Photo by Manuel Miethe
Peter Van Huffel – baritone saxophone, electronics, compositions
Lina Allemano – trumpet
Antonis Anissegos – piano & electronics
Joe Hertenstein – drums
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, the German New York/Berlin-based drummer Joe Hertenstein, and Van Huffel on baritone saxophone and live-electronics processing. 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. Concerts in Europe, Asia, USA and Central America. Anissegos is a member or regular guest at the Ensemble Adapter, Ensemble European Music Project, Ensemble Junge Musik, the Trio IAMA, the groups Grix,
KAYA (with butoh-dancer Yuko Kaseki), ΣΩΜΑ, Card Castle, best before unu and Blindsight. He collaborated with the video artist Erika Matsunami (OIO, 2005–2009), the dance group adLibdances (2007–2011), Theater Thikwa (since 2004) and the music theatre group Novoflot (since 2017). From 2006 till 2018 he has been teaching Improvisation at the Summer Workshops “Music Village” in Greece.
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.
JOE HERTENSTEIN was raised in Germany as the son of a Black Forest lumber jack and boar hunter, spending his childhood carving woods and horns into drumsticks and assembling his first drum set of pots ‘n’ pans ‘n’ boar skulls on the back of a dis-functioned pick-up truck that served as his childhood-refuge. By age 16 he had hit the timpani on all nine Beethoven symphonies and grew bored of all the ‘tacet’. Looking for more involvement, making his ways through cover-, punk- and doom-core bands, at age 19 a Charlie Parker bootleg cassette left him so confused, that he dropped everything to study freedom and ultimate creativity in music.