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Tobias Klein

Tobias Klein (*Saarbrücken, Germany, 1967) moved to Amsterdam in 1990 and studied saxophone and bass clarinet at the Conservatory of Amsterdam. As a performing musician, he specializes in the alto saxophone and the low clarinets (bass- and contra bass-). His focus lies mainly on improvised music and contemporary jazz. He incorporates elements of contemporary composed music, live-electronics and techniques derived from African, Eastern European and Asian music. Tobias currently (co-)leads the groups Spinifex and Lackritz. He regularly composes for both contemporary jazz groups and chamber music ensembles. In 2010, he was awarded the North Sea Jazz Composition Commission. Tobias has toured and recorded with many outstanding musicians such as Benoît Delbecq, Marc Ducret, Jozef Dumoulin, Dr. Mysore Manjunath, B.C. Manjunath, Claudio Puntin, Timuçin Sahin, Emmanuel Scarpa, Chris Speed, Jasper Stadhouders, Raphael Vanoli, Oguz Buyukberber and Teun Verbruggen.


Album Review

Spinifex: Beats The Plague

Read "Beats The Plague" reviewed by Mark Corroto

Finally, a band of brothers retaliates against the coronavirus. The scientists and the anti-vax antipodes have had their day. Time for some partisan guerrilla action. Okay, maybe just a pipe dream, but these nine tracks by the Amsterdam based Spinifex deliver a much needed counterattack to this diabolical infective agent. Recorded in June of 2021, Beats The Plague is the band's seventh release. It follows Soufifex (TryTone, 2019) where the band looked East for inspiration from Sufi music. ...

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Tobias Klein e il Questionario di Proust

Read "Tobias Klein e il Questionario di Proust" reviewed by Paolo Peviani

Il tratto principale della mia musica Musica che risuoni dentro. La qualità che desidero nei musicisti che suonano con me La capacità di vivere una situazione musicale. Come musicista, il momento in cui sono stato più felice Quando sembra che la musica si suoni (o si scriva) da sola. Come musicista, il mio principale difetto L'impazienza. La mia più grande ...

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"Catching that elusive energy, spontaneity and directness lies at the root of Klein's work ... He likes to keep his listeners spellbound by playing with their perception of time." Armand Serpenti, Trouw

"With soloing of utter abandon, Spinifex was still driven by idiosyncratic and complex compositional constructs, where challenging unison lines and stop/start rhythms were juxtaposed with passages of more complete freedom. Adventurous yet still with potent (albeit knotty) grooves to latch onto..." (John Kelman, allaboutjazz.com, about Spinifex)

"The irregular rhythms in this patchwork of styles continue with relentless energy… the math metal synergy shines through the tight changes which are fascinatingly intertwined with wild solos". (Tim Sprangers, Volkskrant, about Spinifex)

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From: Hipsters Gone Ballistic
By Tobias Klein


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