Thursday 04.04.24 @ 20:00 - Doors 19:30

Sleepless EP Release

Diederik Wissels (p), Ana Rocha (voc), and Nicolas Kummert (sax)
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Ana Rocha (voc), Nicolas Kummert (sax), and Diederik Wissels (p)

Thursday, 4 March 2024 @ 20:00 - doors 19:30

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About the Artists

From the collaboration of pianist and composer Diederik Wissels, singer and lyricist Ana Rocha with Nicolas Kummert on saxophone and live electronics, the EP – „Sleepless“ will be released during the SOUNDS series in the berlin-based Gallery Under The Mango Tree. Having previously worked together on the albums “Pasarela”, (2018), “Secrecy” (2020) and “Yearn” (2023) released on Belgian jazz label Igloo Records, the trio will be presenting their new digital EP on 04. April 2024.

Weaving their sounds together, they uncover new grounds for musical exploration in the dynamic and open conversation established between the voice, piano and saxophone, to which Kummert adds his own electronic modulation of the three musical voices. This often minimalistic repertoire on the verge of jazz, classical and folk music, grips the listeners attention with its beautiful harmonies and melodies.

The renowned Dutch pianist and composer Diederik Wissels, one of the key figures of the Belgian and European jazz scenes, has worked with many internationally acclaimed singers (David Linx, Fay Claassen, Maria Pia de Vito, Maria João) and instrumentalists (Mário Laginha, Philippe Catherine, Chet Baker, Toots Thielemans, Joe Henderson). He’s won the “Grand Prix du Disque ‘Jazz’ Charles Cros” and the “Victoires de la Musique” with his longtime collaborator David Linx. He also won the “Choc de l’année” for the Magazine Jazzman and the “Choc de la Musique“ award from Le Monde, among many other prizes, with his extensive and acclaimed discography.

Ana Rocha is a Berlin-based, Belgium-grown, German-Portuguese polyglot lyricist and singer that’s gained international acclaim in recent years, having played concerts all over the world, from Brazil to Belgium, France to Germany, receiving praise from the press for her intricate poetic lyrics and clear, precise and expressive voice. The singer established herself in the Berlin and Brussels world and music-scene, becoming a sought-after collaborator in a myriad of projects, constantly expanding her diverse and multifaceted discography.

Jazz saxophonist and electronic artist Nicolas Kummert has always shown curiosity, versatility and openness to all styles of music. He’s played and recorded with renowned artists and bands such as Jeff Ballard, Drifter, Jef Neve, Slowly Rolling Camera, Alexi Tuomarila Quartet as well as his friend Lionel Loueke, with whom he’s released the album “La Diversité” on Edition Records (2017). He works as a composer for films and dance performances, focusing on hybrid sounds and their expressive possibilities.


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