Cologne Meets Melbourne / 2014
Artpipes e.V. presents
Artpipes e.V. second installment of it’s Australian-German cultural collaboration culminated in 2014. 'Cologne Meets Melbourne' brought two leading female jazz composers from opposite ends of the world together on stage for a series of return-concerts in Europe, May 2014. Cologne contemporary jazz ensemble, the Christina Fuchs Quartet ‘No Tango’ met up with Melbourne’s Andrea Keller Quartet in Australia, 2012. Artpipes’ first exchange project brought the two quartets together in an international octet experience premiering at Australia’s Wangaratta Jazz Festival, with new music written by Fuchs, Keller and ‘No Tango’ bassist Oster.
Artpipes e.V. presented the European leg of Cologne Meets Melbourne in a series of concerts and public radio broadcast in co-operation with the Düsseldorf District Council, WDR (West German Radio), Gedok, Domicil Dortmund, StadtgartenKöln, Jazzkeller69 e.V. Berlin, Jazzclub Tonne e.V. Dresden, Unterfahrt Munich, unErhört e.V. Wuppertal, Abbaye de Neumünster Luxembourg.
Christina Fuchs ‘No Tango’ Quartet, Cologne, Germany
Christina Fuchs (Saxophone, Clarinet, Bass Clarinet, Composition)
Florian Stadler (Accordion)
Ulla Oster (Double Bass)
Christoph Hillmann (Drums & Percussion)
'No Tango' is saxophonist/composer Christina Fuchs’ quartet. It is one of the more unique ensembles in the Cologne jazz scene and has been an individual, creative force in the German and International Jazz scene for over a decade. This band proves that innovative jazz can be delicate, humorous, and lyrical. Their combination of jazz, ethnic music and modern compositional technique fascinates from the first beat. The WDR Jazz Prize winner 2014, Fuchs is an established figure in her homeland, bearing a large output of both large and small ensemble work, as well as cross-disciplinary projects.
Andrea Keller Quartet - Melbourne, Australia
Andrea Keller (Piano, Composition)
Eugene Ball (Trumpet)
Ian Whitehurst (Saxophone)
Joe Talia (Drums)
Andrea Keller Quartet have been said to create music that is "a marker of just how good Australian jazz is” (Stapleton 2006). Their bass-less line up of instruments has been a leading force in developing an intimate chamber music-like approach to the group's performances. Although stemming from the jazz tradition, AKQ bring a wide array of influences from other genres, ranging from European contemporary art music through to electronica, merging to create a strongly identifiable and unique sound. ARIA and Australian Jazz Bell award-winners, performances have included Moers Festival 2007, Melbourne International Jazz Festival and Wangaratta Jazz Festival.