Joel Grip, Bertrand Denzler and Sven-Åke Johansson, respectively in their early thirties, early fifties and early seventies, found each other through the intertwining scenes between Paris and Berlin. Emerged through the questioning of methods, their ensemble “Neuköllner Modelle” combines bipolar procedures in creating something which could be likened with a retarding ballad of the insistent up-tempo murmur accelerating in the backdrop-world of today.
“Neuköllner Modelle” depicts the new musical thoughts and craftsmanships of three musician identities who couldn’t be further apart (or better distributed) in age. Together they work on the form. The result is a radical suspended shape of instrumental interplay, exploring unbound rhythms, structures, and harmonies.
Even though “Neuköllner Modelle” draws attention to Free Jazz (a genre of which Johansson became one of the european pioneers), their methods embosses conscious focus on current tensions. Johansson has called this music Constructive Free Jazz, or also: Non-Expressive Free Jazz.
“Neuköllner Modelle” have released two albums on Umlaut Records; “Sektion 1-2” and “Sektion 3-7” (with guest Alexander von Schlippenbach). During their three-day residency at Klub Massapequah (Isotop) in November they will present a new modelle of musical thoughts called Zyklus 1.
“Pairing Denzler, a musician with an astute aproach to minimalist saxophone, with Grip, collocating musician who ties many disparate European improvisational forms together, and Johansson, the Swiss army knife (although he is Swedish) of drummers, is a genius amalgam of musicians.” (Mark Corroto, allaboutjazz)
Tickets: 15€, 10€ reduced
Neuköllner Modelle – Zyklus 1
Thursday, 2nd – Saturday, 4th November 2017 | Starts 20:00 CET
Klub Massapequah (Isotop) | Pohlstr. 64 | 10785 Berlin