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Musicians

Band leader Susanne Paul grew up in the USA and Germany. She plays jazz and world music in various bands. On the cello, she has developed a characteristic, colorful playing style that combines groove, improvisation and innovative playing techniques. Her musical focuses are jazz, brazilian music, flamenco, tango, funk, baroque, italian folklore and punk. As a composer, she blends these influences into an own distinct style. Among others, collaborations with Uwe Kropinski, Etta Scollo, Michel Godard, Arkady Shilkloper, String Thing, Julia Hülsmann and Georg Breinschmid. Performances at the Schleswig-Holstein-Musikfestival, Bregenzer Festspiele, Schwetzinger Festspiele, Milanesiana Milano, Mawazine Festival Rabat, Masala-Worldbeat-Festival Hannover, Kultursommer Oldenburg, Strings of Fire Leipzig, Donaueschinger Tage für Neue Musik, Jazzfestival Göttingen, etc.

Ger∂ur Gunnarsdóttir grew up in Iceland and plays classical music as well as genre-crossing projects. She has collaborated with Nils Wogram, Claudio Puntin, Vince Mendoza, Michael Schriefel, and Julia Hülsmann and more (CD recordings with ECM, ACT and more). After many years as Concert Master/Vorspieler at the Gürzenich Orchestra Cologne, the Tonhalle Orchestra of Zurich and the Icelandic Symphony Orchestra, she now plays with the Konzerthaus Orchestra Berlin. Performances at the North Sea Jazz Festival, JazzFest Berlin, JazzBaltica, Südtirol Jazzfestival, Jazzahead, etc.


Marie-Theres Härtel is an Austrian viola player with a background in folk music, classical music and rock. She was born and raised in a family of musicians in the Steiermark and studied classical viola in Vienna. A founding member of the internationally acclaimed genre-bending string band Netnakisum, she has performed extensively in China, Africa, USA and throughout Europe. She has collaborated in various projects with the Graz Opera, with several orchestras, the WDR Big Band, performing with the likes of Matthias Schriefl, Bodek Janke and Erika Stucky. She also composes and arranges. She resides in Berlin and is currently touring with Netnakisum and the Marie-Theres Härtel & Florian Trübsbach Duo. Performances at Tollwood München, Donauinselfest Vienna, Jazzfestival Saalfelden, Salzburger Festspiele, Volxfesta Bozen, Trad-IT!-Festival Groningen, etc.


Carlos Bica is renowned for his unmistakeable singing style of playing the bass, evoking his portuguese roots. He is a band leader of a number of internationally touring jazz projects such as Azul, Diz, Matéria-Prima, and has collaborated with many celebrated musicians such as Ray Anderson, Kenny Wheeler, Aki Takase, Maria João, Julian Arguelles, Steve Arguelles, Lee Konitz, Mário Laginha, Mathias Schubert, João Paulo, Antonio Pinho Vargas, Alexander von Schlippenbach, Albert Mangelsdorf, Joey Baron, Claudio Puntin, John Zorn, Paolo Fresu, Markus Stockhausen. He has performed at the Cairo Jazz Festival, Douro Jazz Festival, Casa da Música Porto, Festa do Jazz Lisboa, Timisoara Jazz Festival, Jazz Festival Brugge, Festival Jazzebre, Jazz Festival Belfast, Robert Schumann Festival Düsseldorf, Jazz International Rotterdam, etc.


On CD "El Camino":
Ari Poutiainen is a Finnish jazz viola player with roots in classical music and heavy metal. Today he plays modern jazz and is active as a band leader and sideman in various bands. He has recorded many CDs, most recently with Farther-Out "Tuo" (Jumituotanto, 2009) and Pastor & Poutiainen "North South Dial" (SLAM, 2011). Among others, he has collaborated with Vincent Segal, Jon Balke, Kenny Wheeler and Jeff Andrews.