Ricardo Tejero_saxes, clarinet
Ofir Klemperer_keyboard, vocal, computer
Mikael Szafirowski _electric guitar, cavaccinio, vocals
Yedo Gibson Blumenthal_Soprano and Tenor saxophone, Eb clarinet
Three musicians from different parts of the world. playing free music. anti music, antifree, and music.
They met in Den Haag Royal Conservatory at the beginning of 2006, and they have been playing since.
The interest of the band is purely to find honest musical moments, in the inspiration of the background from our countries and the life that we share together.
In Den Haag, we are taking a big part of the Royal Improvisers Orchestra of Den Haag, an orchestra of 26 musicians, where we play and conduct improvised pieces.
During 2007, Ricardo came as a guest to conduct the orchestra, and joined No Habla Catalan.
Ricardo Tejero_saxes, clarinet _ www.myspace.com/ricardotejero
Born in Madrid , Spain. Saxophonist, clarinettist and composer.
Mainly interested in free jazz and free improvisation but still believe that any music can move him and fascinate him.
He began as a self-taught musician. He started playing improvised music in 1997 in Madrid with the ensemble "Soplathat", which he co-founded, while studying with Wade Mathews and Chefa Alonso, at the same time as he was playing with latin bands like "La Moderna", in Spanish popular music orchestras like "Vallecas Big Band" and other ad hoc jazz ensembles.
He lives in England since 2001 where he played with the quintet "Needs Must" (Leeds) which he co-founded together with drummer Neil Thomas and bass James Paylor.
Member of "Musicalibre", Spanish Association of Improvise Music, where he is part of the organization board for the annual International Festival Hurta Cordel.
Member of FOCO Orchestra since 1999( Spanish Improvised Music Orchestra), with whom he played during the last 9 years and participated in several editions of the international festival Hurta Cordel and other concerts throughout Spain under the conduction of Butch Morris, Walter Thomson, Michael Fischer, Dave tucker, Olivier Benoit, Le Qua Ninh, or Wolfgang Fusch.
Since 2005 he established in London where he keeps very active in the london improvisation scene playing with his own quintet Ensemble Progresivo ( Marcio Mattos, Javier Carmona, Adrian Northover and Alison Blunt), with whom he recently released the album Progressions , and also collaborating with other musicians like Dave Tucker, Roland Ramanan, Robert Jarvis, Dominic Lash, Steve Noble, Tony Marsh, Ian Smith, Frank Charlton, Mark Sanders, Nick Stevens, Joel Bell or Andrew Melville.
Member of LIO ( London Improvisers Orchestra).
Other projects include:
No Habla Catalan. Playing with Amsterdam based trio: Gibson, Szafirowski and Kemplerer.
Roland Ramanan Tentet . (They will release their first CD next autumn)
Duo Tucker-Tejero with English guitarist, and bass player Dave Tucker
ESP. Sextet where we explored the hybrid existence of compositon and improvisation. It is formed by Sarah Robins, Joel Bell, Steve Gansby, Andrew Mellville, Tom Lawrence, and Olivier Leaman
He has played in the festivals:
Hurta Cordel 2006-2007-2008 (Madrid, Spain), Vallecas Jazz Festival 1999 (Madrid) Bohmans Festival (London) 2008, Fusseleeds 2005 (Leeds, UK), Forum Improvisation Festival 2008 (Brussels).