Space is the Place: John Schröder/Uldis Vitols/Clemens Lotz + Luca Sguera AKA

Thursday, January 31, music starts 21:00, €9 / students €6.

After having played and recorded Chet Baker’s last great concert in 1988, John Schröder soon became part of Germany’s jazz elite. Rudi Mahall, Achim Kaufmann, Christopher Dell, Oliver Steidle, Frank Möbius, Wolfgang Haffner and Dieter Ilg are just a few names John is/was regularly working with.

John Schröder – guitar | Uldis Vitols – double bass | Clemens Lotz Music – drums

AKA carries on a personal research through repetitions, polyphony and the exploration of timbric and rhythmic balances within the quartet. Such an idea, merged with a particular focus on the sound
of the band and filtered by suggestions of Aka Pygmies music, leads to compositions in which free improvisation is shaped by the written material.

This project, born in September 2017 in Siena Jazz academy, made its first public appearence within A Jazz Supreme festival in Florence, and has been playing around Italy and Europe. Journalist Neri Pollastri wrote about their first performance: “The band proposed three excellent tunes with dark, suspended and tormented atmospheres, weel interpreted by young musicians we’ll certainly hear about in the next future.”

AKA’s first record, produced, recorded and mixed by Dan Kinzelman, will be released by Auand label on 11st January 2019.
Album teasers:

Luca Sguera – piano/compositions | Francesco Panconesi@ – tenor sax | Alessandro Mazzieri – bass/electronics | Carmine Casciello – drums