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M A Y G U S
Jazz is hip again
MAYGUS is the new group of Holland based saxophonist and clarinettist Christof May.
The CD was released in november 2007 as part of the series „Jazzthing NEXT GENERATION“ by Double Moon Records. One source of inspiration for this album and the present repertoire is the music of Miles Davis in the seventies. Miles recorded the live album „Dark Magus“ in 1974, which stands out through its high content of free improvisation and very tangible structures at the same time.
After having profiled himself in many various groups and settings, amongst others as clarinettist of Susanne Abbuehl on two CD-productions of the legendary german jazz- and contemporary label ECM, Christof May now seeks for his own roots and finds his play instinct. Freely adapted from Friedrich Schiller who determined that – Humans only play when in the full meaning of the word they are human, and they are only completely humans when they play – and elated by the memories of countless and endless jams in rehearsing rooms, he gathered four outstanding musicians to play with him. With them, he celebrates that specific kind of improvisation, that in its freedom doesn’t seek to avoid structures but can commit to grooves and harmonies.
Another primary element is the stylistic influence of the seventies.
The result is an album, which captivates the listener by its sheer energy, big diversity and overwhelming joy of playing. MAYGUS shows that there’s music around us which merely needs to be collected.
In the end, Christof May sees his group and himself as a medium which teleports influences from the past into presence to confront them with contemporary sounds and means. MAYGUS makes music that adresses both intellect and heart and betimes also legs of the audience.
| Christof May ||-||saxophones, bassclarinet|
| Florian Zenker ||-||guitar, electronics|
|Bob Wijnen||-||fender rhodes, hammond, synth|
|Gulli Gudmundsson||-||double bass, bassguitar|
|Eric Hoeke||-||drums, electronic|
| CHRISTOF MAY (1970)||saxophones, bassclarinet|
After his Masters Degree in the major subjects Jazz Saxophone and classical clarinet at the Royal Conservatoire in The Hague/ Holland, Christof May got known as the clarinettist of singer Susanne Abbuehl, playing on two CDs released by German Label ECM. With her and other musicians / groups such as Wolfert Brederode, Amina Figarova, Trygve Seim, David Liebman, Maarten Ornstein, Eric Ineke, Jarmo Hoogendijk, Nimbus, Jazzmeteors... he recorded numerous CDs and played festivals in all Europe and beyond that in Montreal, Portland, Capetown, Maputo... As a classical musician he played with the philharmonic orchestras of Duisburg, Krefeld and Aachen mainly contemporary music and with the dutch Metropole Orchestra he played concerts and recorded CDs featuring a.o. Terry Bozzio, Kenny Werner, Bob Malach, being conducted by a.o. Mike Abene and Vince Mendoza.
| FLORIAN ZENKER (1972)||guitar, electronic|
| BOB WIJNEN (1971)||fender rhodes, hammond, synth|
| GULLI GUDMUNDSSON (1971)||doublebass, bassguitar|
| ERIC HOEKE (1968)||drums, electronics|
He teaches drums and ensembleplaying at the Conservatoire of Amsterdam.