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“The CD “Nichts Für Alle” by the Simon Rummel Ensemble contains music which I consider to be entertaining and joyful. The compositions are the result of an imagine-and-try-out-process which all the members of the ensemble contributed to – with their inventive spirits and througout several years.” – Simon Rummel
Cologne is a historical ground for experimental music, from the most underground to the most legitimate. To this day the jazz and improvised music scene is still florishing there. Simon Rummel is, whithout a doubt, its most baffling and exciting actor, the most futile and therefore the most useful, the most absurd, hence, the most important.
“Let’s be serious, at a time when the whole planet trembles at the thought of a man with such a bad hairstyle as Donald Trump becoming president of the US, in those dark times when the zyka mosquito threatens the real-estate added values linked to the organisation of the Olympics in Brazil, is it tasteful to write jazz in major and in 3/4 ? With total impunity, Simon Rummel did no just create this orchestra which instrumentation would have probably displeased Hector Berlioz, he also put the musicians in a situation where it seems anything could happen – and where lots of things actually do happen – where music is so light it becomes flighty, taking turns at any moment and revealing behind the curve a solo of lofi electronic vocal, a tango dressed as a popular ball, a noisy and sophisticated improvisation, a lyrical and exalted audience, and from time to time, some exquisite courtesy.” – Joris Rühl