Merzouga / Janko Hanushevsky & Eva Poepplein

Merzouga is a spot in the Sahara where Cologne-based computer-musician Eva Poepplein and electric-bassist Janko Hanushevsky encountered the roaring silence of camel-flies and sand trickling down the dunes. Led by an abiding curiosity they traveled to India, Lao, Cambodia, Vietnam, Morocco, Ukraine, Brazil and Greenland, where they made extensive field-recordings and sound-research.

As a duo they produce sound compositions and installations, radio plays and radio docus, play and compose music for radio, film and theater. Concerts, sound installations and premiere performances at the Elbphilharmonie Hamburg, Deutschlandfunk Kammermusiksaal, Humboldt Forum Berlin, Museum Schnütgen, HAU Berlin, Volkstheater Munich.

Foto: Merzouga by Michael Englert

Photo Merzouga by Michael Englert

Commissions for major German broadcasters, such as Deutschlandfunk Kultur, Deutschlandfunk, WDR, HR, RBB, NDR, ZDF/arte, YLEISRADIO Finland, and Croatian broadcaster HRT. Their radio works received several international awards, have been broadcast by all German ARD stations and in numerous European countries. Releases on GRUENREKORDER, Prospero Classics and several times on international compilations, e.g. Noise of Cologne and WIRE TAPPER.

Collaborations with Christian Brueckner, Ueli Jaeggi, Felix von Manteuffel, Leslie Malton, Sean Scully, Lucas Niggli, Holger Falk, Gianluigi Trovesi, Peter Herbert, Mariana Sadovska, Marco Lobo, Max Andrzejewski, Udo Moll, Annette Maye, Matthias Muche, and many more. The two live and work in Cologne.

Florian Stadler

He studied accordion at the Hermann-Zilcher-Konservatorium Würzburg, Germany with Stefan Hussong. He completed his artistic studies with international master classes with Professor H. Noth (Trossingen, Germany and Prato, Italy), J. Macerollo (Toronto, Canada) and M. Brunello (Brescia, Italy). His artistic focus lies in contemporary music and improvisation.

Florian Stadler by Gerhard Richter

Photo Florian Stadler by Gerhard Richter

Florian Stadler has worked as accordionist within a diverse collection of ensembles. Starting in 1999 he has played with the klezmer ensemble “Colalaila”, in duo with the sound poet Mitch Heinrich, and with the cellist Sue Schlotte in the project “Herbal Essence”. He has been a member of the Christina Fuchs No Tango Quartet since 2001. Stadler has also been part of many productions. including dance, theatre, performance, CD recordings, and concert tours.

Christian Ramond

Bassist Christian Ramond lives in Cologne/Germany, where he is constantly in demand.

In the past he has been working with Joe Pass, Albert Mangelsdorff, Philipp Catherine, Tomasz Stanko, Charlie Mariano, Kenny Wheeler and Lee Konitz. Christian performed in countless concerts and tours all over Europe, in Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Japan, South Africa, Egypt, Mexico, South Africa, Brasil, Uruguay and in the former USSR.

He was involved in numerous TV-, radio-, and theatre-projects. Current projects include the trio „D.R.A.“ (with Christopher Dell and Felix Astor) and the „Jens Düppe Quartet“.

Christian Ramond by  Frank C. Müller

Photo Christian Ramond by Frank C. Müller

Sanjeev Chimmalgi

Sanjeev Chimalgi belongs to the most prominent of the new generation of North Indian classical singers. He started his career from his early youth and has performed all over India as well as in the USA, Great Britain, Spain, Germany and Switzerland. His concerts are characterized by a special atmosphere, whereby his strength lies in the subtle exploration of the raga as well as in the sensitive use of svar (sound) and bol (the improvised syllable language). Sanjeev Chimalgi has recorded a number of classical albums as well as bhajans and film songs. He can also be heard on the Grammy nominated albums ‘Rise’ and ‘Traveller’ by Anoushka Shankar.

Maciej Garbowski

Maciej Garbowski is a double bass player who is excellently trained in jazz and classical music, who is sought after by Polish orchestras. In addition to the bass, he also dedicates himself to the cello and composition. In his ensembles “Lutoslawski Collective” and the award-winning “RGG Trio” he processes the music of the composers Witold Lutoslawski and Karol Szymanowski, among others. His musical partners include well-known Polish and international musicians such as Anders Jormin, Tomasz Stanko, Lena Willemark and Jon Fält. Maciej received an international award at the Getxo International Jazz Festival in Spain.

Maciej Garbowski

Photo Maciej Garbowski by Dorota Zyguła-Siemieńska

Sabeth Perez

Sabeth Perez

Photo Sabeth Perez by Levent Canseven

Sabeth Perez, an award-winning young singer with Argentinian roots, who was born and grew up in Cologne, has already made a name for herself with performances with the HR Big Band, the WDR Big Band and the EOS Chamber Orchestra.