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. The traditional role allocation of soloistic saxophone and accompanying bass is abandoned regularly; the double bass introduces singable arco melodies, while the baritone saxophone takes over rockin` grooves to go with a solo. Additional colours are added by using melodica and loops.
Rooted in contemporary jazz, the music branches out on SUBSYSTEMS first CD „Unterholz“ („Underbrush“), veering toward Viennese coffee house, program music, impressionism and folklore. The listener encounters flying fish, red lentils, northern German cabbage fields and the Berlin subway. The sophisticated miniature pieces also hide material of composers like Paul Lincke and Fritz Kreisler. Grown for years in various bands, the organic teamwork of Hinse and Schlichting animates their music with familiarity and spontaneity.
SUBSYSTEM is not only a congenially designed habitat of low sounds: improvisational surprises are always possible.