Matthias Müller – trombone Christian Marien – drums
Matthias Müller on trombone and Christian Marien on drums sound like what they are: a working band. They met in 2003 in Berlin, Germany’s capital of improvised music, and their collaboration resulted in the foundation of the duo Superimpose in 2006. Since then they very consciously developing their music, using and at the same time questioning the full range of musical parameters such as dynamics, density, rhythm, sound, form and tonality. They take paths you can only discover after playing together for a long time with high intensity. The outcome is a raw music, at the same time brutal and peaceful, ugly and nice. One major goal of their work as a duo is meeting and exchanging with other artists. Among others they collaborated with drummer Michael Zerang, trombonist Johannes Bauer, saxophonists Tobias Delius, Matthias Schubert, Frank Gratkowski and Jack Wright, guitarist Olaf Rupp, bassists Wilbert de Joode, Christian Weber and Clayton Thomas (with whom they have the trio “The Astronomical Unit”). In 2007 they released their debut-CD “Superimpose” on the Portuguese label “Creative Sources”. In 2009 they released their second CD “Talk Talk” on the English label “Leo Records”.
Matthias Müller moved from Essen, where he had lived for ten years, to Berlin in 2004. He played together with many outstanding international improvisers and was a member of the “Deutsch-französisches Jazzensemble”, conducted by Albert Mangelsdorff, for many years. His CD “Bhavan”, released on “Jazzhausmusik” in 2004, was produced by musician and journalist John Corbett from Chicago. He played concerts in India, Russia, USA and many European countries.
Christian Marien lives in Berlin since 2000, studied jazz drumming in Amsterdam and Berlin. He is a member of many projects (Superimpose, The Astronomical Unit, Computerband, Miss Platnum), releasing CDs on labels like “Leo-records” or “Jazzwerkstatt” and playing all over Europe and the United States. A large focus is put on the collaboration with dancers, actors and painters to merge music with other forms of artistic expression. Especially within the project „Ritsche, Zast & Marien“ he is doing performances and creating exhibitions.