bommel: piano/ vibraphone
Meinrad Kneer: double bass
Alan Purves: drums/percussion

The Dutch Guitarist and banjoplayer Paul Pallesen started the band in 1995 to make exiting music inspired by jazz, Dutch /European folkmusic, country and western and instant composing. What came out is a subtile mingling of strong simple melodies and rhythms with more complex harmonies and structures, and there is always an open approch to the arrangements which makes their music unpredictable and free.

Bite the Gnatze has played on several important Dutch festivals like the Jazzfietstour, The Klap op de Vuurpijl and the Trois Jours festival, were they were given some very enthusiastic reviews.

CD's:
Wilde dans in een afgelegen berghut (2003), TryTone (TT559-020)
Wals door het raam (2007) TryTone (TT559-037)
Peeling off slowly (2011), TryTone (TT559-048)
www.bitethegnatze.nl