Frederika Krier | Devoted

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by Frederika Krier

Jazz, groove, free, minimalism, world. This band fascinates with a unique mixture of clear, intellectually formed minimalistic compositions full of emotional depth, a supreme rhythmic complexity and an unbrakeable joy of playing.
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Terror
Frederika Krier Quartett
8:02 album only
2. Fermions
Frederika Krier Quartett
7:29 album only
3. Balladesk
Frederika Krier Quartett
5:13 album only
4. Kandam Malahari
Frederika Krier Quartett
9:38 album only
5. Without
Frederika Krier Quartett
9:05 album only
6. Devotee
Frederika Krier Quartett
6:46 album only
7. Iceland
Frederika Krier Quartett
6:40 album only
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Album Notes
The quartet around the Romanian-German NYC based violinist Frederika Krier was founded 2005.
The musicians met during their study at the new Jazz Institut Berlin. Own compositions along with
the unusual instrumentation of violin and electric guitar characterize the special sound of the band.
The influences and categorisations seem to be full of opposites. Jazz, groove, free, minimalism, world
music and new classical music melt together to an organic whole and actual contradictions connect
with the greatest of ease. African rhythms build an synthesis with indian scales, composition technique
of Arnold Schoenberg and drum&bass grooves. But most important is always the creation in the
moment, improvisation and personality of each single musician forming something new. This band
fascinates with a unique mixture of clear, intellectually formed minimalistic compositions full of
emotional depth, a supreme rhythmic complexity and an unbrakeable joy of playing. By the awake
and interactive interplay of the four talented musicians there are created intensive lyrical,
energyloaded and explosive improvisations and textures. All these are the characteristic features of
this unusual and unique band that excites and convinces a growing audience.

"Today Frederika Krier is one of the golden names of the next generation of jazz musicians, whether we speak about the European or American scene. She was born in Timisoara, grew up in Germany and settled in the U.S. and will perform on July 22nd....promises to be one of the most exciting moments of the Garana Jazz Festival." ( 2011)

The second day opened with the remarkably fluid show of Frederika Krier Quartet--guitarist Peter Meyer, bassist Malte Tonissen and drummer Diego Pinera--performing a homogenous synthesis of jazz, minimalism and world music influences. Krier--an international jazz violinist and composer born in Romania, raised in Germany and presently living in New York--gave a dynamic performance characterized by tight, well-structured melodic sequences emerging from the tense, obsessive rhythmical patterns into inspiriting grooves. The first surprise of the festival. (allaboutjazz 2011)

"I would be remiss if I didn’t mention how incredible were Frederica Krier and her super tight band" (the uptown collective NYC, August 2011)

"galactically good on the violin Frederika Krier" (Nordbayrische Nachrichten, Dez 2007)

"lucent sounds for the present" (Neue Tonne Dresden, march 2009)

" the young 'Frederika Krier Quartett' has broken fresh ground in composition and musical execution and these who let themselves in for that new at the Jazzkeller have experiences a special evening. Simplicity and exuberand joy of playing took turns, you could hear improvisation and inspiration and time and again Frederika Krier took over the musical lead." (s'blättla Weinstadt, march 2009)

"and exceptional violinist in the field of jazz!" (Yorkschlößchen Berlin, march 2009)

CD Review by Bruce Lee Gallanter:

KRUMMLING - Devoted (Private Release; EEC) Frederika Krier on violin
& compositions, Kalle Zeier on guitar & compositions, Malte Tonissen
on acoustic bass and Martin Krummling on drums. Ms. Krier is a young
Romanian-born, formerly Bavarian-based violinist who now lives in
NYC. She's worked with Kurt Rosenwinkel, Frank Lacy & Rudi Mahall,
amongst a number of the better Downtown & European musicians. She
leads two bands, the Frederika Klier Quartett in Berlin and Molecular
Vibrations in NY. Ms. Krier has played here at DMG on a few occasions
with GL Diana on laptop and each set was pretty great. I wasn't sure
what to expect when she left us with her quartet CD but I am glad she
The Berlin-based Frederika Krier Quartett is/are a diverse and
spirited bunch. Their music falls somewhere between progressive and
jazz/rock. Three of the seven pieces were written by guitarist Kalle
Zeier, his first piece is called "Terror". It is tight, quick and
well written with intricate lines shared by the guitar and violin.
This piece has that swell start and stop type of structure with
spirited solos from Kalle's guitar and Frederika's violin. The rhythm
team is also impressive and engaged. "Fermions" starts with some cool
popping harmonics on guitar, lilting bowed acoustic bass and
trash-can like cymbal providing a hypnotic, rocking groove. While
their guitarist uses some selective devices on his guitar wisely to
alter his sound, Ms. Krier plays a number of exciting, crafty solos
without the need of any alterations. I know that Frederika is a fan
of early Jean Luc Ponty, the legendary jazz/rock violinist and at
times her writing and playing seem to come from a similar area.
"Balladesk" is a haunting ballad written by Mr. Zeier with some
lovely violin and guitar floating on top. Each song on this disc is a
challenge for each member of the quartet as the rhythm, dynamics and
structure evolves throughout. 'Devoted' is a most impressive debut
from a fine violinist who has yet to turn 30. The title seems most
appropriate since Frederika Krier is obviously devoted to her
playing, composing and bandleading. - Bruce Lee Gallanter, Downtown
Music Gallery



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