Philm is founded by tenor saxophonist/composer Philipp Gropper from Berlin, who has previously performed at the Bimhuis with acclaimed trio Hyperactive Kid. His compositions transcend existing styles and genres and simultaneously carry forth the energy of past improvised music.

Philm’s new album Sun Ship is named after the eponymous John Coltrane composition, but sounds completely different, with angular, criss-crossing rhythms set against clearly formulated tenor progressions. The members of Philm have played in influential bands such as Der Rote Bereich, Atomic and Jim Black Trio.