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Frank Gratkowski

Alto saxophone, clarinet, bass clarinet, contrabass clarinet, composition
Born in Hamburg, 1963. Started playing the saxophone at 16 and, following a period at the Hamburg Conservatory of music, moved in 1985 to study at the Cologne Conservatory of Music with Heiner Wiberny, graduating in 1990. Since 2008 he lives also in Berlin.
Further studies with Charlie Mariano, Sal Nistico and Steve Lacy.
Frank Gratkowski has been working as a soloist in various international formations (Grubenklang Orchester, Apartment House, Musikfabrik NRW, Tony Oxley Celebration Orchestra, BikBentBraam, Zeitkratzer, WDR Orchestra, WDR Big band, etc.). Since 1990 he has been giving solo performances throughout Europe, Canada and USA. With his first solo program, he was a 1991 prizewinner in the Musik Kreativ contest. The release of the solo CD "Artikulationen" followed the same year and a new one "ArikulationenII" in 2002.
Since 1992 he has been working in a duo with the pianist Georg Graewe (CD "VicissEtudes"). The duo is often extended through the participation of different additional musicians, such as drummer Paul Lovens (CD "Quicksand") and bassist John Lindberg (CD "Arrears").
In 1995 he founded the "Frank Gratkowski Trio" with Dieter Manderscheid (Germany), bass, and Gerry Hemingway (USA), drums, (CDs "Gestalten" and "The Flume Factor" ). In 2000 the trio has been extended to a quartet by Dutch trombonist Wolter Wierbos (CDs "Kollaps", "Spectral Reflections" and "Facio"). Since 2003 also appearing as a Double Quartet plus Tobi Delius, Herb Robertson, Wilbert DeJoode and Michael Vatcher. In 2005 he got the SWR Jazzprize. 2001 the Trio Kaufmann / Gratkowski / DeJoode has been founded (CDs "Kwast" , "Unearth" and "Palaë") and from 2004 he has been co leading and composing for the James Joyce Orchestra which turned in 2008 into the Multiple Joy[ce] Orchestra. Since 2006 he’s working with the Trio Gratkowski / Brown / Winant (CD “Wake”), which played in 2009 at the Donaueschinger Musiktage. He is also a co-leader of the Multiple Joy[ce] Orchestra and got in got a commission to compose a piece for the ensemble Apartment House by “November Music “ (Den Bosch NL) and the “Huddersfield Comtemporary Music Fesitival” (England) in 2009.
Frank Gratkowski played on nearly every German and on numerous international Jazz and New Music Festivals including Vancouver, Toronto, Chicago, New York, Seattle, Quebec, Les Mans, Muelhuus, Groeningen, Nickelsdorf, Barcelona, Lithuania, Warsaw, Zagreb, Prague, Bratislava, Sofia, Bucharest, Odessa, Belgrad, Madrid, Barcelona, Göteborg, Huddersfield, London and  Roma.
He has been teaching saxophone, ensemble and composition at the Cologne, and Arnhem Conservatory of Music and is giving workshops all around the world.
Furthermore he has performed with Robert Dick, Phil Wachsmann, Radu Malfatti, Herb Robertson, Marcio Mattos, Eugenio Colombo, Peter Kowald, Ray Anderson, Michael Moore, Ken Vandermark, Greg Osby, Kenny Wheeler, Louis Sclavis, John Betsch, Jane Ira Bloom, Connie and Hannes Bauer, Xu Fengxia, James Newton, Muhal Richard Abrams, John Lindberg, Michael Formaneck, Ernst Reijseger, Fred van Hove, Theo Jörgensmann, Phil Minton, Peter Brötzmann, Mark Dresser, Mark Feldman, Hamid Drake, Michiel Braam, Han Bennink, Zeena Parkins, Mal Waldron, Misha Mengelberg a.m.o.

Frank Gratkowski/Tony Buck-Duo + Subtle Lip Can

8 Nov 2012 - 21:00

Subtle Lip Can from Canada: Bernard Falaise - guitar, Joshua Zubot - violin, Isaiah Ceccarelli - percussion

Duo Frank Gratkowski - alto saxophone, Tony Buck - drums


13 Apr 2013 - 20:00

Tomoko Sauvage
Tomoko Sauvage - waterbowls

Pierre Borel - saxophone
Johnny Chang - viola
Hannes Lingens - snare drum
Morten J. Olsen - bass drum
Nils Ostendorf - trumpet
Derek Shirley - double bass

Frank Gratkowski - alto saxophone
Matthias Schubert - tenor saxophone

+ Exhibition by Michal Fuchs & Nicolas Lefort


exhibition opens 20:00!!!

supported by:
Bezirksamt Pankow
Konzert des deutschen Musikrates  

Andrea Parkins/Mayas/Gratkowski/Buck

20 Nov 2013 - 20:00
20 Nov 2013 - 23:59
Andrea Parkins
Andrea Parkins/Magda Mayas/Frank Gratkowski/Tony Buck

Koch / Badrutt / Gratkowski & Murayama Solo

14 Jun 2014 - 20:30
14 Jun 2014 - 23:59

Hans Koch (CH)/Gaudenz Badrutt (CH) /Frank Gratkowski (DE) & Seijiro Murayama Solo (JP/FR)

Frank Gratkowski + Strassmüller/Mayer-Lindenberg

4 Jun 2016 - 20:30

Frank Gratkowski – composition, alto saxophone, live electronics
Articulations E for Alto Saxophone with Live Electronics

Matthias Strassmüller – composition, electronics, guitar
Annegret Mayer-Lindenberg – viola

Mayas / Wallumröd /// Brown / Gratkowski

29 Nov 2018 - 20:00
Mayas / Wallumröd /// Brown / Gratkowski

1. Set
Christian Wallumröd - keyboards, electronics
Magda Mayas - piano, clavinet

2. Set

Frank Gratkowski sax,cl, flute
Chris Brown  piano, electronics

doors: 20:00 start: 21:00