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Thomas Borgmann

Borgmann began his career in the early 1980s, working mainly with the Berlin Art Ensemble around Nick Steinhaus (participating in the 1981 Tour Southamerica for the Goethe-Institut, and the 1982 Nickelsdorfer Konfrontationen). He went on to the Sirone Sextet in New York (1987); the Hidden Quartet (with Dietmar Diesner, Erik Balke, and Jonas Akerblom); and Noise & Toys (with Valery Dudkin, Sascha Kondraschkin). In 1991, Borgmann founded the Orkestra Kith’N Kin (with Hans Reichel, John Tchicai, Pat Thomas, Jay Oliver, Mark Sanders, Lol Coxhill and others). Later he toured with his Quartet Ruf der Heimat (founded in 1993 with Ernst-Ludwig Petrowsky, Peter Brötzmann, Willi Kellers, Christoph Winckel), and with the Trio Blue Zoo (with Borah Bergman and Brötzmann). Starting in 1984, and continuing until 1996, he organized the festival STAKKATO in Berlin.

In 1995, Borgmann began working with Wilber Morris and Denis Charles, leading to the BMC-Trio. After Charles' death in 1998, Borgmann and Morris teamed with Reggie Nicholson in the "BMN-Trio", which continued performing until 2002. Borgmann also participated in the quartet Alliance with Petrowsky, DJ jayrope and Michael Griener.

Initially with Tony Buck and Joe Williamson, Borgmann formed the trio "Boom Box". He continues to perform with the group, now playing with Willi Kellers and Akira Ando. He also continues to tour international Jazz festivals around the world.

During his career, Borgmann has taken part at concerts, tours and recordings with artists including Caspar Brötzmann, André Jaume, Jason Kahn, Tony Buck, Paul Lytton, Evan Parker, Conny Bauer, Johannes Bauer, Charles Gayle, Lol Coxhill, Phil Minton, William Parker, Jason Hwang, Heinz Sauer, Thurston Moore, Enver Ismailov, Shoji Hano, Alexander von Schlippenbach, Vladimir Chekasin, Rashied Bakr , Roy Campbell, Melvyn Poore, Perry Robinson, Vattel Cherry, Kip Hanrahans Latin Groove and Jean-Paul Bourelly.


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“(...)These three musicians have grown up in a world of music that has to some extent been defined by constant flux, constantly balancing the old traditions of craftsmanship, genre, and sound against more recent developments. Yet with “Jazz” they have produced a CD that bears no trace of this trend. Inspired by a mixed bag of ideas, they have created an altogether new product, packed with wholly surprising transformations and tremendous, absolutely original diversity. It can be heard right from the start with “Little Birds May Fly.” Borgmann’s soprano sax cultivates an unusual melodious quality and a delightful sound that is somehow childlike in its innocence. (...) This CD is undoubtedly free jazz. But it’s safe to say that nobody is expecting free jazz to sound like the music on this recording.” uli ohlshausen (frankfurter allgemeine zeitung) - CD booklet boom box

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Album Discography

Recordings: As Leader | As Sideperson




Some More Jazz

NoBusiness Records


One For Cisco

NoBusiness Records


Nasty & Sweet




Jazzwerkstatt Berlin-brandenburg E.v.


Live In Poland




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