groups+projects

personal projects

COMPASIÓN
Paul Weiling's GLOBAL AXIS
PAUL WEILING KWARTET
PAUL WEILING TRIO & DAVID TRONZO
PAUL WEILING TRIO

other projects

THE MING PRINCIPLE
TANG BEI & PAUL WEILING DUO
GRENSGEBIEDEN
TETZEPI BIGTET
Steven Kamperman's 1 STEP 7 SEAS
UTRECHT DEEP ARTMENT
POËZIEFASOL
CAOUTCHOUC ORCHESTRA
VOGELVIJF
FOUR IN ONE
NIKOS TSILOJANIS QUARTET / QUINTET

COMPASIÓN
since 2004

Compasión

photography Karin de Bont


PAUL WEILING alto & soprano saxophone  
STEVEN KAMPERMAN alto saxophone, clarinet & alto clarinet  
ANTAL STEIXNER percussion kit  
VICTOR ROSINHA acoustic guitar  
CARLOS DENIA MORENO voice

special guest: LA KIKA flamenco dance

Compasión brings a combination of flamenco and improvised music. The musicians are inspired by traditional forms as well as newly composed material. Elements of jazz and flamenco make a unity, or a contrast. The versatility of Antal Steixners percussion, links flamenco vocalist Carlos Denia, guitarist Victor Roshinha and reed players Paul Weiling and Steven Kamperman together. Stirred-up rhythms (compass) and passion (passion) for improvisation lead to a spectacular meeting of cultures. Occasionally, flamenco dancer La Kika joins the groep as a special guest.

  La Kika

photography
Remco van Blokland

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Paul Weiling's GLOBAL AXIS
since 1999

Paul Weiling's GLOBAL AXIS

photo Monique Besten

New World Music

PAUL WEILING alto & soprano saxophone, bass clarinet  
SYLVIA DE HARTOG voice  ANTAL STEIXNER percussion kit  
ALBERT VAN VEENENDAAL (prepared) piano & synthesizer

The 21st century provides new possibilities such as worldwide access to all kinds of music.The basic musical axis of 'New World Music' is improvisation. The instrumentation of this bassless quartet combines the sound of the acoustic chambermusic ensemble with synthesized pop grooves and world music percussion, ignoring all borderlines between different musical styles and genres.Global Axis' very first live appearance has been recorded by the Dutch VPRO radiostation in december 1999. In 2001 the band recorded their first album 'New World Music' that was released in 2002 by TryTone Records, Amsterdam.

press reactions

The exactness in playing together, shows that Global Axis is a well thought-out and longer existing project. All band members have a lot of space to improvise. A fear of curious forms and weird measures does not exist in the ensemble. Paul Weiling is able to give magic to the music.
   ANGELA BALLHORN (Jazzthetik magazine)

Weiling and pianoplayer Albert van Veenendaal have incorporated in their compositions ... dreamy, melodic components, but with a modern, straight simplicity in the performance. ... Veenendaals synthesizer play, like the percussion of Antal Steixner, refer to multiple influences that appear at the most unexpected times.
   KEN VOS (Jazz Nu magazine)

The quartet strikes the listener by the changing roles of soloist(s) and accompanist(s). No one is the boss... The vocalist improvises one time in her own special way and one moment later, she supports the music with text. All the band-members, except for Steixner, have written music for this beautiful CD.
   RINUS VAN DER HIJDEN (Brabants Dagblad)

New World Music is a nice and pliant CD, made by four headstrong musicians: pianist Albert van Veenendaal is a master in making rhythmical patterns, Paul Weiling is a funky saxophonist, vocalist Sylvia de Hartog gives a sensual touch and percussionist Antal Steixner keeps the ensemble together with his feather light playing. The freedom the band takes is audible.
   MAARTJE DEN BREEJEN (Het Parool)

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PAUL WEILING KWARTET
since 2002

Monk Moods

PAUL WEILING alto & soprano saxophone  WIEK HIJMANS electric guitar  
TJITZE VOGEL double bass & tuba  KIM WEEMHOFF percussion, drums & samples

The new project Monk Moods of the Paul Weiling Kwartet is the most recent initiative dedicated to one of the most important composers of the 20th century. The group adds a new dimension to Thelonious Monk's compositions by using contemporary straight grooves and a combination of electric and acoustic instruments like tuba, percussion, electric guitar and (drum) samples. The quartet made it's debut in October 2002 with a five night engagement at the Amsterdam 'Pompoen' Club and a live appearance at the Dutch Teleac radio program 'Faros'.

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PAUL WEILING TRIO & DAVID TRONZO
1996-1999

PAUL WEILING TRIO & DAVID TRONZO

photo Leo Erken

New Amsterdam Reflections

PAUL WEILING tenor & soprano saxophone
TJITZE VOGEL double bass  CLARENCE BECTON drums
DAVID TRONZO slide guitar

The music brings it all together. Drummer Clarence Becton, who has played with Coleman Hawkins, Slide Hamton, Thelonious Monk and Woody Shaw has settled down in Amsterdam. Bassist Tjitze Vogel's history goes way back to his days with the Amsterdam based Frank Grasso Big Band. He played with Joe Lovano, Toots Thielemans and Chet Baker. At the moment he plays with Toïs and has his own groups. Saxophonist Paul Weiling started his career in Germany. In 1984 he moved to Amsterdam. He started his own trio in 1994. These three musicians are responsible for at least the 'Amsterdam' part of the new reflections. Add slide guitarist David Tronzo (rock fans know him through his association with John Hiatt) and the reflections will never be the same again. Tronzo played in the house band of a black Baptist Church in Brooklyn, which had a major impact on his style. Add Lounge Lizzards, Spanish Fly and Tronzo Trio and the title of the Paul Weiling Trio & David Tronzo album 'New Amsterdam Reflections' can be fully understood.

From the 1998 magazine 'Who's Who at the North Sea Jazz Festival'

press reactions

Very original and creative music by outstanding European and American artists - cutting edge!!!
   DAVID LIEBMAN (liner - note CD New Amsterdam Reflections)

... a magnificent band with the exciting bluesy contribution by the guitarist David Tronzo ...
   TOM BEETZ (Jazz Nu magazine)

... space jazz ...
   RENÉ DE COCQ (Apeldoornse Courant)

... The Dutch-German Paul Weiling plays beautiful tenor and soprano sax with warmth and authority. His perfectly integrated trio interprets unconventional structures and rhythms (calypso, tango) with an exciting combination of freedom and clear sense of form...
   FRANK VAN HERK (Jazz Nu magazine)

... The music of the trio is reminiscent of the early Ornette Coleman Quartet that in fact worked with two wind instrumentalists, but like the Paul Weiling Trio had no harmony instrument. The compositional form is comparable, also the way Weiling freely improvises above the active but lastly straight ahead swinging drums. It's no wonder that Weiling was bewitched by the guitarist David Tronzo when he first heard him play in New York, because Tronzo also follows Coleman's art of improvising perfectly ...
   JAN RENSEN (Dagblad van Almere)

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THE MING PRINCIPLE
since 2004

The Ming Principle

photography Muzieklab Brabant

PAUL WEILING alto & soprano saxophone, GÜLENDEM ABBAS voice  
FANG WEILING erhu (chinese violin), XIA HUA pipa (chinese lute)  
TANG BEI sheng (chinese mouth organ), IGNAS TE WIEL percussion  
TJITZE VOGEL double bass

The Chinese word 'Ming' stands for the combination of extremes. The word means both sun and moon, man and wife, east and west.The Ming Principle is an exploration into the possibilities of combining elements from Chinese and western music. In this project, initiated by the Muzieklab Brabant foundation, a number of Dutch jazz musicians and Chinese musicians meet and explore ways to combine their very different musical traditions. About their premiere in April 2004 the Dutch Volkskrant wrote: "The band sparkles in suite-like pieces with virtuoso time changes and beautiful ensemble playing. Sometimes, China seems to be close by."

The ensemble played four concerts at the Tilburg Mundial Festival in June 2004. In November they presented their first CD 'Ming Principle' at the Studio theater, also located in Tilburg.

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TANG BEI & PAUL WEILING DUO
since 2004

Tang Bei / Paul Weiling Duo

photography Muzieklab Brabant

Tang Bei and Paul Weiling perform as part of the Ming Principle on special (outdoor) locations, supported by dolby surround system and soundscapes by sound artist / engineer Peter Hofland.

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GRENSGEBIEDEN
since 2000

film & music project

ensemble
PAUL WEILING alto saxophone & bass clarinet  DIONYS BREUKERS samples
FELICITY PROVAN, ANGELO VERPLOEGEN trumpet  JASPER LE CLERQC violin

composers
CORRIE VAN BINSBERGEN - WIEK HIJMANS -
ALBERT VAN VEENENDAAL - GERARD AMMERLAAN -
HANS HASEBOS - OENE VAN GEEL

film makers
WIM VAN DER AAR - RACHEL DE BOER - MARC BIJL
PETRA DOLLEMAN - ANDRAS HAMELBERG - MAARTEN LOK

'Grensgebieden' is a project of the Mista'peo foundation in order to initiate cooperating couples of composers and film makers. The results of their work have been presented on december 2000 at the SJU Jazzpodium Utrecht ('De Avond van de Langste Nacht'). The live performance of the Grensgebieden Ensemble has been recorded by the Dutch VPRO radio.

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TETZEPI BIGTET
1999-2001

SHU

WOUTER HAKHOFF conductor  ESMÉE OLTHUIS alto & soprano saxophone, band leader
HANS LEEUW trumpet, band leader  PIETER JAN CRAMER piano  
EDWIN WIERINGA bass  NOUT INGENHOUSZ drums  
DAMIEN CLUZEL guitar  GEORGE PANCRAZ, JIMMY SERNESKY trumpet  
BART LUST, MICHAEL RÖRBY trombone  AXEL SCHAPPERT bass trombone  
TOBIAS KLEIN alto saxophone & clarinets  ONNO VAN SWIGCHEM baritone saxophone  
PAUL WEILING tenor & soprano saxophone

The Tetzepi Bigtet resembles a traditional big band looking at its 14 head line-up, but the orchestra has nothing to do with the traditional '4-in-a-bar' playing of the past. Tetzepi was founded by trumpeter Hans Leeuw en saxophonist Esmée Olthuis. The Canadian composer John Korsrud laid a firm foundation for the band at its inception in 1997. In 2001 Tetzepi presented its second CD 'SHU' with composers such as Tobias Klein, Edwin Wieringa, Bart Lust, Albert van Veenendaal and Hans Leeuw. The fifteenth man, director Wouter Hakhoff, can also change some of the music on the spot. His role is the key to the dynamics of the band. Tetzepi translates old musical values into music with a new face. The music metamorphoses from conducted, collective improvisations into solid individual solos and vice versa. The group combines the energy and flexibility of a small ensemble and the sound and tightness of a prime Big Band.

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Steven Kamperman's 1 STEP 7 SEAS
1999-2001

1 STEP 7 SEAS plays Mephisto

STEVEN KAMPERMAN alto saxophone & alto clarinet  
PAUL WEILING soprano saxophone & bass clarinet  
KEES ADOLFSEN, FERNAND DE WILLIGEN trombone  
TJITZE VOGEL double bass  DICK VERBEECK drums

The formation 1 step 7 seas was founded by altoist / alto clarinettist Steven Kamperman. Recently this group has produced its second CD, featuring Steven Kamperman's suite Mephisto. The group appears in a new, extended, setting. Next to Kamperman on alto saxophone and alto clarinet, Paul Weiling plays soprano saxophone and bass clarinet. Fellow trombonist Fernand de Willigen accompanies Kees Adolfsen.
Steven Kamperman wrote the suite Mephisto in collaboration with paintress Marijke Nielen and several text writers. The composition functions as an independent work as well. Mephisto features a mix of solos and group improvisations; jazz, chamber music, quasi folk music and free improvisation blending together. The warm combination of two trombones with two low clarinets provides the group with a surprising sound. The live performance of the suite Mephisto at the prestigious SJU JazzFestival (Utrecht, april 2000, recorded by national broadcast company VPRO) proved a huge success. The guest-appearance of french master violin player Dominique Pifarély added an extra dimension to this concert. The group also performed at the North Sea Jazz festival 2000.

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UTRECHT DEEP ARTMENT
1998-2000

Sirenians

MICHAEL BAIRD drums & band leader  TJITZE VOGEL bass  HENK RAVEN tuba  
NIKOS TSILOJANIS percussion  MARK LOTZ flute  HERMIEN SCHNEIDER trumpet  
PAUL WEILING tenor & alto saxophone  JANICE JACKSON voice

This international octet from Utrecht, led by Michael Baird, play the suite 'On the Way to Abstraction'! The Deep Artment dream, chirp and swing - was recorded on their CD Sirenians in 1998 for SWP records. A live concert at the Amsterdam Bimhuis has been recorded by the Dutch VPRO radio. In 1999 the group played on the Utrecht SJU Festival.

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POËZIEFASOL
1998-2000

Af en toe zon

JOY DE JONG piano, sousaphone, composition, band leader  HESTER BOVERHUIS voice  
PAUL WEILING soprano saxophone & bass clarinet  FRED ABBINGH accordion

POËZIEFASOL plays compositions of Joy de Jong written and arranged on poetry by Dutch masters as Rutger Kopland, Willem Elschot, Jan Hanlo and others. The group combines such different influences as cabaret, street music, contemporary jazz and world music. In 1999 their first CD 'Af en toe zon' has been recorded and was released by Parasol Records.

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PAUL WEILING TRIO
1993-1996

PAUL WEILING TRIO

PAUL WEILING tenor & soprano saxophone
TJITZE VOGEL double bass  CLARENCE BECTON drums

Inspired by the Sonny Rollins' recordings of the late fifties Paul Weiling founded his first own band with Tjitze Vogel on double bass and the American drummer Clarence Becton. The open sound of a trio without a harmony instrument would offer more possibilities for adventurous improvisations (Ornette Coleman has to be mentioned as another major impact). Clarence Becton brought in the music of Thelonious Monk. This pianist and composer has been one of the great legends of jazz Becton has been working with during his time in the United States.
The Paul Weiling Trio has been performing in the Netherlands and in Germany.
In 1996 a live concert with guitarist Anton Goudsmit as special guest has been recorded for the VPRO radio-program 'Jazz op Vier'.

press reactions

... the special, harmonically strong supported lyricism of saxophonist Paul Weiling ...
... the individual urge and the artistic necessity to create a new and fresh idiom ...
   JAN RENSEN (Utrechts Nieuwsblad)

... Weiling uses the strangely constructed music of Monk as a stepping stone for his own ideas. His arrangements of pieces like Misterioso or Hackensack start to lead their own life. Somewhere on the background the master himself (Monk) remains clearly present but on the foreground stands a blower who, in addition to his personal sound, creates a genuine idiom out of the accomplishments of tradition ...
   COR BANNINK (Deventer Dagblad)

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CAOUTCHOUC ORCHESTRA
1992-1996

Caoutchouc plays Lorca

HERMAN VAN DOORN, ASTRID WIJN, SYLVIA DE HARTOG voice  
PAUL WEILING tenor & soprano saxophone  PAUL STOCKER alto & soprano saxophone  
ERIC VLOEIMANS, TOON DE GOUW trumpet  MARTIJN SOHIER trombone  
PETER MINGAARS guitar  WILLEM KÜHNE piano  FRANS VAN GRINSVEN drums  
NIKO LANGENHUIJSEN double bass, band leader

Back in 1978 bass player, pianist and composer Niko Langenhuijsen founded his band Vaalbleek. In 1992 the name and the concept of the group have been changed. Caoutchuouc stands for contemporary orchestrated jazz and spanish flamenco compositions by Niko Langenhuisen and Ricardo Pachón, based on the poetry of Federico Garcia Lorca. In 1993 the group presented their CD 'Caoutchouc plays Lorca' (Radio Netherlands / Timeless Records) together with Carmen Linares y su Grupo Flamenco at the Vredenburg Concert Hall Utrecht. Caoutchouc performed live recordings at the Amsterdam Bimhuis (TROS Radio / 1993), the VPRO televisionprogram 'Reiziger in Muziek' (1994) and the Concertgebouw Amsterdam (NOS Radio, 1996).

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VOGELVIJF
1992-1995

This Side Up

TJITZE VOGEL double bass, band leader  MICHAEL BAIRD drums  
ERIC DOELMAN piano  PAUL STOCKER alto & soprano saxophone, bass clarinet  
PAUL WEILING tenor & soprano saxophone

Charles Mingus, folkmusic of the middle east and contemporary (improvised) music are the most important elements of the VogelVijf concept. In 1992 the band appeared at the International SJU Festival Utrecht. The concert has been recorded by the VARA radiostation. 1993 the CD 'This Side Up' was released by LopLop productions.

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FOUR IN ONE
1988-1991

PAUL WEILING tenor & soprano saxophone  TJITZE VOGEL double bass  
ED VERHOEF electric guitar  DICK VERBEECK drums

Paul Weiling and Tjitze Vogel got inspired by John McLaughlins project 'Extrapolation' and started the group Four in One as co leaders to work out their own ideas about contemporary jazz. With Dick Verbeeck on drums and guitarist Ed Verhoef, they performed at the Dutch jazz scene 'extrapolating' new ways of improvisation. In 1990 one of the concerts has been recorded by the VPRO radio-program 'Jazz op Vier'.

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NIKOS TSILOJANIS QUARTET / QUINTET
1987-1990

NIKOS TSILOJANIS drums & percussion  TJITZE VOGEL double bass  
PAUL WEILING alto & soprano saxophone  DIETER KUHLMANN trombone  
TOBIAS DELIUS tenor saxophone (1989 and 1990)

Greek folk music, jazz and European improvised music define the artistic concept of the Nikos Tsilojanis Kwintet. In this group Paul Weiling first met bassist Tjitze Vogel, a fellow musician with whom he would cooperate throughout the years until today. Tsilojanis' project started as a quartet with the German trombone player Dieter Kuhlmann and was extended later on with Tobias Delius on tenor saxophone. The band toured in the Netherlands and in Greece, being one of the highligths of the 4th International Jazz Festival 1988 in Tessaloniki among Joe Lovano / HenryTexier and the Pharoah Sanders Quartet.

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