Fly Magic & Under the Surface
“Luminously fine” (All About Jazz)
German saxophonist-bandleader Timo Vollbrecht is a passionate, improvising jazz artist whose roots lie in Berlin’s innovative music scene. Together with his longtime partner-in-crime, German-Japanese guitarist Keisuke Matsuno, he formed an ensemble that is fueled by cultural diversity and inspired by the urban sounds of his cities Berlin and New York.
According to the New York City Jazz Record, the quartet’s “dynamic and emotive music is blessed with rhythmic fluidity and intricate twists.” A magical blend of vivacious energy and emotional intensity create a genuine sound that often depicts the sensation of flying – hence, FLY MAGIC! It touches the soul of music fans and jazz lovers alike.
GRAMMY-Award-winning pianist Danilo Pérez invited the band to perform at the 2013 Panama Jazz Festival, followed by tours in Europe, the US, Dominican Republic and Haiti, where they shared the bill with highly acclaimed Branford Marsalis at the Festival International de Jazz de Port-au-Prince. This lead to a collaboration between Marsalis and Vollbrecht at the legendary jazz-shrine Village Vanguard.
In 2016, FLY MAGIC toured Asia with performances in China, Vietnam, Cambodia, and Thailand. The band also appeared in Australia at the Perth International Jazz Festival and at the Jazz By The Bay Festival in Margaret River.
Under The Surface
Under the surface is a unique trio formed by three musicians of different generations who found each other in a mutual search for space and silence through improvisation.
The trio first met each other in May 2015 through an initiative of Stichting Beaux Jazz and features: “Drummer Joost Lijbaart (known for his work with Yuri Honing), guitarist Bram Stadhouders (known for his work with the Dutch Chamber choir, Jim Black and Sidsel Enderson) and young vocalist Sanne Rambags (winner Conservatorium Talent Award 2017)
The first edition of Generation Next was centred around singer Sanne Rambags from Tilburg and for the occasion this adventurous group of musicians was assembled.
Their debut album, released on Challenge Records in March of 2017 received raving reviews. The main focus of the ensemble lies in improvisations in which atmosphere, poetry and playing together play a big role.
The universal musical language of the group brought them to big festivals in Mali, Mexico and the Netherlands.
The main elements of their music seem to strike a chord with people of many different cultures.
This year the ensemble will be playing some major festivals in China and India