Robert Landfermann is one of 16 artists invited to develop a "Signature" project for the upcoming Monheim Triennale (22 to 26 June 2022).
His septet-project with two drummers for Monheim am Rhein is entitled "Rhenus" - and is thus a reference to his homeland and to a constant on his life's journey: the Rhine. Landfermann was born and raised in Oberwinter - 150 m as the crow flies from the Rhine - went to school on an island in the Rhine, then moved downriver to Cologne, where he matured as a musician.
As one of the most sought-after and most awarded bassists of his generation, Landferman "puts it all together with the "Rhenus" project", writes Christian Weidner in his Landfermann feature for the Monheim Triennale. It is his most extensive project to date and he has invited some of his longest and closest companions: the drummers Jonas Burgwinkel and Christian Lillinger, who have grown organically with him and yet are so different, as well as two musicians from his quintet, the pianist Elias Stemeseder and the saxophonist Sebastian Gille. Also performing are the harpist Kathrin Pechlof, in whose trio Landfermann has been playing for ten years now, as well as the British trumpeter Percy Pursglove and the Belgian pianist and Fender Rhodes specialist Jozef Dumoulin.
Landfermann's composed material ranges from highly complex structures and textural sketches to heartfelt melodies. He and his ensemble will be perfectly at home in this multi-coloured sound world - and will go on improvisational journeys in it and beyond it.
Robert Landfermann: "Rhenus"
Sebastian Gille (sax), Percy Pursglove (tp), Elias Stemeseder (p), Jozef Dumoulin (e-p), Kathrin Pechlof (harp), Jonas Burgwinkel (dr), Christian Lillinger (dr).