ZiegE 87 – Das ist gestreift. CD Release!

It’s done.

My first self-produced CD is out. I am very happy about this. The whole process was very interesting for me.
We (ZiegE 87) recorded our first album, with the name „Das ist gestreift.“ at the due to building renovation works parting Galerie Adam Ziege. So, I’m happy and unhappy at the same time, because I had such a wonderful time in this truly off-space. I’m very thankful that I got to know Falk Zakrzewski and he showed me this beautiful place and made some amazing music with me. The Neustadt is really loosing one of the last remaining places of the free, artistic, old town spirit this place used to have a lot 10 to 20 years ago. Now it is more Audi R8, shopping, night life and designer bureaus. That’s the wheel of life.
Enough of the pity and a track from „Das ist gestreift.“ (in english: This is striped.) called „Tablette“ (german for pill) and it is one of the nine tracks deriving from a one hour nonstop improvisation by Falk Zakrzewski on electronics and myself on saxophone and effects. Something like a hymn of the new Neustadt. Happy new listening!


Formations And Projects

I have two current formations: BLINDEAF and ZiegE 87. There are some videos of BLINDEAF on vimeo under the channel TAKE-1 TNG.
I’m so thankful to play with these guys. Everyone of them is a very unique individual, musically and as a person. Because they are so young they gained a lot of awards. I’m not that kind of a guy. We play some improvised new music concepts of mine. At the moment this band is a bit on hold, because I have to book further gigs and I just got the time to do this… and it’s not easy.

The second ensemble is called „ZiegE 87“ and it’s a duo with beat machine and me on sax and other instruments with effects. We recorded one long improvisation recently and we are very happy with it, so there’s a CD coming out soon.
I really like the way of making music in this setting, because there are no limits, just our imagination and what is appropriate in the very moment.

I have several other working projects like duos with bassists and two Jazz trios but I need to shape them in the future. The playing is always special, but there is also a lack of group identity because I don’t write music for these formations.