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The recorder and jazz-saxophone player Andreas Böhlen focuses on both early music and jazz. He is particularly interested in various improvisational styles of the renaissance and baroque as well as jazz. Andreas leads his own groups Theatrum Affectuum, Satyr’s Band, Andreas Böhlen Band and Crank and has collaborated with various other groups and orchestras in Europe such as Residentie Orkest Den Haag, Capriccio Barockorchester, Bach Collegium Japan, Ensemble Arcimboldo and many others.

Born in 1983 Andreas began playing recorder at the age of six, and several years later he started alto saxophone. While a high school student Andreas undertook lessons at the conservatories of Bremen and Cologne. He was awarded many prizes in several national and international competitions. Between 2003 and 2007 he attended the Conservatory of Amsterdam, studying recorder with Walter van Hauwe and jazz saxophone with Jasper Blom and Ferdinand Povel. After completing his recorder degree with distinction, Andreas studied musicology at the University of Bologna, Italy.

He has completed both a Masters degree in early music improvisation with distinction under Rudolf Lutz and a Masters degree in jazz saxophone in 2011 with Domenic Landolf and Andy Scherrer.

Andreas has appeared on many CDs and radio and TV broadcasts in Europe, USA, Japan and Australia and is touring regularly (Europe, USA, Japan, Australia).

Andreas teaches recorder at the University of Performing Arts Graz, Austria and at the University of the Arts Zurich, Switzerland.

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BIO

The recorder and jazz-saxophone player Andreas Böhlen focuses on both early music and jazz. He is particularly interested in various improvisational styles of the renaissance and baroque as well as jazz. Andreas leads his own groups Theatrum Affectuum, Satyr’s Band, Andreas Böhlen Band and Crank and has collaborated with various other groups and orchestras in Europe such as Residentie Orkest Den Haag, Capriccio Barockorchester, Bach Collegium Japan, Ensemble Arcimboldo and many others.

Born in 1983 Andreas began playing recorder at the age of six, and several years later he started alto saxophone. While a high school student Andreas undertook lessons at the conservatories of Bremen and Cologne. He was awarded many prizes in several national and international competitions. Between 2003 and 2007 he attended the Conservatory of Amsterdam, studying recorder with Walter van Hauwe and jazz saxophone with Jasper Blom and Ferdinand Povel. After completing his recorder degree with distinction, Andreas studied musicology at the University of Bologna, Italy.

He has completed both a Masters degree in early music improvisation with distinction under Rudolf Lutz and a Masters degree in jazz saxophone in 2011 with Domenic Landolf and Andy Scherrer.

Andreas has appeared on many CDs and radio and TV broadcasts in Europe, USA, Japan and Australia and is touring regularly (Europe, USA, Japan, Australia).

Andreas teaches recorder at the University of Performing Arts Graz, Austria and at the University of the Arts Zurich, Switzerland.

PRESS KIT.zip

PROJECTS

AndreasBohlen_header03-450x335 Kopie

A quartet of saxophone, guitar, bass and drums. Young, highly energetic and innovative modern-jazz band.

An innovative modern-jazz band based in Germany and Switzerland. Stunning interplay and blind telepathic communication even in the most challenging parts of the compositions are only the starting point for a mesmerising night of artistic and musical creation gig after gig. A way of creating musical emotions at will has inspired a prolific compositional output from the band leader, Andreas Böhlen. His sharp ears and intelligent musical mind give him a clear vision of his music and how to utilise the specific skills of the band members to make the music speak. It is fascinating to hear how Böhlen lets his fine taste of melodies and subtle sense for form, often unconsciously inspired by his rich background of renaissance and baroque music, steer his musical impetus when playing jazz.
Exercising his forever flexible musical skills, his pieces explore the boundaries of jazz language by using unconventional musical parameters such as harmonies, melodies and forms, while portraying states of being, human emotions and virtual realities, in sum the reason why music is so effective and powerful and why music relates so strongly to us. Böhlen’s works can range from an almost classically conceptualised form involving complex musical material, to a musically free form with only a few pre-assumed parameters. The band turns both sorts of compositions into very clear and amazingly shaped musical entities.
The compositions are written specifically for the four members that make up the Andreas Böhlen band. The conventional roles of the instruments are sometimes changed, and the fantastic skills of the four flexible musicians come to shine. They bring an individual groove and mood to each piece, with a palette ranging from fast, powerful, fiery swing to grooving avant-garde straight rhythms to melancholic ballads. The band members are all acclaimed, having received many different prizes and scholarships.
Click here to listen to the Andreas Böhlen Band’s Album “Cruise”.

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Drawing on a repertoire from the 17th and 18th centuries, as well as contemporary works, the ensemble designs a unique program for each concert.

The period instrument ensemble Satyr’s Band was initiated by a young group of musicians who met while studying in The Netherlands.
Since the group’s formation in 2006 they have performed regularly together across Europe and Australia. One of their current areas of interest is Italian music from the 16th and early 17th century. Their performance of this repertoire involves diminutions and improvisation, using a range of renaissance wind instruments with harpsichord and organ.
Through their careful selection of familiar and unfamiliar repertoire the group employs all the possibilities of instrumentation such as recorders, shawms, dulcians and harpsichord/organ with ease. Different levels of improvisation are incorporated into the ensemble’s performances, adding liveliness and spontaneity to virtuosic instrumental music.
Listen to Satyr’s Band Album here.

theatrumaffectuum-079_byfelixgroteloh-450x335

Founded in 2003, Theatrum Affectuum specialises in music from 17th and 18th century Italy, England and Germany.

Using the combination of recorder, one or two violins, cello and harpsichord, the ensemble has an individual, energetic and insightful approach to interpret the contrasting affects found in baroque music. Press reviews have described the ensemble’s interpretations as both profound and witty.
Also the incorporation of the extensive improvisations in different styles from the baroque is one of the group’s prominent features. The group has toured regularly in Europe over the last six years, allowing them to develop a distinct way of performing. The members of Theatrum Affectuum are regularly performing with leading European baroque and classical groups, such as Accademia Bizantina and Il Giardino Armonico. Under the name of Ricreation d’Arcadia several group members won the 1st prize and the audience prize in the acclaimed Rovereto early music competition in 2004.
After the group’s first CD “La meraviglia parlante” (released in 2007), the second album “Most ravishing things” was released in 2015 on AEOLUS. The CD can be purchased here. For audio examples click here.

PROJECTS

AndreasBohlen_header03-450x335 Kopie

A quartet of saxophone, guitar, bass and drums. Young, highly energetic and innovative modern-jazz band.

An innovative modern-jazz band based in Germany and Switzerland. Stunning interplay and blind telepathic communication even in the most challenging parts of the compositions are only the starting point for a mesmerising night of artistic and musical creation gig after gig. A way of creating musical emotions at will has inspired a prolific compositional output from the band leader, Andreas Böhlen. His sharp ears and intelligent musical mind give him a clear vision of his music and how to utilise the specific skills of the band members to make the music speak. It is fascinating to hear how Böhlen lets his fine taste of melodies and subtle sense for form, often unconsciously inspired by his rich background of renaissance and baroque music, steer his musical impetus when playing jazz.
Exercising his forever flexible musical skills, his pieces explore the boundaries of jazz language by using unconventional musical parameters such as harmonies, melodies and forms, while portraying states of being, human emotions and virtual realities, in sum the reason why music is so effective and powerful and why music relates so strongly to us. Böhlen’s works can range from an almost classically conceptualised form involving complex musical material, to a musically free form with only a few pre-assumed parameters. The band turns both sorts of compositions into very clear and amazingly shaped musical entities.
The compositions are written specifically for the four members that make up the Andreas Böhlen band. The conventional roles of the instruments are sometimes changed, and the fantastic skills of the four flexible musicians come to shine. They bring an individual groove and mood to each piece, with a palette ranging from fast, powerful, fiery swing to grooving avant-garde straight rhythms to melancholic ballads. The band members are all acclaimed, having received many different prizes and scholarships.
Click here to listen to the Andreas Böhlen Band’s Album “Cruise”.

mg_7041-cropped1-450x335

Drawing on a repertoire from the 17th and 18th centuries, as well as contemporary works, the ensemble designs a unique program for each concert.

The period instrument ensemble Satyr’s Band was initiated by a young group of musicians who met while studying in The Netherlands.
Since the group’s formation in 2006 they have performed regularly together across Europe and Australia. One of their current areas of interest is Italian music from the 16th and early 17th century. Their performance of this repertoire involves diminutions and improvisation, using a range of renaissance wind instruments with harpsichord and organ.
Through their careful selection of familiar and unfamiliar repertoire the group employs all the possibilities of instrumentation such as recorders, shawms, dulcians and harpsichord/organ with ease. Different levels of improvisation are incorporated into the ensemble’s performances, adding liveliness and spontaneity to virtuosic instrumental music.
Listen to Satyr’s Band Album here.

theatrumaffectuum-079_byfelixgroteloh-450x335

Founded in 2003, Theatrum Affectuum specialises in music from 17th and 18th century Italy, England and Germany.

Using the combination of recorder, one or two violins, cello and harpsichord, the ensemble has an individual, energetic and insightful approach to interpret the contrasting affects found in baroque music. Press reviews have described the ensemble’s interpretations as both profound and witty.
Also the incorporation of the extensive improvisations in different styles from the baroque is one of the group’s prominent features. The group has toured regularly in Europe over the last six years, allowing them to develop a distinct way of performing. The members of Theatrum Affectuum are regularly performing with leading European baroque and classical groups, such as Accademia Bizantina and Il Giardino Armonico. Under the name of Ricreation d’Arcadia several group members won the 1st prize and the audience prize in the acclaimed Rovereto early music competition in 2004.
After the group’s first CD “La meraviglia parlante” (released in 2007), the second album “Most ravishing things” was released in 2015 on AEOLUS. The CD can be purchased here. For audio examples click here.

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