TOBIAS KLEIN
alto saxophone, bass clarinets, composition

Tobias Klein


(*Saarbrücken, Germany, 1967) moved to Amsterdam in 1990 and studied saxophone and bass clarinet at the Conservatory of Amsterdam with, among others, Jasper Blom and Harry Sparnaay.
As a performing musician, his focus lies mainly on improvised music and contemporary jazz, enriched by his studies of contemporary composed music, live-electronics and techniques derived from African, Eastern European and Asian music. He currently (co-)leads the groups Spinifex, Almeida/Duynhoven/Klein and the duo Oguz Buyukberber/Tobias Klein. As a sideman he performs with Boi Akih 'Liquid Songs' and with Esra Dalfidan's Fidan.
Tobias composes for both contemporary jazz groups and for chamber music ensembles. His work as a composer is supported by the Performing Arts Fund NL

In 2010, he was awarded the North Sea Jazz Composition Commission.
Tobias has toured or recorded with many great musicians such as Jasper Blom, Joost Buis, Oguz Buyukberber, Andrew Claes, Damien Cluzel, Esra Dalfidan, Benoît Delbecq, Marc Ducret, Jozef Dumoulin, Kristina Fuchs, Oene van Geel, Onno Govaert, Mark Haanstra, Sylvia de Hartog, Gerri Jaeger, Gijs Levelt, B.C. Manjunath, Lothar Ohlmeier, Claudio Puntin, Timuçin Sahin, Emmanuel Scarpa, Chris Speed, Jasper Stadhouders, Raphael Vanoli and Teun Verbruggen.




GREW UP


in Saarbrücken (Germany)

LIVES


in Amsterdam since 1990

STUDIED


saxophone and bass clarinet, with a.o. Jasper Blom and Harry Sparnaay; South Indian musical concepts with Rafael Reina

BEEN BUSY WITH


leading my own bands Spinifex and Lackritz, Maw Sit Sit and Full Fathom Five, co-leading bands/projects like Spinifex Orchestra (with Gijs Levelt and Ned McGowan), Man Bites Dog (with Damien Cluzel) and Dalgoo (with Meinrad Kneer), collaborations of Spinifex with bands from France (Umlaut Double Trio), Germany (The Bliss), Turkey (Gevende) and with South-Indian master musicians (Dr. Mysore Manjunath, Dr. Suma Sudhindra, BC Manjunath, Pramath Kiran), working in duo with Oguz Buyukberber, playing as a sideman in Esra Dalfidan's Fidan, exploring the work of some Russian poets with the projects Dalgoo New Anatomy and President of the Globe, bands and projects involving impro & Balkan music such as Man Bites Dog Eats Amsterdam Klezmer Band and Deep Fried Angel Fish, playing with the psychedelic Folk band Gevende from Istanbul, fusing impro & Karnatic music with Bhedam, writing for large jazz orchestras David Kweksilber Big Band and Tetzepi, writing chamber music for ensembles like Kaïda, To Be Sung, So Low, Duometrie and Duo X

ALSO DOES


work for the TryTone musicians' collective www.trytone.org

TEACHES


saxofoonles.amsterdam

HAS PLAYED...



2016
Basklarinet Festijn concerts with, among others, Armand Angster, Michael Riessler and Steffen Schorn
tour in Portugal with Spinifex
tour in Italy, Croatia, Hungary, Austria, Czechia, Germany and France with Spinifex
tour in the Netherlands with Boi Akih Liquid Songs

2015
tours in Russia with Spinifex and in the Netherlands with Spinifex Maximus

2014
tour in India, Belgium and Hungary with Spinifex BOLLYCORE
Basklarinet Festijn concerts with, among others, Harry Sparnaay, Jelte Althuis, Oguz Büyükberber, Claudio Puntin and Steffen Schorn

2013
tour in India with Spinifex
with Spinifex: Mediawave Festival (Hungary)
tour in Portugal with Spinifex
with Spinifex: tour in Poland, Slovakia, Austria and Slovenia

2012
tour in India with Spinifex Indian Spin [FX], with Indian masters Dr. Suma Sudhindra (veena), A.R.A.K. Sharma (percussion) and Pramath Kiran (percussion)
tour in the Netherlands with Spinifex Indian Spin [FX] & Dr. Mysore Manjunath, Music Meeting (Nijmegen), Tropentheater (Amsterdam) a.o.
with Oguz Buyukberber, Simon Nabatov and Wolter Wierbos at North Sea Jazz Festival and Istanbul Jazz Festival
with Spinifex at Houtfestival, Bimhuis, Zomerjazzfietstour and showcases at Dutch Jazz & World Meeting and Jazzahead/European Jazz Meeting
with Balkan Clarinet Summit (with a.o. Steffen Schorn, Claudio Puntin, Stavros Pazarentsis) tour in Bulgaria, Serbia, Bosnia, Croatia Turkey and Greece


2011
tour in India with Spinifex Indian Spin [FX], with Indian masters Dr. Mysore Manjunath (violin), Dr. Suma Sudhindra (veena), B.C. Manjunath (percussion) and Pramath Kiran (percussion)
with Timuçin Sahin's Occult & Thomas Morgan and Kenny Grohowski at Borusan, Istanbul
with Oguz Buyukberber Quartet at Tamirhane, Nardis, Alt and Nublu clubs (Istanbul)
with Toine Thys Wonder Brass Band at Jazz au Chellah, Rabat, Marocco
with Fidan at Bayrisches Jazzweekend, Regensburg
with Spinifex Indian Spin [FX] at Festival Mundial, Tilburg (NL)
with Fidan at AKBank Jazz Festival (Istanbul)
with Spinifex & Gevende at Pera Fest, Istanbul


2010
with Spinifex Tuba Band meets Umlaut & Ducret+Rayon at Bimhuis, SJU Jazzpodium, Paradox and Jazzpower
with Gevende + Klein & Cluzel at Eskisehir Jazz Festival
with different improvisors at Moers Festival, morning sessions
with Lackritz at North Sea Jazz Festival, having received the composition commission of the NSJF and Music Centre The Netherlands
with Spinifex Tuba Band at ZomerJazzFietsTour, Groningen
with Buyukberber-Klein at Frischzelle Festival, Cologne and Düsseldorf

2009
with Timeart Ensemble at Frischzelle Festival Cologne and Düsseldorf
with JazzPlaysEurope Laboratory Band, tour of 5 European countries

2008
with Gevende & Klein & Cluzel at Babylon and Peyote (Istanbul)
with Fidan at North Sea Jazz
in duo with Oguz Buyukberber at AKBank Festival, Istanbul
in many theaters with RO Theater's Woyzeck (directed by Gerardjan Rijnders)

2007
concert series at the Bimhuis and Tropentheater Amsterdam with Spinifex Orchestra
Planicie Mediterranica Festival Castro Verde, Portugal with Gevende

2006
Grenoble Jazz Festival and Les Trois Jours Festival Groningen with Les Métamorphoses
Ankara Jazz Festival with Fidan
music for the theatre piece 'Solitude'
Banyoles Jazz Festival (Spain) with Man Bites Dog

2005
tour in Russia with President of the Globe
tour in Bulgaria and Russia with Deep Fried Angel Fish
Clarinets with Oguz Buyukberber and Hüsnü Senlendirici
with Timucin Sahin's Occult in Istanbul

2004
tour in Poland with Dalgoo
tour in the Netherlands with Man Bites Dog Eats Amsterdam Klezmer Band
tour in the Baltics with Ninsk

2003
tour in Lithuania, Poland and Germany with Man Bites Dog
with Dalgoo New Anatomy at the Days of Dutch Culture, St.Petersburg
tour in India and the Netherlands with Bhedam
tour in the Netherlands and France with Mosaic & special guest Benoît Delbecq

2002
tour in India with Bhedam
tour in Russia with Dalgoo New Anatomy

2001
tour in France, Germany and the Netherlands with Man Bites Dog & special guest Chris Speed

2000
Jazz Festival Girona and tour in France with Man Bites Dog

1999
SJU Jazz Festival Utrecht, commission for compositions for Tetzepi and live-electronics
Cobra with John Zorn, Den Bosch
Liluc