Hans Lüdemann


Hans Lüdemann

Hans Lüdemann, Piano / Virtual Piano
Yves Robert, Posaune
Silke Eberhard, Altsaxophon / Klarinette / Bassklarinette
Alexandra Grimal, Saxophon / Tenorsaxophon
Theo Ceccaldi, Violine
Ronny Graupe, E-Gitarre
Sebastien Boisseau, Kontrabass
Dejan Terzic, Schlagzeug / Percussion

T.E.E. Band The Trans Europe Express picks up speed. In may/june 2018, the first album of the octet entitled „Polyjazz“ is released and presented in concert. The ensemble is formed by eight high-profile German and French musicians from the contemporary creative Jazz scene who are taking their share in exceeding musical and human borders. Established greats such as the French trombonist Yves Robert work side by side with young talents such as the German guitarist Ronny Graupe (on the album replaced by Finnish Kalle Kalima) and violinist Theo Ceccaldi. The frontline is formed by saxophonists Silke Eberhard and Alexandra Grimal.

An energetic rhythmic base is ensured by the trio Rooms with Sebastien Boisseau, Dejan Terzic and the artistic director of the band, Hans Lüdemann, pianist and ECHO Laureate 2013.

The TransEuropeExpress is not a classic jazz band, but an unconventional formation opening maximum creative freedom and knowing no limits. The mission of the ensemble is to go on a journey, connect people, stations and places with their music, as well as to express impressions and emotions in a musical communication. It builds new European connections and takes us, starting from the Franco-German axis, on a fast ride to unknown destinations.

The works composed especially for the ensemble by its musicians and their jointly created improvisations are characterized by a stylistic openness, integrating elements of rock, minimal, new music, electronics, microtonality and free improvisation. The result is a multi-coloured, energetic, highly explosive and absolutely contemporary music, rich in contrasts of nice and dirty sounds: a “polyjazz”, where the European polyphony and dynamic polyrhythms are fusioned with microtonality and electronic sounds, leaving postmodernism behind. Due to the individual expressiveness and compositional skills of each musician, the variety doesn’t turn to arbitrariness. It is bundled in an ensemble sound, where the individual voices are blending into a colourful, but surprisingly homogeneous whole. Characteristic for the T.E.E. are the contrasts and balances of the more structurally conceived „German“ contributions and the more playful and impressionistic „French“ flair in the band.

In September/October 2013 the „TransEuropeExpress“ started with premieres in Paris and Köln, 2014 it had a celebrated appearance at the Jazzdor festival Berlin, documented by Deutschlandradio. 2015 the group performed in Strasbourg/Offenburg and Budapest and made the studio recordings for its album. With the CD debut the TransEuropeExpress presents itself as a unique collective of individual creative voices with its own musical program. For the future, the group sets out to open up in new directions for the realization of variable concepts and projects in the area of contemporary jazz/improvised music in and outside of Europe that can be extended beyond the current lineup.

TransEuropeExpress is supported by:
Kultur und Medien Musikfond


Hans Lüdemann Hans Lüdemann
was born 1961 in Haumburg. He studied classical piano at the Hamburg conservatory and Jazz piano at the Musikhochschule Köln and the Banff Centre/Canada. His international career started in 1985 in the group of Eberhard Weber/Jan Garbarek. As a composer he has created a body of works form solo to orchestral music. In 1999, he foundet the TRIO IVOIRE with Aly Keita, in 2009 the trio ROOMS with Sebastien Boisseau and Dejan Terzic. For the CD box „die kunst des trios“ he won the „Echo Jazz“ award 2013. In 2009/10 and 2015/16 he was appointed „Cornell Visiting Professor“ at Swarthmore College/USA.

Yves Robert Yves Robert
studied flute and trombone at the conservatoire Vichy for 9 years. He quickly felt attracted by the energy and fiery passion of Jazz. As a talented improviser he has become a reference for the trombone in contemporary Jazz on the biggest stages in Europe. Aside from that, he writes music for documentary films and ballett and has been present with his own trios and quartets and the big band „Les Improvisateurs Réunis“. Albums with his own ensembles have been released on ECM records and, most recently, on BMC records. www.yvrobert.free.fr

Silke Eberhard Silke Eberhard
The alto saxophon and clarinet player studied at the Hochschule für Musik Hanns Eisler in Berlin and afterwards in a master class with Dave Liebman in the US. Besides her experiences in different trios she toured around the world as a member of interdisciplinary dance and theater projects in cooperation with the Goethe institute and DAAD. Her own projects include the group Potsa Lotsa and duos with pianists Ulrich Gumpert and Dave Burrell. www.silkeeberhard.com

Alexandra Grimal Alexandra Grimal
graduated as a master student of John Ruocco in Jazz saxophone from the royal conservatory Den Haag, Netherlands. She also studied at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique in Paris and the Sibelius - Academy Helsinki. She is laureate of the Jean-Luc Lugardére foundation, recipient of MacDowell scholarships in 2010 and 2012 and Travitian scholarship in 2011. Grimal is the founder of two quartets in Europe and the US and works together with Marc Ducret and Benoit Delbeq. She became a member of the French Orchestre National du Jazz (ONJ ) in 2014. www.alexandragrimal.com

Théo Ceccaldi Théo Ceccaldi
was born in 1986 in Orleans. He is violon and viola player, improviser and composer. He teaches at the Paris conservatory. In 2011, his „Théo Ceccaldi Trio“ won the first prize in the Jazz competition of Orleans. With Roberto Negro he founded the quartet „La Scala“ and with member of „Marcel & Solange“ das Quintett „Toons“. 2012 he was co-founder of „Tricollectif“ and joined the ONJ in 2014. Ceccaldi also worked with the string quartet „quatuor IXI“ and Joelle Leandre. Her was awarded the „Victoire du Jazz“ in 2017. www.tricollectif.fr/theo-ceccaldi-trio

Ronny Graupe Ronny Graupe
The guitarist was born in 1979 in Karl-Marx-Stadt (today Chemnitz). He played in regional youth orchestras, before studying at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater "Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy“ in Leipzig and at Conservatory in Copenhagen/Denmark. In 2012 he became teacher for Jazz guitar at the University of the Arts in Bern, Switzerland. Jean-Marc Toussaint says about him: „Ronny Graupe is a remarkable German guitarist, perhaps the most remarkable of his generation“. One of his main projects was for a long time the band „Hyperactive Kids“, he introduced his own music with the album „Spoom“ on Pirouet records. www.ronnygraupe.de

Sebastien Boisseau Sebastien Boisseau
Living in Nantes, France, he is a co-owner of Yolk records. He has become one of the most in demand bass player in Europe. As a reference his style of playing could be placed somewhere between Jean Francois Jenny - Clark, Marc Johnson and Scott LaFaro. He composes for his projects „Wood“ and „Unit“ and is part of a number of European jazz bands. In recent projects he has worked with Uri Caine, Jeff Ballard, Samuel Blaser, John Hollenbeck and Rita Marcotulli. www.sebastienboisseau.com

Dejan Terzic Dejan Terzic
At age six he started learning piano but decided to switch to drums at age twelve. He studied at the conservatory and the Musikhochschule of Nürnberg, Germany and extended his studies in New York City. He gained attention as „best drummer“ on a number of international festivals and is part of several trios, among them the „Nostalgia Trio“ of Nils Wogram and the trio ROOMS. Current projects of his own are the groups „Melanoia“ and „Axiom“. In 2014, Terzic was awarded the „ECHO Jazz“ as best drummer. He has a professorship for Jazz drums at the Swiss Jazz School in Bern. www.dejanterzic.com

T.E.E. Ensemble live Köln 2013 - CRUM www.youtube.com
T.E.E. Ensemble live Köln 2013 - TRAUM IM TRAUM www.youtube.com
T.E.E. Ensemble live Köln 2013 - ENGE BEWEGUNG www.youtube.com

Press: Fotoreportage CITIZEN JAZZ Sept 2013 www.citizenjazz.com/TEE-Ensemble-au-Goethe-Institut-de.html
Article: T.E.E. Jazz d‘Or Berlin 2014www.jazzword.com/jazzdor-strasbourg-berlin/

More projects:

Hans Lüdemann Solo

Hans Lüdemann TRIO IVOIRE
Aly Keita - Christian Thomé


Hans Lüdemann - Sebastién Boisseau - Dejan Terzic


Reiner Winterschladen - Hans Lüdemann

Die Kunst des Trios

Hans Lüdemann - Toumani Diabaté

A discography and biography, reviews etc. to download.

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