Kaiser Quartett © Tim Fulda
The world's most expensive sampler" (Chilly Gonzales)
When one thinks of a string quartet, one first thinks of a complicated and elitist genre, as well as perhaps of the long-awaited break champagne or cough drops. With their debut album KAISER QUARTETT Ingmar Süberkrüb (viola), Martin Bentz (cello),
Adam Zolynski (violin) and Jansen Folkers (violin) sometimes put classical music on the substitution bench, however, in order to give genres such as hip-hop, funk, electro and pop equal and stylistically confident space with their musical openness and accuracy of timing. In 2011, the collaboration with pianist and Grammy Award winner Chilly Gonzales began on the occasion of the release of his orchestral rap album "The Unspeakable Chilly Gonzales" with concerts in Hamburg, Berlin and Toulouse. The long-standing friendly collaboration with Chilly Gonzales culminated in the joint album "Chambers" in 2015. The year-long release tour offered the opportunity to experience the KAISER QUARTETT live in the most prestigious venues in Europe and the UK, as well as, for example, at Massey Hall in Toronto, in Montreal and at the Montreux Jazz Festival.
After numerous collaborations with national as well as international artists - including Daniel Hope, BOY, Bosse and Gregory Porter - their debut album "Kaiser Quartett" with exclusively original compositions was released in 2019. The subsequent headlining tour brought them to numerous clubs in Germany and France, as well as to the Reeperbahn Festival and Eurosonic Noorderslag (Groningen). More recently, KAISER QUARTETT worked with Anna Ternheim, Die Sterne, Jarvis Cocker, Leoniden, Roosevelt and presented their version of "Abendland" on arte Tracks with rap artist Yassin. At the Reeperbahn Festival 2021 they thrilled the Elbphilharmonie together with the Australian singer-songwriter RY X.
Currently, the four likeable gentlemen from Hamburg analyze the musical essence of their electronic idols with the means of a classical string quartet. No matter if they take Giorgio Moroder, Daft Punk, Hot Butter or their own compositions like Grossraumdisko - their joy of playing and the scratching and scraping in the style of a musical clockwork will shorten the waiting time for the second KAISER QUARTETT album this summer, which the band has announced for Christmas 2022.