“Obscure Companion” by Hans Anselm Quintet
Modern Jazz Band
Even though the origin of the band name should better remain a mystery, Hans Anselm has grown to be a permanent companion of the Quintet.
An imaginary friend, who looks out for the band, inspires it, shakes it up and unites it in the end.
„Obscure Companion“, will also be the title of the first self-produced record, that the band is going to release in late 2017.
The pieces of the two composers Anna Wohlfarth and Benedikt Schnitzler explore the entire spectrum of musical expression.
Sometimes the music is loud and intensive, sometimes quiet, tender, and almost fragile. The band wants to be honest, whether it‘s dark and melancholic or energetic and euphoric.
The musicians try to draw a picture of emotions in all their complexity and want to free themselves from the need of personal virtuosity.
It‘s more about virtuously telling a story as a collective.
The band is thereby working a lot with improvisation and tries to find new ways of interplay and playing together.
Whether a soloist is in the spotlight, or the band is improvising layers, moods and waves together: it‘s always about combining fixed and spontaneous elements to create an authentic moment.
Anna Wohlfarth has won the JIB Jazz-Price of the Karl-Hofer Gesellschaft 2017 for her compositions.
Hans Anselm Quintet are:
Gabriel Rosenbach – Trumpet
Benedikt Schnitzler – Guitar
Anna Wohlfarth – Piano
Arne Imig – Bass
Johannes Metzger – Drums
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