Cologne-based saxophonist Salim Javaid was born in 1991 to a half Czech half Pakistani family in Sokolov (CZ). He performs on soprano, alto, tenor and baritone saxophone as well as on clarinet and bass clarinet. He is an active part of Cologne’s improvised music scene as well as a performer of contemporary written music. He holds a bachelor degree in jazz saxophone from the HfMT Cologne that he finished under Frank Gratkowski and is currently studying a master in saxophone at the HfMT Cologne under Professor Sebastian Pottmeier with composition studies under Siegfried Koepf.
His projects include trio abstrakt (w/ Marlies Debacker – piano, Ramon Gardella - percussion), where the group performs classical contemporary music of the past two decades, written for that specific instrumentation. The trio also works with young composers on new pieces.
Together with Etienne Nillesen (prepared snare drum), Nathan Bontrager (cello) and Marlies Debacker he also forms the improvisation ensemble UNVIEL. The ensemble works on creating three-dimensional music in the idiom of pseudo-electronic music.
Javaid, Marlies Debacker (clavinet) and Dutch singer Annelie Koning also work in the trio SAM. The unusual instrumentation of analogue keyboards,
voice and soprano saxophone allows for a surprisingly homogenous sound while at the same time allowing an enormous spectrum of
possible contrasts. The group is inspired by music that uses tapes, the music of Mauricio Kagel as well as free jazz.
CARL LUDWIG HÜBSCH
Born in Freiburg, Carl Ludwig Hübsch grew up playing clarinet in the local brass band and drums in punk- and rock bands.
Around '83 he exchanged the clarinet for a tuba. Mostly self teached, he explored all kinds of music including a wonderful
mediocre dance music trio. Musical roots to be mentioned are Frank Zappa, King Sunny Ade, The Dead Kennedys ...
The discovery of Jazz and Improvisation led to studies in Improvisation with M.A. Fataah. Hübsch received certification
at the Pedagogic College in Freiburg in singing, theory, drums. He studied electronic music with Klaus Weinhold.
In Cologne he studied as guest in the composition class with Johannes Fritsch.
Since 1990 Carl Ludwig Hübsch has lived in Cologne where he finally awarded a livelong stipendium at his own university.
Hübsch's work focusses on Improvised Music and Conteporary Music. He composes and performs in concert halls, studios
and theatres lending his talents to ensembles and orchestras. He`s well known for his unique solo concerts.
He leads Workshops for tuba or improvisation. Another most important focus on Hübsch's work is Composition.
Marlies Debacker is a Belgian pianist and performer of free improvised music, free jazz as well as contemporary classical music.
She currently resides in Cologne, Germany. She does extensive research on the sound possibilities of her instrument with a focus on resonance, pedal work, inside piano playing and the use of various preparations, thus allowing her to move between the conventional sound of a piano and various percussive and pseudo-electronic sounds.
She performs often on vintage keyboards as well. After finishing a master degree in Improvisation at the HfMT Cologne under Professor Paulo Alvares, she is currently studying a master of New Music at the Folkwang Universität der Künste in Essen.
Debacker is alongside German tuba player Carl Ludwig Hübsch and saxophonist Salim Javaid co-curator of the concert series Plattform nicht dokumentierbarer Ereignisse in the Atelier Dürrenfeld/Geitel – a platform for improvised and contemporary music. This format now exists for over 15 years and has welcomed many stars of the international improvised music scene
during that time. An impressive visual documentation of the undocumentable events from 2004 to 2014 can be found here.
Marlies Debacker is also newest member of the IMPAKT collective for improvised music in Cologne.
The IMPAKT label documents and publishes works of the collective’s musicians on a semi-annual basis. The IMPAKT calendar is an attempt to give an overview of every concert and event of improvised music in Cologne.
The monthly newsletter (that you can subscribe to via mail to either IMPAKT or Marlies Debacker) also includes events in cities close to Cologne such as Bonn, Essen, Bochum and others. IMPAKT also organizes concerts in Cologne, inculding the KONTRASTE series in the Stadtgarten Cologne that has already invited guests like Evan Parker, Rudi Mahall, Isabelle Duthoit, Tony Hodgekinson, Inga Zach and many others.
Besides her work as a performing pianist, Debacker is also a piano teacher at the Offene Jazzhaus Schule in Cologne.