Jazzkantine: Kalle Kalima's Long Winding Road / Finland

"A long, long winding road"

Venue: Nordic Embassies Berlin

Kalle Kalima, Greg Cohen and Max Andrzejewski met in Berlin - Kalima hailed from Finland, Cohen from the USA and Andrzejewski "only" from Frankfurt am Main, albeit very conscious of his Polish roots. The trio began playing American folk songs, performing at the Jazz Units Berlin and the Jewish Museum Berlin. Following a desire to explore their roots further, they began to play pieces by Finland’s Sibelius and Poland’s Lutoslawski - and were amazed that their pieces sounded every bit as coherent as the American folk standards (including those found by Alan Lomax). The band’s varied repertoire is outstanding when presented as a concert program.

Kalle Kalima has been in Berlin since 1998 and has worked with Anthony Braxton, Tomasz Stanko, Gebhard Ullmann, Jimi Tenor, NDR Big Band, Tony Allen and Gratkowski among others. His trio Klima Kalima won the 2008 New German Jazz Award. He is also often on the road with various groups such as Berlin Kuu! Johnny La Marama and more. Greg Cohen came to Berlin four years ago for a professorship at the Jazz Institute Berlin. He is world famous for his bass playing and production work with John Zorn, Tom Waits, Elvis Costello, Woody Allen, and countless others.  Max Andrzejewski is a 27-year-old drummer, improviser and composer, "...a musician in perpetual motion, whose energy is already sufficient for half the German scene and could heat up half of Europe. A spontaneous composer on the drums, whose ingenuity knows no bounds…" (Wolf Kampmann). His own band HUT won the 2013 New German Jazz Award, at which he also took the Soloists Prize.