|IN ASSOCIATION WITH:
Max Mueller Bhawan,
Free entry on invitation
(contact Congo Square members, DI or MMB for invites)
A DANCE FLOOR JAZZ CONCERT
22nd February 2006,
Blue Box is a cult. The name itself is a programme.
For twenty years this band has succeeded in overlayering each period with its music, much like the blue box technique
used in filmmaking. The jazz trio does not go along with the prevailing musical trends but cultivates styles that
go against the drift and charts a new course. In the early eighties when DJ club jazz was still in its infancy,
the new-age music produced by Blue Box upset the jazz purists. Some called it ‘techno jazz’, others ‘no wave funk’,
and some ‘industrial dance’.
Following their resounding success at the 1985
Berlin Jazz Festival and the award-winning debut album /Sweet
Winterschladen, Alois Kott and Peter Eisold
launched their international career with over 400 concerts that took them to Israel, Bulgaria, Greece, Turkey,
Yugoslavia, France, Switzerland, Holland, Portugal and other countries too. They also made several trips to Asia
including the Philippines, Indonesia and Singapore and have toured India, Pakistan, Nepal and Bangladesh. “They
scattered tunes like fragrant flowers across the hall and stole the hearts of the audience” wrote the Indian press
after a performance in Hyderabad. This was the year they collaborated with DJ Westbam and composed the German contribution
to the Art Disco at the Olympic Games in Seoul.
In 1989, their third album /Captured Dancefloor reflected the rise of dancefloor jazz. Charismatic trumpet lines
communicate with complex rhythms and driving bass grooves – the sound of the future that was soon to accord *Blue
Box* cult status.
After a 10-year break in recording, Blue
Box is back on the
scene under the new name of nuBox. With the help of the sounds and technical
potential offered by the current electronic and remix scene, the three musicians transpose their past to a new
future. In doing so they openly reach out to the young generation: they perform live with DJ Illvibe, son of the German free jazz pioneer, Alexander von Schlippenbach. *Blue
Box*, alias *nuBox*, continues to explore the world beyond jazz, dancefloor, the avantgarde and underground.
A member of the NDR Big Band since 1995, trumpet player *Reiner Winterschladen* participated in numerous recordings
for jazz labels, radio and TV. Over the years he played some very distinguished solos on albums of the Nighthawks, the Klaus König Orchestra and Ensemble
Alois Kott, bass professor and founder of several ensembles,
has been a professional musician for 30 years. He made recordings for ECM, Enja, Intuition and other labels and
composed works of chamber music for the WDR.
Drummer Peter Eisold is best known for his work on the experimental
and alternative concert scene. He played with groups like the AOS Ensemble and Modern Percussion Quintet and was
the drummer in Helge Schneider's Big Band.
Charismatic trumpet lines communicating with complex rhythms and driving bass grooves – the sound of Blue Box was
way ahead of its time and soon turned this trio into a cult band. Now Blue Box is back after a recording pause
of 10 years – changing their name into nuBox. Using the sounds and techniques of the
present-day electronic and remix scene, the three of them reflect their past into the future. Open to a new generation
of jazz creators, they play live on stage together with DJ Illvibe,
the son of Germany's free jazz pioneer Alexander von Schlippenbach.
Lauded as acoustic art between new classic and art disco, Blue Box aka nuBox continues to explore the space beyond jazz, dance floor, avantgarde and underground.