(born 1966 in Nürnberg, Germany) is a contemporary jazz bass clarinetist.
While studying classical clarinet, Mahall shifted towards contemporary music, improvisation and jazz. He is, or was a member of following bands: Avantgardeband Die Hartmann 8, Der Rote Bereich (initially with Frank Möbus, Marty Cook, Jim Black und Henning Sievert), the Trio Tiefe töne für Augen und Ohren (with Sievert and Bill Elgart), Carlos Bicas Azul and Die Enttäuschung (amongst others with Axel Dörner, Jan Roder). He carried out several projects and published CDs with Aki Takase, about the work of Eric Dolphy and others. Mahall participated to Alexander von Schlippenbachs recording of the complete works of Thelonious Monk, published by a prestigious Swiss label, and he is a member of the Globe Unity Orchestra. Moreover he performed with Conny Bauer, Lee Konitz, Barry Guy, Karl Berger, Paul Lovens, Sven-Åke Johansson, Radu Malfatti, Ed Schuller, Ray Anderson, Kenny Wheeler, Hannes Bauer and many others.
Mahall performed at the Free Music Festival Jazz a Mulhouse in 2008, at the Moers Festival, the JazzFest Berlin, the Leverkusener Jazztage and jazz festivals in New York City, Amsterdam, München, Würzburg, Nürnberg, Spain, Norway, France, etc and toured in Portugal, southern and eastern Africa.
Born in Cologne,1964. Studied piano and trumpet (with Malte Burba) at the Musikhochschule,
Cologne. Moved to Berlin in 1994. He has worked together with numerous internationally
respected figures in the fields of Improvised Music, New Music and Jazz. He
has developed a totally unique style of trumpet playing based in part on unusual,
often self-invented techniques. He has toured in Europe, USA, Australia, Japan
and appeared on numerous CD and record releases.
born 1968 in Lübeck, Germany, studied jazz bass with Detlef Beier at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater, Hannover. He moved to Berlin in 1995 where he encountered musicians the likes of Dörner, Mahall, and v. Schlippenbach with whom he has played until today (f.e. this very 'Enttäuschung'). Roder considers his musical 'home' to be post-free jazz and improvised music deeply rooted in the jazz tradition.
He collaborates with musicians such as Aki Takase, Gunter Hampel, Irene Schweizer,Ulrich Gumpert, Ernst Ludwig Petrowski, Thomas Borgmann, Peter Brötzmann, WolfgangPuschnig, Axel Dörner, Wlli Kellers, Michael Griener, Oliver Steidle, Silke Eberhard,Christof Thewes, Matthias Schubert, Olaf Rupp.....
and in projects such as Monks Casino, Die Enttäuschung, Soko Steidle, Squakk, Die Dicken Finger (on electric bass), Silke Eberhard Trio, Ulrich Gumpert Quartett and Workshop Band, JR3, as a soloist and studio musician.
He has played festivals and clubs throughout Europe, North America, and Asia, and records several albums each year, for example: Die Enttäuschung / Vier Halbe, Squakk /Willisau Berlin, Monks Casino, Die Dicken Finger / Argyromanie, Tama / Goldfish, Jan Roder/ Doublebass.
Michael Griener - drums
Born in Nuremberg, Germany in 1968, began playing drums in 1982, lives in Berlin since 1994.
Under the influence of the HOHE-UFER-concerts initiated by Günter Christmann he became involved early on in the various forms of Jazztradition, Free Improvisation and New Music, which led to a longer collaboration with Christmann in his Vario-projects (a.o. C.I.M.-Festival Den Haag 1990, Moers-Festival 1992, Wittener Tage für Neue Kammermusik1993).
He has worked frequently with dancers, actors and poets (most recently in a project on Paul Celan with German writer Oskar Ansull). His duo KIMMO ELOMAA with electronic wizard jayrope received a grant by the city of Berlin in 2002
Received the 1. price as "most creative soloist" at the "New German Jazz Award" in 2006
His current projects include a.o.:
Uli Gumpert Quartet, Themroc3, Eskelin-Weber-Griener, Lacy Pool, Squakk
Michael Griener teaches jazz drumming at the University for Music “Carl Maria v. Weber” in Dresden
He worked with Rudi Mahall, Wollie Kaiser, Jürgen Wuchner, Gabriele Hasler, Claudio Puntin, Roger Hanschel, Albert Mangelsdorff, Han Bennink, Adam Pyronzcyk, Dieter Manderscheid, Gunter Hampel and many more on stages all over Europe. Since 2008 he is a member of the lengendary 'Globe Unity Orchester' and the 'Ulrich Gumpert Workshop Band' In 2017 he joined the band 'Die Enttäuschung'
He was awarded with some awards like in 2007 the'Jazzpreis der Stadt Worms.