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Sebastian Gramss

ebastian Gramss (Cologne, Germany) is a German double bass virtuoso and composer of jazz and contemporary music. In 2013 he received the ECHO Jazz national instrumentalist of the year award for the bass. He studied double bass and composition at the Conservatorium van Amsterdam and at the Cologne University of Music. Since 1988 he is mostly active in the field of jazz, improvised and contemporary music as a composer, soloist and a member of numerous bands. He has released more than 20 CDs under his name. These include those from the band Underkarl, as well as from the trios Slowfox (with Hayden Chisholm & Philip Zoubek) and Fossile 3 (with Rudi Mahall & Etienne Nillesen). His activities include his solo works (Atopie), a long term bass duo series (started with Stefano Scodanibbio in 2008, and continued in 2013 with Barre Phillips, Tetsu Saitoh, and in 2014 with Mark Dresser), the Cologne-based quartet BASZ, an international quintet (Barre Phillips ́s Crossbows), up to his international 11 piece international double bass ensemble Thinking of ..., and the Bassmasse orchestra with 50 bass players. He has composed for radio drama, movies and theatre and – among others – for choreographer Pina Bausch. In 2007 he created the Spacebass (basso d’amore), a modified 4 string double bass with the addition of 12 sympathetic strings. He teaches at the Cologne University of Music and University of Osnabrück, and gives master classes around the world

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Moers Festival 2018

Read "Moers Festival 2018" reviewed by Martin Longley

Moers Festival Moers, Germany May 18-21, 2018 The long-established Moers Festival has undergone several changes in recent years. Its distinctive circus top tent was retired in 2013, making way for a custom-designed Halle to house most of the main concerts. Then, two years ago, the festival director and programmer switched ...

Thinking of…

Label: Wergo
Released: 2014
Track listing: A Catena; Macchina Basso; Fioritura; Spirale; Un Vento Silenzioso; Moto Perpetuo; Pezi Difettosi; Sui Viaggio; In Altre Parole; Soffermiamoci; Mark Dresser: Sostevoli Su; John Eckhardt: La Coda del Nebbio; Sebastian Gramss: Voyager; Barry Guy: Outside-Inside; Christine Hoock: Rock! Nella Nebbia; Joëlle Léandre: For Stefano; Dieter Manderscheid: Subito Sera; Barre Phillips: Tocarme; Daniele Roccato: Breaking Glasses; Tetsu Saitoh: Casino; Håkon Thelin: h- Moll/D-Dur’ Stefano Scodanibbio/Sebastian Gramss: Virtù.

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Sebastian Gramss: Thinking of…

Read "Thinking of…" reviewed by Eyal Hareuveni

The late Italian double bass master Stefano Scodanibbio, who died untimely in 2012 after a battle with the ALS disease, was a unique artist. A musician who expanded significantly the vocabulary of the double bass, exploring its almost infinite timbral range, and inventor of many extended and experimental techniques. He was also a unique composer and ...

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Enjoy Jazz Festival 2014

Read "Enjoy Jazz Festival 2014" reviewed by Adriana Carcu

Enjoy Jazz Festival Heidelberg, Mannheim, Ludwigshafen, Germany October 2 -November 15, 2014 Here are the festival numbers: 80 shows in almost seven weeks on 25 stages, performed by 250 musicians from 35 countries. Beyond the numbers there are many names: quite a few well known, a fair amount of established artists ...

Atopie

Label: Traumton Records
Released: 2012

knoM.T

Label: Traumton Records
Released: 2000


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