Angelika Niescier Quartet

Polish-German saxophonist Angelika Niescier is among those exceptional women that for some time now have been vitalizing and inspiring the European jazz scene with new outlines. Niescier has received scholarships and awards such as NRW „Prize For Young Artists“ and was the very first “Improviser in Residence” at the legendary Moers Festival (2008).

Among others she is working with Tyshawn Sorey, Steve Swallow, Jim Black, Achim Kaufmann, Ulrike Haage, Thomas Morgan , Joachim Kühn, Simon Nabatov, Chris Tordini, Julia Hülsmann.
While an ambitious musician with boundless energy, a luscious tone and virtuosic technique, she also is a composer for theatre, ballet , orchestra and choir, devoted herself to jazz projects for children and toured many countries in Central and Eastern Asia, Haiti, Gaza Strip, Mexico, Jordan, Russia, Egypt, Croatia Bahrain, and the US.

Founded in 2000, Angelika's quartet sublim shows a creative potential that seems to be unlimited. Their previous CDs were hailed as "extraordinary " (Jazzthetik, 2002) and "the best German jazz recording since 10 years " (Jazz thing, 2005). sublim III even exceeded the expectations: besides being the coverstory of "Jazzthetik", the recording was chosen several times to be the CD of the week/ the month such as in Stereoplay, Financial Times Germany and „jazzthing“, received the Quarter Critic´s Choice Award 2009 and the prestigeous ECHO JAZZ 2010.

In her compositions and improvisations Niescier rather mingles the most diverse influences of 50 years of jazz history with a very European awareness of form and thus achieves something innovative and unique.
Complex staccato themes reconcile with insisting minimal art or erupt to unstoppable vitality and free collectiveness.
Wildly twirling frets enlace phrases that resemble Balkan folklore. Abstraction and melodic loveliness find their suitable places. Music magazine Fono Forum read: "In her playing the late Coltrane ´s intense force of expression is mixed with the intellectual control of - let ´s say - Steve Coleman. "

Niescier and the first-class bandmembers internationally recognised musicians who play with the same energy as their leader and take her refined music across borders into new adventures. The playing and strength of expression of Florian Weber supplies a harmonic and ideal complement to the creations of Angelika Niescier's musical imagination. The versatile bass player Sebastian Räther with his unconventional ideas breathes additional life into her compositions. The much-in-demand drummer Christoph Hillmann is here given the opportunity to display to the full his qualities of great technical skill and an encompassing emotional scope. With their versatility and quest for playing, sublim have established a musical world of their own and are able to awaken in their audience an enthusiasm for the broad many-facetted appearance of modern jazz.

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