STEVE COOKE AATA
MUSICIAN SILKE EBERHARD RESPONDS FROM BERLIN
Saxophonist, clarinetist and composer, Silke Eberhard responded from Berlin to AATA’s shout out to creatives for their response to the pandemic with:
Dear Steve, what a beautiful and inspiring idea. Yes, I would like to contribute something. After some weeks since the lockdown I realize that, of course like all other people, I have been thrown into a different life. I was highly busy performing as a saxophonist. Also, I just released the new album of my Potsa Lotsa XL dectet on the British Label Leo Records, that keeps me busy in my home office... Now, since, four weeks, I am actually having a very creative time and went into an everyday composing routine that led me to exploring the 12tone row, but in a deeper way than before.... should I write some words more and send you through email, or what is the best way to tell you more about? Best wishes from Berlin, Silke.'
I of course replied with 'please do, through email'.
Silke will be awarded the Berlin Jazz Prize 2020, on 13 August 2020 in RBB’s Kleines Sendesaal. It is granted by rbbKultur and the Senate Department for Culture and Europe.
Silke’s mastery of both instruments is impressive, but so is her take on music: it is fun, it is light-footed, rhythmically and structurally complex, emotional and technically superb.
Since the mid-90s she has dedicated herself to the freer variations of jazz and improvised music. Her collaboration with Jan Roder and Kay Lübke, which began then and eventually resulted in the Silke Eberhard Trio, moves in this tradition in search of new challenges, that recently led to The Being Inn (the 3rd trio album, awarded the German Record Critics’ Prize).
A recording that I frequently return to reflects Silke’s intensive occupation with the music of Eric Dolphy. Potsa Lotsa,, interprets the complete works of Dolphy.
She also composes for small and large ensembles, contemporary music and jazz. In her wide-ranging work as a performer she also focuses on improvised encounters in dance, theatre and visual arts.