In advance of Berlin’s XJAZZ Festival, Henrik Schwarz and Âme’s Frank Wiedemann present a rare live show of their SCHWARZMANN project at Berlin’s Columbia Theater on May 4, 2016. The improvised performance will feature appearances by Pat Thomas, Ben Westbeech, Bugge Wesseltoft, Etienne Jaumet, Kahil El’Zabar, Osunlade, David Lemaitre and Robert Owens. The three-hour live show is presented by Telekom Electronic Beats and will exclusively be available for streaming on EB.TV and EB.Radio afterwards.
Frank Wiedemann and Henrik Schwarz inaugurated SCHWARZMANN back in 2012. Since then, the duo has played a few select shows and gained praise for their take on live improvisation. Both producers are core members of Berlin’s Innervisions label. Henrik Schwarz is known for his love of jazz, most notably his frequent live sets and collaborations with Norway’s jazz maestro Bugge Wesseltoft, which also resulted in their 2011 album Duo. Frank Wiedemann, who’s also one half of Âme, on the other hand, has been exploring a more melodic and poppier side of dance music with his latest project Howling.
Be sure to check out this year’s full XJAZZ program, which features appearances by Squarepusher (as Shobaleader One), Nightmares On Wax, Malakoff Kowalski, Pantha du Prince and more. This year’s partner country of XJAZZ is Turkey, so you’ll also come across some highly influential Turkish artists like twin sisters Ferhan & Ferzan Önder, electro-acoustic music composer Tolga Tüzün and multi-instrumentalist Erkan Oğur with jazz trio Maden Öktem Ersönmez.