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Minuit à St. Tropez
Davis West – violin
Almut Schlichting – baritone saxophone
Sven Hinse – double bass
Together with violinist Davis West, the duo SUBSYSTEM delves into the world of French jazz & swing in their new program MINUIT À SAINT TROPEZ – from Django Reinhardt to Boris Vian. A collage-like, surrealistic mix of faux Latin grooves, noise improvisations and chamber music miniatures creates a multicultural melting pot between Paris, New York and Berlin.
The first successful performance of the project took place in June 2023 with violinist Fabiana Striffler – as part of Berlin’s concert series “Zugabe!!! Django Reinhardt and French jazz”, sponsored by the Berlin Senate.
Supported by the Musikfonds, the band BAUHAUSKAPELLENTRAUM follows in the footsteps of the legendary “Bauhauskapelle”. This band played at the legendary Bauhaus festivals; sound documents have not survived, but contemporary witnesses rave about a rousing mixture of jazz, folklore and noise music. BAUHAUSKAPELLENTRAUM brings this legend back to life – with thorough research, but without any claim to historical authenticity.
The quartet consists of vocals (Jacobien Vlasman) and guitar (Daniel Meyer), baritone saxophone (Almut Schlichting) and double bass (Sven Hinse).
Their own compositions, collages of folk songs, banana shimmy, Bartok and Dadaism make for a varied program, which celebrated its successful premiere in autumn 2019 with several concerts at the Jazzmeile Thüringen.
Subsystem + Efrat Alony
In their trio program, the two musicians meet the Israeli singer Efrat Alony, who teaches jazz singing in Bern and has released numerous critically acclaimed CDs under her own name. With her warm and dark alto voice, she adds numerous new colors to the duo line-up. As a trio, the band explores new harmonic and structural paths; the musicians inspire each other with their compositions, arrangement ideas and improvisational concepts.
Rooted in contemporary jazz, SUBSYSTEM’s music branches out in the direction of Viennese coffee house, program music, impressionism and folklore. The collaboration between Hinse and Schlichting, which has grown organically over the years in various bands, is evident in the familiarity and spontaneity with which they bring their pieces to life. Efrat Alony fits into the sound cosmos so effortlessly that you get the feeling she has always been there.