Axel Dörner, trumpet

Klemm's, Berlin

16 January 2016. In a series of musical interventions for ITINERANT INTERLUDE #66, Axel Dörner provided the perfect musical pendant for Sven Johne’s ANOMALIES OF THE EARLY 21ST CENTURY: SOME CASE STUDIES, translating into sound his own likewise particularly distinctive commentary on our times, in improvisations that reveal a kindred sensibility for humor and subversiveness. The number of this iteration of ITINERANT INTERLUDES refers to the 66 short stories encapsulated in Johne’s installation as SOME CASE STUDIES, which were witness to an ephemeral encounter with Dörner’s performance.

Trumpet virtuoso Axel Dörner is one of the most unique voices in contemporary free improvisation today, constantly pushing boundaries in his research of extended techniques for the instrument. Known for a seemingly inexhaustible arsenal of sounds, at home with bebop and contemporary classical music as with free jazz or electronic, he maintains a busy performance schedule both as soloist and much sought-after collaborator with a wide variety of ensembles. He has toured worldwide and recorded with musicians including Phil Minton, Michael Zerang, Rudi Mahall, Robin Hayward, Sven-Ake Johansson, and Alexander von Schlippenbach, with CD releases available on multiple labels.