Katharina Maschmeyer Quartet
(KA MA Quartet)

Katharina Maschmeyer - tenor & soprano saxophone, bassclarinet
Nils Pollheide - electric guitar, acoustic guitar, e-bass
Philipp Rüttgers - rhodes/synth bass (Clavia Nord), piano
Jens Otto - drums
special guest: Nippy Noya - percussion

Following three regular studio albums, the KA MA QUARTET will release their first tribute album on 09/02/2016. It will feature a new interpretation of John Coltrane’s legendary suite A Love Supreme. The album will allso feature a very special guest: legendary Indonesian percussionist Nippy Noya, one of the most renowned and sought-after conga players in Europe.

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."


"The Katharina Maschmeyer Quartet are one of the most dynamic ensembles across the globe! (...)
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

KA MA Quartet

After establishing the quartet in 2005 many successful and reputable concerts in Jazzclubs likeClub Voltaire in Frankfurt followed. 2010 the Debut Album which documents the first creative years of the quartet was released on the label Mons Records. The album received many good reviews and a feature in one of Germany's most well known jazz magazines „Jazz Thing“. For their second album the quartet invited WDR jazz award winner Frederik Köster on trumpet.

"Frederik Köster himself was very impressed by the recording: 'Katharina is not only an experienced saxophone player with many technical skills, but also a very talented composer.`" - Sonic
The third album of the quartet named "Duck On Ice, Flying Cow" was released in 2014 by Neuklang records and got many very positive reviews and features in different jazzmagazines (JazzPodium/Sonic/Jazzthetik).

"With always creative arrangements, great manual skills and musical richness the quartet plays a very ambitious and exciting jazz which enthuses the audience." - ruhrjazz.net about a concert of the quartet