Hans-Peter Hiby (sax)
Reza Askari (b)

Willi Kellers (dr)

Photo by Cristina Marx

Hans Peter Hiby is a powerful and at the same time touchingly

sensitive saxophonist who, if you have heard him before, knows

that he makes no compromises.

Willi Kellers, an absolute veteran of European free jazz, is a

proven master of surprises.

In the eye of the storm is Reza Askari, the man who holds it all

together like a Shakespearean Prospero. This trio truly explores

the formal possibilities inherent in each encounter, full of mutual

sensitivity to the unique acoustic qualities that spill out into the

playing environment. Friends of contemporary jazz will get their

money's worth!



Émaille / Lonberg-Holm /Hiby

Camille Émaille (dr)

Fred Lonberg-Holm (cello)

Hans-Peter Hiby (sax)

The majority of the audience at Peter Brötzmann's three-day anniversary concert to mark

his 80th birthday in August 2021 at the INSEL in the ADA were sceptical when the then

28-year-old Camille Émaille, who was completely unknown to almost everyone at the time,

sat down behind her percussion for a solo performance.

 At first, the free jazz audience continued to chat happily. But after a minute no more noise

was heard - everyone stared and listened intently to the cascades of sound that Émaille

produced. But was that also possible in a band context? The next day, she simply blew the

audience away in a quartet with Hans-Peter Hiby (sax), Fred Lonberg-Holm (cello) and

Marino Pliakas (bass). The quartet's motto: fast forward. Their three players hardly allowed

themselves any breaks, pushing themselves to new heights without overloading the overall

sound. Bass and cello were in constant, increasing dialogue. Hiby's saxophone playing,

sometimes lyrical on the alto, then stormy again on the tenor, fitted in seamlessly. Now you

can see them with three quarters of this spectacular band - and for fans of The Thing or the

energetic Dave Rempis combos Kuzu and Ballister, this date is actually a must. And to all

Sonic Youth/Swans/Shellac fans: dare to try a little free jazz!






Hans Peter Hiby        ts/as/ss

Reza Askari                el-b

Thomas Sauerborn  dr

Foto by Paul Hiby

For a long time it was quiet around the saxophonist Hans Peter Hiby. But after his long

break he is back on stage since 2015. With his trio "Hiby-Bardon-Hession" he recorded

the highly acclaimed CD "Roots" (Nottwo Records) and played with this trio many

successful concerts in England and Germany in the years 2016 - 2019. His continuity in

the further development of his own sound earned him the hearing of Peter Brötzmann,

who then invited him to the successful and sold out duo concert in Wuppertal.

In 2017 he met the young Cologne drummer Thomas Sauerborn, with whom he played

in a trio together with Dieter Manderscheid (b). Thomas Sauerborn's way of playing, a

mixture of jazz, rock and extremely experimental drumming, aroused his interest and so

they met for the first time to talk about the foundation of a new trio and the further

musical development. Over Thomas Sauerborn the contact to Reza Askari, a very

popular and hip bass player from the younger jazz scene, was established. After several

studio sessions in 2019/20 the new trio "HIPPNA" was formed.

The newly founded trio "HIPPNA" succeeds in developing the most complex sound

worlds from a mixture of jazz, rock and improvised music in a fluent communication of

direct ideas and sophisticated artistry. The perfect handling of musical tension and relaxation as well as flowing dynamics testify to a congenial

understanding for each other. Although the three musicians are rooted in the tradition of jazz, they are searching for their own way, which is free of

fear of contact. Not only the friends of freely improvised music get their money's worth while listening to them.


Hiby-Bardon-Hession Trio


Hans Peter Hiby   ts/as/ss

Michael Bardon   b

Paul Hession        dr

Foto by Antje Zeis-Loi

This trio developed from the Hiby/Hession duo, which was established in 1986, when the two musicians met in Hiby’s hometown of Wuppertal.

The duo was augmented over the years with double bassists, including Roberto Bellatalla, Marcio Mattos, Peter Kowald and Dieter Manderscheid, but it was not until 2016 that the young Irish bassist Michael Bardon joined

to form the present trio. He is the perfect foil for the two other musicians, acting as a melodic fulcrum and the resulting music is passionate and questing while balancing a full spread of dynamics with allusions to an earlier jazz tradition. This trio takes the listener on a journey by fully exploring the formal possibilities inherent in every encounter and by being sensitive to each other and the unique acoustic properties of every playing environment. Friends of free improvised music get their money`s worth listening to. Because the three musicians harmonize brilliantly with each other. The swirling, complex drum figures and artful bass riffs are an excellent match for Hiby`s powerful, energetic playing.


by Andreas Fischer
by Andreas Fischer

Hans Peter Hiby Trio


Hans Peter Hiby   ts/as/ss

Dieter Manderscheid  b

Paul Hession   dr





Hiby-Manderscheid-Sauerborn Trio


Hans Peter Hiby   ts/as/ss

Dieter Manderscheid   b

Thomas Sauerborn   dr


Foto by Louisa Müller