The trio of the three exceptional musicians Magda Mayas, Christine Abdelnour and Nina de Heney is a premiere, although Mayas and Abdelnour have a longstanding duo (since around ten years), and the musicians have all played in various constellations together before. Exploration of instrumental colour and textures is at the core of their music. Pianist Magda Mayas has been developing a vocabulary utilizing both the inside as well as the exterior parts of the piano, using preparations and objects; like this she explores textural, linear and fast moving sound collages.
Saxophone player Christine Abdelnour approaches sound as a malleable material, rich in concrete textures, which combine breath, silence and countless acoustic distortions. She has developed extended techniques and complex patterns of sound production, exploring the microtonal aspects of the saxophone and its high-pitched tones. These techniques perfectly match with Nina de Heney’s way of playing the double bass. Her three solo albums Archipelago, 2 and Three have all been met with critical acclaim and she has, on several occasions, been nominated for the Swedish Jazz Celebration and received the 2012 Jazz Musician of the Year Award.
Luís Lopes and his band mates are good examples of a new generation of European musicians with a rather distinctive understanding of the musical language called “jazz”. They don’t specially care to give a 21st century content to the jazz format; it just happens they enjoy, and play, different kinds of music, and usually do it crossing boundaries and mixing vocabularies. Lopes studied jazz but has a blues and rock/punk background and, as such, loves to use riffs and has a special liking for feedback, distortion and electrical textures and noises. Usually the Lisbon Berlin Trio plays in a different combination, but today bassist Robert Landfermann is being replaced by the Portugese pianist Rodrigo Pinheiro on Fender Rhodes, who has already twice been playing at ausland before with his outstanding RED Trio and who can be considered as one of the new rising European piano voices. To world famous drummer Christian Lillinger, there’s no real incompatibility between hard bop structures, free form improvisation and punk beats. So they use everything possible if it fits and makes sense to them. The result is, truly saying, jazz of the 21st century, but without a program of intentions. Lisbon Berlin Trio is as intuitive and authentic as it can be, and that’s what really matters here. Just as the high quality achieved on their two completely different albums released on Clean Feed Records.
Supported by Senatsverwaltung für Kultur und Europa
biegungen im ausland: Magda Mayas/ Christine Abdelnour/ Nina de Heney + Lisbon Berlin Trio: Lúis Lopes/ Rodrigo Pinheiro/ Christian Lillinger
Saturday, 4th May 2018 | Doors 20:30 CET | Starts 21:00 CET
ausland | Lychener Str. 60 | 10437 Berlin