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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, baroque and punk. As a composer, she blends these influences into an own distinct style. She collaborates regularly with Uwe Kropinski, Etta Scollo, Julia Hülsmann, Yannick Delez and more, and has shared the stage with String Thing, Michel Godard, Arkady Shilkloper, 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, ElbJazz Hamburg, Jazzfest Bonn etc. She teaches jazz cello at the Bruckner University of Linz.

Born in France, Héloïse Lefèbvre started learning the violin at the age of five. Studiying classical violin at first, she later studied jazz violin at the Tours Music Academy jazz department and in Paris with Didier Lockwood. In 2009 she was awarded the SACEM “Young Talents” prize. In 2011 she won the Stéphane Grappelli Competition (World Music Category). She is also bandleader and composer of sextet SUN DEW and performs with various projects of the jazz and world music scenes of Berlin and Paris: with Bernhard & Peter Meyer 5tet, Petros Klampanis Group, Kammerjazz Kollektiv, Sebastian Studnitzky’s Memento, Kwal, Snooze On or the Julia Hülsmann Oktett.


Marie-Theres Härtel is an Austrian viola player with a background in folk music, classical music, rock and jazz. 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 Schreefpunk &Strings (Winners of Neue Deutsche Jazzpreis 2019), Bodek Janke and Erika Stucky. She also composes and arranges. She resides in Berlin and is currently touring with Netnakisum, Kusimanten and in a duo with Florian Trübsbach. With Shreefpunk & Strings, she won the Neue Deutsche Jazzpreis 2019. 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.


(all photos by Joaquim Mendes)


On CDs "El Camino"and "Short Stories":
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.


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.