Photo of Kriton Beyer by Cristina Marx (Photomusix), Photo of Willi Kellers by Tom Shweers
Do, 13/01/2022, 20:00 Uhr
Echtzeitmusik / Improvisation / Konzert


Experimenteller Free Jazz

On Thursday, 13 January, Kühlspot Social Club presents an evening of improvised music with:

Kriton Beyer – daxophone
Andreas Willers – guitar
Jan Roder – double bass
Willi Kellers – drums

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Kriton Beyer is a Greek-German musician and composer who – as a performer and improviser – works mainly with the harmonium and the daxophone.
He studied musicology at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki in Greece. From 1990 - 2004 he played with a variety of local music groups in Greece, such as Sakis Papadimitriou's troupe "omada epi topou" (the "ad-hoc ensemble") and the post-rock group "Sigmatropic". In 2004 he moved to Berlin, where he got heavily involved in the improvised music scene of the city.
Since then, he has worked with many musicians like Kalle Kalima, Fred Lonberg-Holm, Kresten Osgood, Tristan Honsinger, Tomomi Adachi, Richard Scott, Willi Kellers, Matthias Bauer, Antonis Anissegos, Olaf Rupp, Els Vandeweyer, Harri Sjöström, Nicola Hein and Liz Allbee. Kriton Beyer is a member of the electroacoustic trio "uproot", the ensembles "Redox Reaction", "AEAEA" and the "Berlin Soundpainting Orchestra". He is involved in the multimedia project "Dark Eye" with Korhan Erel and Nicolas Wiese, the movement, sound and light experiment "enLIGHTenment" with butoh dancer Yuko Kaseki and has cooperated with japanese visual artist and live painter Akiko Nakayama.
In his work with the harmonium, Kriton Beyer uses both the natural sound of his instrument and "traditional" playing techniques as well as preparations, objects and extended techniques. His daxophone play is characterized by a very personal musical and sonic aesthetic, deviating from that of the instrument’s inventor Hans Reichel, who often had a tonal approach to the instrument. Kriton Beyer chooses to work sometimes with a stripped, minimal and strictly acoustic sound of the instrument, while at other times – in contrast to that – he also works with setups ranging from subtle to sometimes extensive use of effects and electronics.
As an improvising musician, he has performed throughout Europe. His compositions are largely based on conceptual art. Kriton Beyer has also conceived and commissioned the music software CinePrompt®, which was specially developed for the use for live musical performance and live recording to films.
He curates and manages the concert series and record label "The Procrustean Bed", dedicated to Experimental Improvised Music, as well as the performance series "Audiovisual Ventures at the Kühlspot Social Club" dedicated to Realtime Visual Performance and Improvised Music.

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Andreas Willers is a German jazz guitarist and composer.

Willers, who started out in blues bands like the Charly Schreckschuss Band and in avant-garde groups, first studied at the Guitar Institute of Technology in Los Angeles in 1979/1980, continuing his studies at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater Hamburg with Harry Pepl and in master classes in Banff with John Abercrombie. He released a solo album Hier & als Auch with Free Music Production, and began working in a duo with wind player Gebhard Ullmann. He moved to Berlin in 1983, where he formed the quartet Out to Lunch with Ullmann, Martin Lillich and Niko Schäuble, which toured internationally, played major festivals and toured and recorded with Enrico Rava. In 1987, Willers and Ullmann played with Trilok Gurtu as Minimal Kids, and later performed with Steve Argüelles and recorded with Bob Stewart and Marvin Smitty Smith.

He expanded his trio Blue Collar into a quartet with Claudio Puntin and into a quintet (and also an octet) with Matthias Schubert and Dominique Pifarély. He also plays in quartet with Paul Bley and Yves Robert. From 1991 to 1996 he taught at the Hochschule für Musik "Hanns Eisler" Berlin. In the mid-1990s Willers played in the Theo Jörgensmann/Petras Vyšniauskas Quintet with Kent Carter and Klaus Kugel. With Frank Paul Schubert, Christof Thewes and Willi Kellers he formed the formation Grid Mesh.

Willers has also worked with Gerry Hemingway, Hans Lüdemann, David Murray, Paul Bley, Marc Ducret, Warnfried Altmann, Bobby Previte, Uwe Kropinski, Elvira Plenar, Dirk Raulf and the Acoustic Guitar Orchestra.

Together with Ullmann he received the German Phono Academy Award (1983) and the SWF Jazz Award (1987).

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Jan Roder is a German jazz double bassist.

Roder studied music in Hanover. He began his career as a rock musician and lived for long periods in Brazil. In 1995 he came to Berlin, where he played tours and concerts with musicians such as Ulrich Gumpert, Ernst-Ludwig Petrowsky, Manfred Schoof, Uschi Brüning, Joachim Kühn, Aki Takase, Gunter Hampel, Mircea Tiberian and Axel Dörner.

As a successor to Joachim Dette, he formed the band Die Enttäuschung with Axel Dörner, Rudi Mahall and Uli Jenneßen, which performed the complete works of Thelonious Monk together with Alexander von Schlippenbach in addition to their own pieces; the quartet expanded to a quintet in 2017 with Christof Thewes.

With Björn Lücker and Henrik Walsdorff he forms the group The Most. In addition, he has participated in the Caciula Trio (with Maurice de Martin and Ben Abarbanel-Wolff) and the group JR 3, the Silke Eberhard Quartet, the Spielvereinigung Kreuzberg and the Zoran Terzić Trio, and performs as a duo partner of Maria Răducanu.

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Willi Kellers is a German drummer that works in the fields of jazz and free improvisation.

Kellers studied music at the universities of Münster and Detmold. He then worked as a theatre composer for theatres in Bochum, Cologne, Hamburg, Basel and Vienna. Since 1980 he performed in a duo with Peter Brötzmann. Projects with Achim Knispel followed, with his own workshop band, in formations with Frank Wright, Harry Miller, Willem Breuker and Brötzmann. From the mid-1980s he worked with Fred Frith, Tony Oxley and Phil Minton. In 1989 he played in a quartet with Manfred Schoof, Jay Oliver and Brötzmann. From 1990 he also worked in trio with Keith and Julie Tippetts, as well as with Ernst-Ludwig Petrowsky and Barre Phillips, but also with Manfred Hering and with Borah Bergman. He is currently playing with Petrowsky, Thomas Borgmann, and Christoph Winckel (Ruf der Heimat), in the trio Boom Box with Borgmann and Akira Andō, and with Abdourahmane Diop. Since 2017, Kellers has played in the collective "N," an ensemble that includes Susanne Wegener, Theo Jörgensmann, Heinz-Erich Gödecke, Akira Ando, Jens Tolksdorf, and Peter Ortmann.

Concert tours have taken him to most countries in Europe, but also to the USA, China and Siberia.

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Kriton Beyer, Daxophon
Andreas Willers, Gitarre
Jan Roder, Kontrabass
Willi Kellers, Schlagzeug

Vier etablierte Musiker der internationalen Jazz- und Improvisationsszene kommen im Kühlspot Social Club für ein einmaliges Konzert zusammen, um Free Jazz mit einem ganz anderen, experimentellen Touch zu präsentieren.

  • Dauer: 01:00h, Pausen: ja
  • Kühlspot Social Club
  • Lehderstrasse 74-79, Berlin
  • Bemerkungen zum Ort: Berlin
  • Barrierefreiheit: motorische Einschränkungen / kognitive Einschränkungen
  • Ticketpreis: 10 EUR