W.Kellers (dr) J.Dikeman (ts) R.Askari (b) H.P Hiby (ts) S.Hano (dr)
At the Moers Festival 2022 a joint performance - for the first time this band, put together by me, for the ANNEX at the Moers
Festival plays together and it was just great! After the performance, spectators came: "This was very much in the spirit of the
tradition of Moers - international and music of the free jazz scene." In the quintet I played with John Dikeman - sax,
Reza Askari - bass, Shoji Hano - drums, Willi Kellers - drums - a dynamic, intercultural musical mixture - the most different
musicians meet to improvise together - and it worked!
Since the festival, this music continues to ring in all our ears. So much energy, so much flow, so many acoustic, spontaneous
encounters and so much warmth we have all rarely experienced. It is clear to us that this quintet must continue to perform,
must reach as many people as possible and shake them awake, should radiate intensity and fullness. There is much more to
it, the sounds in Moers are just the beginning, here it already showed how wild and fearless and at the same time how
sensitive and economical this music is. These sounds must simply continue to resound!
In this quintet excellent musicians meet, who all play with the belly and little with the head. Here different cultures, schools and generations
meet and develop something new together. Trend-setting and representative for a developing cultural life in Germany - a melting pot!
An intergenerational, intercultural, musical dialogue and yet at the beginning and at the end there is improvisation.