Photo: Sophie Tassignon

Peter Van Huffel – alto & baritone saxophones, electronics
Lina Allemano – trumpet
Antonis Anissegos – piano & electronics
Christian Marien – drums & percussion

Peter Van Huffel’s Callisto brings together an international mix of musicians who have all found common ground in the thriving music scene of Berlin Germany. The untraditionally bass-less jazz formation has been poignantly chosen to explore a new dimension in Van Huffel’s compositions. This configuration of insanely talented musicians and improvisers breathes new life and meaning into each one of these multifaceted musical explorations which seamlessly cross the line between jazz and the modern contemporary. The new quartet features fellow Canadian expat Lina Allemano on trumpet, Greek pianist and electronic musician Antonis Anissegos, German drummer Christian Marien, and Van Huffel on both alto and baritone saxophones. Together these four musicians merge complex musical conception and thoroughly-developed composition with masterful free-form improvisation and tireless interplay.

PETER VAN HUFFEL has played an active role in many of the world’s top jazz scenes with numerous tours across Europe, the US and his native Canada. He is the leader of the punk-jazz trio GORILLA MASK, which has released four albums since 2012 including three on the renowned Portuguese label, Clean Feed Records. He has released an additional ten albums as leader and collaborator on a variety of labels and been featured as a guest or sideman a number of recordings by a variety of artists. Peter is currently developing a solo project for saxophone and electronics. He has resided in Berlin, Germany since 2008.

LINA ALLEMANO is an internationally-acclaimed Canadian trumpeter, composer, improviser and bandleader with an active international career performing and recording cutting-edge contemporary music primarily in improvised, jazz and experimental settings. Allemano splits her time between Toronto and Berlin and is recognized as one of the leading innovative trumpeters on the scene today. She collaborates with a long and ever-expanding list of important international artists as well as running her own successful label LUMO RECORDS and leading multiple groundbreaking projects.

ANTONIS ANISSEGOS has been living as a composer, pianist, improviser and electronic musician (alias “unu”) in Berlin since 1998 with concerts in Europe, Asia, the USA and Central America. Anissegos is a member or regular guest with multiple ensembles and bands inlcuding: the Ensemble Adapter, the European Music Project, Ensemble Junge Musik, Trio IAMA, Grix, KAYA, ΣΩΜΑ, Card Castle, best before unu and Blindsight. His compositions cover the range between solo and orchestra, and include stage music for dance, theatre and film. In addition, he has released more than 70 CDs.

CHRISTIAN MARIEN combines melodic phrasing with an intelligent sense of abstraction, formal awareness with improvisatory instinct, as well as sound-expertise with deeply rooted grooves. Preparations and objects applied to his drum-set organically enhance the musical situation, providing full awareness of the total sonic picture. As a central figure in the Berlin jazz and improvised music scene he is co-leading collaborative projects including Superimpose, The Astronomical Unit and I Am Three.

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