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Mayas/Abdelnour/de Heney + Lisbon Berlin Trio

4 May 2018 - 20:30

Mayas/Abdelnour/de Heney
Magda Mayas – piano
Christine Abdelnour – saxophone
Nina de Heney – double bass

Lisbon Berlin Trio
Luis Lopes – guitar
Rodrigo Pinheiro – fender rhodes electric piano
Christian Lillinger – drums

English below

Das Trio der drei Ausnahmemusikerinnen Magda Mayas, Christine Abdelnour und Nina de Heney ist eine Premiere. Allerdings haben Mayas und Abdelnour bereits seit über neun Jahren ein Duo, mit dem sie auch zwei CDs veröffentlicht haben. Dazu kommt, dass beide auch schon Duos mit der Schwedin de Heney gespielt haben, und ebenso in anderen Konstellationen. Zu erwarten ist eine intensive Erkundung instrumentaler Klangfarben und die Schaffung komplexer Texturen aus dem Moment.

Das Lisbon Berlin Trio spielt eigentlich in einer anderen Konstellation und bietet hier eine alternative Variante. Der portugisiche Gitarrist Lúis Lopes und der Berliner Schlagzeuger Christian Lillinger werden um den Pianisten Rodrigo Pinheiro ergänzt, der bereits zweimal mit seinem exzellenten RED Trio im ausland zu erleben war. Er spielt diesmal Fender Rhodes und ersetzt den eigentlich zur Band gehörenden Kölner Kontrabassisten Robert Landfermann. Sie alle sind Beispiele einer neuen Generation europäischer Musiker, die mit einer recht spezifischen Vorstellung, was heute unter Jazz zu verstehen sei, agieren.

The trio of the three exceptional musicians Magda Mayas, Christine Abdelnour and Nina de Heney is a premiere, although Mayas and Abdelnour have a longstanding duo (since around ten years), and the musicians have all played in various constellations together before. Exploration of instrumental colour and textures is at the core of their music. Pianist Magda Mayas has been developing a vocabulary utilizing both the inside as well as the exterior parts of the piano, using preparations and objects; like this she explores textural, linear and fast moving sound collages. Saxophone player Christine Abdelnour approaches sound as a malleable material, rich in concrete textures, which combine breath, silence and countless acoustic distortions. She has developed extended techniques and complex patterns of sound production, exploring the microtonal aspects of the saxophone and its high-pitched tones. These techniques perfectly match with Nina de Heney's way of playing the double bass. Her three solo albums Archipelago, 2 and Three have all been met with critical acclaim and she has, on several occasions, been nominated for the Swedish Jazz Celebration and received the 2012 Jazz Musician of the Year Award.

Luís Lopes and his band mates are good examples of a new generation of European musicians with a rather distinctive understanding of the musical language called "jazz". They don’t specially care to give a 21st century content to the jazz format; it just happens they enjoy, and play, different kinds of music, and usually do it crossing boundaries and mixing vocabularies. Lopes studied jazz but has a blues and rock/punk background and, as such, loves to use riffs and has a special liking for feedback, distortion and electrical textures and noises. Usually the Lisbon Berlin Trio plays in a different combination, but today bassist Robert Landfermann is being replaced by the Portugese pianist Rodrigo Pinheiro on Fender Rhodes, who has already twice been playing at ausland before with his outstanding RED Trio and who can be considered as one of the new rising European piano voices. To world famous drummer Christian Lillinger, there’s no real incompatibility between hard bop structures, free form improvisation and punk beats. So they use everything possible if it fits and makes sense to them. The result is, truly saying, jazz of the 21st century, but without a program of intentions. Lisbon Berlin Trio is as intuitive and authentic as it can be, and that’s what really matters here. Just as the high quality achieved on their two completely different albums released on Clean Feed Records.

Supported by Senatsverwaltung für Kultur und Europa
Presented by Digital in Berlin

Doors: 8.30 pm
Concert start: 9.00 pm

Berliner Senatsverwaltung für Kultur und Europa

digital in berlin