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Sektion 1​-​2

by Neuköllner Modelle

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Sektion 1 31:13
Sektion 2 21:16


“Sektion 1-2” is an extravagant LP-production which depicts the new musical thoughts and craftsmanships of three musician identities who couldn’t be further apart (or better distributed) in age. Together they work on the form. The result is a radical suspended shape of instrumental interplay, exploring unbound rhythms, structures, and harmonies.

Even though Neuköllner Modelle draws attention to Free Jazz (a genre of which Johansson became one of the european pioneers), their methods emboss conscious focus on current tensions. Johansson has called this music Constructive Free Jazz, or also: Non-Expressive Free Jazz.

Grip, Denzler and Johansson, respectively in their early thirties, early fifties and early seventies, found each other through the intertwining scenes between Paris and Berlin. When taking a look at their previous musical activities you will get an exquisite account of the contemporary history of experimental improvised musics (yes, plural!) in Europe. It is a dense heritage in service of forming a new model for a creative process. Emerged through the questioning of methods, Neuköllner Modelle combine bipolar procedures in creating something which could be likened with a retarding ballad of the insistent up-tempo murmur accelerating in the backdrop-world of today.

This LP release – “Sektion 1-2” – will be followed up by a double CD release – “Sektion 3-7” to be released end of 2016 – where the trio Neuköllner Modelle is joined by pianist Alexander von Schlippenbach.


released September 27, 2016

Bertrand Denzler : saxophone
Joel Grip : double bass
Sven-Åke Johansson : drums
All compositions by Neuköllner Modelle.

Recording : Sowieso, Berlin . November 2015
Engineering : Andrew Levine
Mastering : Werner Dafeldecker
Design : Teresa Iten
Liner notes (in German and English) : Bastian Zimmermann
Produced with the support from The Swedish Art Council.


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Umlaut is a music collective born in 2004 in Stockholm, which then opened two branches in Berlin and Paris.

« Transformation of sound » is the motto around which they gathered to produce records, organize concerts, discover new artists and play music together.

The collective works to spread a music that is too rarely shared and discovered.
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