Spinifex explores the contrast between extremely tight irregular structures and extensive free improvisations.
With its fearsomely explosive combination of musicians, Spinifex is all about compelling grooves, strong dynamics and challenging improvisations. Named after a tough Australian species of grass, Spinifex may at first sound like a combination of jazzcore, math-metal and other typically Western contemporary music. However, beneath the surface the listener will discover ancient cyclical rhythms of Turkish and Indian origin.
- Gijs Levelt – trumpet
- Tobias Klein – alto saxophone
- Jasper Stadhouders – guitar
- Goncalo Almeida – bass
- Philipp Moser – drums
A preview to our new album Veiled:
Moscow to Vladivostok: Spinifex in summer 2015
Spinifex joins the Muzenergo tour in summer 2015: tour.muzenergo.ru/en/
This amazing project took place in the time span of 11 weeks, with a large bus full of musicians travelling from Moscow to Vladivostok on the Russian Pacific Coast. Spinifex joined the tour in 2 parts: from 12-17 june in the Moscow region, and from 2-22 august, travelling from Irkutsk to Vladivostok, playing some 25 gigs along the way.
The Spinifex album Hipsters Gone Ballistic (Trytone Records, december 2013) has been receiving fantastic reviews!
Eyal Hareuveni, allaboutjazz, february 2014:”… contrasting extremely tight, irregular structures and rhythms with explosive free improvisations and disciplined math- metal precision with playful Indian Karnatic rhythmic elements. All selections are played with sheer abandon and joyful passion, from the first second to the last one. All compositions feature restless shifts and complex dynamics as well as the highly collaborative and versatile interplay of this well-rehearsed quintet… the most impressive piece is an inspired, uplifting cover of Karnatic composer and singer Papanasam Sivan, ‘Sre Valli Devasenapathe, that sounds like a spin on their fellow countrymen The Ex’s Ethiopian covers. No doubt, the hipsters went on a wild ride.”
Tom Greenland, The New York City Jazz Record june 2014 “Spinifex is an energetic prog-jazz quintet… Hipsters Gone Ballistic opens with a driving additive rhythm in nine beats, which manages, for all its prickly accents, to instill a punk-rock vibe, something that might drive less-inhibited jazz fans to mosh. The recording is notable for its juxtaposition of complex figures, flawlessly doubled by trumpeter Gijs Levelt and alto saxophonist Tobias Klein, in contrast to unfettered, free-form sections, the two approaches relentlessly overlapping throughout. The frontline delivers skronky accompaniment to Philipp Moser’s throbbing drumbeats, cadencing as one on “Flying Object Forth Worth”, ending memorably on the Klezmer-goes-Bollywood “Sre Valli Devasenapathe.”