After years of intense activity, Rodrigo Amado’s main working band, Motion Trio, released its sixth album, Desire & Freedom (Not Two), acclaimed by audiences and critics alike as one of the strongest releases in Amado’s extensive discography and nominated record of the year by such important publications as The Wire Magazine or Spanish newspaper El País, among many others. Featuring longtime friends and collaborators Miguel Mira (cello) and Gabriel Ferrandini (drums), Motion Trio has recorded or played with such distinguished improvisers as Jeb Bishop, Peter Evans, Steve Swell, Matthew Shipp or Larry Ochs, among many others, with the music resonating a profound musical empathy, strongly projecting a group sound where the spirit of bop and the fire of free are gathered under the sign of free improvisation and real time composition.
For this special concert, Rodrigo Amado Motion Trio is joined by free jazz pioneer Alexander von Schlippenbach. One of Europe’s premier free jazz bandleaders, pianist Alexander von Schlippenbach’s music mixes free and contemporary classical elements, with his slashing solos often the link between the two in his compositions. Schlippenbach formed The Globe Unity Orchestra in 1966 to perform the piece Globe Unity, which had been commissioned by the Berliner Jazztage. Schlippenbach studied at the Staatliche Hochschule for Musik in Cologne with composers Bernd Alois Zimmermann and Rudolf Petzold. He played with Gunther Hampel in 1963, and was in Manfred Schoof’s quintet from 1964 to 1967.
Schlippenbach began heading various bands after 1967, among them 1970 trio with Evan Parker and Paul Lovens and a duo with Sven-Ake Johansson which they co-formed in 1976. Schlippenbach has also given many solos performances. In the late ’80s, he formed the Berlin Contemporary Jazz Orchestra,which has featured a number ofesteemed European avant-garde jazz musicians including Evan Parker, Paul Lovens, KennyWheeler, Misha Mengelberg and Aki Takase. During the ’90s Duo work with Tony Oxley, Sam Rivers and Aki Takase. 1999 he started the performance and radiorecordings of Thelonius Monk’s complete works, (all the compositions) with Rudi Mahall and his group Die Enttäuschung.
Supported by Senatsverwaltung für Kultur und Europa.
biegungen im ausland: Rodrigo Amado Motion Trio + Alexander von Schlippenbach
Saturday, 19th October 2019 | Doors 20:30 CET | Starts 21:00 CET
ausland | Lychener Str. 60 | 10437 Berlin
Photo © André Cepeda