SOUND ROOM XC
HEJ JOHANNES is an innovative improv duo focusing on musical conversation. A responsiveness and an interest in each other’s ideas, which have been developed and refined since the start of the collaboration in 2014.
The duo consists of Johannes Gammelgaard on saxophone and Johannes Berg on drums. These two promising young musicians have worked together over the last five years in many different constellations and played with big names on the European improv scene such as Rudi Mahall, Ljudas Mockunas and Jim Black. As a result of these experiences, they have developed a common musical language based on melodic fragments, modal landscapes and abstract sound experiments.
In the duo format, there is an almost limitless freedom and at the same time a great responsibility, as the music easily becomes both naked and fragile. It forces the musicians to constantly be aware and make decisions regarding the form and direction of the music.
In February 2018, HEJ JOHANNES recorded their debut album which will be released later in 2019.
DARIO FARIELLO is a saxophonist devoted to improvised music. He studied musicology at the University of Bologna and co-founded Multiversal, a nomad festival series featuring an international network of improv and noise musicians. Now based in Oslo, his current projects include: ZGB, Sciardac, Farantimm, Resurgam, In Its Own Tempo. With Norbert Stammberger he organises the yearly Tubax Festival in Munich, dedicated to the tubax saxophone and other special instruments.
MIKAEL SZAFIROWSKI is a Finnish guitar and player currently residing in Saint-louis, France. He is markedly working on expanding the vocabulary of amplified string instruments by way of extended playing techniques, as well as exploring new forms of structure and sound in music. Having lived his formative years in the realm of jazz music, he is looking at other avenues of expression, such as noise, free improvised music, contemporary classical music, and a mix of popular and world music.