Simon Oslender & Friends
Jakob Manz | sax
Simon Oslender | org
Tobias Müller | g
Claus Fischer | b
Felix Lehrmann | dr
Die ACHT BRÜCKEN Lounge wird ermöglicht durch den Spezialchemie-Konzern LANXESS.
The term “funk” originates in Afro-American slang. It describes a musical genre which began in the 1960s and has lost none of its popularity to this day. In Funk music, rhythm is the dominating element, pushing melody – familiar, for example, from 1960s Soul music – into the background.
Repetitive percussion dominated by off-beats is usually combined with polyrhythmic, syncopated bass lines, creating a basic tension that becomes the foundation of Funk songs and feeds their groove. Unsurprisingly, jazz musicians adopted this rhythmically charged music over the years – among them Miles Davis, Herbie Hancock, Stanley Clarke or George Duke. The grooves grew more complex, the harmonics more sophisticated, but the tension spanning the pulsating, sweaty setting together remained.
The five musicians led by the young Hammond organist Simon Oslender have internalized this idea: short, characteristic riffs become the nucleus for expansive jaming which unleashes enormous power, even – or especially – when the different instrumental voices superimpose each other like tectonic plates, eruptively heating up the atmosphere.