From the early beginnings in 2012 StarkLinnemann is attempting to produce music with an agelessness character. As musicians and composers they are creating a style of their own by blending jazz with elements of classical music and world music.
Their definition of being an artist means to constantly push oneself in order to reach the ultimate rendition of a work of art. StarkLinnemann’s approach of transforming classical masterpieces by Liszt, Chopin, Mussorgsky and Beethoven into long and complex but coherent and moving modern jazz compositions is exceptional in jazz-history.
The genre of StarkLinnemann is best described as Universal Crossover Music.
The co-leaders of the band Paul Stark (piano) and Jonas Linnemann (drums) were continuously searching for musicians who were willing to conform to the broad vision of StarkLinnemann. Since the group’s foundation they have worked with diverse line-ups and have shown to be very versatile in terms of musical styles and genres. This can be heard on their albums Awake (2014) and Transcending Chopin Volume 1 (2016), Transcending Chopin Volume 2&3 (2016) and Pictures at an Exhibition (2018).
The StarkLinnemann Quartet has crystallised into a coherent entity with the talented artists Iman Spaargaren and Maciej Domaradzki. Multi reed player Iman Spaargaren and bassist Maciej Domaradzki complement the group perfectly with their passionate playing.
PICTURES AT AN EXHIBITION
An opulent rousing interpretation - Elke Schmitter - DER SPIEGEL
Bull's eye - Rinus van der Heijden - JAZZ NU
Exquisite approach - Greg Drygala - HIFI CRITIC
Surpassed reinvention and performance - Bernard Lefebre - JAZZ HALLO
Respect! - Joe Brookes - ROCK TIMES
Exposition of talent - Johan Pape - DRAAI OM JE OREN
World Class” - Klaus Merz - HOLSTEINISCHEN COURIER
Classical music and Jazz are not far apart - Wijnand Honig - NTR
Successful link with John Coltrane's Love Supreme - Bert Vuijsje - JAZZ BULLETIN
African rhythms referring to Chopin - Jochem Le Cointre - JAZZENZO.NL
Well timed improvisations - Ken Vos - JAZZISM
Chopin gets more color on the cheeks - RaKenDra Smit - MUZIEKWERELD
Chopin's music successfully brought to the 21st century - Johan Bakker - NEDERLANDS DAGBLAD
Chopin would love it - Greg Drygala - HIFI CRITIC
Respectful and successful - Hessel Fluitman - JAZZFLITS
Double satisfaction - Klaas Koopman - PIANOWERELD
'Phenomenal and convincing - Joe Brookes - ROCKTIMES
Open minded - Bernard Lefebre - JAZZ HALLO
Fluidly composed & improvised -Rinus van der Heijden- JAZZENZO
Impressive debut - Frank Huser - JAZZFLITS
Full of unexpected events - RaKenDra Smit - MUZIEKWERELD
raised the bar high - Joe Brookes - ROCKTIMES