Phosphoros Ensemble

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.

Meinrad Kneer Quintet

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.

Dalgoo

Tobias Klein - alto saxophone, bass clarinet
Lothar Ohlmeier - tenor saxophone, bass clarinet
Meinrad Kneer - double bass
Christian Marien - drums

The quartet Dalgoo has been founded by Tobias Klein and Meinrad Kneer in 1998 in Amsterdam (NL) and worked continuously till the year of 2005. Now, 20 years after its beginnings, Klein, Ohlmeier and Kneer make a fresh start together with Berlin based drummer Christian Marien. New material has been composed and arranged for the quartet and in november 2018 the quartet will reappear on stage again!

Baars/ Kneer/ Elgart @ SJU Jazzpodium, Utrecht (2010)

Baars/ Kneer/ Elgart

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')

Rose/ Kneer/ Barrett

Rose/ Kneer/ Barrett

Jon Rose - violin, tenor 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.

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.

Julie Sassoon Quartet

Julie Sassoon Quartet

Julie Sassoon - piano, composition
Lothar Ohlmeier - soprano saxophone, bass clarinet
Meinrad Kneer - double bass
Rudi Fischerlehner - drums

"...It was certainly a great pleasure to hear again Julie Sassoon's quartet,
recently recorded impeccably on jazzwerkstatt label at the Berlin radio studios.The group enhances the solo impetus where Julie has investigated her own Jewish family past in pre-war Germany.
The need to be aware of the risks that may constantly befall us seem most poignant.
'Wake Up Call' was a real tear-jerker, making us double take on how the world continues today..."
Oliver Weindling LONDON JAZZ NEWS

Peter Van Huffel Octet

Peter Van Huffel Octet

Peter Van Huffel – alto saxophone, clarinet, compostions
Sophie Tassignon – voice
Lina Allemano – trumpet
Matthias Müller – trombone
Alex Maksymiw – guitar
Nathan Bontrager – cello
Meinrad Kneer – double bass
Christian Marien – drums

In May 2016 Peter Van Huffel spent three weeks as composer in residence at the Banff Centre for the Arts in Alberta, Canada, where he formed the initial concept and completed the first compositions for a new octet project. The compositions for this project mix together elements of jazz, free improvisation and 20th century contemporary classical music, with strong influences by renowned composers such as Berio, Ives, Feldman, Zorn, Mingus, Ellington and many more. Many of the pieces written for this ensemble intertwine composition and improvisation with texts by a range of authors including the renowned poet e.e. cummings, and the contemporary american poet, Julie Joosten, who Van Huffel befriended during his time in Banff. In this music one can hear the various sounds and musical directions Van Huffel has been known for from his numerous past and present projects, including Gorilla Mask, House of Mirrors, Hufflignon and the Peter Van Huffel Quartet & Quintet. The Peter Van Huffel Octet is his largest ensemble as a bandleader to date.

Andreas Willers' "7 of 8"

Andreas Willers' 7 of 8

Nikolaus Neuser - trumpet
Florian Bergmann - alto saxophone, clarinet, bass clarinet
Matthias Schubert - tenor saxophone
Andreas Willers - guitar, composition
Meinrad Kneer - double bass
Christian Marien - drums

Current Berlin-based version of the Andreas Willers Octet

Bite the Gnatze

Bite the Gnatze

Michel Duijves - clarinet/bass-clarinet
Steven Kamperman - alto clarinet, soprano saxophone
Joost Buis - trombone, lapsteel guitar
Paul Pallesen - guitar, banjo
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.