Die Wolken sind da, wo sie immer sind

For four years kapelle17 is a part of the emerging jazz scene in Germany. “Die Wolken sind da wo sie immer sind” is a textural and rhythmical album. Inspired by the jazz classics, the avant-garde in the 60s, the New-Wave music, and Hip-Hop.

The songs were written in a democratic process, only the core idea or framework was brought by one of the band members. This highlights the unique personalities of the quintet and also got the process rooted in doing and experimenting. The album consists of everything from polyrhythmic grooves over steady forms to landscape improvisations.

On songs like “Siblings” or “Get Down” the saxophonist Benedikt Jäckle, guitarist Johannes Mann and pianist Paul Janoschka shows their strengths as soloists. The bassist Jakob Obleser and the drummer Jonas Kaltenbach show their solid and integrated way of interacting in pieces like “Vamp385”, a groovy summer song with surprising turns. The roles of the musicians get changed in songs like “Vale and “Ma Beleza” and new relationships, framings and perspectives occur. “Mein Aerosol ist dein Aerosol” (my aerosol ist your aerosol) is a song about a loving couple during the contact restricted pandemic. “MZB” tells about the joy of being alone, “SKB” is a humorous homage to expensive but filling food in the lounge car. 

Short Bio

The musicians of kapelle17 are currently living in Berlin, Cologne, Leipzig, and New York. kapelle17 plays roughly twenty concerts a year since 2017. Some highlights include the JazzDiscovery in Karlsruhe (DE), playing at the final of Machelen Jazz Contest 2017 in Belgium, and many gigs at small and big jazz venues. A transformative experience was a concert trip to Brazil, where the band played at the Festival de Jazz do Capao in front of an enthusiastic audience. For over a year “Die Wolken sind da, wo sie immer sind”, supported by Initiative Musik, has been the main focus.

kapelle17’s strengths lie in their fresh and energizing energy, grooves, lively interaction, and creating a sound experience that is rich in variation.

Benedikt Jäckle – Tenor Saxophone and Flutes
Johannes Mann – Gitarre and effects
Pal Janoschka – Piano, Keyboards and effects
Jakob Obleser – Double Bass
Jonas Kaltenbach – Drums and Percussion