The Basklarinet Festijn celebrates the beauty of the bass clarinet, the characterful, versatile instrument with its distinctive sonorous tone. The festival emphasizes current music, from contemporary classical to jazz. Bass clarinet players Tobias Klein and Oğuz Büyükberber often work in tandem when collaborating with other musicians. For example, last year saw the release of their album 37FERN, a project with vocalists Claron McFadden and Kristina Fuchs. Now they will appear on stage with two international percussion masters. Rie Watanabe, born in Japan and living in Cologne, regularly plays with top ensembles of European contemporary music such as Musikfabrik and Klangforum Wien. Ches Smith is a prolific drummer from New York, who has worked with jazz innovators such as John Zorn, Evan Parker and Dave Holland. In 2013 he presented a carte blanche concert at the BIMHUIS. Bass clarinetist Rudi Mahall and multi-talent John Schröder, who are both known from the cult band Der Rote Bereich, will now form a duo. As a member of Globe Unity Orchestra, Monk’s Casino and Die Enttäuschung, Rudi Mahall has built a reputation as a great improviser on clarinet. John Schröder, once regarded as a guitar prodigy, is a unique phenomenon: he plays guitar, drums and piano on top level, and has performed with legends such as Chet Baker, James Moody and Randy Brecker. BIMHUIS & Corona