Robert Landfermann Quintett

Priming the senses for the sensitive cooperation ahead: that could be the maxim for this quintet with alto saxophonist Christian Weidner, tenor saxophonist Sebastian Gille, pianist Elias Stemeseder, and drummer Jim Black. They all have known Landfermann for a number of years in a variety of contexts. That made the situation crystal-clear for Robert: "This has to be the lineup." Born in 1967, American Jim Black is the oldest musician of the group. After crossing paths at various festivals, Black and Landfermann would occasionally play together. It came to the point where they began to hire each other for their own respective bands. Black is esteemed not only for his technical ability to play any kind of music, but also for his playing passion. Concerning the two saxophonists, Landfermann underscores their highly individual sounds: "One tone, and I'm in the middle of the music. They are two of my favorite musicians on their instruments, and I wanted to bring them together; before this band, they had never had that pleasure." Born in Salzburg, Austria in 1990, pianist Elias Stemeseder is the youngest in the quintet. Landfermann likes the fact that "He has a very unusual way of employing the instrument's possibilities, but his intention is always crystal-clear." What is most important for Landfermann is that all the players "possess a strong sense of empathy". He wants to involve his band members as equal partners in the musical process rather than relegate them to the role of accompanists. "You can only develop an interesting conversation between equal partners," says Landfermann. At the same time it is important that no musician plays in the foreground: "The music comes first, and everyone works on that assumption." 

Landfermann holds three elements as esstential: melody, improvisation, and emotion. For him, emotion means that the player should let himself go, in order to reach a "flow" in which the listener's emotions are also awoken. For Landfermann, improvisation plays a distinct role; he writes compositions that fit the improvisational styles of the participating musicians. He also wants his band to try out new ways of interpreting the compositions, so that each piece has its unique moments. Thus, improvisation is an explicit basic element of the pieces. You could say that's self-evident in jazz, but there are other approaches. And then there is melody; for Landfermann it is important because it holds the music together. There is a reason why he chose two saxophonists who have a special ability "to let melodies sing and converse so that they have meaning."