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Schwimmende Elefanten

Schwimmende Elefanten

Fin Del Mundo
November Sunday Beauty
Schwimmende Elefanten
Jumpstart Broken Heart

New Release: Schwimmende Elefanten – enja records 2018

The journey to bass player Holger Scheidt ́s fourth album as composer and band leader started with a particularly resounding dream: “While diving I spot a group of swimming elephants above me in the diffuse day light“ These animals, usually empowered by gravity, find themselves stripped of their special force by the alien element of water and with respect to their will and ability to survive they are equal to their human under-water-companion. This dream and this image stuck with Scheidt and led him to compose nine extraordinary pieces of music, which are supposed to capture the interplay of gravity and upswing, of physical presence and dancing transparence.

For this new music he chose the format of a quartet: three voices, trumpet, tenor saxophone and bass, plus drums. Hence, the respective instruments are presented with a particular weight as much as the challenge to create a richness of sound on the basis of generally 3 voices. Scheidt ́s „three dimensional“ voice leading allows every indiviual note to develop an impressive effect of space and facilitates an extraordinary differentation of actually rather dense and contentious compositions, which results in a somewhat paradox lightness – just like that of the swimming giants.

While „Schwimmende Elefanten“ is consistent with Scheidt ́s earlier work in terms of a clear reference to traditional forms of Jazz as point of departure for innovation, there is also a most recognizable European, classical angle to it.

Scheidt himself has a lot of experience with handling „alien elements“. He, as a matter of fact, seems to be drawn by them. Curiosity and wanderlust led him to travel Europe and the US for a decade. All those cultural and social contacts and musical encounters are now being reflected in his music and his line ups as well. Holger Scheidt ́s work has been profoundly shaped by those years of wanderings and one can hear that he is familiar with the forces of gravity on the one hand, as much as levitation on the other. He has become part of an international Jazz scene this new album „Schwimmende Elefanten“ is celebrating, while praising alien elements, gravity and levitation. Three different quartets with the same instrumentation recorded in Berlin. Real, inclusive, friendly encounters. Different sounds and colors from different individuals. Jazz.

Holger Scheidt Quartets:
Holger Scheidt, composition and upright bass on all tracks
Voro Garcia, trumpet on tracks 1, 4, 7
Florian Menzel, trumpet on tracks 3, 5, 8
Matthias Lindermayr, trumpet on tracks 2, 6, 9
Rich Perry, tenor saxophone on tracks 1, 4, 7
Ben Kraef, tenor saxophone on tracks 3, 5, 8
Peter Ehwald, tenor saxophone on tracks 2, 6, 9
Matthias Gmelin, drums on tracks 1, 4, 7
Anthony Pinciotti, drums on tracks 3, 5, 8
Marc Ayza, drums on tracks 2, 6, 9

Schwimmende Elefanten Playlist:

1. Canon, 2. Fin Del Mundo, 3. November Sunday Beauty, 4. Hinterland, 5. Schwimmende Elefanten, 6. Amitiés 7. Sarabande, 8. Pasearse, 9. Jump Start Broken Heart



Composed by Holger Scheidt
Published by enja records edition MAWI in 2018
Mixed an edited by Sebastian Ohmert and Holger Scheidt
Produced by Holger Scheidt
Mastered by Uwe Schwideski
Recorded in 2016 and 2017 by Sebastian Ohmert at Blackbird Studios in Berlin Artwork and Graphic Design by Fivos Chatziantoniou
Photos by Hannah Fee Kreuzer und Dennis Haase

Text: Claudia Pescatore, Stefan Nauheimer, Holger Scheidt


Next events





Jazzclub Schlot, Berlin, 9pm



Holger Scheidt Quartet

AWO Kulturhaus, Babelsberg,



Holger Scheidt Quartet

Nova Jazz Cava, Terrassa, 10:30pm



Holger Scheidt Quartet

Le Pirate, Rosenheim, 8pm



Holger Scheidt Quartet

Jazzclub Unterfahrt, Munich, 9pm



Schwimmende Elefanten live recording

ShapeshifterLab, Brooklyn, 8pm



Holger Scheidt Quartet

Textilmuseum Helmbrechts, Helmbrechts, 19.30hs



Holger Scheidt Quartet - Schwimmende Elefanten Release

Zig Zag Jazz Club, Berlin, 21hs



Florian Mattil & Holger Scheidt Duo

Studio 8, Berlin, 21hs



Holger Scheidt Group

Kuenstlerwerkstatt, Pfaffenhofen, 21hs



Holger Scheidt Quartet

LeJam, Montpellier, 21hs


Holger Scheidt is an accomplished bass player and composer with great experience on the international scene. Born in 1979 and raised in the South of Germany Scheidt spent 10 years learning and working in Munich, Berlin, Montpellier, Barcelona, Boston and New York City. He is a graduate of L`Aula de Musica Morderna y Jazz de Barcelona , Berklee College of Music and City College of New York. He has performed at established venues across Europe and in the US, while building a creative style all his own. Since 2008 there have been published four albums of his original work as a composer and band leader: “Half a Year in Half an Hour“ (Konnex Records 2008), “Flights Falls“ (Konnex Records, 2011), “The Tides of Life” (ENJA Records, 2014) and „Schwimmende Elefanten“ (ENJA Records, 2018)

Holger Scheidt had the chance to study with, among others, Joe Lovano, Matt Garrison, John Lockwood, George Garzone, Kenny Werner, Dave Liebman, Steve Coleman, Horacio Fumeiro, Bernard Baldous, Louis Petrucciani, Litschie Hrdlicka...
Throughout his career he had the chance to work with, among others, Rich Perry, Anthony Pinciotti, Victor Gould, Gordon Au, Michel Reis, Matthias Gmelin, Dan Tepfer, Bene Jahnel, Marc Ayza, Peter Ehwald, Alex Terrier, Sebastian Merk, Ross Pederson, Kristjan Randalu, Florian Menzel, Nick Anderson, Florian Hoefner, Voro Garcia, Guido May, Matthias Lindermayr, Ben Kraef, Michael Vochezer...


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