Fabian Willmann (sax)
Arne Huber (bass)
Jeff Ballard (drums)
Fabian Willmann (*1992) studied from 2011 to 2015 with Domenic Landolf and Adrian Mears at the Hochschule für Musik Basel and musicology at the Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg as a scholarship holder of the Studienstiftung des Deutschen Volkes.
From September 2015 to July 2016, he continued his saxophone studies with Mark Turner, Joe Lovano and Chris Potter at New York University on a scholarship from the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD). He is a member of the "Sarah Chaksad Orchestra", the "Jonas Winterhalter Bigband", the "Joscha Arnold Large Ensemble" and the bands "Monoglot", "Minua", "Hila Puntur" and "Trillmann", among others. On 27.4. he celebrates his CD christening with Jeff Ballard on drums, among others.
Melissa Aldana (sax)
Pablo Menares (bass)
Kush Abadey (drums)
Sam Harris (piano)
Melissa Aldana was born in Santiago, Chile in 1988 and began playing the saxophone at the age of six under the influence of her father; she started on alto, then later switched to tenor sax. Aldana graduated from Berklee in 2009 and moved to New York City to study with George Coleman. In 2012, Aldana formed a band, "Melissa Aldana & Crash Trio," with Cuban drummer Francisco Mela and Chilean bassist Pablo Menares. In July 2014, this band released its debut album on Concord Jazz, which was part of Aldana's prize for winning the Thelonious Monk Award. In March 2016, the group released their second album titled "Back Home", on which the drummer Mela was replaced by Jochen Rueckert. On her latest album, "Visions," Aldana combines her work with the legacy of Latina artists who have preceded her. Inspired by the life and work of Frida Kahlo, Aldana creates a parallel between her experiences as a saxophone player in a male-dominated community and Kahlo's experiences as a visual artist trying to assert herself in a male-dominated landscape.
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