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Frank Gratkowski

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Frank Gratkowski plays clarinet, bass clarinet, contrabass clarinet, alto saxophone, flute. He was born in Hamburg, Germany. Gratkowski started playing the saxophone at 16 and, following a period at the Hamburg Conservatory (Hamburger Musikhochschule), moved in 1985 to study at the Cologne Conservatory of Music with Heiner Wiberny, graduating in 1990. Then after he studies with Charlie Mariano, Sal Nistico and Steve Lacy. Frank Gratkowski has been working as a soloist in various international formations (Grubenklang Orchester, Klaus Koenig Orchester, Musikfabrik NRW, Tony Oxley Celebration Orchestra, Bentje Braam, BikBentBraam, All Ears, Zeitkratzer, WDR Big band, etc.)

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Article: Album Review

Sebi Tramontana: Unfolding To Be You

Read "Unfolding To Be You" reviewed by Mark Corroto


This solo trombone recording by Sebi Tramontana could be called a master class if it wasn't such an intimate and personal experience. The Sicilian-born trombonist known for his work in the Italian Instabile Orchestra, the Georg Graewe Quintet, Pipeline 8, and free improvised duos with everyone from Frank Gratkowski to Giovanni Maier, Jeb Bishop and Joëlle ...

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Article: Festivals Talking

Moers Festival Interviews: Max Johnson

Read "Moers Festival Interviews: Max Johnson" reviewed by Martin Longley


New York bassist Max Johnson has embarked on a European tour with his trio, in the run-up to the release of their new album Orbit Of Sound (Unbroken Sounds, 2022). They are playing crucial venues such as Roskam in Brussels and The Loft in Cologne, doubtless climaxing at the Moers Festival, also in Germany (3rd-6th June). ...

Album

Flatbosc & Cautery

Label: NoBusiness Records
Released: 2021
Track listing: Biomes; Roughly Parallel; X-ularities; Tenuous Links Beyond; Small Ways, Chasmal; Tangible Thin Threads.

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Anna Weber, The Resonators & Anthony Joseph

Read "Anna Weber, The Resonators & Anthony Joseph" reviewed by Maurice Hogue


Two products of the jazz program at McGill University in jny: Montreal have new releases to sample this week: saxophonist and composer Anna Webber's Idiom is easily her most ambitious project to date featuring her Simple Trio (Matt Mitchell and John Hollenbeck) and a large ensemble of improvisers and new music specialists. Drummer Mark Nelson continues ...

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Article: Live Review

Moers Festival 2021

Read "Moers Festival 2021" reviewed by Martin Longley


Moers Festival Eventhalle/Rodelberg Moers, Germany May 21-24 2021 Just a few days before the start of this 50th anniversary festival, the local governmental authorities suddenly switched their virus regulations, allowing a crowd of 500 to attend each evening's outdoor park gig on the Rodelberg stage. During the daytimes, ...

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Article: Interview

Ariele Monti: la filosofia inclusiva di Area Sismica

Read "Ariele Monti: la filosofia inclusiva di Area Sismica" reviewed by Libero Farnè


A Ravaldino in Monte, pochi chilometri a sud di Forlì, in una rustica e isolata casa di campagna ai piedi delle colline romagnole, per la precisione una Casa del Popolo costruita nel 1947, ha sede Area Sismica, uno dei locali più vivaci, autentici e accoglienti in cui ascoltare musica dal vivo con poche preclusioni di genere. ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Sarah Murcia, Thumbscrew & Giancarlo Tossani

Read "Sarah Murcia, Thumbscrew & Giancarlo Tossani" reviewed by Maurice Hogue


There's lots of new releases sampled in this episode. The critics' darlings, Thumbscrew is back and meeting their usual standards of creativity and originality. Popular French bassist Sarah Murcia sings off-beat stuff on her new Eyeballing, while the Finnish quartet Alder Ego stretches the boundaries on their latest. The pandemic looms over the new release by ...

Article: Album Review

Gratkowski, Nabatov, Mahnig: Dance Hall Stories

Read "Dance Hall Stories" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi


Il titolo e la foto di copertina sono allusivi e non vanno presi alla lettera. Il pianista Simon Nabatov e il sassofonista Frank Gratkowski non hanno deciso di abbandonare la libera improvvisazione per un omaggio al repertorio da ballo ma includono nella collaborazione il giovane batterista Dominik Mahnig, che si aggiunge in metà dei brani del ...

Article: Album Review

Simon Nabatov: Time Labyrinth

Read "Time Labyrinth" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi


Registrato il 17 aprile 2019 a Colonia, “Time Labyrinth" è la prima parte di un progetto di Simon Nabatov denominato Changing Perspectives, che sarà completato nel prossimo futuro. Il pianista e compositore di origine russa vive nella città tedesca da quasi tre decenni ed è una figura di primo piano nell'universo della musica improvvisata ...


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