Soundscapes No. 25
Real Time Composition at Wolf & Galentz
Sunday, February 23, 2020
Doors: 19:30, start: 20:15
Donation for the musicians: 12 €, 8 €
- Sebi Tramontana
- Frank Gratkowski
clarinet, alto saxophone
- Harri Sjöström
sopran & sopranino saxophone
Musician, Graphic Artist
The trombonist is well-known as a musician with a unique style of interpretation, as a composer between jazz and contemporary classical music and also as a member of the Italian Allstar ensemble Instabile Orchestra. Collaborations with, among others, Mario Schiano, Frank Gratkowski, Giancarlo Schiaffini, Joelle Leandre, Paul Lovens, and Carlos Zingaro.
He has played in Europe, Japan, the US, and Canada. Tramontana lives in Munich.
Especially as when playing solo or in small ensembles the unusual clarity of his play is audible. Gratkowski is also known as being a talented researcher of sounds, who continuously works on the expansion of his sound repertory and on the exploration of tonal possibilities of his instruments. he performs his micro-tonally oriented compositions with the Multiple Joy[ce] Orchestra.
Gratkowski plays in a number of ensembles, among these since 1999 the duo with the Italian trombonist Sebastiano Tramontana. He has played on nearly every German and on numerous international Jazz and contemporary music Festivals including Vancouver, Toronto, Chicago, New York, Seattle, Quebec, Les Mans, Muelhuus, Groeningen, Nickelsdorf, Barcelona, Lithuania, Warsaw, Zagreb, Prague, Bratislava, Sofia, Bucharest, Odessa, Huddersfield, London.
He has been teaching saxophone and ensembles at the Cologne, Berlin and Arnhem Conservatory of Music and is giving workshops all around the world.
Gratkowski lives in Berlin.
Born in Finland in 1952, he played piano and guitar in his youth and later found his voice in the music on soprano and sopranino saxophones. He studied music and fine arts in San Francisco in the 1970s, which led to participation in workshops by John Cage, Vinko Globokar, George Russell and Bill Dixon, and to study saxophone under Leo Wright and Steve Lacy. After returning to Europe in 1978 he played with Derek Bailey, Paul Lovens, Paul Rutherford, Reggie Workman (among others) and eventually started an extensive working relationship with Cecil Taylor on many projects, including five small group recording releases. He has also composed music for film and is still active today with his photography.