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Ausschnitt Kontrabass von Dirk Strakhoff, Bassist und Komponist aus Berlin

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Bands of Dirk Strakhof

Kite Duo

Franz Bauer, vibes, marimba, perc
Dirk Strakhof, double bass

Kite live: EuroJazz Festival in Mexico City 03.02.08




feat. Stoyan Yankoulov, perc
Peter Ralchev, acc (Bulgaria)

W o r l d s   o f   J a z z

Batoru - Worlds of Jazz

In Batoru's music different cultures come together and engage in musical conversation.
The driving sound of the Bulgarian Tupan drum played by one of the masters of this instrument, Stoyan Yankoulov, and the virtuosic playing by accordionist Peter Ralchev are just two of the five penetrating voices of this group.
Yankoulov's playing is orchestral-so much so, that at times one might suppose there to be several percussionists playing at once instead of just one.
"In the rapidity of his playing, marked by incredible precision, the Tupan becomes the global drum."
(Bert Noglik)
At times melancholic, at others joyfully virtuosic, Peter Ralchev's playing leads Batoru through an exploration of the Bulgarian soul
The third voice belongs to Michael Schiefel, the most imaginative and multi-faceted vocalist on the German scene. Through the aid of electronic manipulation his voice sometimes sounds as though coming from another world.
Vibraphone and marimbaphone, played by Franz Bauer, lend the music a full and soft sound. His virtuosic interaction with the Tupan leads the group onto a higher plane.
Dirk Strakhof's warm singing double bass provides as fifth voice the foundation for the ensemble. His melodious and rhythmical playing often produces experimental sounds rarely heard from a bassist.
The imaginative electronic manipulation of voice and bass, together with the unusual instrumentation, is an important part of the fascinating sound texture.
The in-part folkloristic themes appear through communicative performances in an unusual light, shifting constantly between jazz and world music. Exceptional, sparing grooves and virtuosic solos promise an interesting programme.


Michael Schiefel
Jazz Studies, Hochschule der Künste Berlin under Catherine Gayer, voc
Kirk Nurock and David Friedman
CDs with his own band "Jazz Indeed" (Traumton Records)
Solo CD "Invisible Loop" (Traumton Records)
1998 Syria tour
2000 Solo CD "I don't belong" (Traumton Records)
Peter Ralchev
Prize winner with the Bulgarian folk quintet "Trakiisti". Various CD accordion recordings. Tours and workshops in Bulgaria, USA, Canada, 
Germany, France, Hungary, Russia and Norway.
Co-founder of a new style of improvisation deriving from Bulgarian folk music.
Franz Bauer
mär, vibes
Classical music studies in Munich.
Jazz studies, Hochschule der Künste under David Friedman.
Winner of the Studio Competition held by the Berlin Senate.
CD recordings with the own quintet, feat. Jim Black Jazzhaus Musik) and Batoru - "Elegy for Africa"
Member of the New Music Ensemble "Ensemble United Berlin".
Dirk Strakhof
Classical guitar studies; Jazz Studies, Hochschule der Künste Berlin bass under Sigi Busch.
1992 winner of the Leipzig Jazz Newcomers Competition, with "Out of Print".
Africa tour, Romania tour
2 CD recordings with "Batoru" 
1999 prizewinner of the Studio Competition held by the Berlin Senate with "Out of Print".
1999 Berlin Festival "Jazz across the Border" with "Batoru"
2000 Germany Tour with "Batoru"
2000 Colombia tour with "Out of Print"
Stoyan Yankoulov
tupan, perc.
Bulgarian jazz musician of the younger generation, at age of 12 years of tupan, perc., taught himself to play the Tupan.
National prize for young jazz musicians with the ensemble "Jazzbreakers"
CDs "with Zone C" and "Fairy Tale Trio"
Festival appearances, e.g. "Jazz Across the Border", Berlin, Leipzig 
Jazz Festival, German Jazz Festival in Frankfurt


Out of Print

out of print

What a mood spectrum indeed: from the depths of misery to highest jubilation. From impressionist sound-shifting through to expressive intensification. From reminiscences of the sensitive innovators of the jazz tradition and reflections of a multi-cultural urban environment through to flights into remote ethnic regions. Out of Print doesn't just borrow randomly from any influence. They've heard and experienced it all through their in-depth study of the music, through their travelling and above all through the process of playing.

Integration, that magic word in ensemble playing in general, and in particular within the context of jazz trios, is to be naturally taken for granted here. The commanding interplay on this album is the natural result of many years of intensive collaboration. Often one gleans the impression that all three musicians are playing as soloists while at the same time reacting to one another. All musical combinations are possible in this sensitive network: the bass may weave in melodies, the piano brings in percussion rhythms and the percussionist has a say not only in the rhythmical blueprint but also in the sound textures.

Out of Print, formed in 1990 in cooperation with Céline Rudolph, have been successful in moulding their own sound. This has only come about through each individual member contributing something unique to the music while the performance remains that of one unit.

After travelling through Africa and Latin-America as well as calling in on the New York jazz clubs they have finally congregated at the A-Trane jazz club in their native Berlin in order to express all their experiences in a common musical language.

A mood spectrum indeed...and what a trio!

Bert Noglik

Das Trio Out of Print entfaltet in seiner neuen CD "Fishland Canyon" einen reichen Schatz an sorgfältig ausmusizierten Stimmungen.
...der minimalistische Rückzug aufs Essentielle.
...halten sich an die grundlegenden Formen der Jazzimprovisation...die Kottenhahn durch seine versonnen wiederholten Motivschleifen mit der Klangwelt der Minimal Music verknüpft. Keiner der drei Musiker sucht sich durch musikalische Muskelspielereien hervorzudrängen, die Tempi...reichen bis ins extreme Lento. Genau hier zeigt sich jedoch die unschlagbare Stärke dieses Trios: um ein Stück wie den urgemächlichen "Waitz for Snoopy" über fünf Minuten lang am Grooven zu halten, dass die Bude wackelt, dazu braucht es eine gehörige Portion musikalischer Meisterschaft. Diese verbinden die Spieler von Out of Print mit einer nahezu telepathischen Kommunikation untereinander und lassen so einen außergewöhnlich homogenen aber detailreichen Gruppensound entstehen.

Die verträumten Harmonien Kottenhahns, die sanglichen Basslinien Strakhofs, die feine Beckenarbeit und die spritzige Besentechnik Bockholts fügen sich zu einem Klangbild, das mit Talent allein bei weitem nicht mehr zu erreichen wäre.

Marcus Gammel  

The music of "Out of Print" is lyrical, charming, humorous and wild

1990 "Out of Print" is established in collaboration with vocalist Céline Rudolph 
1992 1st prize at the national Competition for Jazz Newcomers in Leipzig
1994 CD "Paintings" with Céline Rudolph & Out of Print" Nabel Music 4661
1996 CD "Book of Travels" Céline Rudolph & Out of Print" Nabel Music 4672
1999  CD "Fishland Canyon" Nabel Music 4680
2004 as Trio "Out of Print"  -  Anthem for a private country (Konnex) 
2007 with Dave Liebman - Schmidt & Liebman & friends

Hamburg (Fabrik), Leipzig, Stuttgart, Brandenburg, Berlin (Jazz across the Border), Bucharest, Antananarivo, Bogota, Medellin, Bucaramanga, Manizales
Radio and television broadcasts: WDR, NDR, MDR, ORB, Romanien TV
Tours: Romania 1994 and1996, South Africa 1995, Tansania, Kenya, Madagascar 1995, Colombia 2000 and 2007

Volker Kottenhahn piano composition

1994 Diploma in Jazz Studies, Hochschule der Künste Berlin under David Friedman, Jerry Granelli, Aki Takase and Walter Norris
1994 prizewinner of the Berlin Senate's Studio Competition with "Welcome to the Maze"
1995 CD "Welcome to the Maze", Nabel Records, various concerts and radio broadcast on ORB (Eastern German Radio Brandenburg) with this group
1997 New York scholarship from the Berlin Senate - study programme with Richie Beirach, Kenny Werner and Ron McClure
1998 own band featuring among others Britta-Ann Flechsenhar, Jerry Granelli and Carlos Bica


Dirk Strakhof bass composition

 1993 Diploma in Jazz Studies, Hochschule der Künste Berlin under Sigi Busch, David Friedman, Jerry Granelli
 1994 CD "Reise nach Dschabarsa" (Journey to Dschabarsa), "die Chromatischen Phantasten" (the Chromatic Visionaries), Wonderland Records
 1993 2-month study programme through a New York scholarship granted by the Berlin Senate; coaching from Richie Beirach, Rufus Reid, Dave Holland and other renowned musicians
 1995 Study tour to Gambia
 1996 Concerts and radio broadcasts with own compositions for the Batoru project, feat. Nils petter Molvaer and Denney Goodhew
 1998 CD "Elegy for Africa"with Batoru, Nabel Records
 1999 Festival "Jazz across the Border" with Batoru
 2000 CD "Tree of sounds", feat. Stoyan Yankoulov and Peter Ralchev


Johannes Bockholt percussion composition

 1994 Diploma in Jazz Studies, Hochschule der Künste under Sigi Busch, David Friedman, Jerry Granelli
 1992 prizewinner of the Berlin Senate's Studio Competition with the group Linear Ensemble
 1994 Improviser's Pool project with Alex von Schlippenbach and Manfred Schoof: radio broadcast (RIAS, ORB, WDR)
 1995 CD "Background for Improvisers", with Improviser's Pool feat. Sam Rivers and Alex von Schlippenbach, FMP, CD 75 as drummer and producer
 1995 South East Asia tour with Linear Ensemble
 1996 Tour through Central America with Linear Ensemble
 1996 Centralamerika Tournee mit "Linear Ensemble"
 1997 Radio broadcast (WDR, ORB) with "The Globe Band" feat. Jane Ira Bloom and Jerry Granelli
Professor at Java/Javeria University. Regular concerts in Colombia with the local musicians and with "Out of Print"
 2000 Berlin Festival "Jazz Across the Border" with Nicolas Simion