The Groningen Report
Jonathan Nagel, german double-bass player, composer and poet, is one of the members of the trio Cleaning Each Other, with Rieko Okuda (JP) on piano and Chris Hill (DE) on drums.
Cleaning Each Other is Berlin / Amsterdam based, mining the uncategorizable intersection between long-form free improvisation, minimal composition, jazz and electronic music.
What a kaleidoscope does to light, Cleaning Each Other does to sound. Harmonics, grooves and ambiences get broken up and then put together in myriad new ways, creating constantly new facets of music.
This trio sounds bizarre, yet completely natural, embracing both the order and the chaos of life.
Jonathan Nagel‘s artistic output reflects in many various ways: comprising the restless search for new artistic discoveries in aspects of technique, texture, concept and approach of contemporary improvised performance, dance, physical theater, and a deep love for jazz and rock music, full of driving beats and colorful harmony, solid and strong. In all his work, all those facets shine through to some degree, creating a hybrid, half avant-garde art, half Sex, Drugs and Rock’n’Roll. Also words are an important part of Jonathan’s work, and his poems and songtexts found their way into many of his projects.
After graduating in jazz double bass at the Prins Claus Conservatorium (Groningen, NL) and the University of the Arts (Philadelphia, USA), Jonathan is currently a selected student of the European Jazz Master program. He has worked with internationally esteemed improvising artists such as Michael Moore, Axel Dörner, Tristan Honsinger, Simon Rose, Katie Duck and many others. Jonathan is currently living and working in Amsterdam (NL) and Berlin (DE).
Rieko Okuda is a pianist, violist, electronic musician and a composer.
She began with Classical music from the age of 3 in Japan. In her young age, she attended to Kaizuka City Piano Competition, and got the first prize. Later then moved to USA to study Jazz and Composition at the University of Arts in Philadelphia. There she was performing with some of the great American jazz musicians (Bob Mintzer, Jon Faddis, John Fedchock). Also, she got interested in the Free Jazz and Improvised music scene while she was in Phliladelphia. She performed with the great improvisers includes Marshall Allen (from Sun Ra Orchestra), Elliott Levine (recorded with Cecil Taylor), and Calvin Weston (recorded with Ornette Coleman). Rieko Okuda performed in Jazz Festivals throughout her stay in USA.
Her interests in Improvised music led her to move to Berlin. Currently, she performs with Audrey Chen, Els Vendaweyer, Susanne Zapf (from Sonar Quartet), Yuko Kaseki, Axel Dörner, and her trio with Jonathan Nagel (double-bass) and Chris Hill (drums): Cleaning Each Other. She also performs at several experimental festivals: XChange Festival, Experymental Festival and the Art-Sound Festival, just to name a few.
In 2014, she got to work with Japanese Pop Artist, YUZU. She arranged the song called “Amenochi Hareruya,“ which awarded Japan Record Award 2014.
Chris Hill is a drummer, improviser, composer and sound-artist in Berlin (DE). He works with musicians from the Improvised scene like Rieko Okuda, Antti Virtaranta, Rainer Witzel, Markus Türk, Axel Linder, Tomomi Adachi, Axel Doerner, Davide Lorenzon, Michele Pedrazzi. With singer like Hush Moss and Merryn Jeann and with producers like Kyson, Soroosh Khavari and Joyce Ozu. His first audio-visual album “Image Vision” got published in 2016. Chris Hill is co-founder and curator at the Berlin based multimedia-art-collective “Average Negative” and works as a composer for films and tv.
Cleaning Each Other will release their first EP “Celestine”, on vinyl and digital, September 7th, 2018, licensed by Average Negative.
And here is the interview, by Bernd Ihno Eilts for 60Minuten!
For more information: www.cleaningeachother.com
07.09.18 – EP Release, feat. DJ Illvibe, Berlin
08.09.18 – Blaue Fabrik, Dresden
12.09.18 – Barzdo Barzdo, Warsaw(PL)
13.09.18 – Mjazzga, Elbag (PL)
14.09.18 – Teatr Boto, Sopot (PL)
15.09.18 – Weltecho, Chemnitz
24.02.19 – 5e, Copenhagen (DK)
15.02.19 – Sowieso, Berlin
16.02.19 – Sowieso, Berlin
18.02.19 – tba, Leipzig