alto saxophone, bass clarinets, composition


Gijs Levelt - trumpet
Tobias Klein - alto saxophone
Jasper Stadhouders - guitar
Gonçalo Almeida - bass guitar
Philipp Moser - drums


In 2015, Spinifex celebrates its 10-year anniversary. Most prominently with the spinifeX maXimus ensemble (see below), but also with the release of 2 new CDs --- one by the regular quintet and one in the 12-piece maXimus line-up --- and with the release of a 5-CD box which will include a disc with previously unreleased live recordings (Spinifex Tuba Band, Indian Spin [FX] and Bollycore), re-issues of the Spinifex Orchestra 'Triodia' CD (2008) and the quintet CD 'Hipsters Gone Ballistic' (2013).

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“Brilliantly composed and executed … abounding creativity, highly recommended!” (Kris Vanderstraeten in Jassepoes about the Spinifex ‘Veiled’)

***** “The turmoil of Spinifex is festive, and despite all the external elements which they bring into their music, it is saturated by jazz, which means it has swing, the kind of phrasing that comes out of bop and hard bop, and developed into collective free music … fireworks.” (Rui Eduardo Paes in about the Spinifex CD Veiled)

Eyal Hareuveni, allaboutjazz, february 2014:”… contrasting extremely tight, irregular structures and rhythms with explosive free improvisations and disciplined math- metal precision with playful Indian Karnatic rhythmic elements. All selections are played with sheer abandon and joyful passion, from the first second to the last one. All compositions feature restless shifts and complex dynamics as well as the highly collaborative and versatile interplay of this well-rehearsed quintet… the most impressive piece is an inspired, uplifting cover of Karnatic composer and singer Papanasam Sivan, ‘Sre Valli Devasenapathe, that sounds like a spin on their fellow countrymen The Ex’s Ethiopian covers. No doubt, the hipsters went on a wild ride.”

Tom Greenland, The New York City Jazz Record, june 2014: "…Hipsters Gone Ballistic opens with a driving additive rhythm in nine beats, which manages, for all its prickly accents, to instill a punk-rock vibe, something that might drive less-inhibited jazz fans to mosh. The recording is notable for its juxtaposition of complex figures, flawlessly doubled by trumpeter Gijs Levelt and alto saxophonist Tobias Klein, in contrast to unfettered, free-form sections, the two approaches relentlessly overlapping throughout. The frontline delivers skronky accompaniment to Philipp Moser’s throbbing drumbeats, cadencing as one on “Flying Object Forth Worth”, ending memorably on the Klezmer-goes-Bollywood “Sre Valli Devasenapathe.”

Rui Eduardo Paes in , february 2015 ***** "Had I heard this record in time, it would have been included in the 'Best of 2014'. This is another arena that the Portuguese bassist and electric bassist Gonçalo Almeida is engaged in, along with a handful of Amsterdam improvisers, namely Gijs Levelt (trumpet), Tobias Klein (alto saxophone), Jasper Stadhouders (guitar) and Philipp Moser (drums). Here is a punk-metal-free jazz that adds much to these genres, in particular through the use of traditional Carnatic rhythms. Let's say the band does with Indian music what the Dutch The Ex does with Ethiopian ... In "Hipsters Gone Ballistic" we hear the core quintet, while there have been some variants such as Spinifex Orchestra, Spinifex Tuba Band and Spinifex Indian Spin. This year, with the group celebrating its 10th anniversary, there will be a tour of Spinifex Maximus, with the addition of seven other musicians, which unfortunately will not pass by Portugal. The curious thing is that with only five elements, the effect here is very much like a "big band". But even while stating epic issues, the intensity and decibels rising into red, the improvisations and deconstructions come with a level of detail and subtlety that are normally considered impossible in this type of approach. When we reached the end of the disc, our heart was jumping."

Rinus van der Heijden, Jazzenzo, july 2014: "Listen to "Hipsters Gone Ballistic" and it will change the world as you know it ... "Hipsters Gone Ballistic" is a giant album that has many faces. It can strike you as solid wall of music that takes your breath away for one hour. Or as a 2014 version of '60s free jazz. Or as a showcase of individual craftmanship. Or as a confidently taking a stance ... Spinifex is a blessing for our musical environment."

Monsieur Délire, Monsieur Délire: "Looking for a record that hits hard and never where you expect it? Bam! Hipsters Gone Ballistic is a neverending flurry of pops to the jaw. Ultratight tunes borrowing from jazzpunk and avant-prog. With guitarist Jasper Stadhouders (also in Lilyʼs Déjà Vu), Gonçalo Almeida on bass, drummer Philipp Moser, and most of all the dual frontline of Gijs Levelt (trumpet) and Tobias Klein (alto sax). Recommended."

Krzysztof Wójcik, Jazzarium, october 2013: “… the most appropriate description would be ‘controlled eruption of energy’ … the music balancing between jazz finesse and no wave guitar noise, characterized by perfect timing and continuous changes of rhythm, leading the listener’s expections astray and infecting it with intelligent lightness by juggling a wide range of forms and styles. It was really worth it to be there. The concert was just damn good.”

Helen Moors, moorsmagazine january 2014: ” Spinifex and their new album Hipsters Gone Ballistic guarantees an unprecedented adrenaline rush … they go right at it with crackling energy, unexpected turns, super tight arrangements and, within those, strangely free improvisations which constantly keep the listener in suspense … fantastic!”

Rui Dinis, A trompa: "For Spinifex, a band that causes constant amazement, the making of their cd "Hipsters Gone Ballistic " (Spinifex , Trytone Records, 2013) has been their rite of passage. All with a stunning brutality, everything is violent on "Hipsters Gone Ballistic", from the turbulent deconstruction that dominates from start to finish right to the complexity of the dynamics that are created. The obvious does not exist in Spinifex, not only in the improvisations but also in pure creativity and freedom... the varied and invariably irregular structures make the sound of Spinifex into a healthy and wild sonic feast."

Jan Willem Broek in Caleidoscoop, december 2013: “There is no telling what will happen and that makes the music so attractive. The energy is almost tangible and it’s bursting with the joy of performing … simply sensational!”

Herman te Loo in Jazzflits, december 2013: “The most striking characteristic is the pounding staccato rhythm … you might blame the band for a lack of subtleness, but that’s definitely not the case. The dynamic spectrum of Spinifex is big, and so is their bag of musical ideas. Sometimes it seems as if all the instrumental lines of the larger Spinifex Orchestra have been pressed into this quintet.”

Zdeněk Slabý in His Voice, december 2013: “Dangerously adventurous compositional structures with a due share of improvisation”

Sergej Komnenić in Jazz in RS:
" The sound on their last release is sharp, biting, edgy and dangerous ... saxophonist Tobias Klein and the rest of the gang are rampant playing rhythms, carefully preserving the raw energy of punk and metal that pervade the whole issue ... The rhythm section is a story in itself - bass guitarist Goncalo Almeida and drummer Philipp Moser are an explosive duo ... at their cue the whole band goes into vigorous hard-core sections."