Carlos Bica and Carsten Daerr are two international musicians who have long been acknowledged as the driving force of the Berlin jazz scene. They came together almost ten years ago when they joined the group Tuomi, led by the singer Kristiina Tuomi. The two musicians have worked together ever since, on their own projects and with several different ensembles. The chemistry between them is evident when they are on stage.
Hanno Stick, the third member of the trio, was born in the German city of Kiel in 1983. He has won several awards at national music and jazz competitions in Germany (Jugend musiziert and Jugend jazzt). In 2005 he enrolled at the Jazz Institute of Berlin where he studied under John Hollenbeck, Joey Barron, Jim Black and Jeff Ballard. He has performed with bands playing different styles of music and has toured Spain, France, Sweden, Finland, Israel and the USA. In summer 2010, the Goethe- Institut invited him to tour the Middle East with the band MSV Brecht, which has released its second album “Hippie Tunes” (Unit Records) in February 2012.
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Born in Berlin in 1975, Carsten Daerr took classical piano lessons from 1982 to 1995. Further on he studied jazz-piano at the Hochschule der Kuenste (HdK) in Berlin with Kirk Nurock and Hubert Nuß and composition with o.a. James Knapp and Maria Schneider. Since 1998 he is involved in band projects of his own such as »Tuomi« (with Carlos Bica [double bass] and Kristiina Tuomi [vocals]), Carsten Daerr Trio, Marc Wyand Quartet and as a duo with trumpeter Sven Klammer. He has performed and/or recorded with a.o. Michael Schiefel, the Till Brönner Quintett, Christopher Dell, Christof Lauer, Nasheet Waits und Bunky Green. Since 1998 Carsten Daerr, the bass player Oliver Potratz and the drummer Eric Schaefer have formed the »Carsten Daerr Trio«. Since 2001 Carsten Daerr has been teaching music, also lecturing at the »Jazz Institut der Hochschule für Musik Franz Liszt« in Weimar since 2007.
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Hanno Stick was born in the German city of Kiel in 1983. He has won several awards at national music and jazz competitions in Germany (Jugend musiziert and Jugend jazzt). In 2005 he enrolled at the Jazz Institute of Berlin where he studied under John Hollenbeck, Joey Barron, Jim Black and Jeff Ballard. He has performed with several bands playing different styles of music and has toured Spain, France, Sweden, Finland, Israel and the USA. In the summer of 2010, the Goethe- Institut invited him to tour the Middle East with the band MSV Brecht, which has released its second album “Hippie Tunes” (Unit Records) in February 2012.
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Double bass player and composer, Carlos Bica, is one of the most prolific and innovative sound artists of the Berlin Jazz scene. Known for his lyrical tone on the double bass, Bica has the rare ability to write melodies that essentially are songs without words, haunting and unforgettable.
"Both a remarkable composer and musician who knows how to mix his folkloric, lyrical roots with any modern style he encounters" - (Double Bassist).
Among the several musical projects he leads along with various theatre, film and dance projects, his trio AZUL with Frank Möbus and Jim Black has become his showcase as a bass player and composer.
His debut album, "Azul", recorded for Polygram/ Emarcy, features guitar player Frank Möbus and drummer Jim Black, and special guests, singer, Maria João and, trombone player, Ray Anderson. It was voted "Best jazz record of the year" in Portugal in 1996 and it's widely accepted as the best portuguese jazz album ever done.
Azul's next albums, "Twist" (1999) and "Look What They've Done To My Song" (2003), released by Enja Records, have received international critical acclaim.
"Believer" (2006) is Azul's fourth album celebrating this Portuguese-German-American band's 10th anniversary. As visionary as its predecessors, the new album features the turntables of DJ Illvibe (aka Vincent von Schlippenbach). Pushed by DJ Illvibe's scratch sounds Azul's multi-urban grooves open a bright window into the future. "The magic of shaping" (Fono Forum)
In October 2005 Bor Land Records released "Single", Carlos Bica's first bass solo CD. This album was recorded at the Radio Berlin-Brandenburg Studios and was nominated by the music magazine "Blitz" as one of the best albums of the year in Portugal.
Started by a commission from the Expo 1998 in Lisbon, Bica embarked upon his project "DIZ" (meaning "Speak to me") together with the extraordinary singer and actress Ana Brandão. His fruits were recorded and released in April 2001 for Enja Records. The album "DIZ" represents a new development in his music. Together with João Paulo (piano), Katharina Gramss (violin), Mike Rutledge (viola), "DIZ" leaps across the stylistics borders of chamber music, Portuguese folk, theatre, jazz and the art of song, with the entertaining ease and serious intensity of musical virtuosity.
Jazz Podium termed it "Grandiose music"; and Tip-Berlin as "An elegy of beauty".
He has played at the most important festivals in Europe and Asia and has worked with Ray Anderson, Kenny Wheeler, Aki Takase, Lee Konitz, Alexander von Schlippenbach, Albert Mangelsdorf, Joey Baron, Matthias Schubert, John Ruoco, John Zorn, Paolo Fresu, Markus Stockhausen among others.