Christian Lillinger: drums, composing
Tobias Delius, Pierre Borel: saxophone
Achim Kaufmann: piano
Christopher Dell: vibraphone
Robert Landfermann, Jonas Westergaard: bass
This is Christian Lillinger's absolute dream band.
Besides GRUND, these internationally renowned musicians have both in the past and present interacted and worked together in a wide range of combinations.
As they represent different generations and scenes within the fields of jazz and improvised music, echoes of their various affiliations are manifested through their diverse approaches toward the music and the way in which they play together.
Christian Lillinger's compositions form the groundwork (Grund means "ground" in German), i.e. the basis for improvising: wide-open spaces that allow for unrestrained creativity for -- in this case, all -- the soloists.
That, in turn, means the energy fields released within an improvisation can wax and wane simultaneously in a group situation.
"For me, this band is an organism that makes no compromises."
GRUND's compositional underpinnings are often architecturally complex and range from jazz influences to total deconstruction. Although a high degree of concentration is required when listening to this music, the listener who does so will be greatly rewarded by an abundance of light.
GRUND released already two CDs on Clean Feed and the new CD on Pirouet