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Achim Kaufmann

Achim Kaufmann

Achim Kaufmann is a Berlin-based pianist, improvisor, and composer.
From 1996 to 2009, he lived in Amsterdam where he became part of that city’s internationally renowned improvised music scene.
Since the early 2000s, he has been touring internationally with the trio Kaufmann/Gratkowski/de Joode, an improvising unit which has released five CDs so far, to much critical acclaim.
Since moving to Berlin, he started a number of new groups including grünen (a piano trio with Christian Lillinger and Robert Landfermann which has two releases on Clean Feed), a trio with Axel Dörner and Okkyung Lee, and SKEIN (with Gratkowski, de Joode, Okkyung Lee, Richard Barrett and Tony Buck). He recently also released duo albums with long-standing collaborators  Michael Moore and Thomas Heberer.
Achim has been involved in a number of multi-disciplinary projects, including dance and especially poetry (with his wife, Gabriele DR Guenther).
He has also been giving solo concerts regularly and is preparing multiple solo releases at the moment.
Besides, he also played and/or recorded with Mark Dresser, Jim Black, Han Bennink, Paul Lovens, George Lewis, Tobias Delius, Roger Turner, Tristan Honsinger, Urs Leimgruber, John Hollenbeck, Wolter Wierbos, Fay Victor, Thomas Lehn, Mark Helias, Chris Speed, Andrea Parkins, Shelley Hirsch, Kazuhisa Uchihashi, Lê Quan Ninh, Johannes Bauer, Gerry Hemingway, Paul Lytton, Paul Rutherford, Misha Mengelberg, Fred Lonberg-Holm, Tomász Stanko, Ernst Ludwig Petrowsky, to name only a few.
Achim Kaufmann received the renowned Albert Mangelsdorff jazz award at the Berlin Jazz Fest in 2015 where he performed with his trio grünen and poet Gabriele Guenther as a special guest.

“For many years, Achim Kaufmann has been one of the most inspiring and exciting personalities of the European jazz and improvisation scene. His music bears witness to great harmonic subtlety and structural depth. A brilliant pianist and composer, his reflected exploration of tradition has led him to a nuanced, contemporary sound language that encompasses poetry, energy and abstraction in equal measure.” (Julia Neupert, SWR radio)

Kaufmann/Lee/Leimgruber/Turner + Nishikaze

22 Oct 2011 - 22:00

Achim Kaufmann - Klavier
Okkyung Lee - Cello
Urs Leimgruber - Saxofone
Roger Turner - Schlagzeug

Makiko Nishikaze - solo piano works
- forest-piano (1998)
- resonae-piani (2011) UA


25 Feb 2012 - 21:30

Two improvising trios!

Achim Kaufmann - piano
Matthias Bauer - double bass
Andrea Sanzvela - viola

Floros Floridis - contrabass clarinet
Sebastian Maschat - drums
George Donchev - double bass

Foils + Glue + Lehn/Kaufmann/Lillinger

12 Jan 2013 - 20:30

Thomas Lehn - analogue synth + Achim Kaufmann - piano + Christian Lillinger - drums; Foils: Frank Paul Schubert - soprano saxophone + Matthias Müller - trombone; Glue: Tom Arthurs - trumpet, flugelhorn + Miles Perkin - contrabass + Yorgos Dimitriadis - drums, percussion;

Allemano/Kaufmann/Weber + Card Castle

14 Feb 2015 - 20:30

Lina Allemano - trumpet
Achim Kaufmann - piano
Christian Weber - bass

Card Castle
Antonis Anissegos - piano
Mike Majkowski - bass
Christian Marien - drums

bend/break 2016 day 1

18 Nov 2016 - 19:30

bend/break biegungen festival day 1

Jef Mertens: A Pollock of Sound. Borbetomagus documentary // Antje Vowinckel // PareiDoliΛ: Marta Zapparoli, Liz Allbee // Achim Kaufmann, Andrea Parkins, Ignaz Schick