Roger Kintopf

Label: Double Moon Records
Format: Download Album
Barcode: 0608917196924
Catalog number: DMCHR 71969
- Very own form of musical work as a band leader and conceptualist
- The ensemble provides a very transparent quartet sound, since it dispenses with harmonic instruments
- Through differentiated instrumentation, new sound colors are created from a variable formalism

Structucture unites four individuals, who found their common idea of a musical attitude since the first day they met. Their music aims to create a collective expression of creativity with great energy. The atmosphere shifts between energetic impulses and phases of silence, which are controlled and processed by concentrated interaction of all four musicians.

Roger Kintopf ’s compositions fathom the possibilities of interaction within this quartet without a harmony instrument. The music is based on strong structures, rhythm and harmony, which let the saxophonists Victor Fox and Asger Nissen operate with versatility. Felix Ambach and Roger Kintopf are not merely a rhythm section. As a strongly interlocked unit, Structucture develops an attitude, which focuses the sound of the whole band as well as the flexibility of each individual musician within that constantly moving entity.

Since 2014, Roger Kintopf has been creating music with Felix Ambach and Victor Fox as a collective Trio. Already at a young age, the three musicians got to know each other and quickly discovered the accordance of their musical influences and their idea of making music. Inspiring each other, they have always been looking for something new - something unknown. It was evident that the three musicians neither wanted to play in an already familiar format, nor conventional modern jazz.

The Trio recorded their first Album „GLÄÜÖ“ in 2016 at the Deutschlandfunk Studios in Cologne and released it on UNIT Records. The German Jazz-magazine „JazzThing“ describes the music as „staggeringly wordly-wise and fantastically mature“ .

For Kintopf’s new project „Structucture“ , the collective added the Danish saxophonist Asger Nissen to the band, in order to expand the trio to a quartet with two saxophones.

In this instrumentation without a harmony instrument, the band foregrounds improvisation and interaction within their music and thus try to follow previously unexplored paths. The compositions on the new album are all written by Roger Kintopf with a concept in mind, which lets the two saxophones at times sound like one harmony instrument, other times like two individual voices arguing with, or even against each other. Rogers Kintopf ’s music is based on strong structures in terms of form, rhythm and harmony allowing the individual musicians to come together and create a unique band sound.

Roger Kintopf 

Roger Kintopf is a bassist and composer. Raised in a musical family, he has gained on-stage experience since being a child.

After getting classical piano lessons for a few years, he already won his first awards at the competitions „Jugend Musiziert“ and „International Rotary Pianocompetition“. After spending his early years on the piano, Kintopf switched to the electric bass which eventually became his gateway to the double bass.

Over the past few years Roger Kintopf has established a strong voice within the German Jazz scene, playing and having performed with artists as Loren Stillman, Travis Reuter, Billy Test, Frank Gratkowski, Jonas Burgwinkel, etc. Roger works as well as a sideman in small and large ensembles featuring guest stars like Kit Downes, Christian Lillinger, Evan Parker, etc.

Kintopf played in New York with the Youth Jazz Orchestra of Hessen in 2015 and has been a member of the German National Jazz Orchestra (BuJazzO) 2016-2018, whereby he toured through Ecuador and India in 2017. With a variety of bands, he has played concerts in Germany, France, Netherlands, Poland, Czech Republic, Switzerland, USA, Ecuador, India and Nepal.

Roger has studied at Hochschule für Musik und Tanz in Cologne with Dieter Manderscheid, Dietmar Fuhr and Jonas Burgwinkel from 2016 to 2018. Since 2019, Roger has been based in Paris, continuing his studies abroad.

Roger Kintopf has played at festivals and locations like Jazzfest Bonn, Eldenaer Jazz Evenings, Plush Music Festival, Stadtgarten Cologne, Altes Pfandhaus Cologne, Philharmonic Hall Cologne,

Philharmonic Hall Essen, Bimhuis Amsterdam, etc.

Asger Nissen 

The Danish alto saxophonist, Asger Nissen, moved to Berlin in the fall of 2017. With a personal strong sound of emotional, energetic, curious and yet controlled and versatile style of playing, Asger Nissen has already established a strong name within the Jazz and Avant Garde circles of Berlin and Germany, playing and having performed with artists like Jim Black, Jonas Westergaard, Otis Sandsjö, Bernhard Meyer, Wanja Slavin, Felix Henkelhausen, Uli Kempendorff, Christopher Dell etc.

“Nissen is an excellent improviser who knows how to combine abstraction with singable emotions. Especially his composing is a strong trademark of his, with long dramaturgical arches that reveal a certain spiritual closeness to Tim Berne.” - JazzThing, 2020.

He has performed and toured in a broad variety of countries; Denmark, Sweden, Germany, Poland, Austria, Switzerland, England, and the US, as well as having performed at the major european jazz festivals: Jazz Baltica, North Sea Jazz, and Copenhagen Jazzfestival.

Before moving to Berlin, Asger Nissen was an active voice of the Copenhagen Jazz scene, amongst others with the award winning Avant Garde Sextet, ALAWARI.

Asger Nissen is currently doing his Bachelor studies at the prestigious Jazz Institut Berlin (JIB)/ Universität der Künste. At the JIB, he has been under close and personal guidance by Professors Greg Cohen (US, bass), Peter Weniger (DE, saxophone), and Douglas Weiss (US, bass) as his main educators.

Victor Fox 

The German tenor saxophonist was born in Seligenstadt. There he took his first musical steps, taking lessons at the local music school. Since 2016 he studies at the Johannes Gutenberg University of Mayence with his teachers Claudius Valk, Sebastian Sternal and Jesse Milliner.

From 2011 to 2019 he was a member of the „Hessian State Youth Jazz Orchestra“ and from 2016 to 2018 he was a member of the „National Jazz Orchestra of Germany“ under the direction of Jiggs Wigham and Niels Klein.

During the past eight years, Victor has had the chance to play international tours in countries like USA, Ecuador, China, Russia, India, Poland, England, Lithuania and Latvia.

During these concerts and tours he was performing with many well-known musicians like Dianne Reeves, Diane Schuur, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Norma Winstone, Evan Parker, Branford Marsalis, Nils Landgren, Jiggs Whigham, Alexander von Schlippenbach, Kit Downes, Peter Brötzmann, Christian Lillinger, Christopher Dell, Frank Gratkowski, etc.

He can be heard on eight studio records.

Felix Ambach 

Felix Ambach, born in Bensheim (Germany), started his musical journey playing classical drums and percussion repertoire. He successfully participated in a variety of competitions focusing on this particular style of music. 

After a few years of focusing on his skills as a jazz drummer, he moved to Cologne in 2016 in order to study with Jonas Burgwinkel. Very quickly he established a strong name as a supportive and reliable drummer with a strong, energetic and emotional sound, and soon he became one of the most demanded drummers within the local and national Jazz-scene. He has been playing with musicians like Pablo Held, Loren Stillman, Sebastian Gille, Felix Henkelhausen, etc.

He was the drummer of the „National Jazz Orchestra of Germany“ from 2017 to 2019, whereby he played tours in countries like Germany, Great Britain, Albania, Montenegro and Bosnia- Herzegovina. After his studies in Cologne, he moved to London in 2018, in order to study at the Guildhall School of Music with James Maddren and Stan Sulzman. In 2019, living in Cologne again to finish his studies with Jonas Burgwinkel, Felix is still deeply connected to the London Jazz- scene, playing with several bands consisting of musicians from all over Great Britain.

He was playing and touring in a broad variety of countries like Germany, Netherlands, Spain, Switzerland, Great Britain, Poland, Czech Republik, Montenegro, Albania, Bosnia-Herzegovina, etc.