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Counterlife

Counterlife

Felix Schlarmann

Label: Challenge Records
Format: CD
Barcode: 0608917338522
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Catalog number: CR 73385
Releasedate: 31-01-14
  • Over the past years, Felix focused on being a bandleader and composer, in addition playing with numerous other projects.
  • Schlarmann earned his reputation in the Dutch Jazz scene as the drummer of the power jazz group BRUUT!
  • With BRUUT! he performed on the North Sea Jazzfestival, Tokyo Jazz Festival and many other international festivals.
  • The musicians in Felix Schlarmann’s group belong to the rising stars of the young Dutch scene:
  • Piano player Franz von Chossy created a name for himself all over Europe and beyond.
  • Saxophone player Lars Dietrich earned his stripes as part of the New York jazz scene, by working with many great musicians such as John Escreet and David Binney.
  • Floris van der Vlugt worked with countless artists in the Netherlands and has just started his own young all-star septet ”Windkracht 7”.
  • Young British bass player Pat Cleaver managed to become one the most wanted players in the country, in just a few years.
  • “Beautiful and well played contemporary Jazz of the highest order” - David Liebman
On Saturday February 15th, Felix Schlarmann (1982) will present “Counterlife”, his first album as a leader, at the Bimhuis in Amsterdam. Over the past years, Felix focused on being a bandleader and composer, in addition playing with numerous other projects.
This versatile drummer’s music consists of fragile melodies and energetic explosions; an emotional sound filled with contradiction.

Schlarmann earned his reputation in the Dutch Jazz scene as the drummer of the power jazz group BRUUT! with which he has performed all over the globe, as well as with the famous Dutch saxophone player Jasper Blom, with whom he brings the music of Franz Schubert to the big stages with the group Mechanical Duck.  

The musicians in Felix Schlarmann’s group belong to the rising stars of the young Dutch scene: Piano player Franz von Chossy created a name for himself all over Europe and beyond. Saxophone player Lars Dietrich earned his stripes, as part of the New York jazz scene, by working with many great musicians such as John Escreet and David Binney. Floris van der Vlugt worked with countless artists in the Netherlands and has just started his own young all-star septet ”Windkracht 7”. Young British bass player Pat Cleaver managed to become one the most wanted players in the country, in just a few years.   

“Beautiful and well played contemporary Jazz of the highest order” - David Liebman
Born in Germany, drummer Felix Schlarmann (1982) today lives and works in Amsterdam.

There he graduated from his Jazz-drums studies in 2007. Felix Schlarmann continued his studies as a master student of Martijn Vink at the Conservatory of Amsterdam and of John Riley at the Manhattan School of Music New York and received his master degree with an outstanding result in 2009.

Next to the Felix Schlarmann Group he plays with the dutch powerjazz formation BRUUT! with who he performed on the North Sea Jazzfestival, Tokyo Jazz Festival and many other international festivals.

He also is a member of Køgging, a new project feat. Jasper Blom called Mechanical Duck and several other formations.

As a big band drummer Felix Schlarmann worked with some of the best Dutch Jazz Orchestras like the Millenium Jazz Orchestra and the Rotterdam Jazz Orchestra.

In 2009 he was a teacher at the International Summer Jazz Workshop in Prague. Several compositions for percussion are published in the Gretel Verlag, Germany. At Amsterdam’s venue Studio /K Felix Schlarmann runs his own monthly session Jazz in /K, which features the finest Dutch jazz artists.

Felix also is the founder and musical director of the Festival Jazzfest Amsterdam.

During the years he had the chance to perform with great artists like Dick Oatts, Bert Joris, Martijn van Iterson, Cecil Bridgewater, Joel Frahm, Paul Bollenback, Dave Douglas, Jesse van Ruller, Benjamin Herman, Tineke Postma, Ernst Glerum, Anton Goudsmit, Michael Moore, Jiggs Whigham, Deborah Brown, Peter Tiehuis, Luis Bonilla, Ben van Gelder, Frederik Köster, Yuri Honing, Ack van Royen, Harmen Fraanje, Sam Most, Marco Tamburini and many more…

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