What happens when you put five diverse Berlin music authorities on one stage? Yep, PARAPHERNALIA will happen. This new project gathers the visionary minds of some of the most extraordinary artists from Berlin and Israel, drawing from jazz and the electric grooves of the 60s and 70s. The result is an amazing musical experience full of depth, experimental daring and soulfulness.
Sebastian Studnitzky is a unique musician whose elegant musical genre shifting is style-defining and has won multiple awards. In 2015 he was honored for his musical work by the ECHO Jazz. Detailed, minimalist and transparent, his music nevertheless exhibits an emotional depth that is unmistakable. Effortlessly he meanders between pop, jazz, electronic music and that with a rhythmic groove that is far from avant-garde.
Both as a trumpeter and as a pianist, Studnitzky plays at the top international level and performs worldwide with Nils Landgren's Funk unit, Jazzanova, Mezzoforte, Wolfgang Haffner and many more. As the initiator of the internationally renowned Berlin XJAZZ Festival, he turned the entire German jazz scene upside down.
Uri Gincel is an intense live spectacle on the piano with a singular voice in the shape of jazz to come. A unique performer full of surprise and wonder, he draws from wealth of sounds, styles and cultures of both his homebase Berlin and his world travels to create his very own fluent and distinct musical narrative.
Mentored by the late, great Arnie Lawrence (founder of “New school” NY), and a recipient of the prestigious “America-Israel cultural foundation” prize, Gincel has recorded and toured the world with projects and musicians such as Kurt Rosenwinkel, “Bonaparte”, Ronnie Burrage and many others. Time and again, he has demonstrated his ability to bring young audiences back to live jazz music, bridging the gap between the electronic club scene and the revival of acoustic jazz.
Roni Eytan has developed a unique and highly personal way of playing the harmonica, by drawing on influences from a wide range of music, transcending the traditional sonorities associated with the instrument, and achieving a singular musical voice.
Roni has performed with a galaxy of world renowned musicians, such as bassists John Patitucci and Eddie Gomez, drummer Brian Blade, pianists Kevin Hays and John Beasley. In 2014 He joined the band of Grammy Award-winning pianist Danilo Perez, performing with him for two years at major venues and festivals around the world.
Haggai Cohen-Milo was born in Israel and is known for his work as a double bassist, composer and performance artist. For more than ten years he has been developing his own method in collaboration with dancers and choreographers, which acts as a link between sound, movement and visual art in performance art.
Haggai Cohen-Milo performs in front of audiences, but also works in the recording studio and appears on over 30 albums for labels such as Warner Music Group, Fresh Sound Records or Tzadik. In 2017, the musician moved to Berlin, and a year later he received the Echo in the category "Ensemble National" together with the Israeli Omer Klein Trio.
Mathis Grossmann is a German drummer and music producer. As a sought-after sideman and under his pseudonym Magro, the multi-talented drummer performs worldwide in clubs or festivals, such as Jazzahead, Tremplin Jazz Avignon or the Havana World Music Festival.
His music is strongly influenced by hip hop and in the scene he is considered one of the most exciting drummers in Germany. His debut album won the German Jazz Award in 2022.