Almut Schlichting – baritone saxophone, composition
Sven Hinse – double bass, composition
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. SUBSYSTEM is not only a fascinating exploration of low sounds: Improvisational surprises are possible at all times.
Almut Schlichting and Sven Hinse have been playing together for 20 years in different projects, Subsystem has been their working band for 10 years. The result is a dreamlike musical understanding, impressively evident in the dialogue of the low instruments at their concerts and on their CDs “Unterholz” (2016) and „Schneekönig“ (2019).