Bassist, composer, and improviser SEAN ALI from Dayton, Ohio has been living in New York City since 2003. Here he participates in the city’s vibrant experimental music scene both as a performer and an occasional curator of events. His current projects include: Fester with David Grollman (snare drum), Natura Morta with Frantz Loriot (viola) and Carlo Costa (drums), Hag with Brad Henkel (trumpet) and David Grollman (snare drum) , PascAli with Pascal Niggenkemper (bass), Oracles with Yukari (flutes), and LathanFlinAli with Lathan Hardy (alto sax) and Flin van Hemmen (drums). He also does solo performances that involve text and sound-specific preparations for the bass. He is the founder and leader of a large ensemble for low-tone instruments called The Mudbath Orchestra. He is co-founder and member of the new music label Prom Night Records. Sean Ali performs regularly in New York City and has toured extensively throughout the East Coast and Midwest.
German-french bassist PASCAL NIGGENKEMPER is active in the creative music scene in the US and Europe. In 1999 he moved to Cologne where he studied jazz and classical double bass at the Hochschule für Musik. He coleaded the audio visual dance project Turbo Pascale. This formation toured Germany, Kazakhstan, Czech Republic, Slovenia, and France, as well as appeared at Festivals such as the Moers Festival, Jazzmesse “Jazzahead Bremen“ and the "WDR Jazznight" with live radio broadcast on WDR Radio.
In 2005 Pascal Niggenkemper was granted the DAAD Award and moved to New York.
It is in NY that Pascal met Robin Verheyen and Tyshawn Sorey and formed the PNTrio. The trio recorded the CD "pasàpas" (Konnex 2008) and “urban creatures” (JazzHausMusik 2010). PNTrio toured extensively in Europe (Belgium, Germany, Switzerland, France and Austria) They performed at the Jazzcologne Festival and the Jazzherbst Konstanz. Their performances were recorded for the WDR and the BR Radio. In June 2010 the Trio performed at the Kennedy Center in Washington.
With guitar player Scott DuBois and drummer Jeff Davis, Pascal formed the group pascal’s newﬁeld. The group toured in 2009 in Europe.
In cooperation with Jazzdor Strasbourg-Berlin, Pascal formed this year the french-german septet vision7 that performed at Jazzdor Strasbourg-Berlin and Vive le Jazz in Cologne among others.
With Simon Nabatov and Gerald Cleaver, Pascal released in September 2011 the CD/LP upcoming hurricane on NoBusiness Records which is listed among 'ALBUMS OF THE YEAR' 2011 in the 'The New York City Jazz Record'.
Pascal is also co-leading the groups baloni (CD ‘fremdenzimmer’
With friends, he curates in NY the house concert series ze couch, where every month artists meet to present their work.
He is a member of Thomas Heberer’s Clarino (CD ‘klippe’ Clean Feed Sept 2011 & ‘cookbook’
Festival presence includes: Vision Festival New York, Umbrella Festival Chicago, Strade del Cinema Aosta, Jazzcologne, NewAdits Klagenfurt, Font New York, Jazzdor Strasbourg-Berlin etc...
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