Efrat Alony – voice
Almut Schlichting – baritone saxophone
Sven Hinse – double bass
SUBSYSTEM are low tone specialists from the creative underbrush of the Berlin jazz scene. Combining esprit and virtuosity, the two musicians explore the possibilities of baritone saxophone and double bass. The low sounds of the big instruments are rarely heard individually in most musical contexts. In this duo setting they have plenty of space to unfold.
In their trio program, the two musicians invite the Israeli singer Efrat Alony into their band. Alony is professor for jazz voice in Bern and has released several highly appraised CDs with her own projects. Her warm and dark alto voice adds many colours to the duo setting. As a trio, the band explores new harmonic and structural possibilities; the musicians draw mutual inspiration from working with their original compositions, arranging ideas and improvisational concepts.
Rooted in contemporary jazz, the music branches out toward Viennese coffee house, program music, impressionism and folklore. Grown for years in various bands, the organic teamwork of Hinse and Schlichting animates their music with familiarity and spontaneity. Efrat Alony blends into the sonic universe as effortlessly as if she had always been part of the band.
SUBSYSTEM + EFRAT ALONY is not only a congenially designed habitat of low sounds: improvisational surprises are always possible.