Composers’ Orchestra Berlin


The Composers’ Orchestra Berlin was founded in autumn 2010, and consists of strings, horns and rhythm section. The members of the orchestra are not only improvising instrumentalists, but are also the composers. Coming from a wide variety of musical backgrounds – from classical to jazz and from folk to free- together they are developing a brand-new and innovative orchestral repertoire.

Stylistic freedom is key… the music written for this band has no exclusion zones. Our mandate is to combine elements from all possible styles to create music which is truly free-range and to have that music performed by top-class creative players. Since 2010 the COB has become an established part of the Berlin jazz-scene, with regular concerts in the Kunstfabrik Schlot.
The COB gained international recognition in 2014 with the release of two albums: “Spazieren in Berlin” (an illustration of Hessel’s texts) and the orchestral “Free-Range Music”, which displays the broad and inspiring diversity of uniquely personal musical styles that have developed from the composers’ Berlin surroundings. The latest CD is ‘Postcard Collection’ (April 2018)

More info, photos & soundbites : www.composersorchestra.com

Composers' Orchestra Berlin

COB

Musicians
Strings:  Daniel Friedrichs, Philipp Perotto, Matthias Leupold, Katja Braun, Susanne Paul, Martin Klenk, Frederico Malverde
Horns: Meike Goosmann (sx/cl), Tian Korthals (sx/fl), Ruth Schepers (sx/fl), Oleg Hollman (sx), Markus Busch (sx/cl), Hazel Leach (fl), Janni Struzyk (tba), Aaron Schmidt-Wiegand (tp), Anne Dau (tb)
Rhythm: Fee Stracke (pn), Leo Auri (pn), Daniel Meyer (gt), Dirk Strakhof (bs), Christoph Hillmann (dr), Lucia Martinez (dr), Tom Dayan (dr)
Musical Director: Hazel Leach.

CD  “Postcard Collection”

April 2018, JHM258: http://www.jazzhausmusik.de/

CD Postcard Collection

CD Postcard Collection

For the COB project “Postcard Collection” I explored the rhythms of the waltz, resulting in a huge collection of musical ideas from very different corners of the world – all based on the variations of the scheme of triple time. The release includes eight of these `postcards` inspired by music from Venezuela, Peru, Argentinia, Greece, Great Britain and Germany – all individually arranged and orchestrated for the COB`s members.

CD  “Free Range Music”

April 2014, JHM224: http://www.jazzhausmusik.de/

CD Free Range Music

This CD presents only a fraction of the huge array of pieces written since the end of 2010, but displays the wonderfully broad and inspiring diversity of uniquely personal styles, with influences ranging from classical to jazz and from folk to free…. truly Free Range music.
Composers: Hazel Leach, Oleg Hollmann, Susanne Paul, Alexander Tzschentke, Dirk Strakhof, Horst Nonnenmacher, Ruth Schepers, Fee Stracke and Tian Korthals.

More info, lineup & Soundbites: www.composersorchestraberlin.com

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