Clémence Manachère Unterwasser
The blame lies with the Coltrane drummer Elvin Jones. It’s because of him that the French flautist Clémence Manachère became addicted to jazz at the age of fourteen. Her compositions blend musical impressions from France, Germany and Brazil with the complex groove worlds of odd meters and the swirling cosmos of microtonality. The emphatically rhythmical trio that makes up the core of the band Unterwasser and which accompanied her last year when she recorded her second album Explosante features Nico Bauckholt on bass, Moritz Hamm on drums and Patrick Huss on percussion. They will be joined at the Elbjazz Festival by alto saxophonist Max Boehm. Together they are committed to a lightness of playing – the weightless feeling that arises when drifting in water and that, for Manachère, comes close to the sensation of freedom experienced by musicians and the audience when improvisation is in full flow.