Biography

"Katharina Maschmeyer is an incredibly talented saxophonist with a tone some players spend a career searching for and never find. A Stan Getz sense of minimalism can be found in her approach along with the soulful bent of a Houston Person, nice combination! (...)
Neuklang continues to serve up only the finest talents Europe has to offer and the Katharina Maschmeyer Quartet is no exception!"
- Brent Black/www.criticaljazz.com

Katharina Maschmeyer (saxophone/composition) got her Master Degree in the Netherlands. She graduated her Bachelor Study in Jazz- Saxophone at the “Conservatory of Arnhem” (Netherlands). She studied with Jörg Kaufmann and Frans Vermeerssen and attended workshops by Dave Liebman, Vincent Herring, Steve Swallow, Carla Bley and Kurt Rosenwinkel. Further she absolved vocal lessons by Lis Harting, Hartog Eysman and Marielle Vester.

In the course of her following Master Study in Zwolle (NL) she additively focused on composition. She had lessons (saxophone/bass clarinet/composition) from Rolf Delfos, Sjoerd Dijkhuizen, Allard Buwalda, Simon Rigter and Joan Reinders, furthermore additional vocal lessons from Adrienne West and workshops with Joe Lovano and Dave Douglas.

She concentrates on composing and realizing her own music. Three records of her own quartet are already released. "On these albums she not only play the tenor and soprano saxophone in a very appealing and refreshing way, but also presents original music, which has much autonomy and is very multifaceted and energetic and relates from jazz, funk to rock music." - Sonic

With its refreshingly unconentional and very groove-oriented stylistic blend, the KATHARINA MASCHMEYER QUARTET has made a name for themselves all over Germany. To hear jazz played with such an exuberant joie de vivre, dancing ever so effortlessly between improvised music and funk-infused rock, is truly a rarity. The unpredictable mixture of soulful grooves and inspired, surprising twists and turns makes for an intriguing listening experience.

The recent amount of attention the quartet has gotten from the press (features in Jazzpodium, Sonic, Jazzthetik, among others) indicates they really are “on to something”. Following three albums released worldwide, concerts at prestigious festivals such as the Leverkusener Jazztage (future sounds 2012) and performances featuring WDR Jazz Prize winner Frederik Köster, this band has grown into a tightly knit unit with an equally multi-faceted and open sound. Fast-paced unisono passages, intricate odd measures and elaborate bass lines alternate with improvised parts. There is always room for ballads and more quiet sections as well, as displayed on the group’s latest album Duck On Ice, Flying Cow, which is yet another fascinating aspect of this superb and highly recognizable quartet.

 

"The saxophonist with the powerful sound is lauded as one of the best new German jazz artists, and rightly so. With “Duck On Ice, Flying Cow”, her quartet has definitely proven it’s a winner."

- JAZZ THING

“The interaction with Nils Pollheide, g, Jens Otto, dr, and Philipp Rüttgers, Rhodes, is marked by mutual inspiration, empathy, groove and movement, harmony and intensive dialogues. The well elaborated, smart and angular profiled compositions of the leader show soul and hard bop aspects, rhythmic capers and melodic richness.”

JAZZ PODIUM