musicians playing on 'Melting Game' - German, Greek, and Japanese -
need no words to lift themeselves far beyond any idiom with their
music. The magical aural pulse produced by Guenter 'Baby' Sommer,
Floridis, and Akira Ando is concealed as a deep, unfathomable truth,
but one that reveals itself to an attentive listener."
Guenter "Baby" Sommer (drums)
Sommer is one of the master musicians of contemporary European jazz. He
belongs to the circle of extraordinary drummers that developed
throughout the improvised music scene a highly individual playing and
built up an unmistakable.
Born in Dresden in 1943, Sommer studied at the Hochschule für Musik
„Carl Maria von Weber“. Then his musical contributions the most
important jazz groups of the GDR like the Ernst-Ludwig-Petrowksy-Trio,
Zentralquartett and the Ulrich Gumpert Workshopband made it possible
for him to get involved in the international scene. Thus, Sommer not
only worked in trio with Wadada Leo Smith and Peter Kowald but took
part in fascinating meetings with Peter Brötzmann, Fred van Hove,
Alexander von Schlippenbach, Evan Parker and Cecil Taylor. His solowork
enabled him for intense collaborations with writers as Günter Grass.
Sommer’s discography comprises around 100 records. As a professor at
the Hochschule für Musik Dresden he has an influence on the
professional imparting of the contemporary jazz to the next generations.
Floros Floridis was born in Thessaloniki, Greece. He studied Physics and got his diploma in Aristoteleion University of Thessaloniki.In parallel studied classical clarinet as a student of the Romanian professor Konstantin Ugureanou and started being a professional musician in the 70s. He’s best known in the jazz-improvised music world for his colaborations,recordings,etc. with:Peter Kowald,Cecil Taylor,Evan Parker,Peter Broetzmann,Paul Lytton,Okay Temiz,Nicky Skopelitis,Paul Lovens,Phil Wachsman, Carlos Zingaro,Hans Schneider,Louis Moholo,Vincent Chancey, Jean-Marc Montera, Milos Petrovic, Ivo Papazov,..In 1979 he and Sakis Papadimitriou recorded the first modern jazz album that was produced in Greece - "Improvising at Barakos" (1979,double LP).- has always made a point of encouraging other Greek players along the path to Free Music.
He has worked as a lecturer of improvisation in several universities and art schools in Greece and was the artistic director and coordinator of different musical events and festivals, e. g. the Jazz and Improvised Music Festival of Thessaloniki, that was also founded by him. Since 2000 he has composed music for feature films, documentaries, theater and dance performances. He also founded the label j. n. d. records.
Ando was born in Sapporo, Japan in 1955. He lived in New York City from
1984-1998 where he performed and recorded with many masters of
contemporary music, such as: Cecil Taylor, Billy Bang, Dennis Charles,
William Parker, Jarone Eames, Evelyn Blakey. Lives in Berlin since
about three years where he performs, among others, with: Billy Bang,
Alexis Pope, Zam Johnson, Ravi Srinivasan, Mustafa El Dino, Rashidi
Graffiti, Lenjes Robinson and Carolyn del Rosario.