Thomas Heberer: trumpet, quarter-tone trumpet
Joachim Badenhorst: clarinet, bass clarinet
Pascal Niggenkemper: bass
History of Clarino
I met Belgian clarinetist Joachim Badenhorst in 2007, when we were part of Han Bennink's
"Friends" ensemble in New York. When Joachim moved to the city permanently in 2009,
we started to meet regularly and play duets.
Dave Douglas invited me to perform at his Font Festival in the summer of 2009, and I
suggested the duet; thus Clarino was born. At the end of the year, French-German
Brooklynite Pascal Niggenkemper joined on bass, and the three of us started working
on some music, incorporating my Cookbook code.
History of Cookbook
My notation code Cookbook came from a desire to bring a fresh approach to blending
the two universes of improvisation and composition.
Cookbook is an instant composition method, allowing for the highest amount of freedom
on the musicians' side while incorporating significant structural tools on the composer's side
It does so, by implementing the idea of instant memory. Shaped according to a specific
set of rules, musical units are improvised and memorized on the fly, and later re-introduced
into the musical process—sometimes modified, sometimes not.