Arndt / Sjöström - Duo

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“At first in Vilnius... Harri Sjöström (Finland) and Bernhard Arndt (Germany) played as a duo. It was not the first time these two, rightly regarded as the leading lights in the European improvised music scene, have played in such a formation. What again this time came out was music that was truly the sound of two as one, which is the way it should be with a duo. This mutual faith in the other player is the only way true improvisation can happen. It's the kind of complete assurance which lets you take off together and leave the world far behind.The human core of their music inspires Harri and Bernhard to achieve liberty through sound, thrilling their audiences again and again as they do so.”                                                                                                                     Jazzfestival Vilnius 2004                                                                                                                                                         

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BERNHARD ARNDT ( piano- plus)

Pianist,composer,improviser. Music studies at the HdK, Berlin. Besides classical training intensive involvement with Jazz and New music. Has worked with dancers. Various radio productions (SFB, WDR, SDR) Theatremusic "Medea ". Villa Waldberta - grant from the city of Munich.USA - grant from the City of Berlin. Music commissioned by the City of Berlin ( Big Band )                          Likes to perform solo or in small groups.

Co - Operation wich ... Paul Lovens, John Tchicai, Cecil Taylor   (CTPMC ), Butch Morris, Uli.J.Kieckbusch (piano-duo), Tony Buck, Harri Sjöström...

Festivals/excerpt: ...Warschauer Herbst, 3 Tage Jazz Saalfelden, Art Allemagne Aujourd'hui Paris, Berlin/ A'dam Amsterdam, Jazzbühhne DDR,Total Music Meeting Berlin, Workshop Freie Musik Berlin, VilniusJazz 2004

Records/ exerpt: M.I. "Fragments", FMP 0750 "Working", SAJ 24 "Who is Who?", SAJ 30"Sib Langis", FMP/OWN 90005 "inside insight” (solo), "Entgegnungen"(piano-duo),   "Tübingen- Concert 2003"(piano-duo)


“..this pianist has a pretty wide horizon... a remarkable album.. Jazzpodium                                                                                            

 “Inside Insight offers a surreal Pianoworld of incontestable charm..”                                       Basler Zeitung                   

“ Arndt is both an engineer of remarkable sonic shifts and an architect of well developed pieces, but more than that, he's some- thing of a magician. These pieces often seamlessly combine the capacity of the piano strings for altered timbres and changing pitch with a variety of electronic techniques for repetition, magnification and change. The results can be beautiful as they are mysterious, a soundworld that exists between the instrument's interior and exterior and the acoustic and the electronic."Frogs", with its swamp choirand submerged conversation added, "Präp-Delay 1", with itsoverlaid oscillating chords and "Metropolis", with its foreboding, are outstanding, but there is interest and surprise on every track.  Highly recommended”!                                      Stuart Broomer, Cadence

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HARRI  SJÖSTRÖM  (soprano- saxophone)

Born Febr. 29.1952 in Turku, Finland. Played piano and guitar in his childhood. Studied music with Harry Mann, (saxophone, flute, piano), later saxophone with Leo Wright and Steve Lacy as well as photo- graphy and film at the Lone Mountain College and San Francisco Art Institute from 1974-1978. Also attended the special class for impro- visation at the L.M.C. led by trombonist Johannes Mager. This joyful, creative and intensive experience with improvisation (musical and theatrical) captivated him so much that since then he has  nearly always worked with improvised music and in numerous mixed media projects including film, photography, visual arts and dance. Has also participated in workshops held by John Cage, Georg Russell, Steve Lacy and Bill Dixon among others.

After leaving the U.S. moved to Vienna {Austria}which became his doorway to the European improvised music scene. Formed his first improvising groups and organised numerous projects in Finland and elsewhere. Brought many of   the most notable innovators on the inter- national improvisation scene to Finland. One of his early projects included a tour with Derek Bailey's "Company", which was  their first in Finland. Moved to Berlin in 1985.

Founded the international "QUINTET MODERNE" and co-founded the "THE PLAYER IS" trio  with Teppo Hauta-aho and Philipp Wachsmann. There's also  the Bernhard Arndt / Harri Sjöström duo, which goes back to 1986. His new group is called "THREE METER DOG" with, among others, drummer and percussionist Tony Buck, pianist Bernhard Arndt in various   combinations and with occasional guest players.

Met Cecil Taylor in Berlin in 1990, and has been involved in a large number of projects with the legendary pianist and composer. Most notable of these were the  "CECIL TAYLOR QUINTET", also featuring P.Lovens, T. Hauta-aho, and T. Honsinger, and the "CECIL TAYLOR QUARTET- QUA" (Cadence Records) with Dominic Duval and Jackson Krall, as well as various large  ensembles. Some are documented on Free Music Production-Records. Has collaborated with a large number of the notable leading improvisors in the international scene since the late 70s and performed at numerous international jazz and contemporary music festivals. Occasionally performs solo. Harri Sjöstrom has been a saxophone teacher since 1980 and is a vital member of the European improvised music scene.

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