The Hille-Könighofer Experience is a refreshingly anarchistic improvisation Duo.
Austrian saxophonist Herbert Könighofer plays also the bass flute, the contrabass clarinet, sings and speaks, plays guitar and percussion, and uses loops.
Hille plays acoustic and electric piano (Fender Rhodes), uses analogue synths, loops and effect pedals, and plays theremin and percussion.
In their spontaneous musical conversations the Duo creates soundscapes, grooves and trance-like loops that have mesmerized audiences in concert halls as well as in garages or modern art museums.
Hille met Könighofer for the first time at the Salzburg train station, three hours before their first gig in September 2016.
Two days later (after a concert at the lake of Hallstatt) the Duo found itself in Vienna’s Roter Salon playing two sets of improvised music. Here is a video of the first set:
In spring 2017 Könighofer came to Finland to play six shows with Hille, one of which at the Sara Hildén museum in Tampere,
others in various jazz clubs around southern Finland, teaming up with Hille’s trio F#.
On one of the nights, at the Philly Joe’s jazzclub in Tallinn, Estonian singer Liina Saar joined them to create some magical moments:
In May 2017 Hille visited Austria again for two concerts in Linz and Hallein,
Könighofer in turn was back in Finland at the end of November 2017 for some concerts and a recording session in Vaasa and yet again in November 2018, when they recorded a complete concert at Helsinki’s famous sight, the Temppeliaukio Church.
This recording was mixed just recently in December and is due to be released in spring 2019 at the JazzAhead trade fair in Bremen.
Check the gig calendar to stay tuned.