PETER KLOHMANN


Testimonial

The GAIA 9 is an amazing mouthpiece. Warm, round and full yet prominent sound with a perfect edge and such a good responsiveness from the fat bottom (low Bb) even to the high d5! I never had such a big range before. This mouthpiece is a master’s work.

Biography

Biography:
Born in 1986 in "Frankfurt am Main", Germany
2001-2005 Conservatory "Peter-Cornelius-Konservatorium, Mainz"
2005-2010 "Johannes Gutenberg-University" (Bachelor of Arts )
2010-till now - "Staatliche Hochschule Für Musik und Darstellende Kunst Stuttgart" (Master’s Course)

2001-2007 Youth BigBand of Rhinland-Palatinate
2007-2011 German Youth Jazz Orchestra "BujazzO"

Peter Klohmann played in:
Brazil, USA, South Africa, South Korea, Russia, Poland, India, Italy, Croatia, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Serbia, Bulgaria, Romania

Peter Klohmann is the founder and organizer of the concert series "Junge Szene Frankfurt“ (Young Scene Frankfurt), which he started in 2009 in collaboration with Frankfurt Jazzkeller

His own artistic projects:
2006 The Extra Dry
2007 Peter Klohmann präsentiert das Syndikat
2009 Peter Klohmann and the Sound of Love
2010 Peter Klohmann and his Orchestra
2011 Basssoooka (4 contrabasses, guitar, drums, sax/flute/bassoon/clarinets)
2011 Peter Klohmann´s Christmas Production: Gsus

Discography:
2008 Peter Klohmann präsentiert das Syndikat
2011 Peter Klohmann´s Christmas Production: Gsus
2012 Peter Klohmann Live at Bix, Jazzopen 2011

Collaboration with:

Torsten Goods, Torsten de Winkel, Martin Lejeune, Jiggs Wigham, Bill Dobbins, Steffen Schorn, Ed Partyka, Mike Herting, Niels Klein, Dennis Russel Davies, Sebastian Sternal, Martin Standke, Sri Hanuraga (Indonesia), Yuriy Sych

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Inspiration

Why did you choose to become a musician?
It was after my first concerts with the saxophone at the age of ten, right after a half year of having learned to play the sax. I had already been playing the guitar since I was 6. I played several times in front of all my classmates. One day I asked my mother: "Is being a musician a real profession?" She answered: "I think so! Why do you ask?" I said: "We have to fill out this questionnaire for a yearbook. And here it is asked what I would like to do as Profession?…. So I think I want to become a musician… This will be fun!!!" My parents wanted me to be a craftsman or …you know…. to do something "proper"! In the end I won.

What is your experience when you feel connected into the music?
It is pure liberty! Everything flows and there is no limit!

What is your experience of when you don't feel connected to your music?
This happened only once! I was heavily in love. And it was so d… f….. hard to get into the music. But Thankfully I can escape from all my problems and the everyday life by entering the world of music. Even when I´m ill and I do not have much strength to play, playing the saxophone cures me.

Where does your inspiration comes from? What does it feel like?
My Inspiration could come from everywhere. I couldn’t force it. It just happens to me. Sometimes while watching TV I get a killing idea. But mainly while playing the sax it just happens while playing and not thinking of anything. I just listen to myself…. and "pow" … there is this amazing moment in which I surprise myself. Sometimes I make a whole tune out of it or keep the idea for future improvisations.

What is your experience while improvising? Does it relate to any spirituality you may practice in your life?
Improvising is "the thing". Not only on the sax, but in every situation of life. Finding a solution in every situation even if the solution is that there is no solution! I grew up in a western christian society (Germany) but I´m not really religious. Making music is a spiritual thing for me. It keeps me going and feeds my soul.

Where does your inspiration while composing come from? What is your experience of that inspiration like?
As I already said it could come from everywhere. But If there´s a good idea there´s also sometimes hard work in trying different possibilities to build a good song/composition.

Do you have any fun stories of inspirational moments to share?
Oh there was this trip to India in November 2011. I’m still occupied with this "head-shaking-move" all the Indians do. It is a mixture between yes and no. They draw an eight into the air when they’re doing it. I never knew what it meant. So I asked Karthik Mani the youngest percussion player of the Indian musicians with whom we toured India: "What does it mean? Yes or no". And he said: "You must know, we are all confused!"

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