VERLEGT: Release-Konzert: Hendrika Entzian+
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At first glance, there seems to be a world between a moving quartet, marked by spontaneity, and the powerful sound of the "Tanker" big band, which changes direction only slowly. Indeed, Entzian's creative will succeeds in bridging this structural gap. Inspired by the quartet, she thinks from small to big in her arrangements, transfers interactive elements and opens up spaces for the individual expressiveness of the musicians*. "It is important that the ensemble, despite its size and the through-composed music, remains agile and spontaneous and is able to stage its great improvisers. That's why I didn't ask for an already existing orchestra, but founded this band. The music only comes alive when the participants add their personal sound to it." As an example, Entzian mentions the striking double feature of the two tenorists Halpin and Gille in Limona.
"A central theme of current big band music is: how are solos embedded in such a big band and what part do improvisations play", says Entzian. In her ensemble, in addition to the soloists Gille, Stein and Halpin already mentioned, the Australian trombone virtuoso Shannon Barnett (in pivot), who came to Cologne via New York, and the Hamburg guitarist Sandra Hempel (in 3/4 Rück), among others, set improvisational signs. By the way: Barnett will be awarded the WDR Jazz Prize in 2020.
The album title plays with the double meaning of the English word, marbles and marble, round and firm, explains Entzian. "I like the flowing structures found in marble, and the changes of perspective it allows." The fact that there is no first part of Marble Pt.2 on the CD has a mundane reason: the second part was simply finished earlier, while the original idea, from which Part 2 was derived, still prevails.
Large ensembles are trendy not only among musicians. Many secondary schools and universities now have their own big band, and new, extensive formations with their own sound are being created everywhere. Entzian and her musicians* unite aspects of timeless orchestral colourfulness, individual ideas and clever thematic development. Hendrika Entzian+ can inspire a multi-layered, even younger audience with energy, joy of playing and sonority.
Hendrika Entzian (compositions, arrangements, conducting), Julian Bossert (alto saxophone, flute), Theresia Philipp (alto saxophone, clarinet), Matthew Halpin (tenor & soprano saxophone), Sebastian Gille (tenor saxophone, clarinet), Heiko Bidmon (baritone saxophone, bass clarinet), Andy Haderer (trumpet, flugelhorn), Felix Meyer (trumpet, flugelhorn), Bastian Stein (trumpet, flugelhorn), Heidi Bayer (trumpet, flugelhorn), Klaus Heidenreich (trombone), Shannon Barnett (trombone), Janning Trumann (trombone), Jan Schreiner (bass trombone), Simon Seidl (piano, Fender Rhodes), Sandra Hempel (guitar), Matthias Akeo Nowak (bass), Fabian Arends (drums)
Jazz, Modern Jazz, Big Band
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